All About Anxiety
We’ve all felt that occasional anxiety in our life. The feeling of being nervous, restless or tense. The feeling of impending stress or panic in certain situations. We may suddenly have an increased heart rate and rapid breathing, along with tightness in our chest. Yes, that’s anxiety. It comes in different ways, and at different times. We may be anxious over starting that new job, buying that new house, having that new baby, meeting with that old friend, our financial situation, or even something as simple as going to do the grocery shopping. This occasional anxiety is perfectly normal. This occasional anxiety passes quickly. This occasional anxiety is nothing that controls your life or consumes your thoughts. This anxiety is nothing to be worried about. However, when you begin to feel like you're worrying too much and it's interfering with your work, relationships or other parts of your life, that’s when anxiety may be an ongoing issue.
If your fear, worry or anxiety is upsetting to you and difficult to control, then you may have an anxiety disorder. When you begin to feel depressed, or start to have trouble with alcohol or drug use, or have other mental health concerns along with anxiety, it may be time for you to take a look at whether your anxiety is normal, or a concern. If your worries do not go away on their own, then they may get worse over time if you don't act quickly. For some people, anxiety disorders will have intense, excessive and persistent worry and fear about everyday situations. Anxiety disorders regularly involve recurring episodes of sudden feelings of extreme anxiousness, fear or stress, that can reach out of control within minutes, and become an anxiety or panic attack.
A panic attack may include the following symptoms
- Increased heart rate
- Rapid breathing or hyperventilation
- Feeling suddenly weak or tired
- Inability to concentrate, or to think about anything other than the present worry
These feelings of anxiety and panic, can, and may, interfere with your daily routine. They may feel difficult to control, and are often out of proportion to the actual situation. You may suddenly start to avoid places or situations to prevent these feelings. Symptoms may start during childhood or the teen years and may continue into adulthood, or they may not start until later in adulthood.
EFFECTS OF ANXIETY
Chronic worrying and anxiety disorders can cause a multitude of physical and mental health problems. These problems occur when fight or flight is triggered daily by excessive worrying and anxiety. This stress response causes the body’s nervous system to release stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol. These hormones can increase blood sugar levels and triglycerides, which are used by the body for fuel. High levels of adrenaline and cortisol, have been shown to be toxic to cells of the brain and immune system. These hormones also cause physical effects such as:
- Difficulty swallowing due to the tightening of the throat
- Dry mouth
- Rapid and erratic heartbeat
- Inability to concentrate
- Irritability and mood change
- Muscle tension and aches
- Nausea, diarrhea or vomiting
- Nervous energy
- Rapid breathing
- Shortness of breath
- Excessive sweating
- Anxious trembling and twitching
CONTROLLING AND TREATING ANXIETY
Once you begin to experience these anxiety disorder symptoms, you will likely go to see your doctor. Your doctor may send you to see a Psychiatrist or Psychologist to diagnose your anxiety disorder. These doctors write prescriptions specifically for anxiety, known as anti-anxiety medications, and they are some of the most commonly prescribed drugs.
But these prescription medications don’t always work, and can’t be used by everyone, and have many unwanted side effects (including being highly addictive). For these reasons, many people begin to look for natural remedies to control their anxiety instead of prescription medications. Many natural remedies have long histories of safe and effective use, especially essential oils.
Using doTERRA essential oils can be extremely effective in alleviating symptoms of anxiety.
There are some incredible benefits of using Essential Oils for those that want help with anxiety, depression and stress. Essential oils can assist with your overall sense of well-being, mind and Spirituality, which are great for bringing more balance and harmony to your life, and relaxing, along with alleviating stress and anxiety.
BALANCE - Apply Balance to your wrists or neck to help ease anxious feelings
doTERRA’s grounding blend, appropriately named doTERRA Balance, promotes tranquility while bringing harmony to the mind and body, and balance to the emotions. The warm, woody aroma of dōTERRA Balance Grounding Blend creates a sense of calm and well-being. We perfectly blend Spruce, Ho Wood, Frankincense, Blue Tansy, and Blue Chamomile with Fractionated Coconut Oil to offer an enticing fragrance that promotes tranquility and relaxation. Spruce, one of the oils in dōTERRA Balance, was used by Native Americans for health and spiritual reasons and is still used today to bring harmony to the mind and body. Ho Wood, Blue Tansy, and Blue Chamomile can ease anxious feelings, while Frankincense provides a grounding, balancing effect on emotions.
CLARY SAGE - creates a restful environment while reducing feelings of stress and anxiousness
Clary Sage is a biennial or perennial herb that grows up to six feet in height. Clary Sage is known for its calming properties and benefits to the skin. The main chemical component of Clary Sage is linalyl acetate, part of the esters group, making it one of the most relaxing, soothing, and balancing essential oils. In the Middle Ages, the Clary Sage plant was frequently used to soothe skin. Inhaling Clary Sage promotes feelings of relaxation, allowing for a restful night’s sleep.
LAVENDER - can reduce anxious feelings
Lavender is often considered a must-have oil to keep on hand at all times due to its versatile uses, including calming and relaxing properties that promote peaceful sleep and ease feelings of tension. Lavender has been used and cherished for centuries for its unmistakable aroma and myriad benefits. In ancient times, the Egyptians and Romans used Lavender for bathing, relaxation, cooking, and as a perfume. Its calming and relaxing qualities, when taken internally, continue to be Lavender’s most notable attributes. Applied topically, Lavender is frequently used to reduce the appearance of skin imperfections. Add to bath water to soak away stress or apply to the temples and the back of the neck. Add a few drops of Lavender to pillows, bedding, or bottoms of feet to relax and prepare for a restful night’s sleep. Due to Lavender’s versatile properties, it is considered the must-have oil to have on hand at all times.
PEACE - counteracts anxious and fearful emotions
Are life’s anxious moments leaving you feeling overwhelmed and afraid? doTERRA Peace Reassuring Blend of floral and mint essential oils is a positive reminder you don’t have to be perfect to find peace. Slow down, take a deep breath, and reconnect with the composed, collected you. Everything turning out fine begins with believing it will—and a few drops of Peace Reassuring Blend. With its blend of Vetiver Root, Lavender Flower, Ylang Ylang Flower, Frankincense Resin, Clary Sage Flower, Marjoram Leaf, Labdanum Leaf/Stalk, and Spearmint Herb, the doTERRA Peace Reassuring Blend is perfect to promote feelings of contentment, composure, and reassurance when anxious feelings overwhelm your emotions.
SERENITY - helps reduce anxious feelings throughout the day
The newly updated doTERRA Serenity Restful Blend has a calming and relaxing aroma that provides a unique user experience. This perfectly balanced, tranquil blend can be felt immediately, transporting the user to a state of blissful repose. doTERRA Serenity combines essential oils renowned for their ability to lessen feelings of tension and calm emotions, and support a restful sleep when used aromatically. Apply one to two drops to the hands and inhale throughout the day to help reduce worry from life’s daily stressors, or diffuse at night to help quiet a restless baby or child. The addition of Cedarwood, Ho Wood, and Vetiver essential oils gives dōTERRA Serenity a grounding aroma that calms the mind and soothes the senses. doTERRA Serenity can be used in conjunction with doTERRA Serenity Restful Complex Softgels. The doTERRA Serenity essential oil blend creates a relaxing environment while the softgels promote a restful night’s sleep