Drop of Inspiration | Self Care

Drop of Inspiration | Self Care


Celeste Rosenlof: You’re listening
to Drop of Inspiration, a Young Living podcast. Join me for leadership lessons, conversations
with Young Living influencers, and an inside perspective
on our company. I’m your host, Celeste Rosenlof. Hi, Drop of Inspiration
listeners, welcome back. So when we think of self-care we may
often think of high-maintenance trips to the local spa, and you know,
going and getting expensive pedicures. And although a trip to the spa once
in a while certainly would not hurt, self-care is so, so
much more than that. It’s an important aspect of whole
life wellness that allows us to stay energized and ready to tackle
any task that might come our way. And look, we know that life can
get hectic, but with promise you that this conversation with
Haley Jensen, and Brittany Jacobson from the Young Living Education
team will be worth your while. They’re going to share
some ideas on how we can practice self-care,
and why it’s important. So here is our conversation. Celeste Rosenlof: I’m here with
Haley Jensen, Global Training and Education Content Manager,
and Brittany Jacobsen, {an8}Global Training and
Education Manager. {an8}Welcome to Drop of
Inspiration ladies. {an8}Both: Hi there. Thank
you for having us. {an8}Celeste Rosenlof: Let’s
get a quick definition. {an8}Self-care is a word that we’ve been
hearing a lot about online these days, {an8}but what does it mean? {an8}Brittany Jacobsen: So self-care
I would quickly just say {an8}it’s mindfully or deliberately
doing an activity to take care {an8}of yourself whether it’s your mental self,
your emotional self, or your physical self. {an8}Celeste Rosenlof: So
why is it important? {an8}Haley Jensen: So I’ll be honest,
when I first heard the word {an8}”self-care” I thought it was
selfish, or I just thought {an8}it was for
high-maintenance people. {an8}I thought it involved, oh,
let’s go get pedicures or {an8}oh, let’s go to the spa today, let’s
go take care of ourselves, girls. {an8}(Laughter) Like that’s kind of what
I pictured self-care in my mind. {an8}I’m just a very like goal-oriented,
like a driven person. {an8}I like to be go, go, go. {an8}In my mind I always think
that success involves stress. {an8}Like stress is a part
of being successful. {an8}It’s a part of having a
career, it’s just inevitable. {an8}And it’s interesting to see the
more that I’ve learned about {an8}self-care is that’s actually
not true. It’s false. {an8}You know, we can’t control
the amount of stress coming {an8}our way whether it’s personal,
whether it’s professional, {an8}but we can control how
we respond to that. {an8}That is something we
have control over. {an8}We can control how we
react to situations. {an8}And that is a fundamental
part of self-care is learning {an8}how to react in certain
situations when life comes at us. {an8}Because you know, with the
hustle and bustle of life {an8}we can’t always control kids,
family, relationships. {an8}We don’t have control over that. {an8}Brittany Jacobsen: It’s
inevitable. It’s going to happen. {an8}Haley Jensen: Yeah,
it’s going to happen. {an8}We need to be equipped with tools to
help us respond to life’s stressors. {an8}Brittany Jacobsen: Well, and
so that you’re prepared. {an8}Like even today was a
crazy day for both of us. {an8}And just a few minutes ago
I just took one minute – {an8}and we’re going to talk about
ways to do this later, {an8}but I took one minute to
breathe and that was changing {an8}my response to the situation and it
totally changed the rest of my day. {an8}Haley Jensen: Yeah, and just
being mindful about that, {an8}just being mindful like I don’t
have to be a victim to my emotions, {an8}to stress, I can control
how I respond to life. {an8}That really is a fundamental
part of self-care. {an8}And we’ll get into more of
the how-to’s as we go on. {an8}Brittany Jacobsen: Well, and
you don’t have to run around {an8}like a chicken with your
head cut off, you know? {an8}Celeste Rosenlof: Yeah, so
it’s not self-indulgent. {an8}Brittany Jacobsen: No, totally. {an8}Haley Jensen: One thing we really
wanted to hit on is making {an8}sure people don’t think what I thought,
