Did you know that Stress Awareness Month has been held every April, since 1992?
Stress Awareness Month is a national, cooperative effort to inform people about the dangers of stress, successful coping strategies, and harmful misconceptions about stress that are prevalent in our society.
What do you need to know about stress
Stress is often labeled the “bad guy” but then, what would we do without it? Stress is an essential life force that drives our mind and body to respond to any demand made on it. Any stressful situation that we face triggers a “fight or flight response” which makes us sit, stand, walk or run. If the mind and body are unable to cope with a given situation, it culminates into feelings of frustration, anger and fear, which eventually translates into stress. As the mind and body continue to work in overdrive in an attempt to save the day, these negative emotions keep piling up unless we find a way to release them.
Stress and your health
Every individual responds to stress in a different way. High blood pressure, muscle tension, tightness in the chest and panic attacks are some obvious physical symptoms of stress but we can’t underestimate other symptoms like digestive problems, overeating or loss or appetite, sexual incompetency, menstrual irregularity and dizziness. If you find yourself confused, anxious, aggressive or tearful very often, it may be time to step back and re-evaluate your methods of dealing with stress. Prolonged stress saps the body of its energy reserves and lowers the immunity, which makes us vulnerable to various illnesses.
Our careers, relationships, finances and daily chores are actually stressors that test our tolerance and our ability to adapt and readjust to a particular situation – the lower our tolerance, the greater the stress. Therefore, it is not stress that is the culprit; rather, it is our response to it that dictates whether it is going to have a positive or negative effect on our lives. This knowledge empowers and enables us to channel our energies and learn to deal with stress it in a positive way.
Aromatherapy, being a holistic form of treatment, is an ideal way of dealing with stress related conditions.
Aromatherapy to the Rescue
Are you a workaholic who can’t unwind even after leaving the office? Do you tend to exaggerate your problems and worry too much over nothing? Do new places and people make you anxious and paranoid? Are you unable to control your anger and frustration when things do not go your way? All of us have moments when we feel out of control and wish we could handle things differently. Fortunately, we have nature’s essential oils, with their calming, relaxing, or uplifting qualities that not only help us cope with a stressful situation, but also improve our ability to respond to a stressful situation in a positive way.
Stress Relieving Tips
Essential oils not only shield you from the ill effects of stress but also enable you to approach life’s challenges with a new enthusiasm.
Use Aromatherapy to Handle Stress in 3 Simple Steps:
- Morning: Start your day with stimulating essential oils that nourish the adrenal glands. Apply ½ teaspoon of Adrenal Support Body Oil the adrenal area. Thank your adrenal glands for all the support they give you.
- Daytime: Use an aromatherapy spray with balancing essential oils to keep your spirits high. Use Exulto Body Mist and spray on your face several times during the day. Breathe deeply and feel your anxiety melt away.
- Evening: Take a bath with Sereno Bath Salts. Seize the day as you soak in this aromatic bath and let your worries drain away because tomorrow will be a new day! After that relaxing bath, apply Sleep Time Body Oil to your body, massage the solar plexus area, the soles of your feet and the back of your neck.
Try these methods of essential oil application for stress to relax and cleanse your mind of toxic thoughts – you and those around you will experience the benefits immediately.
Our April Spa Specials will certainly help alleviate your stress! Set aside some time and create the perfect bath with one of our April Aromatherapy Bath-time Bundles – Choose from Bath & Body, Bath Trilogy or The Oils. All bundles are available for purchase in the Spa or Online.