As author and playwright Hillary DePiano once said, “You can get excited about the future. The past won’t mind.” As the old year begins to wrap up its final days, we can thank it for the joys and opportunities that it presented and move on with a bright hope in our yearnings for even more next year. More love given, more risks taken, more vitality earned, more kindness offered, more wisdom gained, more friendships formed, and more strength built. As you prepare for a new year and a fresh new start, what hopes and dreams can you reach for?
Most people follow the celebratory revelry of December with the solemnity that comes from introspection and a deep resolve to do better in January. New Year’s Resolutions are frequently mocked by the cynical among us, who have experienced for themselves how insurmountable it can be to force change. But while you may not see the changes you have made when viewed from the lens of a week, a month, or even a year, if you take an honest look at your life over several years you will marvel at how far you have come without even realizing it.
Even though you may not attain your goals 100%, the 1% Rule teaches us that improving by just 1% each day will lead to monumental gains over the course of a month, a year, and a lifetime. At the very least, you are certain to get further by simply trying than by giving up on yourself. Even if you experience setbacks, a continuous pattern of two steps forward and one step back is still moving forward. Plus, when you care enough to even set a goal, it is almost impossible to avoid 1% daily improvements, even if all the strength you can muster is the commitment to try. Don’t let those cynical voices, whether internal or external, convince you that change is impossible. You have far more power within you than you realize.
When you think of New Year’s Resolutions, you probably think of the same old goals that everyone sets in January and forgets by February. You practically aren’t human if you haven’t set the goal, at some point in your life, to lose weight, hit the gym more, live a healthier lifestyle, or get better sleep. We all set these goals year after year because they are mind-blowingly difficult but at the same time, utterly crucial for a long and happy life. Thousands of books, articles, and pamphlets have been painstakingly thought out, written, and published to tell us what everyone already knows: We need to exercise, eat right, and get good sleep.
Obviously, if we all know this and yet these simple tasks consistently make up the top New Year’s Resolutions, there must be some sort of disconnect. Maybe one missing piece is that we lack the right tools to help us be successful and start feeling fit.
Nature has blessed us with everything we could ever need to stay well. With close to 400,000 plants currently known to man, and around 200 new ones being discovered every year, we have only begun to scratch the surface of uncovering all the benefits Mother Nature has for us. One way that mankind has benefitted from plant power for millennia is through aromatherapy. Aromatherapy uses essential oils in both complementary therapy (used with conventional medicine) and alternative medicine (used instead of conventional medicine.) Aromatherapy was prized by many ancient civilizations, such as the Greeks and Romans, as well as the Persians, Egyptians and Chinese. Today, aromatherapy is gaining popularity in holistic treatment and creating calming and encouraging atmospheres.
When it comes to your New Year’s Resolutions, essential oil aromatherapy is one surprising tool that can help you meet your goals. Sleep soundly with Lavender, Roman Chamomile, Ylang Ylang, and Lullaby. Boost your focus with Refreshing Wind or Eternal Flame. When you get better sleep and improve your concentration, you can give more of yourself to important tasks. Increase your energy with Citrus oils, Peppermint and Cinnamon Bark. This added energy will help you to enjoy your exercise regime far more, which is critical for sticking with it. If sore muscles and pain points are derailing your fitness plan, Eucalyptus, Frankincense, and Ginger Root are there to soothe! Thyme, Marjoram, Cypress, and Fire & Ice are always available to help out sore muscles. To keep your mind focused on your weight loss goals use Grapefruit or Ginger. Finally, avoid that trending cold and flu season just waiting to thwart all your best laid-out plans with Dragon’s Breath our protective blend!
As you set your New Year’s Resolutions for 2022, find out how Aromatherapy can help you succeed!