Using essential oils to support emotions and focus, are a wonderful addition to a yoga practice, meditation practice, or even something as simple as journaling. Find something that works for you. Yoga is so much more than the postures, and can really bring you to a place of peace. Meditation is great for people of all ages. Call it what you are comfortable with. Some may call it praying, some call it meditation, some say they focus their energy... whatever speaks to you, spending time alone with yourself to clear your mind is a great practice to have.
Whether you plan to sit on the floor, on a chair, lay down on your bed, or lay in the bath tub, get your body in to a comfortable position. There is no right or wrong way, just figure out what works best for you! Maybe a walking meditation is your thing! Whatever it is that makes you feel more grounded and at ease, is where you want to be.
This can be tough, especially with children running around, BUT it is so important! If this means finding a quiet place outdoors in nature, go for it! If it means grabbing your partners XBOX headset to tune out the world, great! Even if you find yourself distracted by the noisiness of life around you, soak it up and breath into it. Finding peace within the noise is a wonderful practice to have.
Get your Oils
If you are trying to relax, or achieve some other sort of goal with your meditation, grab the oil or oils that you are most drawn to in that moment. Apply them to your feet, wrists and neck, to help you breathe into that sacred space you are trying to create. You can also add a few drops to a diffuser nearby to create a calm atmosphere.
Meditation has been extensively researched for its ability to help with concentration, self-awareness, and mood regulation. New research has begun exploring its influence on anxiety and how it can be used as a daily tool to address stress.
In a recently published study, 89 participants were asked to take part in an eight-week stress management program. The participants were randomly divided into two groups: one focusing on established stress management methods, such as improving nutrition and sleep habits, while the research group focused their efforts on mindful meditation. Mindful meditation is a simple method that includes sitting in a peaceful environment, paying attention to breathing patterns, and allowing one’s attention to wander for a fixed amount of time.
Prior to starting and upon completion of the program, participants took the Trier Social Stress Test, an experimental technique intended to prompt anxiety responses, while having several physiological markers of anxiety monitored. The results: those in the experimental mindful meditation group showed significant decreases in stress hormone ACTH and inflammatory proteins IL-6 and TNF-a after having completed the program, while the control group actually exhibited worsened responses. Those who practiced mindful meditation also self-reported significantly lower levels of stress overall than participants in the control group. Learn more here.
Serenity is a wonderful oil to start with to bring promote relaxation and restful sleep. I also like to use a few drops of this blend in my diffuser to relax me throughout the day if I'm feeling a little overwhelmed.