they don’t think self-care is selfish. {an8}Self-care is vital. {an8}There’s a quote by – I actually want
to read it. It’s by Eleanor Brown. {an8}She says, “Rest and
self-care are so important. {an8}When you take time to replenish
your spirit, it allows {an8}you to serve others
from the overflow. {an8}You cannot serve from
an empty vessel.” {an8}So in order to better serve
your family, your career, {an8}your life, you need to take
care of yourself first. {an8}Brittany Jacobsen: Well, and one
of the things – we’ve all heard {an8}the example about on an airplane that
you put the air mask on yourself first. {an8}One of my favorite examples is,
if you think of the heart, {an8}if you think of the organ
that it pumps blood to first, {an8}when you ask people a lot of
times they say the brain. {an8}It’s actually not true. {an8}The heart pumps blood to the
heart itself first before {an8}pumping blood to all
the other organs. {an8}And so I think in owning
your businesses, as parents, {an8}as workers, as children,
as whatever we are – {an8}we are always pumping blood to others
instead of to ourselves first. {an8}Haley Jensen: And I love that you brought
that up because it’s so important. {an8}You can be a better everything –
parent, spouse, everything – {an8}when you take time to
give yourself care. {an8}Just 30 minutes a week, an hour
a week, a few minutes a day. {an8}When you give yourself that
time to rejuvenate, to refresh, {an8}you in turn are more effective
at everything you do, {an8}and that’s why self-care really
is a vital part of success. {an8}Stress isn’t a vital
part of success. {an8}You don’t have to think like I
thought. Taking care of yourself. {an8}And that’s just hard for me.
I’m a red personality. {an8}I’m just like stubborn.
(Chuckles) {an8}I’m a driven person. {an8}And so it’s something – that’s why
self-care is really important. {an8}Maybe because once I had a family,
and I started having kids, {an8}I realized, okay, there
is no way I can be {an8}physically stressed out
any more than I am. {an8}There is no way – I just
need more hours in the day. {an8}I have to change something in
my life for my own sanity. {an8}And that’s when I started
researching about self-care. {an8}And it has made like the world
of a difference in my life. {an8}It’s made me a better all-around
person, better to be around. {an8}And I’m more effective in my
job, at my home, and everything. {an8}Celeste Rosenlof: Yeah, I think too,
like it makes you more effective, {an8}but it also makes you just
happier, right? And more peaceful. {an8}Brittany Jacobsen:
Right, totally. {an8}Celeste Rosenlof: And like
at peace with yourself which {an8}is so important just for
satisfaction with your life. {an8}Brittany Jacobsen: Well, and
what’s the point in working {an8}so hard in all of those different
facets if you’re miserable, {an8}if you’re not enjoying it? {an8}Celeste Rosenlof: Right. {an8}So you guys sort of touched on this, but
I want to know your personal stories. {an8}What got you both
interested in this topic? {an8}Brittany Jacobsen: I, a few
years ago, kind of went on {an8}a transformational journey
in my life and just started, {an8}without knowing it was
self-care, started enjoying {an8}the mountains and really
started learning about {an8}the practice of gratitude and
learning about the practice {an8}of meditation and breath
and saw how it affected {an8}all the different areas
and aspects of my life. {an8}And then finally figured out, oh, like
there’s a name for what this is called? {an8}When I was actually interviewed for
Young Living they asked what is health? {an8}And to me health is those different
aspects that we talked about. {an8}Health is your mental health
and your emotional health, {an8}your spiritual health,
your physical health. {an8}And to me, by doing all of those
different self-care practices {an8}it was improving my overall health
in all those different areas. {an8}So it just, by accident happened
but has become something {an8}that I love and like
to share with others. {an8}Haley Jensen: I kind of
touched on mine a minute ago, {an8}but the way that I really got
into self-care was because, {an8}like I mentioned, I’m just a very, I
