The holidays are over and life is back to normal – well as normal as it can be. The problem is, while the rest of my world – work, son’s school and sports, husband’s activities – are back in full swing, my mind, and sleep schedule, are still in holiday vacation mode. These snow days aren’t making it any easier either. I am having a hard time switching gears post-holiday this year and it is making it hard to focus and get things done!
Today was an exceptionally busy day. I worked late, got stuck in traffic (I normally leave work at 4:00 p.m. so I miss 5:00 p.m. traffic), worked out with hubby once I finally got home, then did several loads of laundry, vacuumed and helped my kiddo with homework. Whew! And after all that, I just felt all wound up -feeling a little anxious and stressed. I was in need of some relaxation to get my mind and body ready for bed. I headed for my little wooden essential oil box (love this box) and grabbed my go-to Relaxation Blend by Edens Garden and dropped those precious oils into my diffuser. And, after a few minutes, I felt myself unwinding and relaxing. Just what I needed!
This particular Synergy blend is a tranquil blend of Chamomile, Geranium, Lavender, Mandarin, Sweet Marjoram and Patchouli and it truly helps with stress and anxiety.
Here are some quick relaxation techniques you can practice while diffusing Relaxation to help you unwind at the end of a busy day or during difficult & stressful times.
Quick Relaxation Techniques
- Count your breaths. With eyes closed breathe normally, counting at each exhalation up to a specific number. Concentrate on the air moving in and out. Go back to “one” if you lose count.
- Listen to your heartbeat. Choose a word and repeat it to yourself with your eyes closed. Repeat the word for at least five minutes.
- Muscle tightening/relaxing: Concentrate on a particular muscle group in your body. Tighten the muscle for a count of ten and then relax it slowly, noticing the contrast between the tightness and the relaxation. Repeat a number of times. Try the same procedure with other muscle groups.
- Mini-vacation: With eyes closed, visit a favorite peaceful spot in your imagination. Notice the enjoyable sights, sounds, and sensations.
- Feel yourself relax. Pay attention to the interesting details of this location.
- For going to sleep I – Try to keep your eyes open as you watch a clock for five minutes. If your eyes close, force yourself to open them.
- For going to sleep II – Close your eyes and think only about your breathing. Invariably, other thoughts will try to invade your mind, but push them aside and pay attention to your breathing.
- Pick an interesting sentence and write it out in longhand very slowly, making sure that every letter looks just the way you want it to look.
- Imagine yourself floating above the place you are in and pay attention to the way everything looks from up there.
- Rub your palms together vigorously and place them flat on a surface in front of you. Let them rise slowly, very slowly, up about six inches and then fall very slowly, as if they were pushing the air down, to touch the surface. Repeat. (above information from here)
Essential Oils for Anxiety
Hopefully some of this has been helpful to you. How do you relax at the end of a busy day? I’d love to hear from you!