Time to connect with nature for Mental Health Awareness Week ...10th - 16th May.
The theme for this year's Mental Health Awareness week is connecting with nature, and what better way to connect with nature than with nature's own gift of essential oils. The Mental Health Foundation who are behind this year's awareness week say they want "to inspire more people to connect with nature in new ways, noticing the impact that this connection can have for their mental health."
Doterra, the brand of essential oils I represent, have put together a 10 point plan to help you support your own mental health, which of course includes using your oils and indeed connecting with nature! As the world starts to open up more, which elements below do you think will help you best with your mental health?
"1. Talk About Your Feelings Talking about your feelings isn’t a sign of weakness. Take charge of your metal wellbeing by sharing your emotions, your feelings and even your fears by asking for help. Having someone to listen to you makes you feel supported and the act could help encourage others to speak out and seek help for themselves. Make talking about your feelings something that you aren’t afraid to do. 2. Stay Active Studies have found that exercising regularly could lower the risk of depression. Physical exercise can boost your self-esteem, help you concentrate, sleep and feel better. Physical activity can be as simple as walking. The more fresh air you breathe means you breathe in more oxygen, increasing the amount of serotonin in your body. Exercising allows your brain to focus on one sole activity and forget about everything else. 3. Eat Well Having a healthy and balanced diet affects how we feel both physically and mentally. Include healthy amounts of proteins, essential fats, complex carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and water in your daily routine. If you want to learn more about the superfoods that can make you feel better inside and out, click here. 4. Keep in Touch and Learn to Let go Friends and family make you feel loved and cared for, so surround yourself with people who support you and include you in their lives. Make time to see them regularly or, at least, give them a call. If you think being around someone is negatively influencing your mental health, don’t be afraid to let them go. Rid yourself of toxic relationships and focus on the relationships that bring you joy and positive feelings. 5. Sleep More Sleep is the most underestimated factor when thinking about overall health. A good and long (7 to 9 hours) night’s sleep is essential for your mind and our bodies repair cells that need tending to in this time. If you have troubled sleep, start by making small lifestyle adjustments like creating a relaxing environment in your room before sleep and eat earlier to give your body the proper amount of time to digest before you go to bed. To learn more about the importance of sleep, check here. 6. Take a Break In today’s world, the idea of giving our minds a break from functioning seems impossible. A lot of the time our minds are in overdrive because there are endless stimuli coming from so many different platforms that hold our attention.
Smartphones, tablets and laptops are just a few examples, and if you never take any time out from technology, you will not be doing your mental health any favours. Take a mini digital detox every week, even for just half a day or a couple of hours. 7. Accept Who You Are Don’t ever be afraid to be yourself and accept that you are who you are: you do not need to be like anyone else. Work towards being a better version of yourself and not a different one. Above all, enjoy being you. 8. Do Something You Love Do you have a dream you always wanted to achieve? A new skill you never had time to learn? Work on your daily schedule to fit in an activity that fulfils you and keeps you motivated. Whether you want to revive an old hobby or break free from social restraints and meet new people, trying new things or just meeting new people means you can be you, doing something you love. 9. Care for Others Helping others in any way is one of the most fulfilling areas in life you can work on. Volunteering, taking an active role in your community or just giving a helping hand to a person in need are all excellent ways of building new relationships. Being able to help someone can give us a new perspective on our own problems and make us feel needed and valued. 10. Use Your Oils Besides these resources, you can use essential oils to support your emotional wellbeing by creating a sense of calmness or producing an uplifting environment. Our top five uplifting oils and blends are: Wild Orange, Citrus Bliss, doTERRA Cheer, Elevation and doTERRA Motivate.
Our top five calming oils and blends are: Melissa, Lavender, doTERRA Peace, doTERRA Balance and PastTense.
Solely thinking about mental wellbeing, doTERRA has just released a new line of products called Adaptiv.
Applying essential oils for emotional benefits When you’re ready to use essential oils for emotional wellbeing, there are a few ways to effectively experience the potency and power they have to offer. When you find the oil you want to use, try any of these application methods: - Massage onto the base of the skull - Use an essential oil diffuser
- Apply a drop into the crease of your elbow - Apply a drop to the palms and inhale - Rub into the wrists and carry the aroma with you all day Finally, don’t be afraid to seek extra help. When your quest for an emotionally-balanced life becomes overwhelming, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Reaching out to friends and family and seeking professional help can provide you with extra help on your journey to better emotional health.
My way of connecting with nature is to go for soul-enriching walks in the green fields and grounding woods. However, on a daily basis I #connectwithnature and support my mental and emotional health through my love of essential oils. Those oils are from doTERRA - which actually means “gift of the earth” in latin. Here are some tips from doterra themselves …
Find what works for you
Remember, essential oils work differently for everyone. Because each oil has such a complex chemical makeup, and because aromas interact with the part of our brain that stores our personal memories and experiences, no two people will experience one essential oil in the same exact way. It is important to remember that an oil that is comforting or uplifting for someone else might not have the same effect on you.
Discover your favorite oils. Try smelling a few oils with your eyes closed to see which ones you really like. By taking in the aroma of the oil, it is easier to discover what really helps you.
Incorporate oils into your personal routine. To utilize the calming, uplifting, grounding, energizing, or comforting effects of essential oils for emotional health, try incorporating your favorite oils into your everyday activities. Essential oils can be used during yoga, as part of your skincare routine, diffused in the car, and nearly any other part of your day you can think of.
Be consistent. Rather than using essential oils sporadically when you want to alter your mood, try using small amounts on a more regular basis. Some people complain that they don’t experience the benefits of essential oils for emotional health, but a one-time application isn’t always a guarantee of a mood change.
Practice other healthy habits. As mentioned, essential oils are just one resource for promoting good emotional health. By adopting other healthy habits in conjunction with essential oil use, you can help to promote better emotional health overall. Things like quality sleep, a healthy diet, regular exercise, and getting time outside in the sun are an important part of feeling emotionally healthy.
Seek extra help. When your quest for an emotionally-balanced life becomes overwhelming, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Reaching out to friends and family and seeking professional help can provide you with extra help on your journey to good emotional health.
If you'd like to know more about using essential oils for managing your emotional health and get our ebook on managing emotions with aromatherapy get in contact with me at firstname.lastname@example.org
‘There is something to be wondered at in all of Nature’ - Aristotle