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How to make a difference to your life in 5 simple steps

How to make a difference to your life in 5 simple steps

How to make a difference to your life on a budget and with minimum effort!

Do you find that you keep doing the same things over and over again, getting the same results? What if there were a few simple steps that you could take to make a difference to the way your life flows?  It could be that taking an hour or two out of your life today could help you save lots of time and money in the future! Here’s how! 

Firstly we need to think about what will make the biggest difference

Take a few minutes and decide what one thing you could change that would make the biggest difference in your life.  What one thing annoys you the most? Let’s call this the superficial problem. This is the problem that’s presenting itself to you in its rawest form.

It could be that you’re always late for work because you can’t find matching socks! Or it could be that you’re tired all the time because you’re not getting enough sleep. Or maybe you have clutter that you no longer need but you’re not sure what to do with? Maybe you don’t have time to sort out the laundry as you’re busy at work and too tired once you get home? Or it could be that you’re feeling burnt out due to never having a minute to yourself. Or you’re tired and stressed after work so relying heavily on takeaways and fast food as you’d don’t have energy to cook? Maybe you’re working from home from the dining table and your back is hurting after staring at a computer screen for 8 hours flat sitting on a hard dining chair? 

 

make a difference what is the main problem

Now we need to think of the bigger issue

We’ve looked at the superficial problem, the ‘what!’  Now we need to think about why it’s a problem? What can we do to solve it? 

Going back to the unmatched socks. Maybe the reason there are no socks to be seen is because there’s no specific place of them to live? Or creating a system of dealing with socks like having a basket for them to go in may sort the problem out. It could be that you need to buy 7 pairs of plain black socks for each family member so that everyone has a weeks worth of socks!

If you can’t sleep, think about what wakes you up on a night? Do you need to use the loo? If so consider having fewer drinks during the evening and cut back on caffeine and salty snacks. Or maybe you wake up feeling cold, hungry or too hot? These things need to be addressed in order for you to get a good nights sleep. Maybe someone is snoring or a light has been left on, causing you to wake in the night?

Maybe your head is spinning with thoughts, ideas and reruns of your day? If this is the case writing everything down in your diary or journal is a great way of offloading these things, allowing your brain to be able to switch off and rest.

 

Think of solutions to the problem

For this bit you may need to buy something, or speak to someone. You may need to ask for advice or book an appointment to see someone. There are often lots of different ways to solve the problem that you’ve highlighted. I invite you to be playful and creative finding a solution. Solutions can be fun!

If you find your mornings are fraught with finding things for the day ahead, try laying everything out the night before. Having a hook behind your door for your outfit can be helpful. Or create space in your hallway for your work bag and shoes. Create a space to keep your car keys and glasses if applicable so you’re not having to spend time looking for them! 

If necessary buy more storage so you have a home for everything. Also declutter if necessary so you can find things more easily!

Let go of anything you no longer need. Find the telephone number of local charities that collect big items or list things on your local online marketplace.

 

If you’ve not got any energy towards the end of a busy day pop dinner into the slow cooker before you go out then you’ll come home to a hot meal with no extra effort needed on your part!

If you’re struggling with your at home office and your dining room really isn’t cutting the mustard, maybe investing in a desk chair or adjusting the height of your screen would help?

Evaluate the situation!

Once you’ve found a solution to the problem, it’s time to evaluate to see how well it’s working and if it’s managed to make a difference to your life! 

Has the solution you’ve put in place completely resolved the issue you were facing or do you need to do something else? If so what? It could be you need some labels so you can clearly see what is in your storage baskets or something else. 

Once you’re happy with the solution to the problem you can think about what other things are causing problems for you right now and start the process again!

 

What now?

