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 five 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 every day!
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.
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!
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 downtime? I love using Lavender, Peace and Calming, and Rosemary in my Epsom salt bath. Just depends on my mood what I will pick!
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 its best ability!
I incorporate several oils every day 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 throughout the day: Joy, Peace and Calming, Harmony, Stress Away, Inspiration, Acceptance, White Angelica, Valor, and Orange.
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, 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 pinpoint 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.