Are you thinking about making some New Year’s resolutions this year? If so, you’re not alone—millions of American start the new year dedicated to making improvements in their lives. While we ring in the new year with many good intentions, the fact is that over half of our resolutions aren’t successful. To give yourself the best shot at sticking with your resolutions this year, try setting goals that are both achievable and meaningful. Don’t choose to do things because of what others want or what society expects of you. If it’s not something you’re passionate about, you’re not likely to stay with it. Get clear on what you want to achieve and create a realistic plan for making it happen.
While sticking to your resolutions can be challenging, you can boost your likelihood of success by having a little help along the way. Essential oils are the perfect addition on your path toward personal growth and success. No matter what it is you are setting out to achieve, we’ve got the oils that can give you the support and motivation to make it happen this new year. Our list of resolutions will provide a little inspiration on how you can use essential oils on your personal journey to transformation.
Resolution #1: Lose Weight
It’s no surprise that losing weight is the top New Year’s resolution at the start of every January. People rush to buy the newest diet books and exercise equipment, but it can be hard to stick to a new way of eating and activity level. What if there was a different way?
If you thought we were going to suggest essential oils, you’d be right! Smell plays a big role when it comes to hunger cues, and many essential oils can help curb cravings. They are easy to use, their aromas are pleasant, and they can really work to help tame those junk food cravings. Another great thing about using essential oils to help you on your weight loss journey is that it isn’t a diet or exercise regimen. Essential oils are simple to incorporate into your daily life and easy to stick with—unlike diets! Learn more about how essential oils and weight loss can help you achieve your goals this year.
Resolution #2: Get More Sleep
If you are like many Americans who struggle to get enough sleep, you might be resolving to get to bed on time this year. After a stressful day and one too many cups of coffee, it can be hard to fall asleep even when you do hit the sheets. This year try incorporating essential oils into your bedtime routine.
Whether it’s a hot bath, a bedroom diffuser or massage oil, you’ll find that the right essential oils can bring relaxation and set the tone for a glorious night’s sleep. Learn more about our favorite essential oils for sleep, or try using our blend Sleep Aid to promote the restful slumber you’ve wished for all year.
Resolution #3: Reduce Stress
After the stress of the holiday season has you feeling drained, you’ll want to start the new year with some tools to help you better manage the pressures that life throws at you. One of the most popular and effective ways to use essential oils is for stress relief. Many oils promote feelings of relaxation and ease, and they are a natural way to help you feel more balanced when life has you on a roller coaster.
We recommend these seven essential oils for stress. We’ve also got some fantastic blends that incorporate the most effective oils for promoting a peaceful mood. You’ll love our Worry Free Synergy blend as well as our Tranquil blend to help kick off the new year with the right mindset.
Resolution #4: Spend Less, Save More
We could all use a few more dollars in our pockets this year. Life is expensive, but it doesn’t have to be as pricey when you replace expensive store-bought household items with natural essential oil-based DIY products. Not only do DIY creations like an all-purpose cleaner, dishwasher detergent, and lotion save you money, they are healthier and safer for your family and pets!
Making safe and natural products at home is an excellent activity to share with your children. They will be excited to put their creations to work while cleaning up! They will also love the aromas, and maybe even develop an appreciation for fresh, clean surfaces – but we can’t make any promises. Curious about what oils to use around the house? Here are our six favorite essential oils for cleaning your home and how to use them to make your home sparkle this year. Your pocketbook will thank you!
Resolution #5: Get Organized
Getting organized is one of those items on our list of resolutions that we want to do—but hate doing. It can be hard even to know where to start! If you are an essential oil enthusiast like we are, why not start with getting all those bottles around the house organized? Your essential oil collection is an investment in your health and happiness. When you don’t have an organization system for your oils, they can get misplaced causing you to miss out on their benefits and your investment. Keeping them organized and properly stored will help them last longer and give you easier access to all the great things they can provide. We’ve got an excellent article that talks you through a simple step-by-step process to organize your oils in a way that works for you and brings you joy this new year.
