All of us can probably recognise feeling stressed and may have felt stressed or anxious at some time or other. Research has shown that around 12 million adults in the UK see their GP with mental health problems each year. Most of us suffer from anxiety and depression at some time in our lives and much of this is stress-related. 13.3 million working days are lost per year due to stress, depression and anxiety.
Christmas can be one of those times when stress is heightened. The pressures on your time, purse and heart can make you feel overwhelmed. Maybe it is the perfect time to take a look at what is happening in your life. Maybe even start to look after yourself and your life, and break down the individual stressors in your life. Failure to deal with stress in your life effectively can lead to serious health problems, including increased blood pressure, susceptibility to heart disease, and a decline in your immune system. Once you start experiencing these symptoms they can landslide into each other, resulting in growing sickness, and by extension, more stress. It’s truly a self-feeding problem, and a cycle that is necessary to control to enjoy our lives.
While you take a little time to reflect I have some tips to help you enjoy your festive season with a little less stress. It can really help so many day-to-day challenges, such as stress, overactive mind and difficulty sleeping.
You can easily incorporate essential oil blends into your daily life – you can use them in the bath, shower, on an oil burner, in a bowl of hot water, or many (but not all) of the blends you can simply apply to pulse points.
Soak away your stress
Have a bath and add essential oils that are uplifting, such as spearmint, lemon grass or patchouli. You can add these essential oils (up to 6 drops) into half a pint of milk (soya, almond or diary) and add to the bath, by adding milk it will help your skin as well as your olfactory gland. Avoid using vegetable oil or oil based product in the bath as these acts as barriers and will not benefit you as doesn’t get into your blood stream or your glands
After your bath is the time to use an oil, I would always recommend an oil over a body lotion as an oil is therapeutic and also because around 50% of lotion is made up of water, which is doing nothing for your body. Ideally, use base oils that have vitamin E and C – as E works as a catalyst for C. Vitamin E supports vitamin C. Super oils that are in trend at the moment are Avocado, Argan or Apricot, the most fashionable is Prickly pear.
Invest in the best
Some basic rules when buying essential oils, buy the best quality essential oil you can afford. It has to be in a dark bottle, as this is the only way to protect the integrity and quality of the oil. The Latin name should also appear on the label as well as the common name. If it doesn’t it means the oil is not essential and most likely to be synthetic. Every bottle should come with a pipette or a dropper.
Some great websites to buy online are: NHR organics ,victoriahealth, essentialoilsandyou.com
Sister of Lavender but much more powerful and supportive therefore better for calming the mind. Put a few drops on your pillow on at night or on a cotton pad and take 5-10 deep inhalations encouraging a peaceful nights sleep.
Get into Nature
Prevent burn out, take at least 5 minutes a day to yourself and try and get into nature and breath the sharp winter air. Whether it’s a long walk in the Park or a stroll in the garden. Take the time for you all by yourself.
Boost your energy
Citrus oils / fragrances are common known to give an immediate boost, but it is often a spike of energy, herbal oils are better and last longer. I recommend Marjoram or Rosemary or Vetiver, they all provide a more sustained effect. Add to water and spritz or into a diffuser. If you have children or pets that don’t like the scent, add Lemon or Bergamot it will lighten the fragrance.
For Anxiety, apply lavender oil on the soles feet – the soles of the feet have over 2000 nerve endings, apply it need or put into a cream or even better oil with a couple of drops and gently massages onto the soles of your feet just before you go to bed.
Love Lucy A x