Managing Holiday Stress with Essential Oils

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We set ourselves up for some intensity this season don't we? The pace of life speeds up and we expect so much from ourselves and others. Our feelings and emotions can quickly get out of control and lead to some pretty serious stress. Here are 5 holiday situations that may bring on additional stress and some oil suggestions that can help stabilize our emotional health.

Why essential oils? Oils can create change in mood quickly and safely. Perfect for this time of year.

1. Shopping meltdowns. You've been to 5 stores already and haven't found what you are looking for. You are trying to stick to your budget and not finding anything for the loved ones on your list.  Add in the crowds and dragging kids around with you, and it can be enough to make you want to sit down and cry. Whether it's you or your kids who are in the midst of a meltdown, oils can be a great way to calm anger, frustration, and lift the mood.

These are excellent choices when a calming effect is needed:

Tip: Find a quiet corner and pull out your oils. Place a drop of your chosen oil in your hand and rub together. Place them in front of your mouth and nose, close your eyes, and breath deeply for a few minutes.

2. Feeling Inadequate. I think it's normal to want to create a perfect memory making holiday. We get a picture of what we want and we can be really hard on ourselves if it doesn't quite turn out the way we'd hoped.  

Some wonderful oils to promote letting go, enjoying the present moment, buoyant feelings, and reducing perfectionism are:

Tip: Inhale from the bottle in regular intervals throughout the day. Use a carrier oil and add a drop then apply the oils topically just below the navel, on the feet, and back of the neck.

3. Scarcity Mentality.  Money can be a hot topic during the holidays. The desired feelings of abundance and generosity can sometimes battle with whisperings of fear, lack, and scarcity.

Try these oils to help us work through a scarcity mentality and live in a more abundant mindset.

Tip: Diffuse your chosen oil throughout the day.  Inhale from the bottle, or apply topically with a carrier oil. Use an uplifting mantra to repeat while inhaling your chosen scent- "There is more where this came from" or "I have plenty" or something that brings you feelings of peace.

4. Overdoing it.  Yikes. It can be so hard to stick to health plan during the holidays. Excess and decadence is everywhere. We can do the best we can and try to avoid the feelings of next morning regret using essential oils as a support tool.

Tip: Diffuse oils or apply topically. Add a drop of metabolic blend, or other citrus oil to your water. Drink throughout the day.

5. Late Nights and Little Sleep.  There is way more to do in the allotted 24 hours during this time of year. Sleep usually suffers. Lack of sleep is one of the biggest triggers to seasonal illnesses.  Essential oils can help support our system in good sleep.

Tip: Diffuse, apply topically to the back of your neck and feet before bedtime. Add drops to a tissue and put in your pillow case.

Stress Relief Roller Bottle Blends

Here are a few DIY Roller Bottle Blend recipes to try for general holiday stress relief.

Happy and Calm

Add drops to a 10ml roller bottle then fill with fractionated coconut oil. Place on pulse points.

Quick Relief

Add drops to a 10ml roller bottle then fill with fractionated coconut oil. Place on pulse points.

Fresh Winter

Add drops to a 10ml roller bottle then fill with fractionated coconut oil. Apply to the feet.

How do you manage stress during the holidays?