guess you can say it in a nice way, {an8}a goal-oriented person. {an8}(Chuckles) That’s
putting it nicely. {an8}I’m just very direct. I’m go, go,
go, I like to get stuff done. {an8}I always performed
really well in school. {an8}I played sports, I just was
kind of like a perfectionist. {an8}I just like to be go, go, go. {an8}I always like to be doing
something, accomplishing things. {an8}And in my mind I was being
successful because it was working {an8}for me being somewhat stressed
out, but accomplishing things. {an8}And mentally I
thought I was tough. {an8}I thought I didn’t need to worry
about yoga or attuning to myself. {an8}Like looking back, I
think it’s stupid now. {an8}But at that point in my life I
thought that whether it was yoga {an8}or meditating or just being
more at one with yourself, {an8}I thought it was for people
who were high maintenance {an8}or for people who –
they needed the help. {an8}Brittany Jacobsen:
It was like fluffy. {an8}Haley Jensen: I
thought it was fluff. {an8}I thought you don’t need that. {an8}Get straight to the point, let’s accomplish
these goals, let’s do these things. {an8}That’s kind of how I lived. {an8}And you know, I was really
into natural health. {an8}I started getting
into natural health. {an8}So ideas of self-care were becoming
more normal to me over time. {an8}But really the breaking point
was when I had a child. {an8}Like I said, I was still really
into health, but once I had a child {an8}I realized there was no way
for me to physically be more {an8}stressed out or not have
enough hours in the day. {an8}I just couldn’t do it. {an8}I wasn’t succeeding as a mother. {an8}In my mind I thought I wasn’t being
a good mother, being a good spouse. {an8}I wasn’t performing at work. {an8}I was stressed out constantly. {an8}I felt like I was juggling
all these plates. {an8}But I wasn’t doing
anything well. {an8}Like I was doing
everything at 30 percent. {an8}I was juggling ten plates
at 30 percent and nothing {an8}was performing over
a hundred percent. {an8}And I just had to sit down, and I said,
I have to change something in my life. {an8}I have to do something because
this isn’t working out. {an8}I’m going to like – {an8}Brittany Jacobsen: Break. {an8}Haley Jensen: I’m going
to have a break. {an8}I’m going to have a panic
attack or something like – {an8}I’m going to physically break. {an8}And that’s when I really
started implementing self-care {an8}into my life and just taking a
step back and just learning {an8}how to manage stress better, learning
how to manage emotions better, {an8}and just like really attune to what my
body needs and taking care of my body. {an8}Especially my mental and
emotional health which {an8}were things I didn’t
take care of before. {an8}And so that’s a really
long answer, so. {an8}But that’s when it really
made a big impact. {an8}And it’s made a huge difference
now that I’ve really {an8}implemented some of these
tools into my daily life. {an8}Celeste Rosenlof: And listening
to you, I feel like I kind of had {an8}a similar experience where I
was just doing everything {an8}and I was pushing
myself so hard. {an8}And I just thought well this
is normal to feel really {an8}exhausted and stressed
all the time. {an8}And then I realized, oh,
wait, there are people who {an8}don’t feel like
this all the time. {an8}And I think that’s why I was
so interested in having {an8}you ladies come in and
talk about this is because {an8}you don’t need to reach
that breaking point before {an8}you address your emotional and your
spiritual and your mental needs, right? {an8}You can be kind to yourself
far before that point. {an8}Brittany Jacobsen:
Yes, I totally agree. {an8}Celeste Rosenlof:
Before you need to. {an8}Brittany Jacobsen: Before
it’s a physical need. {an8}Like I think sometimes that
turns into like your body gets {an8}sick or you know, it’s because
you put it off for so long, {an8}like you don’t have
to get to that point. {an8}Haley Jensen: You know, emotions
manifest physically in your body. {an8}They manifest in
illness, in sickness. {an8}I mean it’s all connected. {an8}Your spiritual, emotional,
physical health is all connected. {an8}And so it’s important for your
physical health to address {an8}your emotional and your
