'Relaxation and Peace' Category Archive

Posted on Feb 24th, 2006

In a world where hustle and bustle is normal and expected, it is no wonder you often find yourself stressed, worried and sicklier than normal. More importantly, you sort of just forget about yourself. Now, that might be okay if forgetting about “you,” did not involve every other aspect of your life, as well as your loved ones in your life.

Think about it, how often do you find yourself “on edge,” moody, unhappy, stressed and teetering on the brink of breakdown?

Again, this is normal in today’s society, but it should not be and “you: surely do not have to allow it either.

Remember, when you make yourself happy, everyone else around you is happy also.

First, read and study the chart below. It is a list of ailments and therapeutic fragrance oils / essential oils that will aid in the reduction of stress, worries, sickness and just everyday mishaps.

Bergamot, Jasmine, Neroli, Orange, Patchouli, Petit grain, Roman Chamomile, Rose, Vetiver, Ylang Ylang

Bergamot, Cedar wood, Clary Sage, Frankincense, Geranium, Lavender, Mandarin, Neroli, Patchouli, Roman Chamomile, Rose, Sandalwood, Vetiver

Bay Laurel, Bergamot, Cypress, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Orange, Rosemary

Bergamot, Clary Sage, Frankincense, Geranium, Grapefruit, Helichrysum, Jasmine, Lavender, Lemon, Mandarin, Neroli, Orange, Roman Chamomile, Rose, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang

Fatigue, Exhaustion and Burnout
Basil, Bergamot, Black Pepper, Clary Sage, Cypress, Frankincense, Ginger, Grapefruit, Helichrysum, Jasmine, Lemon, Patchouli, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Vetiver

Bergamot, Cedar wood, Clary Sage, Frankincense, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Lemon, Neroli, Orange, Roman Chamomile Sandalwood, Vetiver

Cypress, Frankincense, Helichrysum, Neroli, Rose, Sandalwood, Vetiver

Happiness and Peace
Bergamot, Frankincense, Geranium, Grapefruit, Lemon, Neroli, Orange, Rose, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang

Bergamot, Cedar wood, Frankincense, Jasmine, Sandalwood, Vetiver

Lavender, Mandarin, Neroli, Roman Chamomile, Sandalwood

Bergamot, Clary Sage, Frankincense, Helichrysum, Roman Chamomile, Rose

Memory and Concentration
Basil, Black Pepper, Cypress, Hyssop, Lemon, Peppermint, Rosemary

Panic and Panic Attacks
Frankincense, Helichrysum, Lavender, Neroli, Rose

Rose, patchouli, the fresh scent of orange, the fresh scent of vanilla and Jasmine

Benzoin (Benzoic), Bergamot, Clary Sage, Frankincense, Geranium, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Lavender, Mandarin, Neroli, Patchouli, Roman Chamomile, Rose, Sandalwood, Vetiver, Ylang Ylang

Now, what about the remedies?

1) A bath: Use essential oils in the bath by adding three to eight drops to the tub, depending on the oil. Add it just before you get in and soak for at least 10 minutes.
2) Candles: Candles can be a great to enhance the romance in your life. In the evenings, take about five or so candles and place them in safe places around your bedroom. Turn off the lights and add some soft and light sounds of music. Try mixings scents like vanilla and rose. You may try the same thing in your restroom for a nice, sensual and romantic bath with your loved one.
3) Inhalants:
a) Diffuse: Use either an electric or a tea light simmering pot to diffuse the essential oil into the air.
b) To treat congestion (try eucalyptus) or stress (try peppermint or sandalwood). Put four drops in a bowl of hot, almost boiling water. Drape a towel over your head to make a tent and breathe in the steam for a few minutes.
4) Feet soak: You may either use your tub or an electric foot soaker found in any store. You need only add five to seven drops of oil per each quart of warm water used; soak for about 10 minutes. You might try scents such a mint and lemon or tea tree.
5) Put a drop of oil on a hot light bulb. Do not use oil drops on halogen light bulbs.
6) Meditate: You may use Scented Incense, which are made from the above oils, find a quiet corner, put on some light music and just mediate 5 to 10 minutes out of your day

Warnings & Tips:

• Keep actual oils away from eyes, nose and mouth
• Keep away from children and pets
• Keeps candles away from drafts and unstable fixtures
• Use caution and care if using remedies on small children, pregnant women, elderly or adults with health problems
• These tips are not meant to heal any health problems you may have. Please consult your physician for illnesses
• Do a patch test on skin for sensitivity to the oils. Put a little bit of diluted oil in the bend of your elbow and wait 24 hours to see if itching or redness develops.

