Mindful Self-Care Practices with Essential Oils
Beautiful busy Woman, are you considering leaving your Profession because of Stress or Burnout?
Findings from a 2016 national survey of Nurses and Midwives by Monash University found that 1/3 were considering leaving the profession because of stress and burnout. Read more.
From my own experience helping busy professional women with stress related issues, I feel a lot of women across many industries, consider leaving their profession because of the physical, mental and emotional toll. The thing is, you may love your work, or circumstances might be that a change can’t happen immediately.
So, if you are not leaving, what can you do to help boost your resilience to the stressors in your job, to maintain your energy and vitality, focus/ clarity and passion for your profession or vocation?
Part of the answer lies in committing to daily self-care practices and creating a sanctuary within. Operating from this space will boost your energy and vitality, keep you grounded in the present moment, and help you respond to challenging situations from a place of rational balance.
Essential oils are great companions for mindful self-care practices because they are so easy and pleasant to use and they have a profound and positive effect on your emotions.
When you raise your level of emotional resilience, you have a chance to reign in your nervous system and reduce the physical, mental and emotional impacts of stress.
5 Steps to Reduce Stress
Here is a 5 Step practice that takes just a few minutes to help you build resilience. Complete it several times throughout your day. With practice, this will change the way you respond to stress with calmness and compassion.
- Select a stress relieving essential oil blend; stress releasing blends may often include essential oils of lavender, bergamot, geranium, rose, patchouli. Find my most recent stress-less blend and another mindfulness practice with essential oils here.
- Just breathe; the style of breath that relaxes the nervous system is a slow, deep inhale for 4 counts and a long, slow exhale for 6 counts. There is no pause in between each breath, just a smooth continuous cycle. Enjoy the aroma of your stress releasing blend.
- Focus on where you feel the stress in your body; draw your attention to any painful or tight areas of your body and on your exhales try to soften these areas.
- Be compassionate and acknowledge any suffering; compassion and acknowledgement soften your response to stress; tell yourself “it’s ok,” “acknowledge what hurts” and that “you care deeply “, say “forgiven”. Other statements that are useful in shifting you away from highly charged feelings to a more calm and centred space are “may I be peaceful”, “may I be safe,” “may I be loved”.
- Hold stress release acupressure points; gently place your palm flat across your forehead. Use light pressure so that you can feel the pulse underneath the skin and continue breathing for a few minutes. To signify the end of the process you should feel your pulse synchronising under your fingers. Perhaps there’s a lighter feeling in your heart, more space for focus, clarity and a broader perspective.