Today is National Stress Awareness Day and to honor this, today’s blog will be about….you guessed it…Stress!
I find stress gets muddled in with anxiety and depression and is often forgotten about and initial symptoms ignored or simply not identified.
Of course, if stress is left untreated, symptoms of panic, anxiety and depression will almost certainly follow.
What is stress?
When we are stressed, our body releases adrenaline and cortisol which are linked to the ‘fight or flight’ instinct.
This is used as a form of protection but can also help you concentrate, give you energy and help you stay focused.
So stress in these terms can actually be good for; motivating you and helping you perform well under pressure.
Our tolerance and perception of stress is relative to each individual. What I may find stressful, you may not.
Problems start when periods of stress are prolonged. Not being able to switch off can speed up the signs of aging, cause headaches, raise your blood pressure. This, in turn increases your risk of heart attack and stroke.
So in this era of being constantly on the go and ‘switched on’, stress is becoming increasingly common.
Stress can be caused by our thoughts and anxieties or by events and experiences in our lives.
Symptoms of Stress
Symptoms of stress can be both physical and psychological. They may include the following:
- Increased heart rate
- Muscle tension
- Sweaty palms
- Low self-esteem
- Racing thoughts
- Sleep problems
- Frequent colds
- Grinding teeth
Work is a common trigger of stress so make sure you are taking your annual leave, talk to colleagues or your manager if you’re feeling overwhelmed, don’t be ashamed. Celebrate all your successes no matter how small they may seem to you.
Take time to relax. Avoid taking on too much; learn to say no! Accept help when it’s offered and look into alternative relaxation techniques such as Yoga and Meditation. Even a walk near the ocean or in a local park can be very uplifting for your soul.
I understand its often easier said than done but in hindsight if I’d done any of these things in the early days all those years ago, and not been such a martyr, it may’ve saved me a lot of pain.
Here are some of my favourite products which help me relax and unwind:
A ray of sunshine to help gently balance the emotions.
A gently cheering blend to help quiet a racing mind, lift the spirits and ease feelings of anxiety. This fragrant hug-in-a-mug features a relaxing blend of lemon balm, lime flower, passion flower, skullcap and soothing pink rose petals.
18 herbal tea sachets with Passion Flower & Lime
Aromatherapy Blend – Calming
Key action: Relaxing
This blend is helpful when we need a relaxing aromatherapy hug!
Aromatherapy Blend – De-Stress
Key action: Relaxing
Use this blend when you just want to escape your troubles and flop. Exotic ylang ylang is combined with heavenly neroli to transport you to a place of tranquillity.
The Aromastone Oil Burner
Plug the stone into a socket, wait a few minutes for it to heat up then add a few drops of essential oils, either undiluted or with a few drops of water to extend the vaporisation times.
Whilst you’re relaxing with your tea and enjoying the aromas of your chosen aromatherapy blend, relax into a lovely hot bath with a good book?
A delightfully fragrant bath to bring a sense of well-being.
A soothing aromatherapy blend of lavender, spanish marjoram and geranium essential oils with a skin conditioning herbal infusion to help you relax and unwind.
As a special treat from Anna’s Place, we will offer you:
- Calming Tea
- A choice of Aromatherapy Blend Essential Oil (Priced £9.70)
- Aromatic Foaming Bath
as a set for only £50! (RRP £58.10). Offer end midnight Sunday 6th November 2016.
Contact us, quote ‘Stress Awareness Day Offer’ and leave your contact details and I will get back to you