Manage Anxiety & Stress Holistically
Stress and Coping
The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.
Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations. How you respond to the outbreak can depend on your background, the things that make you different from other people, and the community you live in.
Things you can do to support yourself
When I studied for my degree the analogy was used regarding a woolly mammoth...a woolly mammoth?? What has that got to do with anything. If you see a woolly mammoth, you will react one of two ways. We’ve all heard about it….flight or flight, but regardless of how you react, your internal body systems will react the same. Your body will prepare for attack and in doing so will reduce the normal balance of hormones to relevant organs. One will be your digestive system, another your reproductive system. Over prolonged periods of stress this will have a detrimental effect on your body.
This happens in everyday life of course, but with the uncertainty of our current situation, it is worth pointing this out.
What can you do to help yourself?
Take care of your body.
Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate.
Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugs.
Make time to unwind.
Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
Connect with others.
Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.
Please don’t worry on your own.
Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting. Ultimately, there is little you can change about the current situation, we all need to adhere to the guidelines, but taking breaks from coverage is essential to avoid any stress or anxiety peaks.
My degree also included aromatherapy and therefore I am qualified clinical aromatherapist. Smell has such an important role in our day to day lives. Who can think of a smell that just fills them with fond memories? Without going into too much science detail, it’s basically the nose triggering the brain to elicit a response. If it’s a good smell, then a happy response, a bad smell, a bad response With essential oils, they all have a chemical composition and each oil has a physiological and physical benefit. For the purpose of this, we will discuss physiological benefits and oils that can support your mental health.
As mentioned, your smell preference is essential in selecting oils.
Essential oils recommended for anxiety are:
Essential oils recommended for stress are:
These lists are not exhaustive, there are many more.
Oil quality is essential and I would recommend Tisserand oils, which you can buy on Amazon. If you chose not to purchase Tisserand, just ensure they are pure essential oils and have no synthetic composition within them.
Safe dilution is also essential, please check the guide in this link - Essential Oil Dilution Chart
If you’d like to undertake a free course to know more, click on this link - How Essential Oils Work in the Body Free Mini-Course
Did you know you could do reflexology on your hand?
Below is the relevant reflexology point to relieve stress and anxiety. Just be careful not to press too hard and over stimulate the point.
Please note - these are my own words and as such my opinions.