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Basil Essential oil (or Ocimum Basilicum to give it its botanical name) is a bright, cheerful oil. It’s great for clearing the mind and for relieving headaches

Note: Top

Plant Family: Labiatae (Lamiaceae)

Plant Source: Leaves and Flowers of the whole basil plant

Countries of Origin: Originally Africa nad Asia, but now from Italy, France and the USA

Method of Extraction: Steam Distillation

 

Therapeutic action of basil essential oil

Therapeutic Action of Basil Oil:

  • Uplifting
  • Antidepressant
  • Clears the head
  • Aids Concentration
  • Helps ease headaches
  • Antispasmodic
  • Brings Clarity
  • Analgesic
  • Helps with focus
  • Good for digestion
  • Antiseptic
  • Emmenagogue

 For the digestive system

Basil Essential oil is great for the digestive system. Its anti-spasmodic properties mean that it can be useful for relieving the symptoms of stomach ache and irritable bowel syndrome. It is also good for increasing appetite. 

basil essential oil helpful for irritable bowel syndrome

Antiseptic, prophylactic (helps prevent disease)

Like many essential oils, Basil has antiseptic properties. It is also a prophylactic, helping prevent disease.

Helpful for periods

Basil is an emmenagogue which may be useful for women suffering from very light, absent or scanty periods but should NOT be used in pregnancy for this same reason

Respiratory System

Basil essential oil has a clearing and expectorant effect which makes it great for clearing congestion, sinusitis, influenza, asthma, bronchitis and cattarh

Calming, useful for anxiety , warming

Basil can be used for anxiety, calming frayed nerves and has a calming effect. It is also warming

Revitalising, Relieves exhaustion

Basil is great for giving you a little pick me up when you’re feeling physically or emotionally tired.

Analgesic, helps relieve pain

Basil is helpful in relieving pain, especially the pain associated with muscle spasms. Helps relieve pain associated with rheumatism and gout

Anti-inflammatory, good for acne

Basil essential oil is useful for treating acne as it has anti-inflammatory properties as well as being antiseptic and bacteriacide. It’s anti-inflammatory effects are useful for wasp stings as they can calm and soothe the sting site

Insecticide and Insect Repellant

Insects really do not like basil oil so it makes a great insect repellant. It also has insecticide properties.

Stimulating or stupefying depending how much you use!

Basil essential oil has a very curious property in that it has stimulating effects if used in small quantities but when used in excess it can be stupefying! You have been warned!

uses of basil essential oil

How to use Basil Essential Oil

Use in a Diffuser

Add 3-4 drops of essential oil into a diffuser along with the recommended amount of water.

 This is especially good for relieving the pain of headaches and for clearing congestion in the sinuses

 

cold compress

Make a Compress

Add a couple of drops of basil essential oil into a teaspoonful of carrier oil (like grapeseed or sweet almond oil) and stir into a bowl of cold water. Dip a flannel into the water and squeeze the excess water out.

Apply to the affected area, avoiding the eyes.

warning

Safety Data

  • Basil can irritate sensitive skin so it is vital that you do a patch test before using it on skin
  • Basil must be well diluted with a carrier oil if using on skin or in a compress
  • Sensitivity can occur if you use basil oil for prolonged periods or if you use it frequently
  • Do NOT use in pregnancy
  • Do NOT use whilst breastfeeding
  • Do NOT use on children under the age of 15
  • Hepatoxic do NOT use if you have a liver problem
  • Can be too stimulating for people living with epilepsy best to avoid using
  • Basil is NOT suitable for people with insomnia or who struggle to sleep.
  • As basil essential oil is stimulating it is best kept for the early part of the day, or if you are having a long night out. If you’re planning on having an early night do NOT use after 6pm!
  • Do NOT take internally (ingest) any essential oil
  • Do NOT use on pets

 

Basil Essential Oil Blends well with

  • Lavender
  • Geranium
  • Marjoram
  • Clary Sage
  • Melissa
  • Bergamot
  • Lemon
  • Orange
  • Neroli
  • Sandalwood
  • Black Pepper
  • Frankincense
  • Pine

Remember

Always consult a qualified aromatherapist before using essential oils, especially if you are having treatment for any condition or are taking medications or homeopathic remedies as there may be an interaction.

DO NOT ingest essential oils

Do NOT use essential oils whilst pregnant or breastfeeding unless advised to do so by a qualified Aromatherapist

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