How can I make today a great day?
It’s no secret everyone wants to have a great day everyday..right?!? I do not think anyone wakes up in the morning hoping for their day to be mediocre or just downright awful. I’m bound and determined to make every day damn good. I’m talking so freaking great. So, I’m going to break down my Great Day protocol for each of you. Because I want you to have a great freaking day too.
The Morning Sets the Mood
How you start your mornings has a huge impact on the remainder of your day. It can even be a very good indication of how you will end your day. If you wake up with your mind already racing, frantically rushing around trying to get things done for yourself and everyone else with your nerves on edge, you are setting yourself up for a day that will be much the same.
I talk a lot about this inside The Mama Vault. Espeically for Mom’s we need our time in the morning. So, get up before you kids. So you can have some YOU time. Each day. I get up an hour or two before my kids. This allows me to workout, meditate, shower and get dressed for the day…all without someone asking for a snack. It’s really freaking empowering.
After I do all this I use what D. Gary Young developed something he called the Great Day Protocol. It uses four specific oils to support our emotions, promote feelings of harmony and joy, and guard against negative energies that disturb our thoughts and send our emotions into a tailspin. You can also use these oils to combat occasional sadness. Let’s take a closer look at what each of these oils can do. Use all four early in the morning, following the application instructions given, to have a Great Day!
Valor - Promotes a feeling of courage and self-esteem and helps to balance the body’s energies. Use this oil each morning on your wrists and cupped over your nose and inhaled as you set your intentions for the day, visualizing what you want to accomplish and seeing yourself completing it.
Harmony - Helps to create a positive attitude, reduce stress, and repel feelings of discord and chaos. Apply this oil over your solar plexus, the area just below your sternum and above your belly button while setting specific intentions to harmonize with those around you.
Joy - A calming, uplifting aroma that is used to bring joy to the heart and mind. Place a couple of drops in your hand, inhale through your nose, then rub over your chest (heart).
White Angelica - Creates deeper feelings of security and protection by offsetting the negative energies that work to bring you down and invade your personal space. This oil will be your ‘shield’ as you navigate your day striving to stay stress-free, balanced and relaxed. Place a drop in your hands, rub your palms together, breathe in deep, then rub your hands over the crown of your head, down your neck, shoulders, and midsection, all the way to your toes as if you are putting up an imaginary shield.
You are now ready to tackle anything the day throws at you!
Avoiding that Mid-Afternoon Slump
Despite your best efforts, you may still have days where you find yourself slipping into the abyss of negative reactions, occasional anxious moments, and stress-filled interactions with others by mid-day. Have no fear . . . Stress Away Roll-On is here! This is the perfect oil to have on hand for those moments that sneak up on you and create chaos.
One swipe on the wrists or back of the neck and 30 seconds to stop what you’re doing and breath in the sweet scent of Lavender, Lime, and Vanilla will have you relaxing on the beach with your feet in the sand! When you snap back to reality, you will find yourself feeling calmer, more relaxed, and ready to tackle the rest of your day with ease.
When we breathe in the scent of a quality essential oil, it has a direct effect on our emotions. Our sense of smell is the only one of the five senses directly connected to the emotional center of our brains. This gives us the power to retrain our brains, focus our thoughts on the positive, and release the negative emotions that have been stored there that hold us back from reaching our full potential.
Stress Away is not the only oil that can help you get over that mid-afternoon slump. Here are some others to try:
Peace & Calming - A great oil not only for you, but also to help your kiddos work through and lessen their feelings of occasional stress and being overwhelmed
Bergamot - Used to elevate your mood and found in other amazing blends like Acceptance, Believe, Gratitude and Harmony
Vetiver - Grounding and calming, helps to overcome stress from past emotional trauma
Lavender - Relaxing and balancing, helps to improve concentration
Use these oils as needed throughout the day by diffusing in the office, putting a drop in your hands or breathing in from the bottle, or adding to your favorite piece of diffuser jewelry.
Early Evening Downtime
Finally . . . supper is finished, homework is done, sports practices are over, the kids have been bathed and are tucked snugly into their beds . . . you sit down on the couch, let out a big sigh, and you . . .
Let your mind wander back to everything you didn’t get accomplished that day
Continue to stress over that argument or phone call that didn’t go your way
Already find yourself being anxious about everything you have to do tomorrow
If that’s you, it’s pretty safe to say you aren’t going to find much peaceful rest waiting for you on the other side of those eyelids.
What if your downtime went something like this instead . . . you sit down on the couch, let out a big sigh, and you . . .
-Celebrate everything that you crossed off your to-do list
-Feel at peace with the way you handled every situation you faced because you were able to stay calm and relaxed
- Find yourself looking forward to tomorrow with anticipation of all the blessings that await you
Sound too good to be true?
It doesn’t have to be! If you get into a routine of using your calming oils throughout the day, and set your intentions and your mindset to focus on the positive, you will set yourself up for one of the best night’s sleep you have had in a long time!
