Have you been running on empty? During stressful times, it’s so easy to overwork yourself. We often force ourselves to keep going long after our energy is gone. Going too hard for too long will lead to exhaustion and often illness. I really write this to myself, as I have a tendency to push myself to the limit before taking time off. Working hard is one thing, but it’s important for your health to also relax and recharge.
So take a break! Think of not just your physical need to rest, but mental relaxation also. A long hot bath is wonderful, but not as effective if your mind stays occupied with to do lists. Clear your mind and don’t let yourself feel guilt for things you haven’t accomplished. They can be done once you’ve taken care of your own needs.
Aromatherapy is a great help to me when I am stressed. Here is a blend I make that can help to relax the mind:
- 8-10 drops Frankincense
- 6-8 drops Lavender
- 1-2 drops Basil or Lemon, or both
I just drop these oils onto the water of my oil warmer and let them disperse into the air. As well as helping calm a tired mind, the scent sets a nice and relaxing mood.