In my journey I have plummeted and I have soared and I am sure there will be a lot more of both to come.

If there are no ups and downs in your life......The reason I want to talk about this is because when we are low or when we are high we feel that is how we are always going to be. In that moment. Truth is they never last for long. Because we need the whole spectrum of emotions to learn and to grow.

My story has included a huge amount of depression. I mostly have it covered these days but it can still sneak up on me and kick me up the arse.

When it does, though, I come out having had amazing growth. ❤

I always, always, always look for reasons or lessons in these places. I ask myself why do I feel the way I do. If I am blaming someone else I ask myself why I feel that way. More often than not what we don’t like in another is something we don’t like about ourselves. People are our mirrors. The people you attract into your life are, have or will be experiencing the same thing that you are or have or will be. Your vibe attracts your tribe. So take a look around you and feel the people you are attracting. Not reach out and touch them feel them just try and sense them.

When you feel great, or you feel like you have fixed everything and the whole world can be amazing you don’t prepare yourself for the possibility – no, fact – that you won’t be there long. Something will come along and tap you on the shoulder or kick you up the butt. And why would you prepare for it when it would detract from your high. Inevitably though it will happen because this is how we learn. The roller coaster has its place.

So how do you feel right now? Right in this moment? Sad? Lost? Happy? Whatever that feeling is I want you to say, “I am feeling ….. and I love that!” Go on!

I feel stressed out and I love that!How do you feel now? It is so easy to change the way you are feeling because it is just from thoughts and thoughts can be changed just like that. Remember this technique.

I tend to forget all my tricks when I am super down. I get caught up in my misery and don’t reach for my oils or techniques. I do however reach out to friends. To people I can talk it out with. I used to ring helplines because I didn’t want to worry my friends.

The best thing you can do is prevent feeling that low by being healthy, exercising, sleeping well, using aromatherapy, taking part in a hobby, getting into nature because you have a far better chance of pulling out of it quickly. Essential oils are amazing at altering your mood in seconds!! simply by inhaling them.

Here are some of my favourites:

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If you would like to know more or get your hands on these oils please email me at healingbygaia@gmail.com or comment below

❤ Deanne

Is positive thinking positive? Well that depends if your subconscious believes you. You can look in a mirror and say affirmations about yourself in the hopes to build confidence but if your subconscious doesn’t believe a word you are saying then you are in fact reinforcing the negative thoughts! Think about that for a moment…..Are you living life-

Besides, if you are trying to be happy all the time it can become particularly exhausting. Negative emotions affect our muscles in that they tense up and tighten. If you are not releasing that tension your muscles hold onto it. Venting or releasing is important. You can’t do that if you are ‘happy’ all the time.

I am often saying if you didn’t have the bad you wouldn’t appreciate the good. Another reason to not always be up. How do you know how good it is?

So let’s look at releasing tension. There are a number of ways. In the words of Taylor Swift you can “Shake it off”. Quite literally. What better way to release muscle tension. A friend of mine once told me he screams or shouts under water (he had a swimming pool) where no-one can hear. You could do the same into a pillow. Run. Take a bath. Walk it off. Get fit while you are at it then it’s even more of a positive. Exercise releases good brain chemicals.

While we are on the negative thoughts – I learned, today, about ‘amygdala hijack’. This is the process the brain goes into with fight or flight. Your normal thought processes go out the window and you do or say things you wouldn’t ordinarily say. Usually to those closest to us. When you feel strong emotions like that try counting backwards. 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 – and blast off,  if you want 🙂 This brings back your cognitive thought and relieves the tension and stress response from your body.

So, back to the positive. I am all for positive affirmations and thinking positively but do it in a way that your subconscious will accept. Instead of saying, “I am loved by all”, say “I have more than enough love in my heart”. Break it down to believable words and you can build up to that first affirmation.

By all means smile too. Even if you aren’t feeling it, your subconscious recognises sIf we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep on walking- Zen proverbmiling and releases those brain chemicals so that you DO feel like smiling. This is a great case of fake-it-til-you-make-it.

Use essential oils. Citruses are great for uplifting. No one can wear their grumpy pants when Wild Orange is around 😉 Lavender is calming and relaxing. Frankincense connects you to your authenticity. Blends like Elevation, Balance, Peace, Forgive..all amazing at shifting our moods without the head and muscle aches of holding it all in.

If you would like to know more or get some of the most tested and trusted essential oils available, comment below, email me at healingbygaia@gmail.com or text me on 0424 122 311. I would love to hear from you.

❤ Deanne

 

 

Interesting, isn’t it. It is all a matter of perception. I don’t know about you, but I can make mountains out of mole hills or make mole hills out of mountains. An occurrence to one person can be deathly scary but to another mediocre. We have all heard the question “Is the glass half empty or is the glass half full?” To that I say, “Be grateful you ha-We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars-Oscar Wildeve got a glass.”

Emotions can override our logic though, can’t they. We may not even understand why! It may be something we witnessed earlier on that day our subconcious recognised but not our conscious selves. It may be a memory trigger from when we were very young. There might even be a genetic influence carried over in our DNA (Yes! Its called epigenetics). Or, if you are spiritually inclined, which I am, it could be from a previous life. Any one of these influences could impact your reaction to something that would otherwise be trivial to you.

