I can help you in Gloucester, Stroud and Ross on Wye. Anxiety and depression often go hand in hand both can be paralysing in that you can no longer function as you used to essential oils can help and here are a few: Lavender can help to calm anxiety and it aids sleep if anxiety is keeping you awake at night. A study in 2012 found that lavender had an effect on the Limbic System this is the part of the brain that controls our emotions. You can add several drops to a carrier oil such as almond oil (about a tablespoon full) and then add to the bath. just as a side note it is good for skin care treating spots, eczema, and is very good for burns. it is a safe oil and can be used neat on the skin. Always patch test first.
Jasmine is another good oil as it calms without causing sleepiness you can inhale Jasmine from the bottle or place a few drops on the pillowcase; or use it in a diffuser. Jasmine is thought of as a mood regulator.
Bergamot: in a study it was found that inhaling Bergamot that had been diffusing in a room increased positive feelings after 15 minute exposure.
Chamomile has been found to reduce mild to moderate anxiety.
Ylang Ylang helps lift the mood and has a calming effect in fact there has been research that suggest a good mixture for anxiety is Ylang Ylang, lavender and Bergamot. This mixture lowered BP, lowered stress, lowered heart rate and serum cortisol.
The oils that are good for depression are Jasmine, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang, Clary-Sage, Basil, Bergamot, Rose, Geranium.
There are other ways to help stress anxiety and depression
Everything affects our bodies and every day lives, social factors, friends, relationships, children, work, environment and pollution
can all have an influence on our well being. Everything we do in actual daily lives affects us in some way and these can all have negative and positive effects on our bodies.
Using the checklist below ask yourself how many positives can I tick and how many negatives?
When you have done this create a table of 10 things you want to do more of and 5 things you want to do less of. When you have created your table including the days of the week. Review see if you are happy with the choices you have made.
At the end of each day give yourself a tick for example if you drank more water ( if it was on your list) or ate 5 portions of fruit and vegetables.
If on your negative list you wanted to be less angry for example give yourself a tick if you manage to take some breaths and respond less angrily to a situation. You will make your own list and there is a massive sense of achievement when you see the ticks!
Eating a varied and healthy diet.
Eating fresh food as opposed to take-outs frequently.
At least 5 portions of fruit and vegetables every day.
Drinking plenty of clean fresh water.
Taking regular breaks at work and home.
Not sitting down for long periods of time without moving about.
Getting sufficient sleep.
Getting enough regular exercise.
Getting enough fresh air rather than air conditioned air.
Good positive relationships in your life.
Time for personal interests and hobbies.
Doing things that make you happy and give you enjoyment.
Give yourself positive challenges to aim for.
Sharing your worries or problems.
Having a pet.
Eating a poor diet.
Fast Food and take-outs.
Lack of water intake.
Too much alcohol.
Too much over-the-counter medication.
Lack of fresh air and natural light.
Too much tea and coffee.
A stressful job.
Bereavement or grief.
Stressful periods in life – divorce, marriage, having children, bankruptcy.
Lack of quality sleep.
A smoky or poorly ventilated home or work space.
Too much time spent around electro-magnetic equipment – TVs,
Computers, Photocopiers, etc.
Internalising problems as opposed to discussing them.
Feeling physically, emotionally or sexually threatened.
Lack of purpose.
Too much pressure and unrealistic deadlines.
Setting yourself challenges that you know you cannot achieve.
No time for hobbies or interests.
Repetitive Strain movements.