Stress is a normal and rather healthy thing that keeps us driven, alert and responsive – it has been written into our DNA. There are times when your levels will naturally spike like the rush before a holiday, a relative falling ill, or having a rough day at work. But, how much stress is too much stress if it’s a normal part of being a human?
There are two main types of stress: emotional and physical. More often than not, that emotional stress can lead to physical stress on your body. It’s important to know the signs of when your body and mind are experiencing too much stress because sometimes, we don’t even realize just what and how much we’re putting ourselves through. Sore muscles, insomnia, cognitive impairment, and anxiety are some of the major signs that you are stressed out.
Now a crucial question to ask yourself is, just how do you de-stress? Many simply de-stress by doing things they enjoy, like reading or cooking. For some people, it’s physical activity such as playing a sport or jogging. Finding something you love and setting aside time for it is a great way to reclaim your “me time”.
A popular and effective way people de-stress is with Aromatherapy. By dropping essential oils into a diffuser, your home can be filled with your favorite scents which may help elevate your mood and even improve sleep. There have been many testimonials praising aromatherapy as well, for the significant positive effect it has on improving emotional stress like anger, anxiety and depression in adults and children.
Aromatherapy can be practiced in more ways than with a diffuser alone. Essential oils can be enjoyed in baths and blended into your favorite message carrier oils to melt that emotional and physical stress away. Essential oils are highly concentrated and should be used sparingly with care. Massage therapy is a great way to shed physical stress, which can also influence your mood. Jojoba oil & butter, Apricot oil, Sweet Almond Oil and Coconut Oil are just a few carrier oils that make great massage oils.
The first Wednesday in November is National Stress Awareness Day. Given what the entire world has been going through for the past two years, today is a great day to be aware of yourself and your surroundings. Take an extra breather, maybe get a massage, or take a nice hot bath with some Epsom salts and lavender essential oil, you deserve it!
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