Buying Essential Oils for Stress

Mountain Rose Herbs is one of my favorite suppliers.

Here's some quick links for buying stress relieving essential oils.

Benzoin

Bergamot

Cedarwood

Chamomile

Cinnamon

Clary Sage

Cypress

Frankincense

Grapefruit

Helichrysum

Jasmine

Juniper

Lavender

Lemon

Lemon Balm

Lemongrass

Marjoram

Neroli

Orange

Palmarosa

Petitgrain

Rose Geranium

Rose

Sandalwood

Vetiver

Ylang Ylang


Buy Supplies for Stress Relief

aromatherapy stress relief bath

Bath Salts

Candles

Massage Oils

Herbal Tea

Incense

Learn How to Reduce Stress - A Resource Guide

Reduce Stress and Embrace Healthy Living

Guest Article by Dr. Ann Gatty

Stress-Management-4-women.com

You're busy, stressed and feeling like the hamster running the treadmill-wheel. Running but getting nowhere. You know that you need to reduce stress in your life, but you feel panicked by all that needs to be done for you, your co-workers, and your family.

What can you do? Slow down and take a deep breath. Stress can become a major concern in our lives. Don't let stress get in your way of enjoying the life you want to live.

There are some easy stress management strategies you can follow that help reduce stress and the effects it can have on your life.

The Importance of Good Health

Good health is an essential ingredient to a happy and enjoyable life. The condition of good physical and mental health allows us to function well in our busy lives and feel good as we are doing so.

Aspects of health include both physical and emotional well-being. Being physically healthy is of prime importance in life because it allows our bodies to function properly as they should, without pain or discomfort. The body was designed to move - including walking and other forms of exercise.

We move and exercise less because of all the modern technological advances from the automobile to the television remote. The trend toward a more sedentary lifestyle is a danger that needs to be thwarted.

Staying more physically active on a daily basis is very important for our physical health. Adequate exercise helps us achieve good health by strengthening our cardio-vascular system, strengthening our muscle mass and releasing the endorphin gland chemicals to negate the affect of stress on the body.

Examples of physical activities include housework, gardening, taking the stairs rather than the elevator, and walking the dog.

Choose exercises you enjoy doing rather than those you dread. If you enjoy being outdoors, choose running, walking, golf or tennis. If you enjoy swimming, consider the local YMCA. Exercise can also be fun when performing with others, so group exercise classes can be a good way to get the body moving again.

Good physical body health is the result of regular exercise, proper diet and nutrition, and proper rest for physical recovery. Injuries, disease, stress, aging and genetics can affect our good physical health.

Being mentally and emotionally healthy means that our mind and emotions are functioning as they should, without anxiety, depression or other malfunctions. Actually, the mind and body are so connected that psychological issues and stressors can affect the physical body, and physical conditions can affect the mind and emotions.

Causes of emotional ill health include stress, physical disease, genetics and mental abuse. Unprocessed emotions, such as stress, prolonged anger and anxiety, put the whole body in a state of tension and weaken the immune system. Sometimes our emotional state can prove more detrimental to our well-being than lack of exercise or nutrition.

Take time to consider where you are in your life cycle. Are you a young teen? Discovering the challenges of your young adulthood? Mid-life concerns? Senior retired?

Each of these phases have specific and unique aspects that cause women to deal with life situations differently and each of these phases has a different complement of stressors.

Consider the difference between being a young mother trying to balance the time management with kids traveling to several different after-school activities and the mid-life situation as an empty nester. Different types of stressors and anxieties! But as women, we experience these different phases in our lives and find some phases more stressful than others.

As women, we need to remember to take care of ourselves, especially since we are often taking care of others. Stress can become a magnified aspect of our lives when we deplete our emotional and physical well-being as we address the many other demands in our lives.

Taking time to replenish ourselves is an essential defense against the harmful results of too much stress.

Tips to Reduce Stress and Enjoy Healthy Living More

Write it out.

Plan what you are going to accomplish each day and keep a written checklist. It is better not to plan too much because it makes it difficult to accomplish everything.

Scheduling your day's activities gives you a sense of control over your time and your goals. You are not in a race to see who gets there first or who accomplishes the most in a day so, be realistic with your use of time and how you schedule your tasks.

There are some applications for your mobile PDA devices that help you plan and monitor your scheduled activities. Having your daily tasks listed in writing gives you a chance to check off the completed ones, and with the check-mark comes a sense of accomplishment.

Do one task at a time.

It seems easy to multitask but make certain that at the end of the day you have something you can say you completed. If you are multitasking monitoring work, kids and household activities, keeping track of your responsibilities can become overwhelming. Really try to focus on one task at a time if you can because it does not help to feel anxious about the other undone tasks.

Trying to accomplish several things at once leads to distractions and less accomplished in the end. Sure, you may be able to work on some laundry as you are working on the computer, but watch your starts and stops on the computer projects or you will end up losing your train of thought and the distractions will become a sense of annoyance. If you have a big project, break it down into smaller sections so that you can accomplish the portions of the project and feel a sense of accomplishment as you move toward your goal.

Make time for yourself.

