Are you working to exhaustion, giving too much of yourself to everyone and everything? November and December is traditionally a very busy time.  We often become over committed with social gatherings and finishing deadlines before time away from work.  We are busy making preparations for the holiday period and shopping for gifts.  While stress in small doses can help motivate you, long-term exposure to stress can lead to insomnia, headaches, poor concentration,  and  a worsening of skin conditions.  Long-term stress can even rewire the brain, leaving you more vulnerable to anxiety and depression.  Take the time to read on for a reminder on how to stay balanced and prevent burn-out!

Techniques to lessen anxiety:    There are quick relaxation techniques that take just a few minutes. You can use these in many places, even at your work desk, if you find yourself getting stressed and not thinking clearly.

  • Deep breathing – breathe in through the nose and let the air fill the bottom of your lungs first, breathe right down to your stomach, then breathe out slowly, concentrating on letting the muscles of your body relax.
  • Focus breathing – breathe in through the nose and as you breathe out say a positive statement to yourself like ‘relax’ or ‘calm down’.

Lavender is also known to help calm fears and create more positive feelings. A recent study showed that lavender was effective in significantly calming the fears of adult patients waiting for a dental appointment. (1)  Try using lavender oil in your oil burner to reduce anxiety and encourage a relaxed state.

Beat Insomnia: Parents of young children are often sleep deprived which can lead to chronic stress or even mild depression. A University study highlighted that lavender used in the bath reduced stress and crying and enhanced sleep in infants. (2)  Baths with salts help to relax your body, relieve sore, achy muscles and are useful for treating insomnia as the release of tension ensures better sleep. The effect is intensified when you use a lavender scented salt mix.  A great tip is to add lavender scented products to your evening skincare regime to promote deeper, peaceful sleep for both yourself and your infant.

Following your bath, try the legs up the wall relaxation pose, a natural, easy way to induce sleep.  Sit facing a wall with your bottom about 6 inches (15cms or ½ a rulers length) away from it.  Lie back and extend your legs up the wall. If this is too intense a stretch slide your bottom further away from the wall.  Let your arms rest by your sides, palms facing up and breathe gently, feeling the stretch in the backs of your legs.  Hold this pose for 5 mins.  Watch our video demonstration via the Pure and Green Organics Skincare Youtube channel.

Lifestyle tip: the average half life of caffeine (the amount of time your body needs to eliminate ½ the caffeine contained in your beverage) is 6 hours. If stress and insomnia are an issue for you, avoid drinking caffeine after mid-day to prevent difficulty sleeping.

To help you stress less this holiday season why not try Pure and Green organics  Organic  Lavender Scented Bath Salt and Organic Lavender Scented Cleansing Bar .  Make a little time for yourself by unwinding with an aromatherapy bath and let the lavender aroma work its wonders sending you off to a peaceful sleep and feeling less stressed, ready to tackle the next day.

(1) Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology; The Effects of Lavender Scent on Dental Patient Anxiety Levels. (accessed, April 26, 2010)

(2) Touch Research Institute, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL 33101, USA.

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