mental health before you get {an8}to the point where you
are going to break. {an8}And that’s the point
that I was at. {an8}I was gaining weight. {an8}I had no energy, I was
exhausted 24-7 regardless of {an8}the fact that I was eating healthy, regardless
of the fact that I was working out still. {an8}I wasn’t physically as
healthy as I could’ve been. {an8}Celeste Rosenlof: Yeah, so
Brittany, you’d mentioned {an8}to me earlier that there are five areas of
self-care before we were here recording. {an8}So I wanted you to talk to our
audience, you know, what are they? {an8}Brittany Jacobsen:
I would love to. {an8}So the five different
areas of self-care are: {an8}Physical, emotional, mental,
spiritual, and intellectual. {an8}And kind of like I mentioned earlier,
it’s almost like what is health? {an8}And I think same with
what is self-care? {an8}There’s different
areas of self-care. {an8}You think of it as a wheel. {an8}So there’s these five
different areas of self-care. {an8}And I think it’s important
to understand that for me, {an8}I may get more out of physical
self-care, and for Haley, {an8}she may get more out of
emotional self-care. {an8}That we all can benefit from
different types of self-care, {an8}and from different parts
of the wheel of self-care. {an8}And also, I think it’s important
that yoga, which you could {an8}consider self-care for me, it can
fill me physical part of my wheel. {an8}But for you it can fill
your spiritual part. {an8}And so it’s pretty neat that for
different people, different things {an8}can fulfill the same thing
or different things. {an8}I hope that makes sense. {an8}Celeste Rosenlof: Yeah, that
definitely makes sense. {an8}Before we get into the specific
activities we can do to {an8}practice self-care, we’re going
to take a quick commercial break {an8}to hear from a member of our
Young Living blog team. {an8}Justine: With all we have going
on, it can feel like our {an8}lives are a hectic circus, and
we’re the main balancing act. {an8}Though we may not be walking
an actual tight-rope, {an8}while juggling everything we have
to do, life still requires balance. {an8}Head over to the Young Living
blog and check out our {an8}”Seven tips and essential oil uses
for a balanced life” blog post. {an8}You’ll find actionable tips
like giving selfless service, {an8}and getting enough sleep, as
well as some useful Young Living {an8}products to help you
maintain balance. {an8}Search “Seven tips and essential
oil uses for a balanced life” {an8}on YoungLiving.com/blog
to read more. {an8}Celeste Rosenlof: We’re
back and Haley and Brittany {an8}are going to share with us some specific
tactics for practicing self-care. {an8}Haley Jensen: We’ve been
developing a self-care course {an8}that we’re teaching at some
of our empower events, {an8}and some of our
educational events. {an8}And we’ve put together, it’s
like nine or ten tools that {an8}you can develop to help
your implement self-care. {an8}Practical tools to help you implement
self-care in your daily life. {an8}So some of these tools
kind of combine together. {an8}But I’ll just go over
the tools that we have. {an8}Brittany Jacobsen: And before
Haley goes over those, {an8}like I just mentioned, some of the tools
can help with physical and emotional. {an8}Some can help with
mental and intellectual. {an8}So some can help with spiritual. {an8}So a lot of them can kind of
check the box off for many {an8}of the different parts
of your self-care wheel. {an8}Haley Jensen: Yeah, exactly. {an8}So, first one,
mindful meditation. {an8}Breathing. Yoga. {an8}Yoga can be by itself or
considered with exercising. {an8}So yoga or exercising.
Mindful nutrition. Sleep. {an8}Creating a gratitude
list or a love list. {an8}Creating things. Being creative. {an8}Tapping into your creative side. {an8}Making over your mornings,
and scheduling you time. {an8}So those are some simple
tools that you could do to {an8}help implement self-care
in your daily life. {an8}And we’re going to hit on four or
five key ones in more depth today. {an8}First one is meditation. {an8}Meditation was, I think it
came easier for Brittany. {an8}Brittany was very zen
before Young Living. {an8}(Chuckles) {an8}Brittany Jacobsen: Before?