So, what are you waiting for? It is Time for you to Relax and Unwind.

Written and compiled by
Angel Lopez

Residing in the beautiful Menifee Valley, California And mother to two beautiful teenagers. She has Been selling home interiors and decorating for Several years before opening her business, The Aroma Shoppe, A fun and lively shop full of high quality aromatic and decorative products for the home and office.

Posted on Feb 23rd, 2006

Do you feel stressed or overwhelmed in your life? Are you juggling many balls in the air, with many external demands on your time and energy? Do you feel burned out? Is your life out of control? If you answered yes to at least one of these questions, there’s a good chance that there is a need to examine and balance the priorities in your life.

Balance – now that’s easier said than done, especially in this fast-paced mode of living that most of us are in. Yet we crave that balance desperately. So just how do we create the work-life balance? Well, let’s try a simple exercise.

1. Think of your life as a wheel. On a sheet of paper draw a circle. You are in the center. Every area and aspect of your life is represented by a spoke, each which extend as a line radiating from that center. Name those areas – they can be any category in your life – e.g. relationships, finances, health, job or career, security, personal development, recreation, energy, family and friends.

2. Go around the wheel and rate each spoke from 1 to 10 (with 1 being low and 10 being great) based on how you feel at this moment about that particular area in your life.

3. Mark each spoke with a dot representing your rating, with 10 at the outer edge of the circle and 1 close to the center.

4. Now connect all the dots and take a close at the picture that emerges. How does your Wheel of Life actually look?

The first step to creating the balance is to ascertain which areas are lacking. Your completed picture will show you on which areas you focus versus those that are being neglected.

The second step is deciding what actions you could take towards strengthening those areas in need of attention. For example, if you rated yourself low on the Recreation aspect, what could you do to infuse more play-time and fun into your life? Perhaps it will involve scheduling non-negotiable time for yourself, for example, 30 minutes twice a week. Or perhaps it’s about taking a walk, or planning an outing with your children or friends – time devoted solely to fun and enjoyment.

Finally, it’s all a matter of applying your actions. The steps need not be huge. But just like your car’s gas tank, your inner energy reserve needs to be replenished. If it becomes depleted, you won’t function as well, and may burn out. Balancing your life provides this replenishment.

So, go ahead and implement the changes in your life. Seek support from others around you. And the result? A more balanced and effective you.

Olena Gill is a life and business coach and owner of Indigo-Crystal Coaching Services in Errington, BC. She assists people in re-balancing in both personal and business envioronments and is the author of several forthcoming books on personal development. You may contact her at http://www.indigocrystalcoach.com.

Copyright 2005

Posted on Feb 22nd, 2006

Would you like to increase your energy level and dissolve stress more easily? Here is a simple yet powerful formula to remember: Goals + Action = Energy

Choose a Compelling Goal

Begin by choosing a goal you would like to accomplish. Write it down in detail, describing exactly how you will know when you have met your goal. Passion behind a clearly stated goal is a powerful force. You can gain enormous control over that force by focusing on one small step that you need to take.

For example, your goal might be to create a healthy balance between your career and personal life. Answer this question: What is one small action I could take that would create more balance and help to dissolve stressful feelings? The answer might be as simple as adding a ten-minute walk each morning or joining a special interest group. The important thing is that you ask your question and put your answer into action.

Smaller goal-actions are even more important than larger goal-actions for a quick energy renewal. Break larger objectives down into small actions. Then choose one and start on it. You will know that you are moving toward your goal, and you might feel an immediate surge in your level of energy.

Choose an Enjoyable Action

Think of the primary areas of your life, and ask yourself this question: What would renew my energy today where I need it most? Simply doing something for you—something fun—can provide a welcome breath of fresh air for the mind and spirit.

