All kinds of things cause stress, from a cancelled train on the morning commute, to an argument with your partner over whose turn it is to put the trash out. In small amounts, stress is actually good for us because it focusses the brain and helps us deal with a dangerous situation, but in the long term, too much stress can cause a host of physical problems.
If you suffer from stress, it is vital that you take steps to counter the effects of stress in your life. One way to do this is by using powerful stress-busting scents. Our sense of smell is incredibly useful when it comes to dealing with stress. The right scents can sooth the mind and alleviate feelings of stress and anxiety, so try lavender, peppermint, vanilla, jasmine, rosemary or pine oil if stress is getting you down.
Act fast enough and you can prevent stress from derailing your day. Here are some simple techniques for using scent to reduce your stress levels.
Add Oil to a Diffuser
Diffusers are the perfect accessory for scented oils. Add some lavender or vanilla oil to a scented oil diffuser and place it in your home or office. A few drops of oil will release enough scent into the room to leave you super relaxed. It’s perfect for anyone who struggles to sleep because of stress – switch it on before you go to bed and you will have the best night sleep ever.
Take a Hot Bath
Aromatherapy oils can be used to great effect in a hot bath. Choose your favourite relaxing oil and drop a few drops into the hot bath water. Allow the heat and scents to sooth your mind and soul. Pine oil is great for morning soaks whereas lavender is perfect for a relaxing bath just before bed.
Enjoy an Aromatherapy Massage
Massage is great for soothing tight tissues and easing muscular tension caused by stress. To enjoy the benefits of scent during your massage, ask your partner to add a few drops of scented oil to the massage oil. The massage will relax you and the scented oil will calm your stress and anxiety. Massage is also a great way to promote intimacy between couples, so if stress is affecting your relationship, an aromatherapy massage should help.
Light a Candle
If you are short on time, light a scented candle and enjoy the benefits immediately. For stress relief, choose a vanilla or lavender scented candle. Your room will smell beautiful and you will feel so much more relaxed. Scented candles are also perfect if you have guests coming over, as everyone can benefit from some stress relief!
Add a few drops of scented oil to your laundry and you will feel relaxed all day long when you wear a deliciously scented garment. Vanilla, lavender or jasmine are all good choices.
Don’t overlook the benefits of using natural scents to lift your mood and promote a powerful sense of wellbeing. They really do work!