(Chuckles) {an8}Haley Jensen: But I wasn’t. {an8}I thought oh, meditation, that’s
just a bunch of fluff stuff. {an8}Like you don’t really need that. {an8}Exercise, diet, that’s all you need to
be healthy, which is totally wrong. {an8}Meditation is mental hygiene. {an8}And I love that phrase because we
take care of ourselves physically. {an8}We shower ourselves every
day, we clean every day, {an8}we clean our bodies every day, we
take care of ourselves physically. {an8}Do our hair, make-up. {an8}But what do we do mentally
to take care of our minds? {an8}Mental health is a part
of your whole health. {an8}So, really, meditation is
a way to clear the mind, {an8}to help you feel
refreshed, to rejuvenate. {an8}It’s a way to support
your mental hygiene. {an8}Brittany Jacobsen: Well, and also, this
is something that has changed my life. {an8}And whoever you pray to,
if you pray, whatever. {an8}Praying is talking to whoever – {an8}Haley Jensen: Your higher power. {an8}Brittany Jacobsen: Right. {an8}Praying is talking to
your higher power. {an8}Meditating is listening. {an8}It’s just quieting your
mind and listening. {an8}And even just a few minutes ago. {an8}Today has been crazy
like I mentioned. {an8}I sat at my desk and I used –
there’s many different {an8}apps that are free
that you can download. {an8}And I did a minute meditation
and it completely just {an8}changed like my life from that point of
the breaking to like oh! It’s like Valor. {an8}That’s what meditation is. {an8}Like I can get through life. {an8}That is meditation. {an8}Like I can finish my day. {an8}Haley Jensen: And I like
that Brittany brought it up, {an8}you don’t need to go and
meditate for 30 minutes. {an8}If you can just do five
minutes or one minute – {an8}Brittany Jacobsen: One
minute will change. {an8}Haley Jensen: And so why
don’t you walk through just {an8}like how to do a
five-minute meditation. {an8}Just simply like what do you do?
Quiet space? {an8}Brittany Jacobsen: Well, literally,
I was sitting at my desk. {an8}There was the Diamond Support
team talking about something. {an8}I don’t know what. {an8}And Haley Zitting was doing
Savvy color matching {an8}with some of the
Beauty School team. {an8}So there was a lot going on,
and I could hear it all. {an8}And I turned on my app
without headphones and I sat {an8}there and I just like
tried to tune it all out. {an8}And just like any time that I
could hear them or started {an8}thinking about that, I
just focused on my breath. {an8}And I used to take this
meditation class and I heard that {an8}you can just like
even just say a word. {an8}So to me it was just, “Breathe,
breathe, breathe.” {an8}And I focused on that instead of
all the stuff that was going on. {an8}Haley Jensen: So really, all you
need to do is find a quiet space – {an8}Brittany Jacobsen: No,
it was loud! (Chuckles) {an8}Haley Jensen: Preferably
a quiet space. Unplug. {an8}Like unplug from social
media, unplug, and breathe. {an8}And there’s some interesting statistics
that you can find on simply breathing. {an8}And this is stuff that I
think is so interesting. {an8}So breathing is the only autonomic
function that you have control over. {an8}So you can’t control
your heartrate. {an8}I mean you can’t control some
of these physical things {an8}in your body, these
autonomic functions. {an8}But you can control how you
breathe – how fast you {an8}choose to breathe, how slow
you choose to breathe. {an8}And it can help you tap into your
parasympathetic nervous system. {an8}That is the rest and digest
part of your nervous system. {an8}It’s the opposite
of fight or flight. {an8}So you know, if you get scared
or you know, something… {an8}alarming happens, you will tap
into your fight or flight. {an8}So you’re either going
to run or fight. {an8}So it’s the opposite of that.