So how can we control that, you ask? Its not actually a matter of control. More of resolution. There are a few solutions. Kinesiology is a big YES to a lot of them as it helps you remove behavioural patterns. Theta helps you remove blocks. Hypnotherapy can take you back and deal with a situation. It really depends on where the emotion arises from and any one of those three solutions will help you find the root cause.

I personally have used essential oils of course, but have also had hypnotherapy, kinesiology and more. White Fir and Douglas Fir essential oils assist with generational healing. Frankincense is the oil of truth and connects you with your soul’s authenticity. Sandalwood raises you to higher levels of consciousness. Melissa awakens us to truth and light. Clary sage is the oil of clarity and vision. There are many you can use or even combine to help you.

My catchphrase is “If you can’t do anything about it, laugh at it” and believe me I laugh often. The thing is mostly there IS something you can do. The first is look inwards. If something is scaring you, upsetting you, making you angry….ask yourself why?? It could be that you are seeing something in another that you don’t like about yourself.If you can't do anything about it.....

My ‘Flourish’ events are all about teaching you the different ways you can get to the bottom of who you really are. I have different practitioners (including myself) speaking on different topics in different locations. I want to show you all that I have uncovered and give others the opportunity to show you what they have learned.

If you are interested in attending a ‘Flourish’ event, or indeed speaking at one, click on the ‘Flourish’ selection in the Menu on this website or contact me. If you would like to get your hands on some essential oils contact me also. Alternatively, you can comment below. I would be humbled to hear from you.

❤ Deanne

How much work do our feet do?? They carry us everywhere. They drive our car. Kick our footballs. Push us to jump. Get squeezed into ill fitting shoes. Walk on all types of terrain. Dance for us. They balance us.

“The greatest force in the universe is gravity and your feet take a major beating every day,” says Dr. Daniel Johnson.

foot-on-iceHaving broken my foot (here it is on ice ha ha) and noticing how much I rely on my feet raised the question, “How much care and attention do we give to our feet?”

People get their eyes checked. Exercise for their heart and lungs. Use hand moisturisers. Treat our hair. Shave or wax our legs. Rub cellulite creams onto our tush. Brush our teeth. Have hearing tests. Stretch our limbs. Meditate for our minds. Use all types of expensive products on our faces.

Seriously, though….

When is the last time you inspected your feet? If at all!

 

* Do you have pain in your feet?  Are you on your feet all day? Do you have skin or nail problems (ingrown or discolored toenails), corns, skin rashes, areas of hard skin on your feet? Do you have any sores on your feet that are not healing? Do you have foot odour? Do you have a foot injury? Do you have health problems such as diabetes or arthritis? Do you trip or fall often? Do you have problems finding shoes that fit comfortably? Do you have lumps or bumps, bunions or misshapen toes? Do you regularly wear heals that are two inches or higher?

If you answered yes to one or more of these questions you should see a podiatrist.

Here are some tips:

give-your-feet-a-holidayDon’t ignore foot pain – it’s not normal. Look for thick or discolored nails (a sign of developing fungus), and check for cracks or cuts in the skin. Peeling or scaling of the soles of feet could indicate athlete’s foot. Any growth on the foot is not considered normal. Tea tree essential oil is ideal for relieving fungal infections. Wash your feet regularly, especially between the toes, and be sure to dry them completely. Trim toenails straight across. Be careful not to cut nails in corners on or the sides, it can lead to ingrown toenails. Make sure that your shoes fit properly. Select and wear the right shoe for the right activity that you are engaged in (example, running shoes for running). Alternate shoes – don’t wear the same pair of shoes every day. (There you go, ladies! A health reason for your shoe collection. 😉 ) At the beach or when wearing sandals always use sun block on your feet, just as you do on the rest of your body. Occasionally give them a soak in essential oils and epsom salts. They deserve it 😉

If you would like to know more or want to get your hands on the most pristine oils on the planet, comment below or email me at healingbygaia@gmail.com

❤ Deanne

This is a topic close to my heart because I have been there. I have been that person who no longer wanted to live. I have also been the one who found a loved one who chose to take their life. That will stay with me forever. Recently someone I know took his life leaving children behind including a two year old who adored him but will now never know him. A new family member entered the world the day he left, also.

Some people say its a selfish act. Others say how could they when they had everything going for them. Truth is they don’t think about that any of that. All they know is they want to escape the pain. It is not a normal or usual thought. The ‘Black Dog’ takes over.

Everybody has or will experience depdepressionression. Grief is a form of it. You may not be aware that you are depressed because it is all consuming.

My family and friends had no idea I suffered because I didn’t want to worry them. I kept it all inside. Hid behind alcohol. Rang helplines. I’m an introvert that behaves like an extrovert.