Resolution #6: Get More Exercise
Exercise! The resolution that many of us go after inevitably, following a season of indulging on fatty food and relaxing by the fire. A new year can mean a new you if you’ve got some tools to help you stay motivated and excited to get moving. Essential oils can help with everything from boosting energy and soothing overworked muscles to promoting workout recovery. Add some to a diffuser while you put on your workout clothes or dilute a little and massage on your chest to give your workout a boost. Don’t forget to cool down and unwind post-workout. Enjoy some relaxation time with calming oils to keep from feeling burnt out.
If you haven’t tried essential oils for exercise yet, you might be surprised at how they can help you get into the right mindset to stick to your goals. Use these essential oils to boost your energy and make that 6a.m. workout happen this year.
Resolution #7: Eat Healthier
Eating healthy is one of the most important things you can do to optimize your overall health and wellness. You know when your body is telling you it’s time for a change, so this year, listen to it! We are extra motivated around the new year after a long season of indulging on sugar-laced and gravy-covered fare. But sticking to a new way of eating can be challenging over the long haul.
This year let essential oils come to the rescue! When you are feeling the junk food cravings come on, fire up your diffuser before you reach for that bag of chips. Our Munchy Stop Synergy Blend that contains some of the most potent oils to stop cravings in their tracks. It also offers a bright, citrusy aroma that will keep you feeling energized and excited to stay on track with your new year’s resolutions.
Resolution #8: Practice Better Self-Care
Sometimes it’s easy to spend all of our energy taking care of those around us—both at home and at work. You may think you don’t have time, but if you don’t take care of yourself, you won’t be able to perform at your best and be the parent, friend or employee you want to be. Self-care is essential—not selfish—so make sure to start the year by committing to giving yourself a little love from time to time.
Essential oils have so many useful applications that you won’t run out of ways to incorporate them into a self-care routine. Take a look at our blog post for simple DIY ideas to elevate your self-care routine with essential oils. This year get prepared to take self-care to the next level, and then take on the world!
Resolution #9: Quit Smoking
Quitting smoking is one of the most challenging but most beneficial things you can do for your health and longevity. It’s a tough process, but if you make a plan, ask for support from friends and family and stay determined, you can do it!
Even with support, it’s good to have a plan for what to do when the cravings hit. One helpful option to keep in your toolbox is essential oils. Certain oils can help curb cravings and take your mind off of the urge to smoke. There are also oils that can help ease the symptoms associated with nicotine withdrawals like irritability and stress. Plant Therapy’s Chill Out Blend can help relieve the tension and boost your mood when you are experiencing withdrawal. Learn more about how essential oils can help you quit when you’re ready to make the change. It will be one of the best decisions you ever make.
Resolution #10: Take on a New Hobby
Have you felt like there is something missing from your life? A creative outlet or a new enjoyable way to spend your free time? Try starting this year out with a fun new hobby! They are rewarding and will help to enrich your life. It could be something creative like drawing or something that enables you to connect with nature like gardening or hiking. Feeling isolated? A social hobby like a knitting circle or book club can help you connect with new friends.
While there are many options when it comes to finding a new passion, learning how to work with essential oils is the perfect choice for an oil lover. You can learn to make skincare products like soaps, lotions, body scrubs, bath goodies—anything that touches your skin! You can make perfumes, room sprays and learn to create your own unique blends. Your new essential oil hobby will have the people in your life feeling delighted when you give them your creations as gifts, and you can even try selling your items at craft fairs or online stores. The possibilities are limitless when you nurture your creative side this year.
Are you feeling motivated yet? We hope so! You now have some ideas for developing your unique and meaningful resolutions this new year. Remember, sticking to resolutions is challenging, but it’s not impossible. Make sure your goals are achievable and fit the vision you have for your life. You can make this year your best yet. We believe in you, and we have the essential oils to help you reach your goals.
Are you new to essential oils? If so, start with our Essential Oils for Beginners guide. It’s a crash course that will get you up to speed on the basics. With a little patience, you will have a whole new set of tools in your belt, and ideas on how to use them to improve your life. Happy New Year!