It’s the rest. {an8}It’s the digest, it’s the slowing
down part of your nervous system. {an8}And breathing can help
you tap into that. {an8}So if you are feeling anxious, if
you’re feeling fight or flight, {an8}if you’re feeling
all up in arms. {an8}By simply breathing and
trying to breathe slowly, {an8}you can switch that function
to the parasympathetic {an8}function and actually help
physically slow down your body. {an8}And it’s interesting because breathing
is breathing as you meditate, {an8}just slowly and relaxed breathing has
been associated with improved sleep. {an8}It’s been associated with
helping to decrease anxiety {an8}and depression, increasing
happiness, strengthening {an8}your ability to regulate your emotions,
reducing cravings, impulsivity. {an8}Trauma symptoms, and really
just decreasing stress {an8}by regulating your
cortisol levels. {an8}So physically, on a physical
level, just simply breathing {an8}and focusing on your breath
while you’re meditating {an8}has significant positive
effects on your body. {an8}Brittany Jacobsen: So some of my
favorite oils to meditate with – {an8}in fact, today at my desk
I inhaled Stress Away. {an8}So Stress Away is my favorite. {an8}I love Ylang Ylang. {an8}Frankincense or
Sacred Frankincense. {an8}Any of the grounding
essential oils is grounding. {an8}Lavender. I love
Valor obviously. {an8}Sometimes Release
is a good one too. {an8}Abundance is a
great one as well. {an8}Haley Jensen: Oils and
meditation go hand in hand. {an8}And so the next point, besides
meditation, you can also {an8}try just doing some type
of exercise and yoga. {an8}Yoga is a great form of exercise, that’s
a great way to help reduce stress. {an8}Keep you healthy, boost
your immune system. {an8}And help you control
your emotions better. {an8}It’s been physically shown
that exercise and yoga {an8}help you control your
emotions, help you destress, {an8}and it’s an easy tool to help you
stay healthy at the same time. {an8}Brittany Jacobsen: And I
think exercise and going to {an8}hit many of the different parts
of the wheel in self-care. {an8}Haley Jensen: Exercise really
is a form of meditation. {an8}It’s a way that I block out the
world, unplug, turn everything off, {an8}and it’s really a way for
me to listen to myself. {an8}And I’ve actually found like
answers or had ideas come {an8}up while I’m exercising
while I’m running. {an8}Brittany Jacobsen: It’s such
a good stress reliever too. {an8}Haley Jensen: Yeah, totally.
Sleep. {an8}Brittany Jacobsen: You go, have a
new baby so you talk about sleep. {an8}(Chuckles) Tell me,
I need to learn! {an8}Haley Jensen: (Chuckles)
Sleep is so important. {an8}Really it’s crucial. {an8}It’s simple, but really it makes one of the
biggest difference in taking care of yourself. {an8}So when you are well-rested
your prefrontal cortex keeps {an8}your amygdala in check which
helps control your emotions. {an8}This helps you better process your feelings,
produce healthy, balanced responses. {an8}What’s interesting is the amygdala is 60
percent more reactive without quality sleep. {an8}So basically you’re more
likely to have mood swings, {an8}or negative reactions
throughout your day. {an8}That’s a scientific fact. I
think that is so interesting. {an8}Brittany Jacobsen: My husband
will attest to that. {an8}(Chuckles) {an8}Haley Jensen: We can all attest
to that, you know? (Chuckles) {an8}Celeste Rosenlof: Yeah, when I’m
feeling like my world is falling apart, {an8}I’m like, okay, I need to
