Stress is one of those things that it is quite easy to be in total denial about. “Stress? Bring it on! I thrive on pressure.” Then you end up wondering why you don’t sleep so well, or your digestion isn’t great. Perhaps your headaches are really getting to the point where you feel sick and have to go and lie down in a dark room, or you experience those few days before your period which aren’t just painful, but border on malicious.
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Essential oils can be a simple way we can improve our overall sense of well-being, de-stress and feel more relaxed. Aromatherapy uses essential oils to assist the body’s natural abilities to rest, recover and heal from stress and illness.
Most commonly used through smell or skin absorption, certain essential oils may contain anti-inflammatory properties that can help relieve pain. Scents that are linked with positive or happy memories can also affect your mood positively, giving you a little boost. When used in combination with
Aromatherapy has been used for centuries all around the world, to help assist the body’s natural abilities to heal, rest and recover from stress and illness. A form of complementary therapy that uses essential oils, plant and flower extracts, it can be used in a number of different ways to assist with healing and relaxation.
One of the reasons aromatherapy is thought to be so effective is due to the brain’s ability to register aromas twice as quickly as it can pain. If you’re feeling stressed and need a pick me up, then aromatherapy is an extremely relaxing and enjoyable experience that can be tried in the comfort of your own home.
Simple ways to use essential oils to improve your well-being
One of the best stress-management techniques is changing up what you do in the morning. Starting the day fresh, motivated and ready for a challenge is one way to keep you happy and positive, but not all of us are so great in the morning.
If you’re friends with the snooze button, reconsider the relationship. Often, when you hit snooze, you end up in a rush to get ready, skipping breakfast and arriving at your desk hungry and uncomfortable.
Let’s be honest, stressful mornings are exhausting. You deserve more than that and you owe it to yourself. So here are our favourite ways to make your morning stress-free and enjoyable.
Set your alarm 30-minutes earlier than usual
As well as waking up earlier, switch up the sound of your alarm. Instead of the screeching noise you are used to, pick a mellow sound to wake you gently.
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When you feel stressed, the body springs into action. When under too much pressure, it can cause the body’s endocrine system to pump out intense levels of hormones. These can weaken the immune system and increase the risk of catching illness. Many people will feel irritable and have a shorter fuse than normal. They may also suffer headaches, nausea and tiredness.
Fortunately, when a stressful situation cannot be changed, there are techniques that can restore your sense of sanity and help you control the way you cope.
Meditation has been found to relieve stress. Sit in a quiet room and in a comfortable position. Close your eyes and choose a mantra (“I am calm” for example) to focus on and repeat. Continue this for 10 minutes each day.
Studies have also found music can reduce blood pressure and stress hormones. Try to find time to listen to soothing music and just...
Our emotional well-being is deeply connected to the balance of our physical state, our hormones and even the weather and seasons.
Ayurvedic expert, Shrankhla Holecek shares how the use of Ayurvedic principles can work to balance emotions.
The first step toward managing depression is to recognise the issue. These Ayurvedic tools are easy to integrate into your daily life and can help to promote positive well-being.
Create routine: Create a sense of routine by setting an alarm and making the most of the morning. Try to eat meals at the same time each day and make sure your space is clean, tidy and serene.
Get rest: Sleep is vital in mental recovery and hormone regulation. Try to go to bed, without any electronics, before 10pm. Essential oils are also suggested to enhance the relaxation process and encourage sleep.
Do yoga: Regular walks and yoga practice can be very effective in managing feelings of...
According to researcher of happiness, Michelle Gielan, stress is contagious. She explains how second-hand stress or, empathetic stress is also responsible for those jumpy, unnerving feelings that stop you sleeping after watching a horror film.
Seeing another person in a stressful situation can have a direct impact on our own hormones and nervous system.
While empathy is a good trait humans have, this is one side effect that may not be enjoyed, but how can you make yourself “immune”?
A simple trick to start. Say hello and smile to co-workers you may not normally speak to. Connecting with people releases a positive message to the brain and a strong social network is known to be the best predictor of long-term happiness.
If you are feeling anxious, take a moment to breath deeply. It is easy to spread stress-filled, negative feelings through email, so if you are in a down mood, take a...
While stress is experienced all year round, the festive period can bring stress and anxiety to the front of our minds for all sorts of reasons. The pressure of Christmas dinner, how to pay for presents and spending a lot of time with the family…
While many therapies are effective, they are often used for the long-term. This week we focus on what techniques can be practised in your everyday life to prevent and reduce feelings of stress.
Taking a moment to breathe deeply has been shown to lower the body’s cortisol levels, helping to reduce stress. Research suggests deep breaths can also lower blood pressure temporarily.
Research suggests aromatherapy is effective in reducing stress. Certain aromas such as lavender continue to reduce stress and anxiety levels.
Drink tea and laugh
A study has found that black tea can lower cortisol levels and promote...
Whilst some stress is good and can help us feel motivated, accomplish tasks and embrace the daily challenges we face, too much stress can negatively affect your body.
People are affected by stress differently, but recognising signs of stress and being mindful of how to cope will improve overall quality of life. There are a number of practises and habits you can incorporate into your life to keep the inner you calm and relaxed. These can include:
Chinese herbal teas
A particular group of herbs commonly used within Chinese herbal medicine are “adaptogens”. They are thought to be perfectly suited to reducing stress and offering a sense of calm. During emotional, physical and environmental stress, the liver is at the root of the effect. Drinking detoxifying teas is a good way to promote healthy digestion.
Dandelion is another common stress-relief tea. A plant known for its persistent survival, strength and energy, it is the perfect match for...
Depression Awareness Week is an annual event dedicated to raising awareness of one of the most troubling mental health conditions in the world.
Depression can be caused by a number of factors, but the stresses of daily life can be particularly troublesome.
Learning to cope with stress is one way people can look to improve their emotional well-being and manage symptoms of depression.
Herbal remedies are one such way many find relief. Plants known as adaptogens are often used for their healing abilities of restoring, balancing and protecting the body as a whole.
Below we explore these herbs in more depth and how they can help you relieve stress:
What are adaptogens?
Adaptogens are so called because of their ability to ‘adapt’ their function to the body’s needs. They target the body as a whole – responding to any influence or stressor it needs to.
These plants are thought to counteract the...