It's a fact that none of us are perfect, so therefore we all have things we need to work on. The choices we make in every aspect of our life affect how we feel and act. For instance, what we choose to eat on a daily basis makes a big impact on our health. This is a behavioral choice.
Unhealthy behavioral choices account for more than one million deaths each year in the U.S. That is nearly half of the total U.S. deaths, according to the National Institutes of Death. Alcohol and tobacco abuse, inactivity, and unhealthy food choices are some of the obvious. Most people know these things are not good for them and many have good intentions when it comes to wanting to change.
But good intentions alone are not enough. We have many things that hinder us from overcoming these behaviors, such as our thought processes, social influences, our experiences, our beliefs and even our genetic makeup.
Research shows 8 reasons why people choose the unhealthy behaviors they do.
1. Instant Gratification- We live in an on-demand society. The world has conditioned us to want, expect and receive instant everything. This teaches people not to look at the harmful long-term effects.
2. The long term effects are felt sometime in the future, not immediately. So it sets up the mentality to enjoy now, pay later or maybe never pay at all.
3. Rationalizing the behavior by thinking, "It won't happen to me" or "I'll get hurt anyway, so why bother."
4. Thinking we won't be affected because we only have a couple drinks, or we basically eat a good diet.
5. People are simply overwhelmed by too much to think about.
6. Feeling reduced risk with someone we like or are close to and increased risk with someone we dislike. For example, a person might under react to possible sexual risk from a spouse, and over react to contact with an Aids patient.
7. Using genetics as an excuse for certain behavior choices, saying things like, "I can't help it."
8. Sometimes these choices are viewed as a need. For instance, someone may use caffeine or nicotine to bring the brain up to what they think is a normal function. It usually serves as a stress-reliever, a comfort, or is viewed as just plain fun. And until the person finds the reasons for their behavior and makes a conscious decision to make a better choice to fill the need, change won't happen.
I mentioned some obvious things that people would probably like to change, but how about more subtle things like procrastination, always being late, not keeping commitments and the list could go on. Can using therapeutic grade essential oils help these things as well?
My personal experience is yes it can. Since I work from home, I need to be very disciplined in what I get accomplished and it could be very easy for me to put things off. Feelings of being overwhelmed can creep in there too. And then before you know it, you are way behind. These are learned behaviors. Using organic essential oils has kept me on track. I could have easily given up long ago had it not been for the oils.
So here are a few of my suggestions to help you make better behavioral choices…
1. Make a conscious decision to change if that's what you desire. Then re-affirm your decision each morning. Many of us have more than one thing we would like to change. Start with ONE. I keep several Young Living Oils by my bed so that I can use them first thing upon awakening. And a good one to start with is the blend called Awaken. It enhances inner self knowledge in order to make desirable transitions, helping you to reach your highest potential. Directly inhale it. You can also diffuse it in the air, or apply a couple drops over the heart, on the wrists, neck, temples, and on the bottom of the feet.
2. Change doesn't happen overnight of course, so accepting the fact it will take time and not give up is key. Using the blend of Acceptance can help. It stimulates the mind, compelling it to open and accept new healthier behaviors in life. It also helps to overcome procrastination and denial. You can apply over the heart and thymus, on wrists, behind ears, on neck and temples.
3. Keep a success diary and log even the smallest successes. This reinforces positive behavioral choices.
4. Be conscious of the choices you make each day and ask yourself… "Is this the highest choice you can make?" Treat your life and your body like it is the only one you have… because it is!
5. Remember, you always have the power to make higher choices. Never give up or stop believing that you have the power to change your life. Using the oil blend of Believe helps release the unlimited potential everyone possesses, making it possible to experience health, happiness and vitality more fully. Diffuse it, inhale it, apply it over the heart and on the bottom of the feet.
A few other blends to use are Highest Potential, Motivation, and Magnify Your Purpose.
Vow to make a commitment to yourself. Young Living Essential Oils can help.
Good Health to You,
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Carol is an essential oil educator and a certified reflexologist. As a distributor of Young Living Essential Oils, she teaches the importance of using genuine, authentic essential oils for health and healing. She has been an advocate of natural health and wellness for the past 35 years. Among the things she has studied includes, the use essential oils, iridology, muscle testing, nutrition, tapping and other forms of energy medicine.