Does today call for…
Spiritual renewal,
Time with family,
Listening to music,
Planning a project,
Finishing a project,
Making a call,
Going for a drive,
Walking in nature,
Watching a movie,
Journaling about the week,
Going on a shopping marathon?

Write down twelve of your most enjoyable actions. Then make it a small goal to enjoy one of them today. The important point is this: Action will help to decrease stress and build energy—especially if the action is something pleasant.

Recall Previous Achievements

We also create mental energy with thoughts, beliefs, and perceptions. Think about a success you have achieved or something great you have created. How has this past success contributed to your present level of achievement?

Notice how one action led to the next. Make a list of your achievements, and focus your mind on them. Recall the way you felt after achieving success. Recalling and thinking about successes achieved in the past will help to focus the mind on success for the future.

Give Energy to Get Energy

Giving part of our time and energy to helping others through worthwhile causes will also return time and energy to us. Sarah Bernhardt (1844-1923) wrote, "Life begets life. Energy creates energy. It is by spending oneself that one becomes rich."

If you want to attract more energy into your life, you need to begin by giving energy to someone who can benefit from what you can offer. Compassionate acts of kindness spread in ever widening circles. They return in multiples to individuals who give without expecting anything in return.

Visualize with Gratitude

Gratitude for what you have already achieved will also create more of the great things you visualize for the future. What you think about consistently with emotion, whether you want it or not, you will attract into your reality. That is why things that we resist continue to persist. Visualize and think about what you do want, and offer gratitude as if you have already received it.

In Summary

Remember the simple but powerful formula, goals + action = energy. Think of something you want and write it down in detail. Recall times when you were successful. Then, set a small goal and begin taking action. Thoughts affect everything, and everything affects everything else. Action creates energy, and enthusiastically reaching small goals will create mental energy and feelings of more success.

Remember to reward yourself by including time for something enjoyable each day. You will reduce stressful feelings and create additional reserve energy for daily living. Most importantly, share your time and energy with others, and give daily thanks for everything you achieve. You will soon feel an abundant increase in your focus and energy, allowing you to accomplish more each day.

© Copyright 2005 by Steve Brunkhorst. Steve is a professional life success coach, motivational author, and the editor of Achieve! 60-Second Nuggets of Inspiration, a popular mini-zine bringing great stories, motivational nuggets, and inspiring thoughts to help you achieve more in your career and personal life. Get the next issue by visiting http://www.AchieveEzine.com

Posted on Feb 21st, 2006

Kenny Werner, in his book Effortless Mastery, describes a test that illustrates priorities in life.

Go to the kitchen and get a plastic bag. Place it over your head, tying the opening snugly around your neck so that no air can get through. Now, let’s count to one hundred. By the count of 50, let me ask you: How important is that bonus you’ve been working overtime to earn. By the count of 60 would you be fretting about the state of your investments? By 80 no doubt you’d be worried about your boss asking for those reports you hadn’t finished yet.

I’m not trying to make light of anyone’s problems, but sometimes we make more out of a situation than we should. Life’s day-to-day difficulties can often overwhelm us to the extent that we can’t see what is really important. If you were to be kidnapped today, I would guess that the company you work for would not go under. In fact, you may be surprised at how little you’d be missed.

There’s a reason why eating healthy meals, exercising, and leading a balanced social/work life leads to a less stressful life and improved sleep habits. It’s because you are taking care of the things that are really important in life: Health and happiness.

If you can get your priorities more in line with what you really want from life, there is a good chance that peace and serenity will follow.

Mark Altman is the webmaster of soundsleeping.com, the site for free relaxing music, a website containing relaxing music, sleep-aids, stress reducing tools, relaxation advice, and an active discussion.

Posted on Feb 20th, 2006

Stress, the word that has become the enemy of millions around the world. So many of us are stressed all the while. Every small decision creates stress. Every small change creates stress. Even a kid going to primary school faces stress now a days. Rather one must try and find out what does not cause stress.