Here are 5 tips to better sleep using essential oils in your bedtime routine:
1. Night affirmations:
This might be one that has you scratching your head but in truth its amazing. Night affirmations would be things you say to yourself out loud about your day. Gratitude but in addition intentions for the next day. Here are some of mine to give you an idea:
I am happy and healthy. I am strong. I am a great leader. I am a patient Mom. I am an encouraging thoughtful wife, etc. etc.
The idea would be to say these affirmations out loud and ideally in front of a mirror.
2. Put your sleepytime oils in your diffuser:
When you’re on my team, we share a million different diffuser recipes with you because we want you to experience all the incredible benefits of these oils, but here’s a few to get you started for a restful night’s sleep:
3. Omit Screen Time:
Turn off your phone. Get off the computer. Stay away from the tv. These are all too much stimulation for your brain.
4. Take your Essential oil infused supplements:
I want to share with you all about SleepEssence. This supplement is your bad dream’s worst nightmare! This one little capsule combines four powerful essential oils known for their sleep-enhancing properties along with naturally-occurring melatonin to help you enjoy a restful night’s sleep. Just take 1-2 softgel capsules about 30-60 minutes before heading off to bed, and you will be sawing logs in no time!
5. Use Night Night Spray:
-3 oz distilled water
-1 oz witch hazel (can be purchased at local drug store or shopping center in the health and beauty section)
-3 drops Lavender
-3 drops Gentle Baby
-3 drops orange
Mix all of your ingredients together in a 4oz glass spray bottle. Shake well. Just before bedtime, spray one or two sprays on pillows, blankets, or crib sheets.
Some additional tips for extra credit!
-Sip on some hot tea - add even more benefit with a drop of Lemon Vitality
-Take a relaxing bath - add one cup of Epsom salt with 10 drops of Lavender
-Light stretches - nothing over the top, just some light stretches or Yoga poses to help ease the tension in your tired muscles and add in some Frankincense and PanAway to your feet for a more relaxing feel
If you have followed all the tips and used all the oils we have talked about, you should be calm, relaxed, and ready to sail right into Dreamland!
But maybe you’re not. It can be difficult for some to completely turn their minds off and get into a state of full relaxation, and if that is you, we have something for you, too!
Be sure you’re fully aware of the things that decrease sleep are:
-Sugar (hi there again you little booger)
-Stress (oh and you...yea we don't like you)
-Too much screen time
It's really important to know these things and know your bodies. If we can work on these FIRST and listen to our bodies, it will make using oils (which are like...WHOA for sleep) even better!
Here's one of our favs that we make on the regular in our house!
-3-4 T virgin coconut oil
-8 drops Lavender essential oil
-8 drops Peace & Calming essential oil
-8 drops Cedarwood essential oil
-In a small glass container with a lid (like a small Ball canning jar) whip the coconut oil with a fork. Add essential oils, whipping well after each addition. At bedtime, apply to bottoms of feet to encourage a good night's sleep.
Once you oil up, if you find you are still having a hard time relaxing your mind and your thoughts are still racing, here are a few other things you can try:
Journaling - Ok, so you aren’t going to document your life story here at 1 am, but getting your thoughts on paper helps to get them out of your head. Keep a journal on your nightstand and put the brakes on those racing thoughts by jotting them down.
Gratitude - Instead of lying-in bed thinking of all the things that could go wrong, force yourself to focus on all the things that have gone right. Need some help? Apply your Gratitude oil to your wrists and inhale
Get Up - I know, this sounds counterintuitive, right? Why would you ‘get up’ if you are trying to get to sleep? If you find yourself tossing and turning and becoming more and more restless, getting up and finding a simple mundane task to accomplish, applying an essential oil, or even grabbing an adult coloring book can be just the thing to calm your mind enough to be ready for sleep.
How to order your essential oils for a great day:
The BEST way to order your products is to become a member so you can get all of your products at 24% off and have access to many other membership perks like Essential Rewards.
Here is the best option to get started with Essential Oils:
My recommendation is to start with one of the Premium Starter Kits (PSK). The perk to doing this is that you get even more products at an even better deal than just 24% off.
I recommend The Essential Oils Premium Starter Kit. It comes with 12 different oils (including Stress Away, Lavender, Valor, and Peace & Calming) and a diffuser (which you need to create that calm, relaxing atmosphere before bed, remember??). This is our most commonly chosen kit!
If you are someone that suffers from occasional stress, sadness, and low sleep, I hope that you have found this information valuable. Don’t feel like you need to run out, order all the oils and do . If you already have one of the oils I talked about, use it; pick just one or two of the tips I shared and start implementing them. The experience with oils varies from person to person. It is important to use an oil for at least five days to see if it will work for you. It may work instantly for you or take a little time. Your body may need to clear out some things before it’s ready. Be consistent yet open to experimenting with other oils to find your magic combo!
Here’s to a more relaxed, better sleep and happy life!! Goodnight and Sweet Dreams!