go to bed early tonight. {an8}(Chuckles) {an8}Haley Jensen: Right. {an8}Sleep deprivation, so not having enough sleep
is linked to higher levels of depression. {an8}Brittany Jacobsen: Yes. {an8}Haley Jensen:
Unhealthy cravings. {an8}Brittany Jacobsen: Yes. {an8}Haley Jensen: That is very true. {an8}Brittany Jacobsen: Check. {an8}Haley Jensen: Higher
risk of heart disease. {an8}Brittany Jacobsen: Hopefully
not, but – hopefully not check. {an8}(Chuckles) Haley Jensen:
Impaired mental clarity. {an8}Brittany Jacobsen: Check,
check, check. (Chuckles) {an8}Haley Jensen: (Chuckles) A higher risk
of diabetes and of anxiety all from – {an8}Brittany Jacobsen: Check,
check, check. (Chuckles) {an8}Haley Jensen: Not
having enough sleep. {an8}So really it’s one of the most
important self-care practices. {an8}So Brittany, you need
to get your sleep. {an8}Celeste Rosenlof: Now tell
that to your baby. (Chuckles) {an8}Brittany Jacobsen: Charlotte,
you need to let me sleep! {an8}Haley Jensen: Even just taking
a nap throughout the day, {an8}just giving yourself
some sleep – {an8}Brittany Jacobsen: Do you think
Mary and Gary will go for that? {an8}(Chuckles) Excuse me. {an8}Self-care! (Chuckles) {an8}Haley Jensen: They
probably would actually. {an8}(Chuckles) Sorry, I digress. {an8}Brittany Jacobsen: Okay,
let’s talk about gratitude. {an8}So gratitude is something
that is super close to me {an8}and sacred to me, and we’re going
to actually – spoiler alert – {an8}we’re going to do a whole
podcast about it coming up, {an8}so I don’t want to give too
much away, and I’ll give there {an8}some of the things that I’ve done in the
past that have literally changed my life. {an8}But gratitude’s a
wonderful self-care. {an8}It just can completely change
your perspective on something. {an8}It can turn something
that is yucky. {an8}Like today’s a rainy day. {an8}And it’s yucky, and we have this
photo shoot and so we had to do it inside. {an8}Well, yeah, that’s
glass half-empty. {an8}But what can we be grateful
for about that situation? {an8}Well, we have a job. {an8}We get to take these awesome
photos for, and we have {an8}this wonderful building that
we can take the pictures in. {an8}So gratitude is can really
change your perspective {an8}on anything and give you that
attitude to, I don’t know, {an8}just take better care of your
emotional, mental, spiritual self. {an8}Also, one thing that’s awesome
is something called a love list. {an8}I challenge you to
do this tonight. {an8}Make a list of let’s say 25
things that you love to do. {an8}It doesn’t matter if you do
them on a regular basis, {an8}but just don’t even think
about it too much. {an8}Just take five minutes and write
down 25 things you love to do. {an8}And next week when you’re doing
your 30 minutes of self-care, {an8}close your eyes, point to the list and
pick one of those things and just do it. {an8}And that’s a love list. {an8}And just doing things that
you love to do is self-care. {an8}Haley Jensen: I like that. {an8}Celeste Rosenlof: Yeah,
that sounds really fun. {an8}Brittany Jacobsen: I know.
Ready set, go! {an8}Haley Jensen: And the final point
that we want to talk about {an8}is taking care of your body. {an8}Now that sounds really
general and kind of vague, {an8}but what I mean about
taking care of your body is {an8}doing something that
supports your health. {an8}What I like to do is doing
something like dry brushing. {an8}Doing a facemask.
