A great way to learn healthy coping strategies for managing your stress is to try new techniques, find a few that work for you, and practice them until they become habits. In this, the fourth part in my series on relieving stress, I’ll offer some quick and easy tips using essential oils that you can incorporate to help you relax physically and mentally.
Sometimes the best way to let off steam is to write down whatever is bothering you by truly expressing your feelings. Diffuse Grounding™, Release™, Clarity™, or Inner Child™ with the Aroma Diffuser or apply them topically to encourage clarity while you put your feelings down on paper. Once you have identified your frustrations, you can focus on a plan of action for changing the things that you can control and releasing those that are out of your control.
Spending five minutes writing down a few things that you are grateful for each day will help shift your focus from what may not be working well to the many positive things in your life. This exercise can shift energy away from negative thoughts and call to mind positive experiences. Diffuse or topically apply Gratitude™, Harmony™, Hope™, Humility™, Inspiration™, or Joy™ to enhance feelings of strength and increase your sense of gratitude.
Physiologically, when you smile your whole countenance shifts. If that smile is genuine, your attitude will shift too, and you will increase positive feelings. If you’re having a hard time “finding” a genuine smile, look to the items in your gratitude journal and diffuse or topically apply Joy™ or Citrus Fresh™ to help boost your mood and lift your spirits.
Moving your body by stretching or doing a few short yoga poses is a quick way to physically shift your energy field. Take a few moments to diffuse or topically apply the following oils to help ground you and uplift your spirit during stretching:
Comment below with ways that you incorporate essential oils to help shift your energy and relieve stress in your life. I always love getting your input!
—Heidi Jeanfreau, Young Living International and Portfolio Brand Manager
Whether it comes from the busy tax season or juggling family and work schedules, everyone experiences stress in their lives. We can’t always control what challenges we face, but we can control how we react. In the first part of my Relieving Stress series, I’m going to share some simple things that I have found useful in reducing my stress levels and creating a more energizing and relaxed environment.
Inhale Essential Oils Directly or Diffuse
When I need a boost of pep and clarity of mind, I’ll put a drop of Peppermint on my palm, rub my hands together, cup my hands over my nose, and take three deep breaths. I also use Thieves Waterless Hand Purifier, V-6™ Vegetable Oil Complex, or any Young Living lotions afterward so I don’t get essential oils in my eyes or keyboard. Inhale or diffuse any of the following oils to give yourself a lift:
- Lemon, Grapefruit, Lime, Tangerine, Orange, or Citrus Fresh™ promote positive emotions and mental clarity.
- En-R-Gee™ uplifts and energizes.
- Envision™ encourages renewed faith in the future.
- Gratitude™ supports emotional and spiritual progress.
- Hope™ allows you to restore your faith by reconnecting with feelings of strength.
- Joy™ creates magnetic energy and brings happiness to the heart.
- Motivation™ promotes feelings of action and accomplishment.
Getting a massage with Ortho Ease®, Relaxation™, or Ortho Sport® massage oils helps relieve, relax, and soothe tired, overworked muscles. You can even give a self-massage: Add a few drops of V-6 to a drop of Relieve It™, PanAway®, or Wintergreen and rub your hands and feet. The pressure points on these extremities act as a full-body massage. I also take soothing, hot baths with Epsom salt and 8–10 drops of Peace & Calming® or any of our Eucalyptus oils (Blue, Globulus, or Radiata) for a peaceful and relaxing break.
For relaxation on the go, I always keep a Deep Relief™ Roll-On in my purse. My shoulders and back get tired from sitting at my desk, so I’ll apply the oils to my shoulders during the day at work or right before bed to soothe those tight muscles.
Try these simple but effective ideas and you’ll notice immediate relief from life’s daily stresses! Please leave a comment below and share some of your own ideas!
—Heidi Jeanfreau, YL International and Portfolio Brand Manager