The Reality, Truth, and Hope of Living Emotionally Whole

30
May
2014

The Reality, Truth, and Hope of Living Emotionally Whole

I began to share my journey with emotional mama overload and brain overload almost a year and a half ago. I was a bit scared to share my first post on using Joy, but you all were so gracious with me! It was not something I really talked about much, but I knew the Lord was calling me to step outside my comfort zone and bring others into the light and not be ashamed of this condition.

I know so many other moms struggle with emotional balance, mom overwhelm, the racing heart, weepiness, and hopelessness. For me, it was a struggle for over 15 years. There would be ups and downs, good times and bad times, and some really bad times.   

For instance, shortly after I was married to my wonderful, “dreamy”, perfect for me husband, I fell into a complete black hole of an abyss. He knew about my emotional struggles and accepted me wholeheartedly, but he had not seen the deep fallings, those times I couldn’t hold it together and “look” alright.

I was in bed for 5 days, not moving, not eating, crying uncontrollably and feeling desperate and hopeless, but I couldn’t express it. He was scared and rightly so. He helped me, walked alongside me and we entered a season of combating this ugly, suffocating, and debilitating condition.

I should have been the happiest “new bride”, but I was miserable and overwhelmed.

I shared a little over a year ago that I was on a journey to support my mood naturally. It was something I had tried to do many times in my life – yet failed. I have been successful and want to bring hope to others!  

I know that God has redeemed my story in a way to share and be a light to other moms who are struggling in the same pattern as I was. Who are lost, hopeless, and overwhelmed with sadness. Through constant prayer, lifestyle changes, and being more aware of my emotional needs, I have become a conqueror!

I want you all to know, even in the midst of despair, you can realize HOPE! I have found essential oils to be very helpful in supporting my mood and helping me feel whole, refreshed, and vibrant.

God can redeem and He does it everyday!

I still do many of the things that I shared in my post a year ago, but I have added a few more things I think would be helpful for those who are looking to change their life living with unstable moods. Prayer, essential oils, and diet can make a huge difference! I do not feel I am healed completely, as I do still struggle, but the difference is I recognize signs that are very common to me now and find an oil to help counteract those feelings and keep things from escalating – or spiraling out of control.

NingXia Red

I began drinking NingXia Red about a year ago, every day – consistently 1-2 ounces.  This is an amazing antioxidant drink made with wolfberry superfruit and 100 percent pure essential oils. It gives me energy and helps keep my immune system working in full swing. I have my whole family drinking it too!   

NingXia Red

Epsom Salt baths

My one continued self-care need during the week is at least ONE bath. The magnesium is critical to good sleep and detoxing the body and why not get a few minutes of down time? I love using Lavender, Peace and Calming, and Rosemary in my Epsom Salt bath. Just depends on my mood what I will pick!

Paleo Diet/Gluten-Free

I have continued a journey of healthier eating, which includes eating mainly gluten-free, which I have done now for over two years, but also switched to a more paleo diet – having raw milk, pastured pork, grass-fed beef and grain-free, free range eggs. This has helped a great deal with feeling good emotionally and helping with my Lupus symptoms. Of course, it makes perfect sense, putting good stuff in the body helps it run to it’s best ability!

Essential Oils

I incorporate several oils everyday for emotional support. I shared a lot about my daily routine in my post on a Day in the Life Of an Oily Mom – so you can hop over there and check it out. I have on hand and use at different times through out the day:  Joy, Peace and Calming, Harmony, Stress Away, Inspiration, Acceptance, White Angelica, Valor, and Orange.  

Quiet Time

This is my key ingredient to living a full life – when I am struggling to find quiet time with God, my life struggles. I enjoy being involved in our online book studies (can’t wait to start the new one on Monday!), having community with a group of ladies locally and being accountable to, as well as prayer and worship music. It all flows together and when it does, it truly helps. When things begin to unravel for me, I can quickly pin-point to a lack of time alone with God and in His word.

Using essential oils with prayer is very helpful. I look back at my life over a year ago and am so thankful to be on a new path and journey to better health!

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 *These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. The information on this website is based upon my research and personal use of Young Living Essential Oils. I am not a doctor. Products and techniques mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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  • Hi Susan – I just wanted to say that I think you are amazing. I think it takes a lot of courage to share your journey with everyone. Thank you for all of the support and advice that you give. I am glad that I found your blog. I read it everyday, it’s part of my routine.:)

  • Katrina

    Not only is what your doing helpful to yourself but you are setting a tremendous example for your children. I grew up with a mom who also had depression. I remember she spent a lot of time in bed. I am so thankful for her example of doing what she could to manage her depression. I know other moms with depression who worry so much about the fact that they aren’t one of the fun moms or that they’ve passed these problems on to their children. I just want to share, having been one of those children, that I learned love didn’t mean doing everything everyone else was and I learned so many skills about managing my own physical, mental, and spiritual health because of my mom’s example battling depression. Thank you for helping other moms manage such a difficult and personal task.

  • Thank you for giving me an entirely different perspective! Yes, caring for our self is good for everyone, but especially a great example for our kids. It does help them learn to take action rather than feel a victim 🙂

  • Amy

    Thank you for sharing this! We feel pressured as moms to do it all, be it all and have it all, and then we are left wondering what is wrong with US when the depression and overwhelm hit! It is not easy to juggle everything in life, but as a single mom who has been to dark places myself, it really resonates that we need to slow down, listen to our bodies, and take care of ourselves. It is not selfish, it is necessary to be sane in an insane world. I appreciate reading about your journey and lessons.

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