Stress is a major issue for almost everyone at some point in their lives. Unfortunately, stress will never go away because we are faced with constant battles throughout our lives. Our bodies way of responding to stress to any kind of demand or threat is by showing physical signs of tension. Sometimes irritation, anger, nervousness or sadness can be from stress. You may also find you have difficulty concentrating or feel like you can’t stop worrying about something.
Stress will never really go away the most important thing is to know how to deal with it. Here are just a few examples:
1. Meditate- A few minutes of practice per day can ease anxiety. There are many You-Tube videos to guided meditation from 5 minutes to one hour
2. Breathe deeply- Take 5 minutes break and focus on your breathing. Slowly inhale through your nose, feeling the breath start from your abdomen and work its way to the top of your head. Reverse the process as you exhale through your mouth
3. Take up Yoga- This not only improves posture, flexibility, builds muscle strength, prevents cartilage and joint breakdown, protects your spine, increases blood flow, drains your lymph’s and boosts immunity. It’s also a great way to destress
4. Essential oils- This helps to balance your hormones, boost immunity, boost energy levels, reduce emotional stress and anxiety. The beauty of essential oils is that they are natural, extracted from plants, leaves, bark or root of plants. It is best to make sure the oils have not been diluted with chemicals or additives. One way is to make sure they are certified with a high therapeutic grade or are organic. Below are a few essential oils and how they benefit to help stress and anxiety
This is one of the most common essential oils due to its calming, relaxing effect. It is considered as a nervous system restorative and helps with inner peace, sleep, restlessness, irritability, panic attacks, nervous stomach and general nervous tension. It’s also great for mental clarity and headaches. Inhaling lavender essential oils can reduce stress and anxiety.
Good for emotional heart and relieving anxiety and depression, helping with panic attacks, grieving and shock even headaches, menstrual problems and nervous tension.
Has a tranquil, grounding and reassuring energy. Often used for self-awareness, trauma, calmness and stabilization affecting the bodies nervous system. It decreases jitteriness and hypersensitivity and is also useful in panic attacks and shock. It has a heavy, smoky, earthy fragrance. It may also help induce a restful sleep.
This is a popular essential oil which can help treat anxiety and depression due to its calming and uplifting effects. It helps with cheerfulness, courage, optimism and soothes fearfulness. It may help calm heart agitation and nervous palpitations and is a moderately strong sedative which can help with insomnia. Ylang ylang affects hormonal systems and emotional balance.
Bergamot is calming and often used to treat depression by providing energy. It can reduce corticosterone responses to stress affecting the digestive and emotional balance body systems. It may also help to relieve anxiety, stress and tension. It is uplifting and refreshing
Chamomile is calming benefitting inner harmony and decreases irritability, overthinking, anxiety and worry affecting emotional balance and nervous body systems. Due to its calming and relaxing aromatic influence it can combat depression, insomnia and stress. It eliminates some of the emotional charge of anxiety, irritability and nervousness. It may also be used to soothe and clear the mind, create an atmosphere of peace and patience.
This is great for treating depression and anxiety because it provides a calming and tranquil energy as well as spiritual grounding affecting emotional balance and nervous systems. The aromatic influence helps to focus on energy, minimizing distractions and improve concentration. It can ease hyperactivity, impatience, irritability and restlessness and can help enhance spiritual awareness and meditation.
How to use essential oils for stress and anxiety
Aromatherapy is very popular because of our sense of smell triggers powerful emotional responses. We produce a lot of information through our sense of smell especially an area in the brain.
When a scent is inhaled molecules enter the nasal cavities and stimulate our mental responses via the limbic system of our brains. These stimulants regulate stress responses such as heart rate, breathing patterns, production of hormones and blood pressure.
You can use aromatherapy oils in the bath using hot water vapour or through an aromatherapy diffuser which is portable. You can get plug in or battery-operated ones.