DAY 4: STRESS
Anyone else relate to this picture??????
We all get stressed from time to time, but unfortunately, a lot of us feel like that most of the time.The stress response is actually beneficial when coping with serious situations (fight or flight). BUT, it’s supposed to turn off and go back to normal afterwards. When our stress levels stay elevated for long periods of time, it really takes a toll on our health - irritability, anxiety, headaches and insomnia are just the tip of the iceberg.
When we’re stressed, all systems in the body are affected. We experience increased heartbeat, elevated blood pressure, a flood of hormones, faster/shallower breathing, higher blood sugar levels for extra energy, muscle tension, a temporary pause on our reproductive system, and a boost to the immune system.
Like I said, great when it’s short-term, but imagine what goes on in our bodies when it doesn’t turn off? ?? Chronic stress is the source for so many issues: risk of stroke or heart attack, respiratory issues, type 2 diabetes, overeating, heartburn, acid reflux and other digestive issues, muscle tension, reproductive issues and a weakened immune system.
Using essential oils daily can be so effective in keeping our emotions and stress levels in check. There is tons of research showing how certain essential oils can alter our cellular communication in the brain, helping to reduce anxious feelings and promote a calming effect. These are some of my favorite “starter kit” oils and blends plus a couple of great add-ons to have on hand throughout the day. Diffuse them, make up multiple rollerballs for easy access (purse, bedroom, kitchen, etc.) or use certain ones internally.
Lavender, Balance, Frankincense, AromaTouch, Wild Orange, Serenity and Copaiba
Use equal drops for diffusers and rollerballs.
- Essential Calm: Lavender + Frankincense
- Chill: Balance + Wild Orange
- Tension: AromaTouch + Frankincense or Copaiba
- I Need A Moment: Balance + Serenity
- I Can Do This: Wild Orange + Frankincense
- Wind Down: Serenity + Copaiba
A drop of Frankincense or Copaiba under the tongue to immediately take the edge off or for use on a daily basis to help keep major mood swings as bay.