Today I'm making changes. Well at least today I've got to the point of acknowledging a change that has been developing for a few months, and doing something about it.
But it's not easy!
Up to now, my focus has been to help mid-life women who are feeling stressed, exhausted and overwhelmed with menopause-related symptoms to take back control of their health and wellbeing so they can enjoy life again and embrace their future. And I've been doing this through coaching and education services.
However I have been gradually developing a passion for doTerra essential oils, which are basically a different toolkit for achieving health and wellbeing. They have made a huge difference to me, and I have decided that I want to focus my energies on sharing the message about how they can help with my clients too.
The thing is, I've been dabbling a bit with mentioning essential oils 'on the side'. I've been nervous about saying too much as I didn't want to dilute my previous messages about how I could support my clients. But today I decided to 'come out'. It's been scary!
I have recorded a video to explain to my followers about what I'm doing. There's only been positive feedback from that (so far!).
I've sent an email to my mailing list, offering them to unsubscribe if they're not interested. There's been rather a deluge of 'unsubscribe' notifications. It's not easy to see them come in, but if people aren't interested in my message, then it's time for me and them to let go.
Time will tell about whether it's the right move. I definitely feel quite vulnerable now and unsure about whether I've done the right thing. But I figured that if I don't try, I'll never know.
There's a great quote I have on my Vision Board - "You never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore". Let's hope I manage to reach the other side, as that will mean that other people are discover the amazing physical and emotional therapeutic benefits of essential oils, and loving them as much as I do.
Mary is a Director of the UK Health Coaches Association, a qualified Health Coach and a doTerra Wellness Advocate. She runs a private Facebook group supporting women struggling with menopausal symptoms, and provides regular training and information sessions on Women's Health. For more information see www.bloomwithmary.co.uk and for future events see www.facebook.com/bloomwithmary/events.
Now the clocks have gone back, it's hard to deny that winter is on its way. I find this week particularly hard, with the nights drawing in and the feeling that it will be months before we get light evenings again. It's also the time of year when coughs, colds and other lurgies are lurking, and it's easy to worry about falling prey to the latest bug doing the rounds.
However, over the years I have learnt that if I wallow in that feeling, it just perpetuates itself and makes me feel worse, so I know I have to build in strategies to change my emotional attitude (mindset) and also support my physical strength to not just make it through winter, but also enjoy it.
Before I share some of my top tips, have a think about how you feel, and whether you have strategies in place for making the most of the next few months. What are you thinking? What are you doing? If you'd like some inspiration - read on!
These are my top 5 tips.
I hope these tips prove to be of use to you. Do remember that when you make lifestyle changes, that you can't do them all at once. Choose one things that most appeals to you and is realistic to fit in to your life at the moment. Try it for a few days, a week maybe, then if it's working, you can add in something else.
I'd love to know your top tips for surviving winter. Please do share yours.
*if you're interested in knowing more about doTerra essential oils, please do get in touch with me directly as you won't find them in the shops, which keeps their prices down. At the time of writing this blog (28th October) there's an amazing offer - if you buy On Guard, you get Air free - available until Wednesday 30th. Please email me firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to get these wonderful natural winter solutions in your home now!
Mary supports women who are feeling stressed, exhausted and overwhelmed to take back control of their health and wellbeing using natural solutions so they can enjoy life again and embrace their future. See www.bloomwithmary.co.uk for more details.
People often ask what I do, as a Health Coach, to keep myself healthy, as I am post-menopausal and slimmer, fitter and healthier than I've ever been.
Starting my day well is a key part of this, so I thought I'd share the details of my morning routine. I am post-menopausal, but I wish I had known about these things when I was suffering from hot flushes, night sweats and low mood during my perimenopausal years, as I now know that many of these nutrients can help substantially with supporting hormonal balance and therefore improving symptoms.
To save you writing notes, here is a summary of what I do:
Also in the picture is matcha tea, which I usually have at some point in the morning as my caffeine fix, and it's packed with antioxidants. Green tea is good but as match is the whole leaf powdered it's even better.
*If you use any essential oils, especially internally, do ensure you use high quality, and if appropriate food grade oils. I use doTerra because they are Guaranteed Pure Therapeutic Grade and I trust them. That's also why I take doTerra supplements.
Mary supports women who are suffering from unwanted menopause-related symptoms, to make natural and lifestyle changes to reduce their symptoms and feel better. For a free, informal chat, you can book a slot directly in to her diary here: www.bloomwithmary.co.uk/contact. She also runs a safe and supportive Facebook group www.facebook.com/groups/bloomingmenopause for all women in their 30's, 40's and 50's who believe in the power of lifestyle and want to learn more about how to feel better through their midlife transition.