There are different phases of transition that we face; Emotional, Physical, Intellectual and Physiological that can create a imbalance in our lives. Essential oils can help ease us through these transitions so that we can embrace it rather than resist it. This post will discuss the transition of going back to school, particularly when it deals with changing routines or schools and coping with the stress and anxiety that comes along with it.
It already feels like summer is slipping away. Back to school supplies are already in the stores, TV commercials are in full swing and soon we will move away from those lazy days of summer to getting schedules and daily routines established.
Whether you’re a parent with small children going to school for the first time, a teenager starting his or her first high school year or off to college or university, or perhaps a recent move that lands you in a new location, it is a transitional time for everyone. This can cause stress, anxiety and even anger or moodiness within the family. It is also important as a parent to manage your own anxiety and maintain a positive attitude about summertime ending. Kids have an incredible way of tuning into their parents’ emotions. Aromatherapy can offer assistance to diffuse a situation and help ease transitional symptoms.
Here are some helpful tips:
To ease tension and moodiness invest in an ultrasonic aromatherapy diffuser (or two) if you don’t already have one and use it regularly in your family room, kitchen are any common family area. Start by diffusing citrus essential oils. Not only do they act as a cleansing agent reducing bacterial, fungi, virus and other impurities from the air, citrus essential oils help create a more energizing and uplifting environment. They awaken the mind allowing it to move into a joyful, positive place. They provide clarity, confidence and assist in concentration. Some pure citrus oils to consider are Orange, Lemon, Grapefruit and Lime.
If you or your loved ones are having a hard time coping with transitional change and are suffering from stress, anxiety or the sense of being overwhelmed, Cypress essential oil can be very beneficial. Cypress is known as the oil of change. It has a warm and woody scent. It restores feelings of security and stability. It comforts the fear of change and helps one embrace it. Cypress encourages feelings of acceptance and promotes feelings and strength and inner peace. This essential oil can be diffused, applied diluted to the body with carrier oil, or added to a bath with just a few drops.
Essential oil blends are also powerful agents to help you cope with transition because they combine the properties of several essential oils and thus target multiple symptoms of a given condition. Below are some Harmonious Mind blends to consider when dealing with tension, stress, negativity and anxiety due to transition:
- Harmony is a blend of Tangerine, Neroli, Lavender and Bergamot. Harmony is an uplifting blend that promotes emotional balancing by bringing the energy centers of the body in to harmony with each other. Its qualities help with insomnia and to promote a restful sleep.
- Serene is a blend of Bergamot, Chamomile, Pink Grapefruit, and Rose Geranium. Serene is an soothing, nurturing and relaxing blend. It is a spiritual up-lifter that helps to improve emotional stability, reducing anxiety, tension and depression.
- Invigorate is a blend of Sweet Orange, Rosemary, and Cedar with hints of Lavender, Blood Orange, and Geranium. It can help you cope with stressful conditions and see things from a clearer perspective. It is energizing, warm and uplifting.
- Purification and Protection Blend is a blend of Pink Grapefruit, Cypress, Lemon and Thyme Borneol. It has clean and refreshing qualities that purifies the air as well as providing positive health benefits that help you cope with stressful situations and in deal with difficult transition.
As you go through this transitional period it is important to recognize that you are not alone. Most families with school age children face similar challenges. You can take steps now to make your family’s transition to the school year as smooth as possible. Plan ahead and ease back into scheduled days. This could be a shock to your children’s system if you don’t. Aromatherapy is a natural way to help reduce the stress levels in your home and alleviate your child’s anxiety before it starts.