The Waiting Room


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Today I started the morning in panic mode. My young Mighty Mouse had a cardiology appointment at the hospital. Now my son has lots of appointments for lots of different things. I am a grateful for his good health at the moment, and grateful for his amazing quality of life. Still he has some health issues that need to be managed and monitored.
 So that means lots of different doctors appointments and clinics. Some our outpatients clinics that don’t need referrals.Some are specialist that we have ongoing referrals for. Then there is this one clinic that sort of outpatients/specialist that needs a new referral every twelve months.
This morning I realised it was that clinic and no I didn’t have a referral. So panic stations, to my relief my one of the doctors at my son’s family medical clinic has organised a  referral for him. It is not easy co-ordinating  my son’s medical management.  The system doesn’t make it easy, after all I am just a Mum not a case manager or events co-ordinator which would probably suit this role better than just mummy skills.
So here are my Mummy tips for the long wait in the waiting room: Take something interesting to do!
  • iPads, DS NIntendo, Game boy ( Kids will happily spend two hours playing computer games)
  • Books and Magazines ( The long wait is the perfect time to catch up on some reading)
  • Podcasts ( You could probably listen to one or two podcasts during your wait time)
  • Music put the head phones in and listen to your favourite music.

I love technology it has made the long wait in the waiting room so much more enjoyable. I remember a time when you had to take books, and toys along and kids would get so bored they were driven to naughtiness. Whilst those hours of naughty screaming kids resulted in  me having a throbbing headache that required Panadol. I often think they should just have referral, X-rays, medicare card, and most importantly bring some form of entertainment to occupy yourself and child during the long wait clearly documented on the appointment letter. That way we would all be prepared, and the long wait could simply be a time to relax and be entertained.

Resources on the web:
This was the only site I could find with any practical and fun ideas.
Wishing you all a wonderful day
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Aromatherapy Favourites Simple and Easy.

oil burner

So busy not time to do anything so I thought a quick post about self-care would be appropriate.

 

 

For many years I have possessed the most useful aromatherapy book, Health Scents by Alan Hayes. A book about aromatherapy for health and healing.

I feel that aromatherapy can be a very affordable way to care for a health. It is a simple way to focus our mood and let our natural body heal itself. It is easy to just take a pill however I think sometimes we can avoid the pills by using so aromatherapy especially for self-care and health maintenance.

Here are some simple combinations to use in the bath. Just dilute 10 drops of  essential oil into 40 mls of carrier oil such as almond oil, store in an air tight bottle and keep in a dark cupboard to protect from light and sun. You can get special bottle but they cost a lot more.

Just add 10 drops of your favourite combination mixtures to your bath. I like to use my in a carrier oil like above as this infuses into my bath better and gives just the right strength of the aroma. I don’t like to aroma to be too overpowering.  I just add the 10 drops of mixture under a running tap of hot water into the bath.

A couple of my favourite combinations from the book are as follows:

Revitalise Combination.

5 drops of bergamot essential oil

5 drops of ylang – ylang essential oil

 

Relax and Unwind Combination

5 drops of lavender essential oil

5 drops of rosewood essential oil

Insomnia

Then just one final simple and easy trick for a good night sleep is to place one drop of lavender oil on a piece of cotton wool or hanky and place it under the pillow slip, this can help you relax and drift of to sleep.

Warning

Use oils with common sense, and always be careful about what oils you use if you are pregnant or have allergies. Don’t put essential oils directly onto your skin remember to dilute them in an appropriate amount of carrier oil.

Disclaimer

I am only a novice in aromatherapy, and only know what I have learned over the years on the subject from my interest in it as a hobby. I have found many helpful books and have learnt about the subject from short workshops. This information is not expert advice.

 

Self-Care

Caring for myself helps me be better able to care for others.

Some of my self-care practices for today.

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Sipping tea and saying positive affirmations.( 5 minutes)

 

Artists Way

 

Penning words, thoughts and dreams in my journal, doing morning pages (30 minutes)

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Listening to relaxing music through out the day as I  did my worked.

 

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A lunch time walk around the lake with my beautiful dog Little Miss Popularity.(1 hour)

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Lunch at the fountain during my walk, enjoying the view and my food.

Infusing my life with such wonderful self-care practices revitalises me, making me feel refreshed and leave me with the feeling that life is wonderful.

What self-care practices did you do today?  Please leave a comment I would love to read your thoughts.

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

Essential oils that improve clear thinking, memory and focus.

Today I thought I would add another post from my old blog “Just”, although I have stop blogging on Just it is still out there in the blog world. My old blog wasn’t quiet what I wanted. It actually started out as a school project. However it served its purpose by helping me to learn a lot about learning, and technology especially computers. It also introduced me to blogging. This is one of my favourite and personally useful  posts.

I delight in using my oil burner to diffuse the lovely scent of oils throughout my house. The diffusing of essential oils can actually create a mood like relaxation, uplifting and even increasing clear thinking and memory.
Currently I enjoy using lavender which I find creates a relaxing mood, alleviates stress and often helps slow me down at the end of a busy day. At other times I use a refreshing blend which includes essential oils such as rosemary, rosewood, lime and basil. I find this creates an uplifting mood and helps my concentration. This is good to use to start my day off or when I sit down to do a block of work.
Then I started to wonder what essential oils could improve clear thinking, memory and focus. That way I could defuse essential oils to assist with my work, and study. So I did some research and came up with the following essential oils:
  • Rosemary: This essential oil is good for clearing the mind, promotes clear thinking, and improves memory.
  • Peppermint: This essential oil is good for relieving mental fatigue, refreshing the spirit and also is mentally stimulating and is known to improve concentration levels.
  • frankincense: This essential oil aids meditation and assists to quieten the mind. Very good to assist getting focus and clearing the mind.
  • Basil: This essential oil helps to uplift and strengthen, it is known to help overcome emotional negativity and mental fatigue. It helps to improve alertness and attentiveness.
  • Eucalyptus: This essential oil helps to improve concentration and purifies the air.
  • Lemongrass: This essential oil creates a stimulating mood.
  • Bergamot: This essential oil creates an uplifting mood.

Many of these essential oils work well together as a blend like my Refreshing Blend, another blend I came across was a energising Blend, which uses the essential oils Basil, Bergamot, Lemongrass and Peppermint.

This combination aids to uplift the mood, awaken the mind, improve alertness and improve concentration. A good combination to assist clear thinking.
Using essential oils can certainly have a positive affect on our mood and can be used to improve our everyday life. Some essential oils must be used with caution especially when pregnant. There is lots of information out there about them so be sure to look them up before using them. For me I will continue to use essential oils with purpose to enhance clear thinking, lift my mood, and even to relax when needed.