Written by Eleanor Le Fevre
National Stress Awareness Month, sounds silly right? Really if you think about stress and its effect on your body, mind, and spirit, EVERY month should be stress awareness month! Chronic stress is linked to the 6 leading causes of death including heart disease and cancer. Stress! Can you believe it?
We are a society who thrives on stress; deadlines, the constant need to be going and doing, staying connected to society at all times. Our blanket response to “How are you” is either “Busy” or “Stressed” at least I know that is my response. According to the American Institute of Stress, 44% of Americans feel more stressed than they did 5 years ago and 3 of 4 doctor’s visits are due to stress related illnesses. Not surprising when stress is linked to 60% of all illness and disease.
So what does stress look like for you? Are you overtired or not sleeping well? Secretly noshing on chocolate in the middle of your day? Are you feeling extra tension in your neck and shoulders, or sometimes find it difficult to take a deep breath? Or do you have chronic stomach issues that will just not go away? These are signs and symptoms of being over stressed, so what can we do about that?
Here are a list of 8 things I want you to work on right now to help you combat stress:
- Turn off your phone! (That’s right people turn it off!) When you get home tonight just completely unplug and do not switch back on until the morning.
- Sit outside and breathe. Tress are blooming and birds are singing right now! Go outside for just 5 mins and sit in silence, listen, and breathe!
- Notice your breathing patterns. Is it shallow? Are you hunched over? Try this; stand up and place your hands over your belly button. Now inhale and fill your belly to 80% capacity, then allow the next 20% to inflate and lift your chest. Reverse the motion on the exhale letting breath out of chest then belly. Repeat 10 times and be mindful of how you feel afterwards.
- Say no to things you do not want to do. (Within reason) I’m talking about the extraneous stuff that we don’t HAVE to do but feel like we SHOULD. Just don’t do them today, and don’t worry about doing them either.
- Book a massage! Now I wouldn’t be a good massage therapist if I wasn’t trying to promo the office at least a little bit. Seriously though! We are specialists in the field of stress reduction, this is what we do!
- Take a bubble bath! Lock the kids (or furry children in my case) out of the bathroom. Light some candles and put on some soft music and just lay there for 20 mins.
- Lay off the coffee. I know I have no room to talk on this matter, since coffee is essentially my life force. Try some herbal tea, water or seltzer water after the clock strikes noon. It will reduce your anxiety levels and help you wind down throughout the day instead of keeping you amped up. You’ll be ready for your bed as soon as you hit the pillow and have less tossing and turning at night.
- Lavender oil – super beneficial for relaxation and stress reduction. Try adding a couple of drops to some lotion and give yourself a little leg and foot massage before bed, or put some in a diffuser overnight. As a bonus we’re running a special 20% off Lavender oil this month so it’s a good time to stock up! Or if Lavender isn’t your jam I recommend YL’s Stress Away. It’s a light scent and amazing in a diffuser.
Give some of these a try over the next week and take note of how you feel. Less stressed? Excellent.
We love Lavender Essential Oil, and we think that it needs to be a staple in everyone’s medicine cabinet! From cuts to bruises to stress management, Lavender oil helps with so many things! If you have to choose only one oil to have, Lavender would be it!
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I cannot believe that I have not boasted about the amazingness that is Lavender Oil yet!!
Lavender is known for its relaxing properties–most people think of the lovely scent of lavender when relaxation is in order. However, did you know that lavender can be good for:
- Dry skin
- Oily skin
- Reduce scarring
- Cuts / scrapes
- Soreness / aches
- Muscle cramps
- Burns / sunburns
- Mood stabilizing
- Reducing inflammation
- Respiratory infections
- Lowering blood pressure
- Menstrual problems
- Hair loss
- Reduce nervousness
- Reduce anxiety
- Reduce mental stress (according to a study)
- … the list goes on ….
Lavender is a must-have in any essential oil tool box! If you can only get one oil, get this one. Among these many reasons for always having lavender on hand, it smells so nice. Because of its powerful yet mild nature, most people can apply it directly to their skin without a carrier oil, although I always suggest having one on hand. Diffuse it, add it to your bath, or place it on your wrists to reap these benefits all day long.
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I just want to talk about some of the oils that I use in my everyday life, and why.
