“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.
- Lavender – Known for relaxation, lavender essential oil contains esters, which help with the calm effect. The body responds to the aroma and is able to relax.
- Vetiver – Deep and earthy, this grounding oil is a powerhouse for relaxation and rest. Diffuse vetiver with a citrus oil to lighten the aroma and create a balance between happiness and calm.
- Ylang Ylang – this potent floral is an effective essential oil for bedtime. Known for being ultra-calming and relaxing, ylang ylang is an excellent choice for diffusors.
- Chamomile – many people associate chamomile with sleep. Known as a gentle essential oil, Roman chamomile in particular can help pull us from anger into calm. This is a wonderful oil to keep around folks who struggle to detach from their daily frustrations.
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?