Thursday, February 12, 2015

When a child REALLY doesn't want to go to school…

Some kids just don't enjoy school. They are bored by the subjects, sometimes because they don't challenge them, they don't enjoy the company of the other children, and they simply don't like the teacher. Or – they're the type who will in adulthood be found in a physical, outdoor job because they can't stand being stuck indoors.

But what about kids who once enjoyed school and now don't want to go back?

The problem could stem from some setback in class – perhaps an embarrassment over a mistake. I recall being a child and unable to correctly pronounce words in French. Other students made fun of me and I let their ridicule prevent me from speaking it at all – so I never learned even what little would have been learned in a 3rd grade classroom. 

Children obviously do need to go to school – or have a parent who can stay home and provide home study. So how can you make it less painful for them?

Treat them with the flower essence Gentian.

Gentian is Dr. Bach's answer to skepticism, doubt, pessimism, and discouragement. It can help the child regain his optimism and his faith and confidence in being able to master his lessons – and to rise above the occasion when he does make a mistake.

After treatment, your child might realize that obstacles and mistakes are nothing more than opportunities to learn what you don't know – so you can increase your knowledge. 

Monday, January 12, 2015

Are you "sorry" for no good reason?

Do you say the words ‘I’m sorry’ several times each day?

If so, did you know that saying these words repeatedly can actually have a negative impact on your health, wealth, and overall well-being?

When you say ‘I’m sorry’ too much, others see it as a sign of weakness or low self esteem, thus undermining your chances of career advancement. It's also annoying to talk with someone who is "sorry" for everything – so it will hurt your social life.

But worse, when you say you're sorry too often, you'll begin to feel like "a sorry excuse for a person." You really WILL develop low self-esteem, and could go into full-blown depression, which is a health hazard.

So if you think you might be saying "I'm sorry" more often than you should, take these steps.

First, realize that you cannot please everyone all of the time. If you need to say "no" to a request, do so without being sorry. You only have so many hours in a day and it is your choice how to use them. No need to apologize.

Next, listen to yourself and be honest. Are you genuinely making that many mistakes or hurting people's feelings continuously throughout the day? Or are you feeling intimidated – or even taking the blame for other people's mistakes?

Save your apologies for when you've genuinely done something wrong - when you've hurt someone’s feelings or when you’re offering your condolences.

Last, visit FeelBach! and get yourself a bottle of Dr. Bach's Pine flower essence. Pine will help re-balance your energies and give you the energy and will to stop feeling sorry all the time.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Keep your pets safe this holiday season...

Christmas and New Year's – a time when your house is filled with treats, and possibly filled with strangers.
Both can cause your dogs and cats distress.

First, the treats. When company is coming, they're often left in bowls around the house, where an enterprising dog or cat can not only reach them, but devour the whole bowl full if the humans happen to be off in another room. Chocolate can be deadly for dogs, especially small dogs. Rains are also poisonous to dogs.

But poison aside, even sugar cookies can cause digestive distress when eaten in quantities. Keep those treats out of reach when you aren't there to keep an eye on them. AND discourage your visitors from giving in to pets who look at them with soulful eyes, trying to convince them to share.

Then, the strangers. Cats are especially prone to hiding when strangers are in the house, and some may even feel a need to escape to the great outdoors. If your cats – or your dogs – are apt to bolt for an open door, keep them contained.

Pets may not enjoy being confined to a crate or even to a bedroom or laundry room, but it's far better for them to be unhappy for a few hours than to be lost and unhappy for the rest of their lives. And of course, pets who run are apt to be run over by a passing car.

If your critters get upset during the holidays, remember that Feel5ive can help keep them calm, even when things are hectic around the house. Put a few drops in their water bowls throughout the season, so they can enjoy it as much as you do.

One more thing – if you expect fireworks for New Year's Eve and your dogs are afraid of the noise, use our Thunderstorms blend to help them through it. As with the Feel5ive, just add a few drops every time you refresh their water bowls.

Wishing you a memorable and happy holiday season!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Holidays are coming! Time to stop stress before it starts!

What gives you the most stress during the upcoming holiday season?

  • Is it trying to find the perfect gift for every person on your list?
  • Is it worry over being the perfect host or hostess for a large family gathering?
  • Is it office parties? 
  • Is it simply having too many extra duties added to an already busy life?
  • Is it facing change because of death, divorce, or children leaving the nest?

Whatever it is, FeelBach! has a flower remedy to help you breeze through the season without getting all
tangled up in an emotional upheaval.

If you're usually a capable person, but begin to feel inadequate when faced with holiday stresses, choose Elm. 

If you always lack confidence, and feel even worse when confronted with a task such as cooking a feast for the in-laws or deciding on the perfect gift for a nephew, choose Larch.  Larch will help you gain the confidence you need to look back at past accomplishments and realize that yes, you really CAN do it.

If this is the time of year when you're most likely to let others bulldoze you into taking on far more tasks than you want to handle, start taking Centaury now - and find it easy to say "No."

If this is the year that a child has decided to spend the holidays elsewhere, and you're used to being the center of his or her universe, take Chicory to alleviate your need to control. They do love you, you know! Chicory will help you let go of the need to make them prove it by their presence.

If you're facing the season with a change that you couldn't prevent and didn't want, use Walnut to help you accept what you must accept - and get on with living.

Since you may be experiencing several different reasons for stress, come to FeelBach! and fill out the .questionnaire. Based on your answers, our experts will choose the perfect blend to help you get on track, stay on track, and actually enjoy the season.