For lots of reasons right now, most of us are feeling anxious or stressed.
We are learning new ways of dealing with our lives. Juggling children with working from home, losing jobs, living on top of each other, isolated, worried about loved ones or facing real danger every day.
So it is not surprising if anxiety is quietly gnawing away somewhere inside you.
The good news is that there are some simple tools to help.
If you are feeling stressed or irritable, try one of these breathing tricks to find some calm. Breath work has long been recognised in yoga, in child birth and other situations as a way to reduce panic and calm physical stress reactions.
We have all felt anxious at times. Life events like preparing for an interview or going to the dentist can leave us feeling jittery and tense just thinking about it. Many other ordinary daily events can have the same effect too, such as meeting new people, feeling doubt about a decision or facing something out of your comfort zone.
There are a number of tools available to help manage the effect of life stressors and aromatherapy is one of them. I would love to share with you some of the essential oils that can be useful for helping calm anxiety, and how to use them.
Aromatherapy is becoming increasingly popular as a powerful well-being tool and has shown the potential to lift mood, reduce anxiety, induce calm and support restful sleep.
The essential oils used in aromatherapy are the extremely concentrated volatile oils of plants, usually extracted by steam distillation from the flowers, leaves, seeds or twigs.
The molecules in the oils can either be inhaled with the aroma or absorbed through the skin. With so many amazing essential oils, each with different properties, benefits and risks, it can seem like a minefield if you are new to this healing art. However, if you choose the right oils, aromatherapy can add a whole new dimension to your life.