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Essential Oils for Stress

Essential Oils for Stress

Spring is on its way, well it’s already here in Florida, and it’s supposed to brighten everything up. But sometimes it’s impossible to get away from the yelling of the kids, your boss at work, your partner bickering at you, hey, things get stressful. Essential Oils are a great way to relieve stress by either wearing them or diffusing them. I am a member of Young Living, so I can get discounted prices on oils and more. Young Living is the best essential oils company that I’ve ever researched or heard about. Their bottles are filled with much more potent blends and that allows you to pour less, and make it last longer. Plus, from what I’ve experienced, their oils have have a stronger scent to them. 

Here are 15 Essential Oils for Stress:

The “Stress Away” Blend is probably the best and most relevant blend of essential oils for your stress. It’s not cheap, but it’s  not too much also.  It costs $39.14 for non-member price. Members pay just $29.75. And there are 6 ingredients in it. If you were to buy all of them, it would most likely cost that much, at least. The Copaiba is $56 per bottle, just for that one ingredient. I’d look into this one if you’re having stress. Hell, for anyone, because we all get stressed out at some point. Right? 

  • Have you ever diffused? What is a diffuser? 
  • Essential Oil Diffusers, Also Known As Aromatherapy Diffusers

Diffusion is the process of dispersing essential oils so that their aroma fills a room or an area with the natural fragrance. From the simple to the elaborate, many different methods exist for diffusing essential oils into a room. Three easy methods exist which can be done with things you probably already have in your household. In addition, there are numerous diffusers and diffusing devices available for purchase. Young Livig is just my personal preference. 


Yoga for Depression & Anxiety

Yoga for Depression & Anxiety

I have struggled with different amounts of anxiety and depression many times during my life. I was first diagnosed with depression at 17, and I don’t remember having very much anxiety back then. Now that I have been diagnosed with bipolar for close to a decade now, I have noticed throughout the years different levels of anxiety too. I used to get a lot of anxiety from large crowds and social settings. But once I got on the right medications, the anxiety went away. But, after I was diagnosed with being bipolar, I was also diagnosed with having ADHD. I was in very much in need of medication for my ADHD. I first began with Adderall, and if I took a pill without eating, forget it! I had so much anxiety I had to take 1-2 1mg Klonopin to combat the shaking and heavy breathing. A few years go by, and I am fully integrated with my Adderall and it doesn’t give me much anxiety anymore. 

Throughout the past 10 years, since being diagnosed Bipolar, I began practicing yoga. I have been doing yoga for over six years now, and it makes me feel so much better then any medication can make me feel. My background is in dance and cheerleading, so when I began yoga I was automatically good at an intermediate level going on advanced. For a few years, I even wanted to become a yoga instructor. But my shoulder had problems from tumbling in gymnastics, so I couldn’t pursue that career. But the yoga I did made me feel so incredible after every session. I loved the high after it was all done. It can be a very euphoric experience if and/or when you understand the breath, and breathing through motions. I think everyone should try yoga, especially those suffering with depression and anxiety. Yoga has stopped my anxiety due to all of the breathing you do during a series. Yoga brings me back to my normal state of mind and even a relaxed state.

*Essential Oils are always a good idea to use to help the stress go away! Tip- USE A DIFFUSER WHILE DOING YOUR YOGA


High & Low Levels of Cortisol are Bad for Bipolar Disorder – Part 1

When I began reading about cortisol, “the Stress Hormone”, I became concerned when reading that bipolar patients had poorer health with high and low levels. Normal levels of cortisol did not affect most other bipolar patients. 


The following is from – 

Cortisol: Public Enemy #1
“The stress hormone, cortisol, is public health enemy number one. Scientists have known for years that elevated cortisol levels: interfere with learning and memory, lower immune function and bone density, increase weight gain, blood pressure, cholesterol, heart disease… The list goes on and on.”


“Chronic stress and elevated cortisol levels also increase risk for depression, mental illness, and lower life expectancy.”

