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HOW TO DE STRESS IN A MATTER OF MINUTES

HOW TO DE STRESS IN A MATTER OF MINUTES

May 17, 2017

First, lets figure what is Stress and how does it affect  our physical and mental health?

Stress is a response to pressure or threat. Under stress we may feel tense, nervous, or on edge. Science today is clearly showing us the consequences of stress on our physical health.  Our bodies have the  capacity to heal themselves but every time your nervous system is triggered by stress it targets its attention to protection in place of strengthening your immune system.

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When you feel threatened, your nervous system responds by releasing a flood of stress hormones, including adrenaline and cortisol, which rouse the body for emergency action. Your heart pounds faster, muscles tighten, blood pressure rises, breath quickens, and your senses become sharper. These physical changes increase your strength and stamina, speed your reaction time, and enhance your focus—preparing you to either fight or flee from the danger at hand. Meaning that Stress in certain situations for eg. being chased by a tiger is extremely important, but in our day to day city lives an average human has at least 50 stress responses a day....can you imagine what that does to you. 

Your nervous system isn’t very good at distinguishing between an argument with a friend, a work deadline or facing a true life-or-death situation.  This leads to serious physical and health ailments. 

What triggers Stress?
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Stress can be triggered by external factors which include any situation that puts high demands on you like an exhaustive work schedule or a rocky relationship. Factors causing stress can also be internal like worrying excessively about something that may or may not happen, having irrational pessimistic thoughts about life and suppressed emotions and memories.  


HACKING STRESS

The area of the brain responsible for storing and releasing emotions is known as the "Amygdala" and the only way to stimulate this gland is through the sense of smell. 

Odor molecules travel straight to our limbic system also known as "the emotional brain" which directly controls heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, memory, stress levels and hormone balance.

Did you know? Our sense of smell is estimated to be 10.000 times more acute than our other senses. Once registered scent travels faster to the brain than either sight or sound. 

BEATING STRESS WITH AROMATHERAPY & INTENTION

When smells are concerned we react first and think later.  A certain fragrance can evoke memories and emotions before we are even consciously aware of it. Natural Essential Oils help us to access stored or forgotten memories or suppressed emotions so that we can acknowledge or release them.  For example, back in 2002, an amazing discovery was reported in the Japanese Journal of Pharmacology. Researchers found that the simple inhalation of patchouli oil reduced stress triggered nervous activity by 40%. Such a profound reduction in fight-or-flight associated hormones is hard to accomplish through other non-toxic means.

Essential Oils can be used in various ways, diffusion, massage, adding to bath water and applying at the bottom of your feet. The most important catalyst here is you! Set an intention to leading a more balanced, mindful and stress free life through using Aromatherapy.  Just smelling Natural Essential Oils can reduce Stress in seconds, but the true key to transformation lies in your hands. This is a very small but rewarding lifestyle change that can positively lead you to wellness and joy!  Nature has all the answers, just start looking....

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