How to fight stress? How to relax and live normally for some time during the day? These are the questions most of us ask. Sleep fights stress to some extent, but many people get up in the morning feeling tired. All because of the accumulated stress. New therapies and new ways are being found and sold everyday to fight stress, so much so that fighting stress has become a billion dollar industry.

Let us go back to our ancestors. Were they stressed? They went out in the mornings to hunt and returned in the evenings to enjoy a very peaceful sleep. Why? Because they lived with the nature. Can we try something like that? We certainly can not go and stay in the jungles like our ancestors, so let us find something from their life that can help us fight stress.

The sun, the life giver for all of us. Without sun there would be no life on our earth. And the sun is very punctual. It rises and sets at the time it is supposed to. It has no change in moods that can postpone its work. That is the beauty of the sun. Watch the sun setting. After the day of tiredness, sit and watch the sun set. Slowly the sun will set and the night will engulf all of us. Watch the changing colors of the sky, the scattering light from the clouds and the sun setting, slowly. Suddenly you will find that the sun has set and the night has arrived. The sun will rise again tomorrow. But today’s evening will give you a lot to relax and wonder about the mysteries and beauties of nature. Fight stress watching the sun set.

Stress is bad, because it stops us deriving any joy from life. It stops us to watch and enjoy the flowers, the butterflies, the stars and the birds. It stops us in spending quality time with friends and family. Fight stress and live a happy and relaxed life.

Enjoy some sunset screensavers with text written by the author CD Mohatta. In screene.com, you will find many more screensavers and wallpapers of nature with real videos. They are ideal for a relaxed time. Also read his text in fun quizzes cards and ecards in topics like holidays, family, friends, love, etc. All the quiz cards and greeting cards can be sent to your friends for free at these sites. The author looks forward to feedback regarding his written text.

Posted on Feb 20th, 2006

Websters dictionary defines stress as: “a physical, chemical, or emotional factor that causes bodily or mental tension and may be a factor in disease causation”.

It’s important to realize that this “physical, chemical, or emotional” tension is a part of life, and is critical to the workings of the human body.

Stress occurs whenever we encounter something in our lives to which we must react. This may be a small event, like swatting at a fly that has landed on our arm, or something more significant, like dealing with the death of a loved one.

When we run into stress, our body reacts by producing adrenaline and cortisol. These hormones do good things for our body: cortisol by improving our memory, and adrenaline by enhancing our immune system and supplying us with energy. It’s when we allow this stress to remain with us for extended periods of time that bad things begin happening. When cortisone builds up it can actually cause our brain cells to shrink and hinder our short term memory. Unused adrenaline can eventually lower our immune system and cause depression.

The healthy way to deal with stress is to allow it to take its course the way nature intended. The adrenaline that your body produces needs to be used-up, and the best way to do this is by exercising. These hormones are meant to help out with short term situations, so we need to find stress reducing activities to deal with ongoing stress (like work or finances). Some ideal relaxation and stress-reduction activities are yoga, tai-chi, and meditation.

Mark Altman is the webmaster of http://www.soundsleeping.com - free relaxing music and more, a site containing relaxing music, sleep-aids, stress reduction tools, relaxation advice, and an active discussion.

Posted on Feb 5th, 2006

Almost every day we hear of a new form of "rage" . Road rage led the way in the media and many of us have fallen victim to it. It’s one of society’s latest ways of venting their frustrations. It’s a stress reaction which when recognized can be controlled and converted into a response.

The reason we all need to take this control so seriously is because of the victim- villain theory. It has shown that victims of child abuse in time become themselves child abusers.

Authorities working on the current batch of road rage villains to educate them out of their anti-social behavior need to spend more time working with the victims. They are too often overlooked in road rage incidents. They have their broken bones mended and their wounds dressed but there’ s no treatment for their mental and emotional wounds.

You may have been a victim of road rage and if so you need Stress-Management Breakthorugh Tip - Part 2. Only in this way will you avoid crossing over from being a victim to being a road rage villain. The tip is to make sure you do nothing to offend your fellow road users. Do not cut them off in traffic. Do not make threatening gestures.

You can make these quality choices and help break the cycle of road rage violence.

And whatever happens in that busy shopping mall carpark make a decision to never ever try and pinch someone’s space. Tell yourself -out loud - that there’s plenty more available. Drive a mile if you have to. And be happy about doing it.

