Stress is no stranger to us when we step into the working place. As much as we would like to avoid stress at all times, we know that it's impossible to. That's because stressors are everywhere. It could be as insignificant as the constant beeping of a faulty machine sitting just a few feet away from you, or the pressure of completing your daily task before the clock strikes 6pm. Whatever the scenario, stress can affect your body, thoughts, feelings and behaviour. If left unchecked, stress can lead to health problems like insomnia, poor diet or obesity.
There are different causes of stress. The most common causes include work stress due to long working hours or heavy workload, and life stress such as divorce or responsibility to take care of sick or elderly family members.
It is important to realise that not all stress is bad, in fact, a certain amount of stress is functional to maintaining optimal health. An environment totally devoid of stress would not be beneficial as some stress appears to be necessary for growth and change to take place and for the person to develop successful coping strategies.
How can I cope with stress?
People cope with stress differently. Some may take up a new hobby that allows them to take their minds off their problems temporarily. Others go for a quick workout at the gym to sweat it out. Activities like pilates or yoga is also a fun way to keep fit while keeping stress at bay. There are also people who eat until their heart's content - that's where the term "comfort food" comes from. Leisure activities such as karaoke and watching a movie are also ways that people cope with stress. The list could go on and on, but let's focus on something that's a little bit more closer to home.
Aromatherapy and Stress
Essential oils are a great way to destress. Usually, the first type of essential oils that people go for are mostly calming ones for relaxation, but did you know that there are also other ways to destress apart from inducing relaxation? Here are some essential oils categorized into separate benefits, all of which also helps with coping stress.
Essential oils for reducing irritability:
Essential oils for relieving headaches:
Essential oils for insomnia
Essential oils for depression