Doing a hair mask. {an8}So getting coconut oil, vitamin
E, essential oils like lavender, {an8}rosemary, Ylang Ylang – doing
a clay mask on my face. {an8}An Epsom salt bath with essential oils
like Stress Away or frankincense. {an8}Doing something like that
in that realm of activities {an8}that you don’t find time
throughout the week to do. {an8}So, most of the time those
type of activities, you’ll say {an8}I want to do this on a Tuesday,
and something else comes {an8}up and you never get
around to doing it. {an8}So you actually have
to schedule time. {an8}I call it Self-care Sundays but
you can schedule 30 minutes {an8}on a Sunday or any day
of the week, and make {an8}it a priority to do something
that you don’t have time {an8}to do throughout the week
that’s taking care of your body {an8}and that’s helping nourish
your skin, your hair, {an8}it’s helping you feel better mentally,
physically, and emotionally. {an8}And it’s really important to
do this for yourself because {an8}it’s a way that you can relax,
rejuvenate, and you’re also {an8}getting added benefits of
whatever it is you’re doing. {an8}And you also get those benefits
from an essential oil. {an8}So set time aside and
make it a priority. {an8}Put it into your schedule to do something
that’s taking care of your body. {an8}This is something that I
do every single week. {an8}I make it a priority
because I don’t have time. {an8}My weeks get so crazy. {an8}I try exercising, I want to
make sure I’m fulfilling my {an8}needs in the community, and the family, and
I don’t ever schedule time for myself. {an8}So every Sunday I schedule
30 minutes for myself {an8}to do something that’s relaxing to
me, and that’s supporting my health. {an8}Celeste Rosenlof:
Yeah, that’s great. {an8}And it’s such an easy
step to take, I think. {an8}I actually have a time that I
put in, like a block of time {an8}I put in my phone every
week that’s just R&R. {an8}Brittany Jacobsen: Yes! You
have to put it in your phone. {an8}Celeste Rosenlof: Yeah, it’s
usually an evening for me. {an8}I know I need at least
one evening home a week, {an8}like during the week where
I get really grumpy. {an8}And I will block it out on my
calendar, so I don’t schedule {an8}over it and overbook myself. {an8}But that is even easier,
just 30 minutes, taking time {an8}to take care of your body and make sure
that it receives the attention it deserves. {an8}Haley Jensen: And
it’s not selfish. {an8}That’s one thing I’d really like to end
with is that self-care is not selfish. {an8}It’s attuning to your
personal needs to help you {an8}be more effective in
every area of your life. {an8}So make it a priority. {an8}If that’s one thing you take
from this podcast is making {an8}self-care a priority because it’s going
to benefit all areas of your health, {an8}all the areas that
Brittany talked about. {an8}Brittany Jacobsen: Well, and
even when I started exercising {an8}after having my daughter, I felt guilty
for taking her to the gym daycare. {an8}But when I went to the gym
for an hour, I was such {an8}a better mom the
rest of the evening. {an8}And so I gave blood
to my heart first – {an8}Haley Jensen: Physically
too (chuckles) {an8}Brittany Jacobsen:
Right, physically. {an8}And then I was able to pump
blood to the rest of my organs. {an8}To my kids, and to my husband,
and to my work, and just {an8}be better because I took
care of myself first. {an8}So we challenge you to do
that over the next week {an8}and over the next month, and
over the next lifetime. {an8}(Chuckles) {an8}Celeste Rosenlof: Well
thank you ladies so much. {an8}It’s been a real delight
to chat with you. {an8}Brittany Jacobsen:
Thanks for having us. {an8}Celeste Rosenlof: Aren’t
those ladies so great? {an8}I love how real they are about
life and about you know, {an8}the challenges that we all face. {an8}And I really love,
from our conversation, {an8}I love learning that it doesn’t
have to take very much {an8}time out of our busy days
to take care of ourselves, {an8}but that it has
so many benefits. {an8}I hope that you can take
something from today {an8}and apply it and see the
benefits for yourself. {an8}Thank you so much for listening. {an8}We’re doing something new. {an8}We’re going to start highlighting
listener mail in future episodes. {an8}So we want to hear from you. {an8}If you are feeling extra
inspired after this episode, {an8}send us an email to
[email protected] {an8}So don’t be shy, let us
know what inspired you {an8}from today’s episode or what has
inspired you in past episodes. {an8}And as always, subscribe
on your favorite podcast {an8}app at YoungLiving.com/podcast. {an8}This episode was produced
with help from Ashley Frost. {an8}I’m your host, Celeste Rosenlof. {an8}Stay inspired.

3 thoughts on “Drop of Inspiration | Self Care

  1. I am so happy you all are learning from us at the Balance Yoga & Wellness Retreats!  The self-care practices are growing!  Yippee!

  2. Great tips for both females and males. We all need to take care of ourselves and usually, we make ourselves last on the list.

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