If you are contemplating ending your life, I urge you not too. Seek help from a doctor. Tell a friend or loved one. People really do care for you, whether you know it or not. Some strangers do! I care for everyone I meet. Message me, if you like – 0424 122 311. I am happy to help 🙂

If you are depressed there are solutions. If it is ongoing I suggest you seek medical support. If you just need lifting at this particular time I know some great essential oils and blends that you can try. Aromatherapy is exactly that! Aroma therapy.

These beautiful oil blends have been created by a team of scientists so the guess work is taken out for you. You can buy and use them individually or get the lot. I personally got the lot and worked my way through them all. Incredibly it really shifted some mindsets for me and I highly recommend them to anyone! The blends are Forgive (trees, herbs and emotional-aromatherapy_oil-lineup_smgrasses); Console (trees and floral); Peace (florals and mints); Motivate (mints and citrus); Cheer (citrus and spices) and Passion (spices, herbs and grasses). Each blend drops an ingredient and picks up another as you work along so they are designed to be used this way.

You may just be feeling angry and need to forgive someone so you just use Forgive. You may be feeling despair so you reach for Passion (love).

Sniff them from the bottle, diffuse or wear them. I tend to wear them so I can smell them throughout the day.

Let me know if you want some or if you would like to know more. Just comment below or email me at healingbygaia@gmail.com

❤ Deanne

How do I know my youth is all spent? Well my get-up-and-go has got up and went!

I am not THAT old but this rhyme has been popping up in my head lately. Breaking my foot and experiencing menopause has left me both weak and fatigued. My movement has been severely restricted and fatigue I discovered, and more when I ‘Googled’, is a symptom of menopause.

Right! How do I address this? Well the obvious solution is exercise, isn’t it. I may be restricted but I can do some things. There are exercises I can do laying down! The fatigue though…no desire to move is the issue.

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There’s a few ways to deal with this and the first thought is diet. Have I been drinking enough water? Well I had been drinking a lot but only because it was so hot here. Now I am drinking very little so I’ll start drinking water more often. I’ll even add a drop or two of one of my citrus oils into it as that hydrates more than plain water.

Magnesium….hmmm… Australian ‘soil’ has very little to offer so all Aussies are low in magnesium. I am taking the Lifelong Vitality pack by doTERRA which has magnesium in it so I should be right there.

Pottasium…a banana a day in my smoothies lately so I’m sure I’m good there.

Ginseng. Ooooh doTERRA’s Mito2Max has that in it. I’m sure I have a bottle of those little babies around. Why didn’t I think of that before? They are THE energy supplement. “Mito2Max is a proprietary formula of plant extracts and metabolic cofactors. This product is structured to naturally support healthy cellular energy production, optimal mitochondrial function, aerobic capacity, and stamina (without the use of harmful stimulants)”. Bring it on.getupandgo

There are oils I can use for energy too. Peppermint being the main one I use. It promotes healthy respiratory function and what is energy if it isn’t with oxygen. Elevation, the joyful blend, certainly lifts me up. My citrus in my water is energising.

Something I hadn’t tried though is Rosemary or Thyme. They are listed as oils for fatigue.  Lemon, Cinnamon and Bergamot are mentioned also. I have made a blend to rub a drop into the soles of my feet. That way they will enter my blood stream straight away and have a systemic effect. I really don’t know where I would be without my oils sometimes!!

If you want to know more comment below or email me at healingbygaia@gmail.com

❤ Deanne

 

emotionsI don’t know about you but there’s a lot going on around the planet right now that is driving me a little bit crazy. I don’t watch the news or read the papers because I don’t believe they are impartial and I don’t want to be influenced in my decisions. My business keeps me in social media and here is where you learn all the aspects, good and bad, and see all types of views on topics, good and bad. There is a lot of sh!t too but that’s easy to sift out. I am quite a passionate person so I can get emotionally involved sometimes and I really don’t like feeling the way I have been recently. Fortunately I can turn my laptop off and find solace in other areas of my life but for some its not that easy.

Stress can cause a multitude of issues in our bodies. Headaches being the primary symptom. When we are stressed our bodies tense, our blood pressure rises and we tend to be distracted. In worse cases stress can cause illness.

There are a lot of ways to release stress and preferably not with anger. Burning it off is a great way. Go for a brisk walk or a swim. Not only are you releasing all that tension your body is producing feel-good hormones. Take three deep breaths. This returns your focus inward and is calming as it distracts you from your current thoughts. I, of cheadachesourse, reach for my oils. There are many essential oils you can use for relaxing with the obvious one being lavender. Citruses are amazing too, especially orange as it is the nerve balancer. You can try ylang ylang; bergamot; roman chamomile; geranium; frankincense; marjoram; clary sage or sandalwood.

To avoid headaches stay well hydrated, eat well, and get enough rest. Failing that, reach for peppermint oil. It is wonderfully cooling and soothing. Rub it on your temples, neck and across your shoulders (diluted in carrier oil if you’d prefer). Be careful not to get it in your eyes! There are other oils like lavender; frankincense and basil that you can try too. If headaches are a ‘thing’ for you, I suggest you make a roller bottle up so you have something handy to grab when you need it. You will thank me for it 😉

If you would like to know more comment below or email me at healingbygaia@gmail.com

❤ Deanne