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"What creates stress? Whenever you want to change something, you get full of stress. Instead, love Me. Surrender to Me. You are always instigating a motive to change some thing, but the fundamental disposition of religion is to surrender to God and let God do it.... Never fail to perform right action, but leave it to Me to make the changes. The heart should not be stressed, but should be surrendered in Communion with Me. --from The Divine World-Teacher, Ruchira Avatar Adi Da Samraj

Are You Stressed Out?

It's an appropriate day for me to write this essay because I'm completely stressed out! I have a feeling for what is causing my stress and doing something about that but the feelings of anxiety and pressure are still there.

From experience I know that no amount of allopathic medicines that simply suppress the symptoms or soaking in a tub full of essential oils--although that could be of assistance to restore balance, help you relax or strengthen your immune system) will "get rid of your stress." To relieve the stress you have to "get rid of" or change the stressors in your life.

I'm going to put some essential oils in my diffuser write for a while then take the dog for a walk in the woods and probably before dinner I'll do a little yoga in my sauna and throw on some local sage. Before falling asleep I'll anoint myself with some oils and meditate.

Prevention is the best key to maintaining good health, which certainly applies to dealing with stress.

In the Stress of Life, pioneering stress researcher Hans Selye's advice is that our bodies are like the tires on our car, or the rug on your floor it"wears longest when it wears evenly." He suggest we can do ourselves a lot of good by adding variety to our lives. He says "the more we vary our actions the less any one part suffers."

In short he recommends we add balance our unavoidable stressful lives with some things we want and need to do. Emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual health is all about maintaining this balance or in Chinese medicine terms, harmony of the Yin and Yang influences.

Essential oils do contribute, although maybe only marginally, by supporting our immune system and helping us to relax a little. So again we suggest if you are suffering from a lot of stress get professional help. .

Theses stressors may not change; however, your ability to "cope" with them can change!

Relaxation is a skill that can be learned. It's positive effects last throughout the day. When relaxation is experienced on a regular basis, dis-ease is less likely and stress is lowered. Balance is key in a good stress-reduction program, as well as prevention.

Make a list of what brings you joy and health. Here is a brief list of some balancing and enjoyable activities just to give you some ideas but go ahead and create your own list.

  • Call a friend
  • Take a walk with a friend
  • Read a good book
  • Watch an old classic movie
  • Build a puzzle
  • Do an aromatic footbath
  • Keep a journal
  • Ask for a massage
  • Simplify your life
  • Go kite flying on a windy day
  • Browse in a book store
  • Read an inspiring book
  • Give three compliments
  • Grow some herbs
  • Drink warm milk and tea
  • Give yourself an affirmation
  • Write to a old friend
  • Take a long, aromatic bath
  • Listen to your favorite music
  • Visit a museum
  • Visit a botanical garden or park
  • Go bird watching
  • Tell a child a story
  • Watch a funny movie
  • Start a new hobby
  • Eat by candlelight
  • Visit a new park and explore
  • Roast marshmallows over a camp fire
  • Meditate in a graveyard
  • Cook your favorite meal
  • Gaze at the stars
  • Treat yourself to a three-day weekend
  • Take a bike ride with a friend
  • Play with your pet a dog or cat
  • Go on a picnic
  • Write out all the things you need to do, fold the paper into an airplane, and throw it into the wind and watch your stressors float away
  • Make love

Now compare your two lists. Which one is longer? See what items you can let go of and cross off the list of stressors if you change your action. See where you might be able to organize or delete some things to others.

Especially look at your work life. If you work too hard, you are bound to lose sight of what is really important in life, like your health and your family.

During the day take breaks to go outside for a quick stroll, or spend the time in a quiet place and practice the breathing or stretching exercises, or simply close your eyes and "be" for 5 to 10 minutes. In the long run you will have more energy and work more efficiently when fatigue is prevented. Hook up a diffuser in your work area to combat stress and purify the air.

Inhalation of essential oils during the day is one of the most effective and easiest ways to enjoy the benefits of aromatherapy. Room sprays are another simple method to encourage relaxation in the office.

There are, of course, many ways that you can begin to restore your mental and emotional balance, some ancient, others new, some involving essential oils others include psychotherapy, nutritional changes and supplementation, exercise, yoga, meditation, massage, relaxation exercises, prescription medications, oriental and western medical approaches.

Ultimately, dealing with stress requires a change of action and a spiritual approach.

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