I used to be extremely transparent about my healing process on my blog. I used to share my struggles, victories, and everything in between. I somehow got so far away from that, and I’m not sure why. Maybe I can write it off as mom life, or maybe because for the first few months of jersey’s life I was in pure survival mode. Maybe because my personal journey has not been a priority to me and my focus has been on my family. I write about how important it is to take care of yourself mentally but I had completely dropped the ball until recently.
Being stuck in the house for the past couple months has honestly been such a blessing. I took the time to do things that bring me joy. I have connected with like minded women, I did some writing, I got creative, I poured into my essential oil business, and made my family’s health a huge priority. As we’re on this health and wellness journey + taking the time to heal our bodies and detox all the nasty stuff we’ve put in it, I’ve realized that mental healing and physical healing go hand in hand. If you’ve been around for a while you know that healing is my thing. I’m super passionate about encouraging women to heal from past traumas and recognizing that certain things in their past are a form of trauma. Little did I know, we store that emotional trauma in our body and it can potentially wreck havoc on our health and wellness.
There was a time when that wouldn’t have made sense to me, but let’s think about it: Stress can cause tension headaches. Anxiety can cause heart palpitations, an uneasy stomach, and digestion issues.
I have experienced every single one of these things so it makes perfect sense to me that unhealed or unaddressed emotional trauma can have a negative affect on our body.
I have done the emotional healing work, and I continue to do the emotional healing work over and over again because it is not a one time thing. But I have completely neglected the physical healing because I didn’t know any better. It felt right to share this journey with you guys because I have always shared my healing journey with my readers! Now I’m sure you’re wondering how I plan on doing this and you’re probably thinking that I’m a little weird, but that’s okay - just keep reading ;)
1| Oils, oils, oils, + more oils. If you follow me on social media you know that I am all about that plant life these days. We are trying to incorporate as many plants as we can into our diet. We use plants to support our immune system, our digestion system, limbic system, skin… basically everything. Pure essential oils are extracted from plants and have endless benefits.
My favorite way to use oils is to support my emotions. Essential oils activate your sense of smell - our sense of smell stimulates our limbic system.
Limbic System: The limbic system is a set of structures in the brain that deal with emotions and memory. It regulates autonomic or endocrine function in response to emotional stimuli and also is involved in reinforcing behavior.
Certain plants and oils have detoxifying agents. You can also use oils when working through your emotions and traumas to calm you, ground you, and promote positive emotions. Lately I have been applying oils to my liver because I know that I have a tendency to hold on to anger.
If you want to join me on my oil journey, follow the link in the oils tab.
2| Exercise. This one was a hard pill for me to swallow because I never enjoyed working out until I changed my perspective. Rather than working out to look a certain way, I exercise to cleanse my body + my mind and release endorphins.
Endorphins: Endorphins, which are structurally similar to the drug morphine, are considered natural painkillers because they activate opioid receptors in the brain that help minimize discomfort, says Matthews. They can also help bring about feelings of euphoria and general well-being. - J. Kip Matthews, Ph.D
Euphoria: A feeling or state of intense excitement and happiness.
3| Create cleaner eating habits. This is more so for my overall wellness and to manage my anxiety, but what we eat affects every aspect of our life. Poor food choices can affect inflammation, anxiety, energy levels, and make us more susceptible to illness. We have been implementing more juices which can naturally detox the body from heavy metals and other yucky stuff depending on the plant in your juice. This goes back to detoxing our body, releasing those emotions, and cleansing those organs that held those negative emotions. I truly believe that when we are kind to our body, it will be kind to us!
Obviously I am not a doctor, this is just research that I have done + me sharing my personal journey with others. The more that I learn, the more that my outlook changes. God created our bodies perfectly - in his image. I have spent years healing from my past and being kind to myself emotionally, now I want to be kind to my body!
I don’t have any sort of blog schedule planned out, but I do plan on getting back into sharing with you guys!