“Cortisol is released in response to fear or stress by the adrenal glands as part of the fight-or-flight mechanism. The fight-or-flight mechanism is part of the general adaptation syndrome defined in 1936 by Canadian biochemist Hans Selye of McGill University in Montreal. He pubished his revolutionary findings in a simple seventy-four line article in Nature, in which he defined two types of “stress”: eustress (good stress) and distress (bad stress).”


“Both eustress and distress release cortisol as part of the general adaption syndrome. Once the alarm to release cortisol has sounded, your body becomes mobilized and ready for action—but there has to be a physical release of fight or flight. Otherwise, cortisol levels build up in the blood which wreaks havoc on your mind and body.”

Eustress creates a “seize-the-day” heightened state of arousal, which is invigorating and often linked with a tangible goal. Cortisol returns to normal upon completion of the task. Distress, or free floating anxiety, doesn’t provide an outlet for the cortisol and causes the fight-or-flight mechanism to backfire.”






Reducing Burnout



“Burnout among health care professionals has become a common and growing problem affecting not only the individuals but his or her family, colleagues, employers and the people they serve. Perhaps nowhere is the problem more acute than among clinicians and paraprofessionals working in the fields of substance abuse, mental and behavioral health.”


“According to a report issued by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA), burnout and lack of social support are contributing factors in a growing “crisis” among substance abuse professionals. Among its finding the report notes that while the work can be compelling and rewarding, substance abuse counseling ranks as one of the most difficult social work jobs due to its emotional and other inherent challenges.”



How Not to Let Stress Ruin Your Sex Life



SexandStress Photo Via Fox News Magazine

For many people, once the stress shows, the sex goes. In fact, stress is the number one reason that couples stop having sex.

And this can wreak havoc on your relationship.

“[Stress] can cause major rifts in relationships, from low tolerance for your partner’s behaviors to massive arguments when physical and emotional needs aren’t being met,” says author and stress management speaker Kristen Brown.

Not sure if stress is to blame for your loss of libido? Check your symptoms:

Feeling extra irritable? You may find yourself shorter with your significant other and less able to rely on the relationship for comfort, says sex therapist Dr. Tammy Nelson. It may seem like every little thing your partner does has a huge impact on your attitude, causing the both of you to argue.

Can’t get turned on? “When women are stressed, their oxytocin levels are…

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Exercise and Bipolar

Exercise is Essential for the Bipolar Person


Exercise, in my opinion, is one of the biggest factors for Bipolar sufferers, that is an absolute MUST DO, that is, if being stable is their main goal. Most people suffering from Bipolar Disorder are depressed and exercising does nothing but help a person feel better inside and out, as well as, help every aspect of their illness in a positive way. Exercising is CRUCIAL for remaining a clear-headed, relaxed, not manic nor depressive person. Exercising is doing so many good things to your body, and all over, too! It helps you release stress and tension, leaving you to feel calmer, more peaceful, and without feeling any anxiousness, that Bipolar sufferers are always feeling or fighting. Exercise clears our heads from all of the (extra thousands) of thoughts that run through our heads. It allows you to lose calories, therefore, losing weight, which makes you happy, too. Your stamina is increased when people are more active than those who are not; and for some of us who suffer from depression, it helps take the depression away, leaving you able to feel emotions again, and set goals for youself. It also helps with your sleep pattern because a good workout will allow you to sleep like a baby. Gettng regular sleep is so important for staying stable. A rested bipolar person has a much better chance at making it through the day without an episode or mood swings. Makes you wonder why you haven’t been exercising??? I only mentioned a few things exercising improves in your life, and I didn’t even make a dent. There is too many positive attributes, to come from getting a good workout, so I won’t even try to go any further.

Read the discussion and add what you do for exercise and what positive effects have you seen improve in your life? And if you ARE bipolar, GREAT! That’s just even better data to help others understand that a lot of their fears and angers derive from lack of exercising the body. It will only help! So pass this on after you read the discussion and post how you de-stress, from cleaning the house, to yoga, to gardening. Exercise is exercise. As long as you are exerting yourself and being preoccupied, you are less likely for a mood swing to come on.

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