Stress doesn’t just appear out of thin air; there is usually a cause associated with it. Very often more sunshine helps to alleviate some of the symptoms of stress, but there are some people that suffer even more with summer stress. Heat can be a contributing factor not only to minor irritations, but it can make people lose their cool and become more aggressive as they are unable to deal with the feelings it creates within them. A failure to cool down can often prevent the brain from functioning properly, and this can help lead to unwise decisions or physical altercations.

Activity Can Help Stress

It’s true that activity can help stress, but when you are too warm to be able to move from one place to another, this may not be so effective. So, how can we help that. Cool baths can help the body cool down quickly. If you infuse the bath with a little lavender oil (don’t forget to use a carrier oil to dilute it so it doesn’t ruin the surface of your bath), you will find your blood pressure dropping and everything coming back into perspective again. Of course, you can use lavender oil in a room diffuser or oil burner if you prefer. It will have the same effect, but it won’t cool you down!

Brainstorm Solutions

Sometimes when we are stressed it can be very difficult to find a solution. At times like this it is helpful to brainstorm a few potential solutions. Even if the first few items you write down are not even related to the problem, they can often provide an insight into the issue and lead you to the correct solution. Coming up with a list of ways to combat an issue can be very therapeutic in itself, as you feel you are actually doing something productive, which you are. Sometimes all it takes is the right mindset to find the solution. Lemon essential oil can help with clarity, focus and upliftment, all of which you need when feeling stressed. Research has shown that lemon oil helps as it can regulate the dopamine and serotonin in the brain, hormones that are contributors to feeling relaxed. It can be used as a room spray (when diluted in water) or in a diffuser. A great alternative to lemon essential oil is peppermint oil. This is used as a stimulant, which is perfect for brainstorming!

Take Time Out For Yourself

Stress can be caused by the feeling (or actuality) of having too much to do and not enough time to do it in. It is important to take time out for yourself to relax. If you do this in short bursts, then not only will you feel relaxed and ready to take on the tasks again in a more productive way, but you will also be emotionally alert as well. A great essential oil that helps with relaxation is Sandalwood essential oil. It is a sedative effect and is actively used to reduce stress and promote physical and mental relaxation.

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