Stress-Management Breakthorugh Tip - Part 2 can be used in all stress situations - even when cars aren’t involved. The key is to decided every day you are going to do your best to not offend your fellow citizens with wrong words or wrong actions. It’s that simple. Make a choice . And then voice the choice.

You can congratulate yourself on making a positive contribution to the development of world peace.

Copyright 2006 Kenneth Little

Kenneth Little is a writer, teacher, public speaker and the publisher of a re-released classic - in a revealing ebook- that will show you how to get the best of health and wealth out of all your future years. Find more on this at: http://www.Young-at-Sixty.com

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Posted on Feb 2nd, 2006

From the time of the first human beings, stress has been with us. It is part of our natural response to challenging situations. When our forefathers were faced with a potentially dangerous situation, such as facing a wild animal, the stress response would ready the body for ‘fight or flight’. Stress chemicals (such as adrenaline and cortisol) would be released, resulting in changes such as an increase of blood sugar for instant energy, blood being diverted away from digestive system and skin to ‘feed’ the muscles, faster and shallower breathing to increase oxygen intake. These, and other stress related changes were brought about for one thing only…. to deal quickly with the stressful situation, either by confronting it or running away. Once the situation had been resolved, the body would return to normal. The stress response was, for early man, a life saver!

The human stress response has not changed since the time of primitive man. However, the situations that trigger stress have changed a great deal. The physiological changes brought about by stress can still be a positive event in situations which can be resolved within a reasonable timescale. An example of this might be an athlete preparing for a race or an actor preparing for a stage production. In cases like these, heightened arousal produced by stress can improve performance. We have probably all experienced situations, where the added edge of competition or a deadline has been the motivation we have needed for effective action. In these cases also, the bodily changes can be stepped down once the situation stimulating the stress has been resolved.

The problem with stress occurs when the situation producing the stress cannot be resolved within a reasonable time period. Remember, nature designed the stress response for immediate action, either to deal with the situation or to remove ourselves from it (’fight or flight’). When this does not happen, the prolonged exposure to the stress chemicals and the changes they produce start to become harmful. It becomes chemical warfare in our own bodies and repetitive exposure to excessive and unresolved stress can lead to weakening of the immune system, physical and nervous exhaustion, illness and in extreme cases, death.

As mentioned before, the way our bodies respond to stress has not changed since prehistoric man, but the situations that cause us stress can be very different. Most of us no longer have to worry about hunting food or escaping from wild animals, but the high pressure and fast pace of modern living has brought with it many more insidious stresses, which constantly invade our life. These stresses, can vary from continually having to meet work related targets and unrealistic deadlines to being stuck in a traffic jam. A lot of these situations, especially when accumulated over time, can keep your body flooded with stress chemicals for far longer than nature intended. Unless we find ways to deal with this, the result, as outlined earlier, is a deterioration in health.

So what can we do about this? Well first of all, we need to understand that stress in focussed situations can be positive, but excessive or prolonged stress is harmful to our health. We need to build time into our busy lives to include activities which allow our bodies to rest, relax and flush away excess stress chemicals. These activities will vary according to the individual and might include spending time with your family, exercise, reading a book, following a hobby, or just simply taking a ‘chill out’ break to chat to friends. Anything which gives your mind and body a break.

Employers also have a duty to help employees manage their work related stress and should take this very seriously since, apart from the cost to the individual, it has been estimated that in America alone, the stress-related annual cost to industry through absence, health charges, insurance and reduced productivity runs into billions of dollars.

It has also been demonstrated that stress responses rise when individuals perceive themselves to be in a situation in which they have no control or input. Good channels of communication and mechanisms through which employees can be consulted on issues which affect them are therefore important in developing a healthy working environment.

There are many other issues which can have a bearing on management of stress levels, such as diet, time management, environment, etc, but these will be the subject of another article. The thrust of this article has been to point out that the stress response can be positive when faced with a focussed challenge, but harmful when it becomes prolonged or excessive. It is in everyone’s interest, including employers, to ensure that stress does not become a destructive factor.

Michael Russell
Your Independent guide to Stress

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