In this article, we are going to look at how you can use aromatherapy for stress. In today’s world, we all experience stress at higher levels than ever before. Technology, work, and relationships can all create high levels of stress that can have detrimental effects on both our physical and mental well being.
More than half of working adults are concerned with the amount of stress in their lives. It is important to note that people experiencing stress are more likely to report hypertension, anxiety, depression, or obesity.
People are reacting to both work and family stress by engaging in unhealthy behaviors. They may engage in comfort eating, making poor diet choices, become very inactive, smoking, excessive drinking (alcohol), and drugs (both prescription and illegal). These unhealthy choices can actually lead to further stress and begin a never-ending cycle.
Women seem to suffer from stress more often than men. 73% of women identify themselves as the primary decision-maker in the household. They are also the caregivers for their children, their partner, and in some cases one or both parents. Unfortunately, too often women do not take the necessary steps to alleviate that stress, and their own physical health suffers.
The bad news is that your stress can easily turn into chronic tension or even disease states when stressors are unrelieved and ongoing. Unrelieved chronic stress can lead to a host of undesirable effects, such as:
- severe irritability and impatience
- sleep disturbances or insomnia
- mood swings
- inability to focus
- serious fatigue
- weight gain
- excessive worrying
- aches and pains
- a primary culprit in many diseases
Unrelieved stress also takes a physical toll. It can weaken your immune system, cause damage to memory cells, and increase the risk of headaches, including migraines. Digestive disorders, high blood pressure, and chronic anxiety are also shown to result from chronic stress. Studies show that the cumulative effects of stress can have serious long-term consequences. In fact, 70% of disease is caused by stress in both the body and mind!
The good news is, just as the name implies, aromatherapy is a therapy that uses aroma for healing and a sense of well being. Aromatherapy offers you many ways to deal with the stresses you may be experiencing.
Have you ever noticed how the effects of aromas on your mind and emotions can make you feel better about yourself and your situation? Aromas can improve your mood, reduce stress, give you more energy, help you relax, and even help you to fall asleep more easily.
Imagine yourself walking along a country road and you smell the trees, the fragrant bushes, and flowers in bloom. You breathe in deeply to really enjoy and savor the aroma of the country and suddenly you feel your anxiety melt away. The truth is that scents can transport you, take you away from your daily stresses.
Aromatherapy dates back more than 5000 years and is one of the most readily available forms of healing therapy. You already practice the art of aromatherapy and just don’t realize it. Did you ever notice when you walk past a bakery you tend to stop and take a deep breath in and smell the aroma of the freshly baked bread, pies, or other goodies? Or when you visit a gift shop and you try to isolate the fabulous smells that confront you when you first walk through the door.
Now, if you’re like most people, you may often take fragrances for granted. That’s because aromas are all around us every day and everywhere we go. Aromas may be commonplace, but you’ll have to agree; they greatly enhance life.
Finding a few minutes to relax and re-energize on a daily basis is a necessity these days. Without taking the time to de-stress you are actually doing harm to your physical and mental health in the long term.
This is where aromatherapy can help. Although there isn’t a wealth of scientific research on the subject, there are some studies that have shown aromatherapy can work for relieving stress.
For instance, Lavender oil has been shown to relieve stress as well as contribute to lowering blood pressure and aiding in healthy sleep. Lavender oil is one of the main oils used in aromatherapy for stress relief.
My advice is to do your own research and find out what recommendations are out there. Then purchase a diffuser and essential oils, or even try a scented candle and a hot bath. Find what works for you and use it to reduce your stress and help rejuvenate your body and mind. Use aromatherapy for stress relief. Your mind and body will thank you.
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