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An Infusion (or Diffusion) of Calm Into Daily Life

“I can’t do more than this” and “I don’t know how long I can keep this up” are phrases we hear far too often these days.

We’re caught up in our busy lives. We’re operating at a pace that is perhaps beyond what we can handle. We’re stressed and we’re suffering because of it. We have a lot of options for decompressing and letting go and many new technologies that help us be mindful and present. Just keeping up with all the de-stressing strategies can be stressful when you’re not sure what works.

It’s interesting to think that our culture enforces an association between stress and being driven for success. We’re taught that stress comes with the territory if we want to achieve our goals. How are we to navigate this conflict of ideas while living our best lives?

For me, it’s simple. I have evolved my life to the point that I no longer prioritize stress over happiness and peace. MY successful life is one that is calm and happy and moves at a manageable pace. Within that pace I am able to enjoy the moments that make up each day. I consciously choose calm and view that as a pillar of my personal success. That is the intention that I set. Society does not dictate the rhythms of my life.

So, how do I achieve calm?

I ask myself what I need during times of stress or conflict and I give myself time to listen. This is something that took me years to learn how to do. I take walks and connect with nature. I leave irritations in the dust as I walk toward a better attitude. I also reach for the diffuser and some key essential oils because of how effectively they can shift my day from strife to serenity.

We can diffuse essential oils with the mindset of purposefully infusing calm into our lives. Essential oils are powerful agents that can remind us to slow down, enjoy, and be calm. As the aroma of essential oils fill our airspace, the limbic system is engaged – that’s the part of our brain that controls our emotions and moods. So, smelling rose essential oil, for example, really can make the world seem more joyful. The aroma and its associations trigger our brains to tap into a sense of peace and happiness.

Several essential oils can support calm in this way. For beginners, lavender is always an excellent choice for peace and for soothing. Several oils can take us down a few notches when we need it most.

 

These oils have worked for me and for so many other people to infuse more calm into our lives. Have you tried diffusion to shift your day toward calm? If so, which oils did you use and what was your experience like?

Charlynn Avery
Contributor & Founding Member

An avid aroma enthusiast, I have devoted my career to understanding the connection between mind, body and spirit. I come from a diverse background in education, health and wellness and have practiced and taught in the arenas of bodywork, holistic therapies, yoga and plant medicine. I've been teaching about essential oil usage for 14 years with the last six years at Frontier Co-op educating about essential oils on behalf of the Aura Cacia brand. My passions are my family, reading, writing, gardening, natural healing, yoga, hiking, & travel. I believe the world is made a better place by small acts of kindness.

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Azure R

August 2, 2018 - 10:13am

After a long day I like to take out the essential oils, drop a few drops in the diffuser, kick my feet up watch my fav’t after work TV show.

Freddie H

August 2, 2018 - 9:32am

I’m pretty sure this works from what everyone has said.  Sadly, I’m unable to use it at work because other people are sensitive to the scents which I can understand, because my husband has chronic asthma and COPD - if he is having difficulty breathing he certainly doesn’t want to inhale a scent of any kind.  I’m thinking about making me some of those little things (from Victorian days) that women used to smell, and keep it in a tight baggie.  That way it would not circulate too much.

Charlynn Avery

August 2, 2018 - 12:39pm

That’s a great idea, Freddie.  If you put some of your favorite aroma on some cotton pads or cotton balls and then keep them in a baggie or a small, airtight container,  you can just open it up when you need a whiff.  This way it won’t disrupt anyone around you and you can enjoy the benefits!

Freddie H

August 3, 2018 - 8:50am

Cotton balls would be easier and I could just toss them and go with a new scent.

Beth M 1349423656

July 31, 2018 - 7:40am

What a great posting today - you put into words what I’ve been focusing on the past 17 months since retiring from 45 years of nursing. Thank you.

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