Like many of you, I too now have my children home on a full time basis and feel like I am always “on” and being needed. The house is noisy, chaotic and the days are sooooooo long! It’s been an adjustment indeed as i continue to work from home
And while I count it this season blessing and honour to impart into their lives and play “teacher”, I’m not going to lie… they drive me crazy! I am in no way shape or form a “perfect” or “calm” mumma at all times. I’ve lost my temper. I have yelled at them more than once to get to their rooms and not come out till dinner! It’s hard yakka!
I do however have a couple of strategies and tips that I would like to share with you as a way of encouraging you combing my knowledge of essential oil, teaching experience as well as a few other things we have picked up along the way. (I am always learning and seeking ways to improve) I uses my essential oils as a way of preparing for the day as well as during those chaotic moments when its all getting too much.
My goal is to firstly support my moods and emotions as out of that will flow my ability to take in the new challenges we are facing clearly and remain in a calm state to be able to navigate effectively the juggling of the needs of my children
So first thing… before leaving my bed, I give thanks for the day and say a prayer asking for God’s help, protection and peace as I know i need supernatural help and I am not afraid to ask for it. This helps me to give over the day and believe for good things to come even tho it may seen like just “another day”
Then I write my 3 things I am grateful for in my diary. Usually its like this, “I am grateful for the rain or sunshine, my affectionate boys and coffee.” I take a 3-5 big deep breathes in of ELEVATION joyful blend right then and there from the bottle or my palms to help anchor in those feelings, emotions and positive thoughts.
The morning goes on as follows breakfast (my boys get their own now) coffee and quiet time (my bible or a good book) followed a short period outside (either hanging washing or just lightly stretching) to stimulate energy/ blood flow. I take my life long vitality essential oil supplements and probiotics.
My eldest takes the Adaptiv Calming gel caps which is a supportive and relaxing formula of botanicals and essential oils to help manage the effects of everyday tension, anxious feelings, uneasiness, and worry. He has a little more expected on him as the eldest and is often the one involved in the conflict with the other siblings.
Morning diffusing is such a key element in setting up the home and mood for the day. One or my favourite blend is simply Wild Orange. Lime and Peppermint to invigorate the senses, encourage creativity and to open up the airways as we strive to feel connected and happy in the situation we are all experiencing together.
Diffusing is a positive way to gently disperse the essential oils into your environment as a way of purifying the environment as well as providing respiratory and emotional support. In my home, the emotions are raw and real! Emotions are completely normal and are a healthy biological response to every day life and our every day life has certainly changed
One strategy that works well for us is TIME BLOCKING the day which helps me mostly and keep the day moving so trhere is a change ever hour. From 9-12 its devotions, fruits snack, book work, online learning the lunch before free time from 1-3pm roughly. If they say they are bored (I mean who else HATES that…gahhh) then there is a selection of things we brained stormed together written up on the notice board to chose from.
Each child’s learning individual learning activities are listed on a white board for them to follow and check off as they go as learning to be autonimus is important in this situation as well especially as my attention is torn between the three boys. Many schools are preparing for homeschooling in term 2 so we are keeping the routine until then with work booklets available from your local discount store or online.
I’ve come to understand however that no two days are the same. The boys may need to re-directed and reapplied with their FOCUS blend or ADAPTIV Calming blend (See below) numerous times throughout their learning time as for whatever reason they are struggling and that is OK.
Other times I feel overwhelmed and need to take a “break” to reapply BALANCE Grounding blend before I can calmly continue. I tell my boys this and ask to be left alone during this time for even 60 seconds to reset the brain and calm the crazy chemicals making my blood boil
For FREE Time the boys have a number of options to pick from that they have to “pay for” using the monopoly money they have ernt for their contribution to the house and/ or their learning time. Should you be a hands on crafty mumma, you can add your essential oils to your cooking or home made playdough as well.
And after 3pm when FREE time is finished, we are all outside together including myself! So even as a work from home mumma I too have to be at peace with what i can do during those hours only. We change the diffuser blend to be one with maybe LAVENDER and LEMON or LAVENDER PEACE restful blend
Lastly, above all continue to be kind to yourself and those that you love the most!
Yes the dishes are never ending
Yes there is always someone asking for food
Yes my boys have watched movies first thing in the morning while I was sleep in as i now have to work late to keep up with my workload
Yes “me” time is basically non-existent atm unless you can manage to go to the bathroom or have a shower without being found which i cannot
USE YOUR OILS! Set a routine that suits your home. Set boundaries with technology and play with your kids as this season will pass <3
* Focus blend rollerball > Peppermint, Lime and Rosemary
* Adaptiv Calming Rollerball > Lavender, Neroli, Sweetgum, Wild Orange, Spearmint, Copaiba and Rosemary