Lavender essential oil helps us to open the space for self-care, both within our bodies as well as our spirit. This plant has been used for many years for both its aromatic and medicinal properties. The name comes from the Latin lavare meaning "to wash." No wonder it is a favorite for bath time and scenting linens.Read More
Last week I went to the Florida Nursing Student Association convention as a speaker on self-care. I offered these caretakers-in-training one of the best tools I have found for my own self care: carving out the time for contemplative writing. To make it more fun, we integrated the use of essential oils to go deeper in this process.
After reflecting on "what nurtures me?," I asked the class if they could name something they do to nurture themselves. One said going out in nature brings her back to what's important. Another shared that she will go get a pedicure when she needs some time out. One student that is away from home said calling her family will help her re-center, and a fourth stated simply that praying is in her regular self-care ritual.
So I pose the question to you, what truly nurtures you when your cup is empty? How often do you take time out for this practice?