Anxiety – it’s the emotion most people carry with them every day. And you probably agree with the experts: small stresses can add up over time.
How do you keep from getting overwhelmed?
First of all, no matter what other people demand or what life takes out of you – you deserve some time to care for yourself.
It’s surprising how little time it takes each day to relax.
If you make time daily for these proven, simple, useful steps…you can truly feel in charge again.
For soothing stress, try inhaling or diffusing citrus (like lemon, grapefruit, lime, tangerine, orange) or peppermint oil.
You’ll see why so many describe these scents as calming, refreshing and peaceful.
And once the stress is gone, the tiredness and fatigue often goes too. Maybe this is why people often use peppermint oil to feel more energized, alert and focused.
Tired shoulders and back? Sitting at a desk all day (or even vigorous exercise) can leave you feeling like a tight ball of pain.
Rub a few drops of wintergreen or peppermint oil directly onto your muscles. These work powerfully to increase blood flow and melt away the tension.
Blend these two oils with clove and helichrysum to create an amazing aromatic (and relaxing) experience.
Or take a comforting hot bath with Epsom salt and 8-10 drops of eucalyptus oil.
Add in a few drops of ylang ylang, blue tansy, citrus or patchouli for a fantastic stress-melting session.
Apply a bit of Roman chamomile, lavendar and cedarwood oils to your temples or neck to pacify stressed nerves quickly.
These are just a few of the marvelous oils you can use.
For example, copaiba, sandalwood, valerian, neroli, jasmine, palo santo and myrtle oils also promote a calm, relaxed, positive mind.
To get results, use a high quality oil.
Many “essential” oils are synthetic, lab-altered and nearly useless. Laws allow manufacturers to label these as natural, pure or even certified organic.
Many of these lotions and scents clog your pores or irritate your sinuses.
Yet high quality oils pass directly through your skin (and nose) to benefit you quickly – without the irritation.
Look for certified therapeutic grade. And a company that follows organic principles (no pesticide, non-GMO) when raising plants and making the oil.
Ask a trained massage therapist about this. They’ve done their homework.
And here’s a great guide if you’d like to learn more about essential oils.
So many people are surrounded with a surprising amount of mental and physical clutter every day.
Take just a few minutes to tidy up and put things away.
Don’t get lost in the overwhelm of where to start. Just pick a place and begin.
Make it a fun game if you can. Set a time limit or reward yourself – even for removing just a few pieces of chaos.
At the beginning of your day, why not write down a few feelings?
What are you excited about? Grateful for? (Or what could you be excited about or grateful for – if you wanted to be?)
What do you want to do today?
At the end of the day, why not ask yourself: What went right today?
No matter what went wrong, there’s always something good you can remember.
The best short break is a short walk outside.
Breathe in the fresh air, get your blood circulating and stretch your muscles.
“Music is the electrical soil in which the spirit lives, thinks and invents.” – Beethoven
Studies show that certain types of music relieve stress and improve concentration.
Why not try a short music break?
Life takes it out of you. I’d love to help you put it back in.
How can I help you personally?
Call me at 303-920-2350 with any questions, concerns or to find out how massage and essential oils can make life better for you.
by Sarah Shropshire
LMT, Essential Oil and Business Consultant