Stress is a normal part of our physiology and helps us to survive. Back when we were living in caves, it was the hormones produced by the stress of being chased by a lion or having to get the harvest in before the storm that enabled us to survive. We wouldn’t be here today without stress!
Nowadays stress is a much bigger part of our lives. Thanks to our way of life, we are under stress from the moment we open our eyes in the morning until we close them again at night. If you have young kids then it can go on throughout the night too!
Unless you move to a desert island or a monastery there really is no way of avoiding stress in modern life. Even those options come with their stresses! This means that we really need to learn how to manage our stress so that we can still live lives with optimum health.
When stress is felt in short bursts it can help us. We cram the night before an exam, we meet a deadline at work at the last minute all thanks to the adrenaline that comes from being under stress.
It’s when the stress is ongoing and we don’t get a break from it that we suffer with chronic stress and the illnesses that come with it. Stress can result in cancer, heart related health problems, anger, guilt, sadness, depression, hopelessness and more.
It is critical that we learn to deal with stress so that we don’t get to these debilitating states of dis-ease.
There are many ways to ease stress. How you manage stress will be very personal to you. You need to find ways that fit with your life and what you like to do. There is no point going to play tennis to relieve stress if it’s something youe would rather not be doing!
Here is a list of ways to ease stress –
- Get a massage
- Take a walk
- Practice breathing exercises
- Do yoga
- Talk to a good listener
- Eat good food
My favourite tool for dealing with stress however, is essential oils. Smell is the quickest way to change an emotion and when we inhale a PURE, HIGH QUALITY essential oil we get nearly instant solutions to stress, anxiety and a whole range of emotional issues.
My Favourite Essential Oils for Stress
Balance – dōTERRA’s grounding blend, appropriately named dōTERRA Balance, promotes tranquility while bringing harmony to the mind and body, and balance to the emotions. Apply a drop to pulse points, inhale a drop from your hands or apply over the heart.
In Tune – dōTERRA’s Focus Blend is a proprietary blend of essential oils carefully selected for their ability to enhance and sustain a sense of focus. No matter your age, staying focused on the task at hand is sometimes difficult. This is especially critical during the formative years when learning and growing create habits and a foundation for life. The carefully selected essential oils in dōTERRA InTune Focus Blend work together, supporting efforts of those who have difficulty paying attention and staying on task. Sandalwood, Frankincense, and Lime promote a sense of clarity, while the benefits of Patchouli, Ylang Ylang, and Roman Chamomile are calming and soothing. The pleasing aroma of InTune Focus Blend makes this essential oil blend an easy and delightful one to use.
Ylang Ylang – dōTERRA’s Ylang essential oil is derived from the star-shaped flowers of the tropical Ylang Ylang tree and is used extensively in making perfumes and in aromatherapy. Similar to Jasmine, Ylang Ylang has been used for centuries in religious and wedding ceremonies. In aromatherapy, Ylang Ylang is used to lessen tension and stress and to promote a positive outlook. Ylang Ylang is frequently used in luxurious hair and skin products for its scent and nourishing and protective properties. Taken internally, Ylang Ylang provides antioxidant support. Ylang Ylang blends well with Bergamot, Geranium, Grapefruit, and Vetiver.
Other essential oils you can try
Elevation (Joyful Blend)
Serenity (Restful Blend)
To get your hands on these amazing tools for less stress click over to my Join page where you’ll be guided step by step through the process. Feel free to get in touch with me too if you have any questions.