Beat The ‘Global Recession Blues’ With Essential Oils!
Keeping a cheerful outlook throughout the drudgery of winter following Christmas can be a struggle at the best of times, but even worse than this is the constant carping in the media about the gloomy economic climate. It seems every time you turn on the television or radio they are droning on about the continuing global financial crisis and announcing even more businesses going bust. Talk about depressing!
Although these are certainly lean and uncertain times, I don’t think that reading about it in the papers and hearing it on the news 24×7 is really helping anybody. Quite the opposite. The wise old saying, ‘As you think, so shall it be’ is the maxim I am holding to right now.
Mind over matter
Whether you choose to believe this adage or not, it’s a fact that medical research has proven conclusively that a positive attitude can exert a powerful influence on the body, and this can be put to great effect when recovering from serious illness or injury. I’m willing to bet that it can help us through this double-dip recession too.
Holding negative thoughts for long periods can have a seriously detrimental effect on our general health and wellbeing – as well as pulling down everyone around us! Continually worrying about your financial circumstances can lead to a range of physical ailments such as aching muscles in the neck, shoulder and back, digestive disturbances, allergies, headaches, insomnia, panic attacks, and eventually heart problems.
Balancing and calming
Like a thief, negative attitudes sneak in stealthily to steal our dreams and aspirations, continually undermining confidence, determination and willpower, finally robbing us of our stamina. We need stamina and willpower to help focus and drive us toward the accomplishment of our dreams and goals in life, and self-doubt can quickly drain this vital asset. Don’t let this happen to you.
Bergamot essential oil can help bolster determination and willpower whilst driving out negativity and indecision, so this is a great oil to uplift the spirits and fight the credit crunch blues. Another really useful essential oil is geranium which balances and calms emotions, dissolves frustration and irritability and helps us to become more centred. Best of all, these two oils blend together perfectly for use in the bath, vaporizer, or massage.
During times of uncertainty it’s not uncommon to be a little anxious or fearful about what the future might bring, and this in turn can lead to stress since you feel you have no control over the events in your life. Let’s face it – there’s nothing that we can do about the unstable financial market, and there’s nothing to be gained from making yourself sick with worry either.
Should you find yourself dwelling on things that are outside of your control, essential oils of cedarwood atlas, cypress, frankincense, palmarosa, rose and ylang ylang can all help to relieve anxiety, restore balance to the troubled mind, and help you ‘let go’. You can’t change the state of the financial market, but you can improve your attitude and develop a ‘coping strategy’ to deal with events you can’t control.
You may experience feelings of insecurity due to the unwelcome changes that are entering your life, so if this is the case try jasmine, patchouli, sandalwood and vetiver since they are the ideal essential oils to help instil more confidence. As soon as you begin to feel stronger within yourself you will be able to take control of things once more.
Inevitably, if you are worrying about your finances you may have trouble getting to sleep. If this is the case, take a warm bath before retiring to which you have added 2 drops of geranium, 2 drops of sandalwood and 1 drop of bergamot. The divine fragrance is soothing and relaxing and will really help calm down your thoughts, ready for a good nights sleep.
Next, light up your burner in the bedroom and try a blend of sandalwood, bergamot and clary sage which will quickly have you drifting into the arms of Morpheus. This is one of the most powerful relaxant blends that has worked consistently over the years with clients I have treated who were suffering from insomnia.
Be sure to start your vaporizer 5 minutes before you are ready for bed to fill the air with the wonderful relaxing aroma, and then top it up as you get into bed and you’ll be sure to enjoy a good night’s sleep. Ideally you should use an electric vaporizer for this purpose since it can be left safely working all night.
The essential oils mentioned in this article can really elevate your mood and help you cope better with the worry of the financial pressures caused by the gloomy economic climate. By using the correct essential oils, a tremendous peace, strength and courage can be instilled that leads us to a quiet state where simple solutions can often be found to what were previously seen as complicated problems.
Use your essential oils in as many ways as you can to remain positive during these troubling times, and hold in your mind the thought that eventually, all things must pass.
Even a double-dip, global recession!
Copyright © Quinessence Aromatherapy Ltd 2013. Written by Sue Charles