Beat Mental Fatigue

Aug 08, 2019
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 I remember waking up one morning...

When I was about 5 months pregnant with my third daughter, Luna and feeling as though I was literally beaten up in my sleep. My hips were really starting to ache - hello fourth pregnancy and my body remembering all those pains so very well – and my head felt so off. It wasn’t a headache and I wasn’t particularly tired, it just felt cluttered. It was almost as if it was still running in overtime from the day before and all the activity. It was the end of the school year for my oldest and she was graduating from elementary school, so there was a lot to do!

I sat up and put my feet on the floor and took some big breaths. I knew I needed to start my day and think about myself and my growing baby girl, so I started to make my way to the kitchen. I stood next to the sink and it was as if my brain decided to stop working. I couldn’t remember where everything was and I laughed a bit to myself because I thought, great MORE ‘Mom-Brain’.

As I stood there for a few more minutes battling the urge to just go sit on the couch and wait for my girls to wake up (which was going to be very soon) or prepare a smoothie, loaded with all the things my body needed – I sighed out some frustration. Why did it all of a sudden feel SO overwhelming to make something to eat and take my supplements? I realized I needed to just take action and just be with the anxiety.

Five minutes later, I was on the floor of my living room stretching out all the kinks in my body and sipping on a smoothie that was jam-packed with some essentials. Despite my mental exhaustion, I was proud of myself for taking control.

Is it always this easy? H E L L NO!

Believe me, there are times when I would have ignored what I needed and allowed the day to keep spinning in anxiety and mental fatigue. I am not perfect; you are not perfect and none of us are supposed to be! It is okay to have crap days! However, if those crap days are happening on repeat, then it is time to speak up and find some help. And guess what? That is ok too!

After I drank my smoothie that morning and chugged down some water, I walked outside and took five minutes more for myself and all I did was breathe big huge belly breaths, while facing the sun. It was rejuvenating enough to switch my brain from doom to boom! I even smiled, thinking I should be fist-bumping myself! The smoothie gave me energy and I felt strong knowing I conquered my thoughts. When this happens, give yourself a huge pat on the back because again – it isn’t easy to battle our own selves. We are our biggest enemies.

What Else Can Be Done During Mental Fatigue?

Many know that the work that I do involves nutrition and herbs for mental health. Therefore, you might before curious what I put in my smoothie that morning? Was it just for the growing baby inside me? No, it wasn’t.

Let’s review a typical start to my day as a busy entrepreneur and stay at home mom of three:

Wake up – 6 am
1- Hydrate: I put down a full glass of room temperature water. Then once downstairs, I make my detox water.
- Our bodies dehydrate while we sleep and if we are struggling with insomnia, we are even more dehydrated! Detox water: add lemon, 1 tablespoon coconut oil and 1 teaspoon of Apple Cider Vinegar. I drink this while stretching and doing yoga.

2- Some mornings I exercise after yoga. Some morning I just continue to meditate.
-Do NOT stress your body out by doing hard workouts every single day. Tip: If you are starving and need a snack before you exercise, a banana can be helpful!

3- Girls are usually waking up by this point – so breakfast preparation has begun.
-Smoothies are my go-to. I don’t have a lot of time to spare during my days and I can get down what I need quickly in smoothies. One of my favorite recipes: Almond or Hemp milk, heaping scoop of vegan protein, 1 teaspoon maca powder boost, ½ avocado, 1 teaspoon of matcha green tea, blueberries, kale and that is all! (you can add banana to sweeten it if you would like)

4- Supplements
-I have made it a habit to take these while I am drinking my smoothie because some supplements digest best with healthy fats. I switch these up every now and then, and I also give my body a break once a month for a few days too. Here are my top ones: Activate B-Complex, Complex Vitamin C, 5,000 IU Vitamin D, Probiotics (I take 1-3 day, spread out about 15 minutes after meals), Omega 3s (with lunch) and minerals (just shake this up in my water bottle and try to drink this right after a workout – helps with energy). Sometimes I throw in multivitamins, but not every day.

Sound like a lot? Yes, it can at first but the biggest thing I do, is push past that thought. It’s just an excuse. That may sound harsh, but it really is the truth. I have to hold myself accountable for giving my body what it needs so I can feel my best, all while giving myself grace for the days I just can’t seem to get it together.

On the harder days – aromatherapy comes to the rescue!

Mental Fatigue Inhaler Blend

 

 Mental Fatigue Inhaler OR Diffuser Blend

 How to use inhaler:

Step 1: Label your inhaler prior to using oils to ensure good adhesion, stick paper or write on the tube itself. You could also print on regular paper and apply with packing tape. Write "Mental Fatigue Blend)

Step 2: Add 10-15 drops of oil blend onto the cotton wick and soak in a bowl.

Step 3: Grab the wick with the tweezers, soak up any left over oil with the wick. Insert the cotton wick into the inhaler tube using tweezers.

Step 4: Assemble the inhaler stick by placing cap on bottom and press on until it clicks in. Screw lid on inhaler.

To use inhaler: Place the nasal inhaler near nostrils, then slowly inhale while waving inhaler stick back and forth under nostrils. Think 5-5-5 when using nasal inhaler. Count to 5 while inhaling in, count to 5 while holding breath, count to 5 while exhaling. May repeat 2-3 times as needed.

Nasal Inhaler Tips
  • Keep lid on inhaler unless in use. The more the inhaler is used Get the 7 & 7 Starter Set, Only at Plant Therapy!and opened, the faster the oils will dissipate.
  • Refresh cotton wick with same oil recipe when the aroma seems to have faded. This will depend on how frequently your inhaler stick is used. Best to keep the same oil blend, if you want a new scent, it is recommend to get a new inhaler.
  • Have a favorite aromatherapy diffuser blend? Try it as an inhaler recipe instead. Just figure the drops to come out to 10-15 drops total.
  • Best to keep nasal inhalers out of direct sunlight and heat so potency is not diminished.

Mental Fatigue Blend

  • 5 drops Lime
  • 5 drops Rosemary
  • 5 drops Peppermint

 

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