Emotional Well-Being after COVID and How to Heal
A pandemic is not only a medical phenomenon, it affects people’s behavior, too. Fear, worry and stress are normal responses when we face uncertain situations, like the ones related to COVID-19. In the context of this latest pandemic, it appears that there will be drastic increases in anxiety, depression and loneliness. It was reported that the onset of the pandemic led to a 74% decrease in overall emotional well-being. Faced with new realities such as working from home, lack of physical contact with friends and colleagues, economic hardship and children's home-schooling, it is essential that we look after physical and emotional well-being.
There are many options you can use to reduce stress, including engaging in more physical activity, eating a balanced diet and getting regular sleep. These are all areas in which you can take some personal control. Additionally, many people turn to Aromatherapy as an effective complementary tool to create a calming, healing environment.
Used for thousands of years, Aromatherapy is the holistic approach and application of essential oils to promote physiological and emotional wellness. Essential oils can be extremely helpful in managing your mood, whether you feel overwhelmed, need to be re-energized and motivated, or need calming and peaceful feelings throughout the day.
Science Behind Aromatherapy
When we breathe in, the aroma from essential oils travels through the olfactory pathway directly into the limbic system of the brain. The limbic system is the sector of the brain that controls memory and emotion. When we are smelling something, our limbic system stores, interprets and releases neurochemicals, triggering a behavioral response in the body. That’s exactly why the inhalation of essential oils can profoundly affect the body and mind.
At Aromafloria, our unique Stress Less Bath & Body line harnesses a synergistic blend of ingredients to restore well-being. Stress Less products are infused with Chamomile, Lavender and Sage, all oils that are used to manage stress and anxiety. Inhaling these essential oils can help you to produce both serotonin and dopamine, two hormones with mood-boosting effects.
Benefits of Essential Oil Blend
Each essential oil has its own unique chemical makeup, which delivers its highlighted benefits. When it comes to aromatherapy, essential oils can create specific emotional responses depending on their chemical constituents.
Lavender: The terpenes, linalool and linalyl acetate, in Lavender have calming properties and can be helpful when feeling stressed or anxious.
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