About five years ago, I was going through a really challenging life transition. I couldn't sleep and was experiencing a good amount of anxiety. I did not want to try medications or sleep aids, so I opted for essential oils to calm my nerves and bring my life back into balance. Since this period in my life, I have been curious about the benefits of scents.
It was the year 2000. I was at my first 'real' job with a major international company. I thought this is my time, my career would finally be launching and I would be living the professional life, having it all. Instead, I worked long hours, gained weight and was under a tremendous amount of stress. A few months later, I ended up taking a stress leave from the job.
The first day of spring is just around the corner. The colder winter months will soon be gone and with spring on our door step, it's time to get moving in the right direction with your life and working on your goals. It's also a great time to reflect on where your life is heading as every new season offers new possibilities and a time for renewal.
Higher stress levels are linked to more disagreements with lovers, an erotic deterrent of the highest level. In fact, in order to engage with another person on any intimate level we need to perceive enough safety. This safety helps us feel sexual arousal and bonding with our partner due to the release of the hormones oxytocin and vasopressin.
When you think of stress you may think of the acute stressors, like a deadline to get your taxes done. However some stresses are more subtle and can in many ways be detrimental to your health, and certainly not great for your health. Here are a few overlooked examples of chronic stress and some tips on what you can do about it.
Childhood is not quite the stress-free paradise that our rose-tinted memories might suggest. Children -- even infants -- can suffer from chronic, toxic stress. It's stress of a very different sort than that of meetings and mortgage payments, but its long-term effects can be no less serious. Last year, the American Academy of Pediatrics launched an urgent call to action informing healthcare practitioners of the dangers of toxic stress to children. Cleary, toxic stress is serious stuff. But what is it, exactly?