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Dr. Corinne: Staying Healthy by Taking Time to Breathe, Pray and Appreciate Your Blessings

Dr. Corinne Weaver : Mar 13, 2020

Whether you pray out loud or silently, use your own words or a written prayer, the "attitude of gratitude" plays an important role in your self-awareness.

One of my favorite things to do is to take the time to deep breathe. As I write this I think of the song, "My Favorite Things," in the movie "The Sound of Music." I know this sounds silly but when I take the time to inhale and exhale slowly, I can appreciate life. As a child growing up with asthma I was living in fear of when my next asthma attack would come. Breathing has always been so important to me. If you haven't read my book, "Learning How to Breathe" I encourage you to do so. It's a short book found on Amazon that has made a huge impact in my community. I love supporting people who are motivated to naturally improve their lives and today I am going to discuss relaxing your mind. (Image: from 'The Sound of Music' /via Popscreen)

Did you know that the right essential oils for specific moods can undoubtedly calm, uplift, renew, and even inspire you?

It all starts in the Aromatic Pathway, where scents travel through the nasal cavity while passing over the olfactory membranes where chemicals that are in the air stimulate the numerous olfactory receptor cells. The smell information passes from the receptor-cell neurons to the bulbs and tracts of the first cranial nerve, which then passes into the frontal lobes of the brain.

Did you know that each olfactory neuron has one odor receptor?

You can learn more about how humans interpret smell in this great video

The variety of aromatherapy techniques makes relaxing your mind a passive, 24/7 activity. You can use oils aromatically in an essential oil diffuser in your home, work, and even in your car.

You can apply 1 or 2 drops in your palms, rub your hands together, cup them in front of your nose, and inhale deeply (making sure not to touch your eyes).

You can also dilute oils and apply topically to aromatherapy touchpoints such as the back of the neck, on the wrists, and over the heart.

All of these ways will become as second-nature to you as applying chapstick when your lips are dry, or sipping a glass of water when you're feeling parched.

You will amaze yourself with how fast your body yearns for the stress relief that's within arm's reach!

Focus all of your attention on your breathing, feeling and listening as you inhale and exhale. If you get distracted, come back to focus on your breathing. One of my first unique blends I made was called "Just Breathe." "Just Breathe" combines melaleuca, peppermint, eucalyptus, and lemon. This combination helped me with my sinus congestion and opened up my neurological pathways. This has also helped many of my patients not need more sinus medication. Become aware of your body's sensations and imagine breathing heat or relaxation into and out of different parts of your body.

Prayer and Thankfulness

Prayer is the most widely known and practiced form of easing your mind. Whether you pray out loud or silently, use your own words or a written prayer, the "attitude of gratitude" plays an important role in your self-awareness. Used in religious practices for thousands of years, the benefits of Frankincense continue to elevate our mood whenever we need a little light in our lives.

Reading inspirational writings, listening to uplifting or relaxing music, and self-reflecting are other ways you can enjoy your deep breathing time. Another blend I use regularly is called Peace. I use this one to calm anxiety. It has frankincense, copaiba, and chamomile in it. The combination of these three are delightful.

Do you like to walk?

Whether it's at the gym, to work, or to relieve the dogs... walking is a perfect daily ritual to embrace. Slowing your pace and focusing on your steps (instead of your destination) are easy ways to help the racing mind.

In addition to slowing your gait, you can also try applying Lavender essential oil with a carrier oil to your temples or the back of your neck to help you stay relaxed.

In addition to your everyday walking routine, try to spend time in an outdoor garden if possible. Many outdoor gardens are situated in a labyrinth design which is perfect for easing the mind.

The labyrinth is a metaphor for your physical, emotional, spiritual, and financial journeys in life and reminds us that there are no shortcuts to personal growth. When you walk a labyrinth, you meander back and forth, turning 180 degrees each time, you enter a different circuit. As you shift your direction, you also shift your awareness from the right brain to the left brain. Using both hemispheres of the brain keep you balanced. Pay attention to your surroundings with the sounds you hear and the smells you smell.

"Raindrops on roses
And whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favorite things"

(From "The Sound of Music")

What are your favorite things? My mission is to help you get healthier without needing more medications. If you or someone you know needs help, make sure you reach out. Let's continue to share Hope in this world. God Bless!!

Keep Breathing,
Dr. Corinne Weaver 


Dr. Corinne Weaver is a compassionate upper cervical chiropractor, educator, motivational speaker, mother of three, and internationally bestselling author. In 2004, she founded the Upper Cervical Wellness Center in Indian Trail, North Carolina. Over the last 13 years, she has helped thousands of clients restore their brain to-body function. When she was 10 years old, she lost her own health as the result of a bike accident that led to having asthma and allergy issues that she thought she would always have to endure. Then, after her first upper cervical adjustment at age 21, her health began to improve thanks to upper cervical care and natural herbal remedies. This enabled her to create a drug-free wellness lifestyle for herself and her family, and she also enthusiastically discovered her calling to help children heal naturally.

Dr. Weaver was named one of Charlotte Magazine's "Top Doctors" in 2016 and is now a number-one internationally bestselling author to two books: Learning How to Breathe and No More Meds. 

Upper Cervical Wellness Center is known for finding the root cause of health concerns through lifestyle changes, diagnostic testing, nutraceutical supplementation, and correction of subluxation (as opposed to just medicating the symptoms). The practice offers cutting-edge technological care at its state-of-the-art facility, including laser-aligned upper cervical X-rays, bioimpedance analysis (measures body composition), digital thermography (locates thermal abnormalities characterized by skin inflammation), and complete nutritional blood analysis, which is focused on disease prevention. Subscribe for free to Breaking Christian News here