Self-Care When You Fell Like Crap…

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Hola all!

I am writing this post as I am in the throes of feeling rather… crappy…   : (

I do not know what set it off last week, but I got hit broadside by the big bad yukky stick and felt pretty crappy for a whole day & then still not so great the next morning, but definitely better.  You know, headache, nausea, low energy, brain doesn’t work as well cuz it hurts…, throw in a few body aches, pains & stiffness and you definitely have yourself a yuk cocktail!

It was a bit discouraging as I had just started doing daily swimming in a cold natural spring pool (WooHoo Barton Springs!!) and riding a bike several times a week. Heck, I thought I was definitely on the road for building more health, wellness, energy, vibrancy and all those other really great juicy things we all want…

As if that wasn’t enough, I started doing better, just a little nausea here and there and maybe just a touch of a headache off & on, so I picked back up with the exercising and added in a little Qigong (really amazing stuff for building peace & calm, and many more things, you should check it out, I really like this one). This went on for another 2-3 days, and then, again, BAM! I had a major downhill slide and felt like crap bigtime all of a sudden yesterday afternoon.

I still feel low energy, some headache, body aches, slight-medium headache, and some nausea. I started thinking about how for so many years, as a mother and a wife, I have put a bunch of energy into taking care of and helping others when they are sick, injured, just had surgery, getting older and need help, sad, depressed, having financial difficulties, etc., and I sure wish I had someone to do some of those things for me sometime…

Face it, it’s just plain tough to get up,. Let alone make yourself some tea, get yourself some ice packs, make something healthy to eat or drink, rub some healing essential oils on your head or sore back, or even run the water to soak in the tub, because you just don’t feel like doing a-n-y-t-h-i-n-g…

This can apply to any time of your life, or either gender (I think… : )  I remember being extremely morning sick when I was pregnant with Mami, and it lasted the bulk of 8 1/2 months…  Everyday…  It makes it really hard to want to get up in the morning, trust me.

But if you can get up, you just have to muster enough energy to do at least something for yourself, so I started searching for some good suggestions to see if Google could help me with anything I hadn’t thought of. Here you go:

For Nausea:

1- Ice. This might be one you’ve never heard of. I happened upon it first-hand years ago (when I was feeling really sick) and had and very strong headache and strong nausea. I was laying down, icing my head in a couple locations and could really feel my upset tummy and just spontaneously moved the ice there. It was amazingly beneficial and I have been using it ever since and shared the insight with many clients and friends who have also been helped significantly by it.

2- Ginger and/or Peppermint. Both of these are very powerful aids for digestive distress and uneasiness. I even took some ginger extract and peppermint essential oil on my European vacation for motion sickness, and they worked wonderfully! (I used this one and this one, but like this one as well). You can make a tea, there are a number available with them individually (I like this one and this one). You can also take some fresh ginger and grate it and steep it in some hot water, adding a little raw or manuka honey, if you prefer.

3- Acupressure. There is an acupressure point about 2-3 finger widths above the crease of your wrist on the, right in the center between the outside and inside of your forearm that can be grasped, from both top and bottom and held for at least 10-30 seconds, while breathing deeply for some relief from nausea as well.

For Headaches:

1- Ice. Really. There are several types of wraps and packs that you can get to apply cold/ice to your head, neck and shoulders and I really recommend it. It can be so relieving. If you are one of those people who cannot stand the though of putting ice on your body (I used to be one, and still am very selective about it), there are ways to do this and still respect your boundaries. This can be done by putting a cover over the ice pack before applying to your body, or by using an cold pack that is made of rice or flax, etc, and is enclosed in cloth. These are more subtle applications for cold, but can still be beneficial.

2- Essential Oils. These have been really magical for me. I went many years without taking any pharmaceuticals and it was by pure determination (and some might say insanity or stubbornness) that I refused to use any for my regular migraines (I used to get them at least once a month, but usually for 2-4 days). Thankfully, due to diet changes, detoxing, reduced stress and more joy, the migraines have reduced significantly and I only occasionally get them, but do have cycles where I will get less strong headaches. Thankfully, someone introduced me to some really great headache/migraine formulas and I did quite a bit of self-massage over the years to make it through all the times of not taking any meds for them. Now I have a couple headache oil combinations (I have used this one and this one) that I use whenever I have any issues with great success and use them on any massage clients, friends, or family members when the opportunity occurs, and they have worked really well for them as well.

3- Taking a nice hot shower and letting the water massage your neck and shoulders, soothe your mind and relax your body. (Sounds great! I think I will go do this right now!) You can also soak in a nice tub of hot water and sore muscle bath salts to help in similar ways.

4- Going back to bed. Relaxing, breathing, welcoming the message of the sensation and letting go. This simple act can be amazingly effective at reducing or completely stopping a headache. Getting plenty of rest also helps our bodies and minds to recharge and focus all our energy on healing.

I hope these suggestions come in handy for you. I had a nice cup of hot water with a couple drops of peppermint oil and a few drops of ginger extract, which greatly helped my tummy. I also rubbed some headache oil on a couple times today and it has helped significantly, now I am going to go to bed and get some rest to see how I feel tomorrow.

Also, feel free to share this post and information with anyone you know who you feel would benefit from it.

Blessings to you and thank you for all the loving parenting you do; it makes a better world, one Sweetie at a time.

Hug attached,

Koolma  : )

What self care secret tools do you use to take care of yourself when you are feeling under the weather?   Do you sometimes secretly wish you had magical “mommy” or “wife” in your purse to pull out when you need some TLC?  (Let me know if you find one!)

We’d love to hear from you!  Please share your thoughts and experiences in the comments section so we can help each other; remember, we are all in this together!

 

 

 

 

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