In my head, on a daily basis, I think about random topics all the time. It’s like there’s a giant pinball machine in my brain that whizzes between all these HUGE issues. Most of the time, I don’t think about them in great depth, it’s just that they are there taking space up in my head and one day I might actually think about how I can address the issues and what I can do about them.
This morning, I was describing the sort of things I think about to a friend: “One moment I’m wondering if Zika virus really is a hoax to cover up a botched crop spraying trial or not, the next I’m worrying about women having acrylic nails when they’re pregnant and then I’m thinking about how lobbyists for chemical manufacturers in the EU are quietly working to have natural occurring molecules in essential oils outlawed so they can peddle their fake synthetic versions. ….Oh my gosh! Three random subjects that I plucked from the ether are actually related!!!!! No wonder I’m always tired.”
I hadn’t consciously considered before how much the chemicals around us affect my regular (if somewhat strange) thought processes. Whilst it’s natural as a holistic therapist to consider alternatives to the most common household chemicals (did you know, for example, that drop for drop, Red Thyme essential oil is 28 times more effective as a germ and bactericide than bleach?) it’s maybe a bit of an over-extension to question the validity of a global health warning issued by the World Health Organisation.*
I’ll explain more about Thyme Oil in its various forms in another post, because otherwise this would be yet another example of how my mind pings from one subject to the next. Actually, I’ll write more about the other issues I mentioned as well. Particularly the lobbyists – it’s a subject that comes up again and again in holistic therapies in different forms – I’m digressing again. Acrylic nails though!
Sometimes, when my mind just won’t quieten down, I’ll make myself a blend of essential oils to help settle myself down. The blend is dependent on the time of day, and what it is that I want to achieve. During the day, I use “Focussed Me” which contains Lemon, Spearmint and Cypress to help me centre but stay alert, and at night my beautiful blend “Sleepy Me” with Mandarin, Lavender and Chamomile is just perfect to quieten those runaway thoughts. I’m also working on learning to meditate and practising some yogic breathing techniques which have health benefits beyond centring yourself in the moment and are easy and quick to do (apparently) once you’ve mastered the technique. This is part of my long term plan to achieve better health and greater peace of mind, a journey I’ll be sharing once I start to see the improvements!
I’d love to know what random thoughts swirl through your head when you least expect them, and what you do to bring them under control when they’re threatening your equilibrium.
*If you want to know more about Zika virus (not the conspiracy theory version) follow this link