What I am learning more and more as I get older how important it is to manage my energy. Its a big game changer when I start running on empty. If I did not have the commitments I have it would be different, but I am a wife, mum, business owner, and athlete … I have a lot to juggle. So when I run on empty, then lots of things can start turning to crap especially my motivation!
When I am on empty, my motivation is terrible .. and when I am training – I am battling the negative mind trying to shut me down.
We all have days or weeks like this. I have just had one myself. I had a lot on my plate and trained hard last week, and just did not keep on top of things … on Monday I felt overwhelmed and had to re-group, and re-prioritise … get the grocery shopping done so my kids could eat, and clean the house so we could function ok again. Training unfortunately had to miss out … but it was the right decision and I reset myself to get going again on Tues. Even though I still have battled through the week, I know there are some things that help me get back on top of it.
- Surrounding yourself with positive people who have your back and believe in you. The ones that lift you up when you need it … those people are gold and you need them at these times.
- Using positive affirmations – making sure I am telling myself (the chattering mind in my head) good things. Getting rid of the negative. This is helpful by reading positive quotes
- Using uplifting essential oils I find really helpful too. I like Joy blend and also Valor I find really helpful in times of self doubt. I use valor on my skin, and usually diffuse Joy … also Stress Away helps.
- getting myself to training, even though its tough and I don’t feel like it – because I know I need the good endorphins and I will feel better for going
Life has its ups and downs, so we all hit these stages. Its all part of trying to Enjoy the Journey we call life.
When I am making jewellery I like to use semi-precious stones because of the extra properties they have. I will share some of these here
Onyx – Agate was highly valued as a talisman in ancient times and has been used as a traveler’s amulet for centuries. It is believed to bring good fortune, health, wealth and long life. As well as quenching thirst and preventing fevers, Persian magicians used agate to divert storms and athletes to increase vitality. It’s also said to bring self-confidence by banishing fear. Some call its strange patterns ‘cosmic caterpillar tracks’. Others’ swear that wearing these beads can heighten the spiritual consciousness and balance the body’s physical and mental states
Howlite – Howlite has similar benefits to turquoise – used for creativity, calming, and reducing anxiety and tension. It also encourages emotional expression, subtlety and tact, lessening rudeness. As well as helping to eliminate pain, stress and rage. A simple and gentle stone that aids sleep and helps to bring back wisdom from the dream state. Assists in loosening and dispersing muscular tension.
Turquoise – Ancient doctors thought turquoise prevented injury in accidents and ground it into a powder to cure stomach disorders, internal bleeding, and insect bites. Turquoise has always been used to protect the wearer from danger, attract wealth, and warn as a talisman or good luck charm. Some believe it will fade when danger or illness is near, or a lover is unfaithful. It is also said to protect against pollution and strengthen the body.
Blue Sodalite – Sodalite is a blue stone usually peppered with white calcite. Especially valuable for those in mental confusion – it helps rationalize decisions and calms the emotions. It also encourages self-expression, by uniting logical thought with the spirit and helping you realize that you don’t have to do things the way you always have. And it’s been said that a piece of sodalite under the pillow can help you remember dreams.
Green Malachite – with irregular black banding. Its green stripes have the ability to soothe and bring rest – helping sleep, meditation, the circulation and balancing emotions. The copper content helps rheumatism. It’s also the guardian stone of travelers who wear it to warn of danger. The magic of malachite is also thought to attract love and wealth and change energies in your life and environment. Some say malachite travels the world in search of energies to change. If your life is in a rut, try wearing malachite – but beware of unstoppable change. Malachite is especially fragile, so guard against scratches. Washing malachite in water will remove its protective polish.
Red Coral – Coral is not a true gemstone, but a product of marine life. However, it’s been used as a gem since prehistoric times. With a history of religious meaning, like being one of the seven treasures in Buddhist scriptures. Coral was long thought to be a strong talisman against evil spirits and hurricanes. It is also said to reduce blood flow, helping anemia, and is thought to give wisdom and prevent madness.
Its color ranges from white to red, but most red coral these days is dyed. It grows in branches that look like underwater trees. Most people think of coral on the coral reefs in the South Pacific like the Great Barrier Reef. However, these reefs are formed by a different species than the coral traditionally used in jewelry. Most of this coral is found in the Mediterranean Sea or in the Pacific off Japan and Taiwan.
Red Luck Jasper (hot pink) – Jasper is known as the “Patron stone of counselors and healers”. Being very healing and balancing, it was used for many different medications – like grinding into a powder to treat gall bladder and kidney disease. Ancient people used jasper to relieve pain, especially childbirth. Jasper is reported to sooth the nerves and to treat the kidneys, spleen, bladder, liver and stomach. Red jasper is an intensely protective stone, stabilizing the aura and bringing contentment – even said to assist astral travel during meditation