We are living through an insane amount of change on planet earth. So much has suddenly been thrown at us to navigate through and deal with constructively. This is indeed a rare moment in history when we have the opportunity to unite within ourselves and collectively like never before.
Stress and worry are natural reactions to times of crisis and uncertainty. Fears can run rampant if left unchecked.
6 Stress Busting Tips
Use these tips to help you focus on the positive and maintain a resilient state of mental health.
1 - Safe Space
Develop routines that support you to make each day productive and meaningful. A reasonable routine provides a safe space in which to live and work. Daily supportive structures give predictability to your day. Structure provides shelter and peace during turbulent times. Remember the noisiness of chaos is the natural result of rapid evolutionary growth with a limited duration. We will get through this!
2 - Stress Busters
Practice stress relieving techniques, i.e. aromatherapy, warm sea salt baths, walking, stretching, yoga, massage, acupuncture, reading a good book, meditation and prayer. Enjoy the strength and vitality that comes when you add daily stress busting techniques like these to your daily routine.
3 - Get Outside
Get outside and move around in the fresh air and sunshine as much as possible. Movement is required for lymph flow and circulation to function properly. Detoxification is a natural result of sufficient daily movement. Stay healthy in body and mind by infusing your day with as much movement as possible. You can use hot sea salt baths as an adjunct therapy to enhance your circulation and detoxification. Again, make getting out and about a routine.
4 - Be the Change
Be gentle with yourself and others you come in contact with. Set the example for behavior that is humane and supportive. Staying calm has a soothing effect on you and those in your environment. Realize everyone responds differently to stress. Be the change you wish to see in the world.
5 - Self Awareness
Focus on the positive and take a constructive approach to life. Put your energy into building up, rather than tearing down and criticizing. It’s so easy to judge another as ‘bad,’ or ‘wrong’ because of their misbehavior. We all have our own weak character flaws. Be willing to look at your own flaws and make self corrections when faced with another person’s behavioral weaknesses. Ask yourself, “Do I, or have I, ever behaved like that?” If so, use this opportunity to be better in the future. When you know better, you do better.
6 - Freedom Mindset
Replace uncertainty and negative attitudes about restrictions you may be experiencing in your daily life with positive expectations. Use your daily routine of structure to help you feel productive and get things done in your daily life. This will boost your feeling of well-being. Making a habit of positivity and being productive elevates your mindset and engenders feelings of freedom.
4 Top Stress Relief EOs
Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis)
Scent: Fresh, sweet, citrus and fruity
- Useful as a rejuvenating body and mind tonic
- Helps to ease tension and stress
Ylang Ylang III (Cananga odorata)
Scent: Sweet, floral, balsamic, exotic, sensual and earthy
- Cultivated for the perfume trade like Jasmine and Rose oil
- High Sesquiterpene content
- Potent soothing and relaxing properties
- Skin nourishing and rejuvenating
- Useful for beauty and skin care
Peppermint (Mentha x piperita)
Chemical Family: Monoterpenol
Scent: Fresh, minty and sweet
- Helpful for relieving tension and stress
- Frequently used in toothpaste and chewing gum
- May be useful for relieving occasional stomach upset
- Supports a healthy respiratory system
Cypress (Cupressus sempevirens)
Chemical Family: Monoterpene
Scent: Fresh, sweet, spicy, piney, woody and balsamic
- Contains powerful astringent properties
- Used since ancient times for ritual cleansing and purification
- Reputation for strengthening the heart's energies
- It's said to have been the wood of a cypress tree that was used to fashion Jesus' cross
- Can be useful during times of great transition and confusion, i.e. puberty, marriage, menopause, change of home, loss of love
Home Sweet Home Stress Relief EO Recipe
To a 5ml (100 drops) colored glass euro-dropper bottle add:
Sweet Orange - 40 drops
Ylang Ylang III - 40 drops
Peppermint - 10 drops
Cypress - 10 drops
Close bottle cap tightly and shake bottle vigorously to blend oils thoroughly. Allow oils to synergize for 12 hours, or longer before using.
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