There are many reasons to take a renewed focus toward self-care. Those reasons include optimizing your health, nullifying bad habits, and of course, proving to yourself you are worth the effort in the first place (which you absolutely are!).
However, sometimes, it can be hard to know how to cultivate our self-care habits in the right way. It might feel as though most of your self-care efforts are pro-active, such as meditating, exercising, and getting out in nature or socializing.
Yet those efforts can sometimes leave you feeling a little tired and even stressed, and so if we have the ‘yin’ of going out and caring for our health in an active manner, it’s also important to consider the ‘yang’ of seeing how to relax and de-stress properly.
This way, we can ensure a proper push-pull towards self-improvement, and generally live better, more wholesome, more rewarding lives.
Essential oils are a great and ever-more-popular manner in which to bust stress, but they can also improve your mental wellbeing in other ways too. In this post, we’ll discuss how and why that is.
3 Benefits of Essential Oils for Mental Wellbeing
Essential oils are all the rage these days and for good reason. They can be used to help with everything from mental wellbeing, to physical wellness.
1. Emotional Tranquility
Many essential oil blends have been crafted from ingredients known to have natural healing properties, such a lavender, and the slowly released ambience this vapor brings to any room can help you feel at peace and soothed.
Taking the time to meditate in a room with blends of this kind, or spending time reading, or simply nodding off for an afternoon nap can be a tremendously calming experience that both helps you sooth your overthinking mind while allowing your body to remain still.
Emotional tranquillity of this nature is hard to fake, but it can be gently aided, and natural plant supplements in the form of released oils are perfect for that.
2. Breathe More Easily
The slowly released, comfortable hum of an oil diffuser releasing vapor into your home environment can be very peaceful, but the effects of such essential oils can also help your respiratory system, too.
Deep breathing helps you enjoy a more comfortable home ambience, which slowly dissolves your stress and allows your body to avoid feeling so wound up and tight.
When you notice that your abdomen is rising instead of your chest with each slow breathe, and you count each inhale and exhale out, you begin to associate this relaxed comfortable home ambience with a truly nourishing and calming spa-like comfort.
3. Enhance Energy Levels
It may seem as though essential oils are only here to help you fall asleep or soothe your body, but while nourishment is always a goal, it is possible to enjoy essential oils that provide you with a sense of alertness.
This is nowhere near as strong as sipping coffee or drinking matcha green tea with its associated caffeine content, of course, it’s more of a subtle effect that can help you feel more confidently, uprightly alert as opposed to wired.
After all, these are the natural benefits found in certain plants and blends such as lemongrass and eucalyptus, and to a certain extent, aloe vera as well. For that reason, it’s worth finding the right blend for what emotions and feelings you would like to promote.
We hope you can see (and soon experience) just how essential oils can positively affect your mental wellbeing.