Thieves Oil-Stealing the Ah-Choo and Flu out of the Holiday Season

The temperatures are dropping rapidly, we are pulling the sweaters out of the closets and although, yes, this means pumpkin spice lattes have made a debut, it’s not enough to make this mom look forward to the season.  Why am I so concerned for this cold fall/winter season you ask?  Jack Frost not only brings out the cozy winter wardrobe, but he brings along COLD and FLU season! And cold and flu season means this vicious cycle in the house where it ends up being shared through the entire family and it seems like someone is always sick. This is not the way I would like to teach my children the art of sharing—please keep your sick germs to yourself!  If there were something that all of you moms and dads could do to avoid sickness this season wouldn’t you be willing to try it?

I’m sure by now you have either tried yourself or know of someone close to you who swears by essential oils.  I was skeptical at first, as I am of everything, but it’s a tried and true addition for health and wellness in our homes, which is why I highly recommend you start implement them in to you holistic wellness approaches.  There are so many uses for essential oils, but with the winter woes on their way, I want to make sure you know about this one.

It is called Thieves Oil, and it has a tremendous impact on thieves oilfighting those cold/flu cycles that take over your home this time of the year. It is shown to boost immune systems and promotes a healthy respiratory system. As your bonus, you get a little history less about the name. Back in 1348, during an outbreak of the Bubonic Plague, four French thieves formulated a special aromatic combination of clove, lemon, cinnamon, bark, eucalyptus, and rosemary, while robbing the dead and dying. A little morbid, but they actually found it to help protect them from the illnesses they were around. These oils includes powerful antiviral, antibiotic, antifungal, and antiparasitic properties.  The most common use is to place it in a diffuser in your home or work place.  You also could purchase a pre-diluted form for application purposes.

So instead of letting the cold and flu season take over, try to take charge and be a little proactive fighting those germy battles. What better way to step in and get your feet wet than with essential oils than with something will assist your family during this sick season?

Art Therapy Workshop

 

 

Play, discover, and create at our introduction to art therapy workshop! Absolutely no artistic background or art therapy experience needed. Just bring your wonderful enthusiastic self, we’ll take care of the rest by providing supplies and walking you through every exercise.

It will be a jam packed event with activities that encourage an exploration of your identity and feelings, while having a blast of course!

Three reasons to come:Sunn
You can improve your self-expression, self-esteem, and communication.
You can use the activities to help you express thoughts and situations that may be hard to express in words. After doing art therapy activities, many people feel a sense of relief and see improved mental health.
You can spend the morning reconnecting with your inner child by playing with finger paint, scissors, and magazines (it’s the best part of kindergarten all over again).

Art therapy is all about expression, so after each activity we will engage in a short discussion of our experience to help you reflect. By the end, you will come away with a better understanding of art therapy’s benefits and practical ideas on how to incorporate art therapy into your life.

Spots are limited, so sign up ASAP. The workshop will be on January 23rd from 10 AM to 1 PM and cost $100 per person. The location for the workshop is 1700 W. Smith Valley Rd., Suite B4 Greenwood, Indiana 46142. We’d love for you to join us!

You can register by calling 317.886.1000 or emailing office@sunstoneindy.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to Deal With Stress in a Large Family

StressIn my last post, I walked through how to prevent stress in a large family. But some days, despite best efforts, family members experience stress. Kids feed off of the stress from their parents and siblings, so in a big family stress can spread among family members quickly. Parents can use stress management techniques to enable the family to combat stress and avoid the negative health effects prolonged stress causes.

 1. Interact with your loved ones.

Spending time with family members helps you avoid overreacting to the stressful situation, helps calm your nervous system by being around others who make you feel safe and loved, and releases hormones to reduce stress. Taking a moment to chat with your child about his day or playing a game with your daughter can help you, your child, or both manage stress.

 2. Play stress management games.

While physical versions of these activities are preferred, online versions can be a great tool for your kids (and you) to manage stress -check it out here. Online Zen gardens, creating kaleidoscopes, and playing with stress balls can be a fun way for your family to play and reduce stress at the same time. You can involve your whole family in a game, such as getting everyone to paint on an online easel and then share what they created.

 3. Go for a walk.

Exercising with a short walk offers many health benefits, particularly stress reduction. After a few minutes outside focusing on something other than the stressor, stress levels go down. Take a solo walk, or gather your whole family to spend time together outside.

4. De-Stress after work.

Be intentional about de-stressing after work. Don’t carry stress from work home with you, it can set a stressed out tone for your family in the evening. Moms and dads should take time to meditate, do an essential oils massage, or whatever they need to reduce stress after a long day.

With large families come a number of people who can become stressed. Using stress management techniques helps decrease the stress in the family member and keeps the stress from spreading. Play around with different techniques to see what works for your family, and remember a low stress family is a happy healthy family!