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It’s hard not to feel anxious sometimes…

It’s hard not to feel anxious sometimes…

With all that is currently going on in the world it’s hard not to feel anxious and even overwhelmed at times. I know that my two little girls are worried about what is happening at the moment with America and North Korea, because they’ve seen this on the news at their grandmother’s house. These feelings can accumulate over time and add to our stress. Stress seems to be accepted as normal in a modern day lifestyle, but our bodies are telling us it is far from normal.

I often find my own stress and anxious feelings are contagious and are easily taken on by my two little girls, so I have to make sure I keep these in check. I do this by taking some me time. Me time looks different for everyone, but here are some ideas you may like to try:

1. Relax with an essential oil bath or foot bath – try adding a few drops of essential oils such as Lavender, Stress Away or Peace & Calming to one of Young Living’s Bath and Shower Gels.

2. Give yourself a facial – I love the ART Gentle Cleanser, Toner and Intensive Moisturiser. I also use the Satin Mint Scrub and Essential Beauty Serum to make it the ultimate pampering experience. With your eyes closed, massage the sides of your jaw in large, circular motions. Create a path past the sides of your mouth, along your nostrils and over your cheekbones. Eventually, move to your forehead and temples. Tension accumulates in this area, so spend some extra time here. For about one minute, work from both temples to the middle of your forehead and back to the temples again.

3. Create a relaxing environment with a diffuser and some soft relaxing music – while everyone’s perfect pampering looks different, the goal is to create the environment that’s most relaxing for you. A great place to start is playing calming music, dimming the lights, lighting candles and diffusing your favourite essential oil or blend. I love my Aria Diffuser as it not only diffuses essential oils, it has amazing lights and it plays the most relaxing music. That’s my utopia right there!

4. Stop and breathe – Why not take a drop of your favourite calming essential oil on your palm, rub your hands together, cup over your nose and breathe it in. The essential oils that I find helpful when I’m feeling overwhelmed or anxious are: Lavender, Orange, Lemon, Roman Chamomile, Valerian, Melissa, Copaiba and Ylang Ylang.

5. Meditate – You could take some time out to meditate. If you have difficulty meditating why not try this free guided visualisation on finding peace in your life by Jeremy Thewlis.

6. Get some sleep – People with a balanced life recognise that prioritising their day takes energy. Sleep deprivation makes it difficult to check off all the tasks on your to-do list and this can leave you feeling anxious and overwhelmed. But when the rat in your roof is munching on macadamia nuts in the early hours or your 6-year-old comes into your bed every night, getting your eight hours can seem impossible (wait… thats’s me!). You can try increasing your chances for a restful night’s sleep by practicing healthy sleep habits like having the same bedtime and wake time every day, shying away from screens an hour before bed and creating a night time routine that tells your body it’s time to sleep. My night time routine also includes diffusing essential oils such as Lavender, Roman Chamomile, Valerian or blends like Ruta Vala and Sacred Mountain.

I also help my girls to relax when they are feeling anxious or overwhelmed by encouraging them to stop and breathe, read a story or simply just give me a hug. I limit what they watch on television so that they aren’t exposed to much violence and that what they do watch is age appropriate. I talk to them about how they are feeling and encourage them to identify signs of stress in their own bodies such as butterflies in their tummies or a sore head. Its important to help children identify good stress relieving behaviours early.

While stress and anxious feelings are a common response to a situation where we feel under pressure, they usually pass once the stressful situation has passed or the ‘stressor’ is removed. However anxiety is when these anxious feelings don’t go away – when they’re ongoing and happen without any particular reason or cause. It’s a serious condition that makes it hard to cope with daily life and if this is happening to you then you should seek professional help. Speak to your doctor or reach out to an organisation like Beyond Blue.

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