You can reduce stress in your daily life and enjoy the rewards of a healthier lifestyle by taking a break from your work to recharge your energy level as you take your mind off your work projects.

When planning your daily tasks that you want to accomplish, build in some time for yourself. Enjoy some stress relieving exercise, yoga, meditation or a nice walk to get a break from the hectic life and enjoy some quiet time with you. Eliminate some of the pent-up stress in your life and you will feel better and you will have more productive energy.

Relax and Slow Down.

Relaxation techniques can reduce the impact of stress and improve your health. But who has time to stop what they are doing long enough to promote relaxation. And we always have deadlines which make us feel a sense of urgency. We try to work faster and harder!!

Working behind a desk all day, my shoulders start to get tired and my back begins to ache. Trying to meet deadlines by the day's end, I can feel the tension creeping into all of my muscles. And did I mention it's 11:00am?

If you are like many women, you may have even forgotten how to relax with our hectic schedules demanding more time than you have available. Yet, it is very important that you take time to relax. There are many benefits listed below.

Benefits of Relaxation Techniques

Slowing your heart rate

Lowering your blood pressure

Slowing your breathing rate

Reducing muscle tension and chronic pain

Reducing anger and frustration

Improving ability to concentrate

These benefits are really health benefits and important that you not let your stress levels spiral out of control. Finding ways to relax and calm the mind are varied and you have to find the ways that work best for you.

I have listed five types of relaxation techniques that many of my colleagues enjoy and find fit in with their work and personal schedules. As you peruse the examples, you will find that some take time in class settings and some you can practice right at your work desk.

The important thing is that you learn to calm the mind when the stress gets overwhelming and take the time to relax. Your body and mind will thank you.

Relaxation Techniques To Try

Meditation

Meditation is a technique that allows you to focus your attention on something that has no emotional value to you and forget about events or things that are disturbing. For a segment of time you can think about "nothing" to allow your mind to calm down.

When you catch yourself thinking about your job, your family, or your to-do list, push the invading thought away. The goal of meditation is to find a way for you to not pay attention to thoughts that you find disturbing because disturbing thoughts activate your stress.

You can do this activity by choosing a word on which to focus your attention. Pick a neutral word such as relax, calm or peaceful. Inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth slowly. Think of your word as your exhale. By paying attention to the word and your breathing, your attention focuses on this activity rather than the thoughts that are causing you stress.

If these thoughts intrude your mind pull your attention back to your breathing and your word. By relaxing your brain, you are developing a sense of calm and lowering your stress hormone levels. Try to steal 5-10 minutes a day to practice this technique.

If focusing on a word does not work well for you, you may find a reading passage might be more comfortable.

As you learn this technique, you will find it becomes easier. This technique can also help you learn to stay more focused on a task you have to complete and less distracted by the world around you.

Yoga

Yoga originated over 3000 years ago and is made up of a series of poses, based on an ancient Indian spiritual discipline. Initially, the practice of yoga emphasized the physical exercises and de-emphasized the spiritual and mental disciplines. These postures were presented as a relaxing form of exercise.

Now with an increased acknowledgement of the connections between mind and body, there is increased interest in re-incorporating the original intentions of yoga.

People are interested in practicing a form of yoga that embraces correct body alignment and strength with controlled breathing.

Yoga is considered a great relaxation technique. One form of yoga is called Gentle yoga, or "hatha yoga." With this form of yoga, the focus is on long stretches and flexibility, accompanied by slow, deep breathing. This can be very soothing to the mind. It is the kind of mellow style most people picture when they think of yoga.

Music

Music can be soothing to the soul and at the same time calm the racing heart. When you find yourself becoming tense and in need of relaxation, resort to your IPod and listen to some music that has a slow enough tempo to help you wind down.

Savvy friends of mine actually create combinations of songs that reflect the various moods they may be experiencing. Then, they can tune into just the right sounds to either calm their spirits or energize their brains after a long day of stress.

Actually, I like to listen to classical music as I work in my office. How about this fact? Research shows that listening to 30 minutes of classical music may produce calming effects equivalent to taking 10 mg of Valium! No, I am not kidding. It's in the research.

Aromatherapy

Now this smells good. And it is a relaxation remedy that can be imported right into the work environment. Aromatherapy uses pure essential oils, which are complex, highly fragrant substances that are extracted from various parts of flowers, fruits, leaves, spices, roots and woods. Many essential oils, including lavender oil and lemongrass oil, are recognized for their natural stress reducing effects.

Aromatherapy helps improve concentration, focus and productivity, relaxation and rejuvenation and mood enhancement.

If you have to work in a building with limited air flow, using essential oils in a diffuser or spritzing with a spray bottle can really clear the air. Geranium, Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint and Rosemary are all excellent for a quick pick me up. Try Chamomile, Lavender or Sandalwood oil. All are thought to help combat stress and tension.

In addition to essential oils, you might try scented candles and fragrant plants for mood enhancers. Come to think of it, they also provide for a pleasant environment.

About the Author

Dr. Ann Gatty is a life coach infopreneur, helping women create a comfortable balance in their personal and professional lives. Her website, Stress-Management-4-Women.com offers insights and strategies for women in today's hectic living patterns.

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