Stress, fatigue, frustration and lethargy – does any of this sound familiar to you?
If so, you are among the millions of people who battle 40-hour workweeks, stuffy cubicles and long hours in front of the computer screen almost every day. As a working person, you probably spend a larger part of the day at your workplace and yet, you have little or no control over your work environment. While you can’t do much to change the structure of your workplace of the nature of your job, you can certainly make your office surroundings more pleasant, conducive and supportive with the help of aromatherapy.
Here, we address how stress can affect our performance and explain how aromatherapy can help alleviate these problems. All it takes is a few vials of essential oils and a few minutes of your time.
Mental and Emotional Stress
Every job comes with its own set of stressors. There are deadlines to meet, targets to achieve and that inherent sense of competitiveness that pushes us to perform better .
While “positive stress” leads to motivation, creativity and increased productivity, “negative stress” can erode a person’s spirit and results in:
- chronic frustration
- lack of energy
- inability to cope with pressure
If you ever find yourself leaning towards the latter, you can always count on essential oils to bail you out.
Mental stress can often be attributed to anguish over unfinished tasks or financial worries.
Recommended essential oils for Mental Stress:
Apply this blend on the back of your neck, the solar plexus area and the soles of your feet twice a day to relax the mind, release the tension from tightened muscles and inspire you to take on new challenges with renewed enthusiasm.
You can also put 1 drop of each essential oil on a tissue and inhale directly during the day.
Emotional stress may be borne out of relationship problems, conflicts with co-workers, lack of self-esteem, parental guilt or failure to strike the perfect work-life balance.
Recommended essential oils for emotional stress:
The nurturing scent of Sweet Orange, the warmth of Ginger and the uplifting properties of Clary Sage come together to form the perfect tonic for the soul. Combine four drops of each with 1 Oz of carrier oil and massage the solar plexus, back of the neck and pulse points on the insides of your wrists with this blend twice a day.
Using 4 drops each of these oils in a diffuser or aromatherapy burner in your office is a great way to stay relaxed, happy and positive throughout the day.
The next time you feel drained-out or drowsy when there is a whole lot of work lined up, don’t reach out for caffeine – give yourself a wakeup call with natural essential oils instead. Fill a 1 Oz spray bottle with distilled water and add five drops each of Eucalyptus, Rosemary and Peppermint essential oils. Keep this bottle handy in your office and spray your face with eyes closed every time you find yourself slacking or losing focus. The invigorating and stimulating properties of these oils will help you stay alert and active even during the infamous “after-lunch slump”.
Using essential oils in the workplace is effective, inexpensive and an all-natural way to boost your productivity and make the most of your work hours. It is also one of the few stress-busting remedies that your boss won’t object to and your co-workers will thank you for.
© 2013, Cristina Proano-Carrion,Aromandina LLC
This information is based on traditional use of aromatherapy and it does not intend to diagnose or treat any condition. This information should not be used as a substitute for medical counseling with a health care professional. No part of this article may be reproduced in whole or in part without the explicit written permission of Aromandina.