The World Health Organization describes stress as a "worldwide epidemic". The Wellness Councils of America agree stating that stress can be defined as "the inability to cope with a threat, real or implied, to our well-being, which results in a series of responses and adaptations by our minds and bodies". Did you know that 80-85% of visits to health care providers are related to mind-body stress? Wow.
How might we help ourselves? Here are a few suggestions:
1. Consider an aroma-stick. It is a portable easy to use filled with essential oils. One stick should last 4-6 months if it is taken care of (Don't wash it, don't keep it in cold or hot temperatures). Considering these sticks are $5-$6 dollars this is a practical fix.
2. Meditate. Don't know how? It doesn't work? Where do you start? Set your alarm ahead 15 minutes in the morning for wake-up time. Or go to bed 15 minutes early. Put on some wonderful, relaxing music and just listen. Try to quiet your mind. It's okay if this doesn't help for the first day, week or few weeks. Your mind needs to be trained to be quieted in this fast paced world we live in. If this remains ineffective for you consider a guided imagery CD that you can put on and listen to. Repeat the steps above. Work to train your brain. Be open to it.
3. Exercise. I can hear the groans. Consider a couple of options that fit for you. If one doesn't resonate with you, try the other. What works for your neighbor, friend or family member might not be your ticket. However, find what does work for you and try it. Perhaps it is walking. Don't start with a mile. Keep your expectations manageable because if they aren't, you'll quit. How about a walk to the end of the driveway? And a day later add a step or two. Don't get stuck in indecision. Try. If you don't try, the answer is always no. Consider the book, You Are Your Own Gym by Lauren. It is available on Amazon for $3.72 used. or at local libraries. Easier said than done? Not exactly. My husband lost 40 lbs. and looks great after applying the techniques in this book.
Here are a few of my favorite essential oils for stress:
For meditation: Clary Sage, Firs, Cedarwoods, Orange
My name is, Polly J. Huenink-Schellinger. I am a Registered Nurse, Board Certified Holistic Nurse, Reflexologist, Clinical Aromatherapist, Parish Nurse, Certified Healing Touch Practitioner and Prepare for Surgery, Heal Faster Facilitator.