. Who doesn’t have stress
? This calming blend uplifts as well as calms. It’s a mix of Copaiba, Lime, Cedarwood, Vanilla, Ocotea, and Lavender, and it really invites peace and tranquility. I put it on my shoulders, as I often feel stress there before anywhere else.
relaxes and decreases inflammation. It can clarify thoughts and help you discard insecurities. It can also be used as a dietary aid. I put it on my collar bones, just a little bit.
is one of my all-time favorites! The blend empowers and encourages while keeping you feeling grounded. I put it on my feet to keep me grounded, or on my throat when I feel like I need extra help communicating.
, and Peppermint
are my bread an butter. If I had to choose only 3 oils, these 3 would be it! Lavender is calming and helps with cuts, scrapes, and bruises; lemon is super detoxifying; peppermint helps with soreness, headaches, and more. I’ll put a drop of lemon and peppermint in hot water if I’m having a stomach ache. I’ll put a drop of lavender on my joints when they are achy or over my heart if I’m getting anxious.
If you had to only choose one oil, it would be Thieves
. This combination of oils got its name because during the dreaded plague, spice traders would dip their bandanas in a combination similar to this and wrap their faces with it to prevent getting the plague while they broke into houses that had been boarded up because of infected people and steal their valuables. These thieves would not get sick! Young Living has a whole line of Thieves products
. I use the oil as a dietary supplement if I’m getting sick or the spray in my throat if I’m getting sick. I use the toothpaste and the mouthwash. I also have the household cleaner you can use for stoves, countertops, and my husband has even used it to clean his car tires! The possibilities are endless.
Young Living also has a line of supplements, products, and recently launched a line called Vitality
, which is specifically designed for dietary and cooking use.
One thing about stress we don’t usually think much about is how we lose control of our breath. For some reason, we think it’s a great idea to hold our breath–that it will make everything better. But that’s not the case. Breathing helps
R.C. is a blend that combines Myrtle, Eucalyptus Globulus, Marjoram, Pine, Eucalyptus Citriodora, Lavender, Cypress, Eucalyptus Radiata, Spruce, and Peppermint to open up your lungs and melt away any congestion. It also combats lung infections and relieves allergy symptoms.
Dilute this oil one part to one part, as the amount of eucalyptus (3 different kinds) and mints can be overpowering and can cause skin sensitivity. Diffuse in your home or office. You can also put a few drops on cotton balls and put in or on your air vents.
For more breathing aids, also look at Raven or Breath Again Roll-On.
Seeking harmony and peace is something I do regularly. This blend from Young Living Essential Oils promotes physical and emotional healing through the aromas. The blend of sandalwood, lavender, ylang ylang, frankincense, orange, angelica, geranium, hyssop, spanish sage, spruce, coriander, bergamot, lemon, jasmine, roman chamomile, palmarosa, and rose oil calms the nerves and keeps anxiety at bay.
Obviously, there are a ton of different oils listed there, but each one has its own cause.
- Sandalwood simulates the pineal gland and helps remove negativity.
- Lavender relaxes and calms the body and helps combat insomnia and headaches.
- Ylang Ylang promtes relaxation and restores equilibrium.
- Frankincense elevates the mind and helps to overcome stress and despair.
- Orange induces a calming effect over the whole body.
- Angelica brings memories back and helps to release negative feelings.
- Geranium stimulates nerves and balances hormones.
- Hyssop balances emotions.
- Spanish Sage is high in limonene, which prevents DNA damage.
- Spruce opens and releases emotional blocks.
- Coriander relieves nausea and supports healthy immune function.
- Bergamot uplifts and calms, relieving stress, anxiety, and tension.
- Lemon is stimulating and invigorating which helps with well-being.
- Jasmine dispels hopelessness.
- Roman Chamomile purges toxins from the liver.
- Palmarosa is revitalizing to the nervous and cardiovascular systems.
- Rose creates a sense of balance, harmony, and well-being and also elevates the mind.
With that combination, Harmony essential oil blend is a sure-fire way to increase that balance and harmony within your own life.
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Stimulating feelings of achievement and action, Motivation increases strength to overcome fear and procrastination. With the summer coming, it can be a little difficult to stay motivated to do things you need to do. Unfortunately, you have to do them to do the things you want to do.
The mix of Roman Chamomile, Spruce, Ylang Ylang, and Lavender mix to combat insomnia, tension, an restlessness; purge toxins from the liver; release emotional blocks; restore confidence; and improve concentration.
Motivation is a great companion when trying to endure writing a long paper, study for a big exam, or riding your bicycle for an extended period of time.
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