Anxiety and Oils

Anxiety and Oils

I’m an oiler. I was introduced to oils years ago to replace fragrances and candles in my house. I added them to household cleaners and used them in diffusers. I slowly, very slowly, started learning about oils and some of the therapeutic qualities that they have. I started researching and adding oils to a holistic lifestyle and was so pleasantly surprised when I found out they WORKED for me!! Read on to see how they can work for you TOO!!

I’m not a doctor or an aromatherapist. All information shared is what I’ve picked up along the way. I am no stranger to email lists and learn a lot from other functional medicine doctors, chiropractors, and a variety of practitioners. I read. I listen. I use my body as a ‘guinea pig’. I don’t diagnose or treat. I stress to others to do what feels right to them. Everyone is different. What works for me might not work for you, but I really want to help you understand that it’s worth a try!!

So how do oils work for emotions and anxiety? Well, here’s the lowdown. When you inhale a scent, the smell molecules are transferred through your nose directly to your limbic system. Your limbic system deals with emotions and memories. This is why when you smell something you can be taken back into a memory so much of the time! Some smells are calming to you and some you might have a bad memory connected to, so that’s why different oils work differently for people. 

In addition to scent memory, inhaling oils makes you STOP and BREATHE. Stopping an activity or getting out of an anxious moment can help you become more mindful of what is going on around you. Use your 5 senses. What are you seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, and feeling? When you focus on what is currently happening, worry about the past or future cannot break in! So STOP. Then BREATHE. When you take a deep breath, you are able to reset your parasympathetic nervous system, which can effectively slow down your heart rate and manage your stress response to help lessen feelings of anxiety or panic.  

For me, inhalation and topical use of oils can definitely help my stress and anxiety when I use them BEFORE my anxiety is heightened. Consistent use throughout the day can fend off a panic attack much better than if I actually let it get to the point of having the panic attack and stopping it. So grab an oil that smells good to you! Use something that speaks to you!! Many oils have names that tell you exactly what they are for, so listen!! Stress Away, Motivation, Release, Peace & Calming, Joy, Harmony. Guess what those oil blends do?? :) Start with something you like and apply it or smell it. Keep it with you in your purse or on your desk and reapply throughout the day. See what happens!! I would LOVE to hear about your favorites!! Comment below and tell me about them!

10 Ways to Deal with Stress and Anxiety

10 Ways to Deal with Stress and Anxiety
Stress is everywhere. You hear people talk about it all day long - "I'm stressed out". Now, stress can actually be a good thing. Dr. Caroline Leaf talks about stress being positive when you tell yourself it's helpful. If you look at stress as a negative thing, it will be exactly that. That's interesting to me. So, I've developed a little list of 10 things you can do when you are feeling "stressed out"!

1. Take a deep breath - Breathing resets your central nervous system and gets oxygen moving. Often times we are not breathing deeply enough, thus forcing our body into a 'fight or flight' mode. I huff oils for this. I make a 'scent tent' by putting an oil in the palm of my hand and breathing it.

2. Quit the caffeine - I KNOW! This is a bad one - I love my coffee too, so I don't QUIT entirely, but I do watch my caffeine intake. In seasons where I know life is going to be stressful - as a teacher I know it's around conference time when all my paperwork is due! - I reduce. Reduce caffeine and increase water intake. 

3. Take a warm bath or shower - I love baths when I'm feeling stressed. I add epsom salts, clay, bath bombs, bubbles, or scented oils to my bathtub. My favorite right now is Peace and Calming mixed into my epsom salt for a bath. It makes my whole body say "ahhhh".

4. Exercise - Some people say running helps them keep stress at bay. I don't. I think yoga is more my style - mostly because of the stretching and breathing, but to each their own! Whatever you do, just get out there and do something!!

5. Eat a healthy diet - We all know, a diet full of whole foods is the best diet. Know where your food is coming from. Stop getting stuck in the processed food rut. Find simple, healthy meals so that meal prep isn't an added stressor. Something like soup is my go-to for comfort with little effort. 

6. Journal - Even better, make it a gratitude journal! You can't be worried and stressed out about something if your brain is busy being grateful for something else! This can be as simple as a list of 5 things every day that you are grateful for. Keep it in the 'notes' section of your phone for easy access. 

7. Meditate - Learning how to calm down your body when you feel tension start can be key to keeping stress at bay. I just search for guided meditations on YouTube and pick one that's the length of time you have. 

8. Laugh - Find a tv show that makes you laugh out loud (like Schitt's Creek!). Talk to your friends that make you smile. Watch YouTube or TikTok pet videos. Sometimes if you start faking a laugh, a real one will come out!

9. Consider supplements - Some supplements help promote calm and reduce stress. Magnesium is one of my favorites to take. So is CBD oil. If you don't know where to start with supplements, give me a holla! I will help you out! I'm not a doctor, but I can point you in the direction of some really good resources if you are interested!

10. Slow down - Be mindful and intentional about living a life of ease. Say 'no' to things you don't want to do. Don't apologize just say 'no, I can't do that'. Schedule a weekend or a week or a month with nothing to do. As you walk around your house, be present and think about the 5 senses. Think 'what do I smell, taste, hear, see, feel right now'? 

What do you do to handle your stress? I want to know! Drop me a comment!

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