October 10th is Mental Health Awareness Day, an issue that affects millions of people the world over. In our latest blog post Beauty Shortlist Beauty Editor, Fiona Klonarides shares her thoughts on tackling stress and anxiety naturally…
When it feels like our world is swirling in uncertainty…a shock doctor’s diagnosis, an unexpected job cut, random public shootings, global warming weather extremes…it’s no surprise that anxiety, depression and stress plague so many of us.
The one thing we can be sure of is change, but that’s hardly a comfort when you crave peace, security and a happy life.
A couple of years ago, I asked, in a poll: “What affects you most, day to day?”
General Stress (e.g. feeling over-stretched)
Interestingly, anxiety came out top – by a long shot – then stress, then depression.
Aromatherapy, the great adapter, is such a useful addition to anyone’s Life Tool Kit. For stress, try:
Tisserand’s De-Stress Collection is a cover-all-the-bases comfort blanket blend of Sweet Orange, Geranium and Nutmeg. I love the Essential Survival Kit containing 3 aromatherapy roller balls (Sweet Dreams, De-Stress and Energy) and I used the Orange, Coriander and Lime Energy Roller Ball as my travel scent last summer, while the De-Stress Bath Oil and Vaporising Oil are wonderful in winter.
Nobody escapes life’s problems scott-free, of course, it’s more how we cope that determines how (quickly) we bounce back:
1) Lighten your load and simplify (lightening your load can mean talking with a close friend, mentor or therapist).
2) Community is key. In the world’s Blue Zones where people live to a healthy 100 years old and beyond (Sardinia and Ikaria, Greece are two), community is a core of daily life. Chatting with neighbours, coffee and card games in the taverna, local festivals where everyone participates or at least shows up to watch the celebrations…
3) Prioritise what’s important over what’s “urgent”. The more you do this, the more it makes sense.
4) Sleep is the ultimate luxury. It’s free – indulge.
5) Don’t compare. It harbours discontent.
6) Have a Plan B but put the welcome mat out for Plan A. Gratitude and positivity are life’s Vitamin C.
Today is World Mental Health Day and the Mental Health Foundation is running a national fundraising event – Tea & Talk – to encourage you to get a group of friends together and chat over a cup of tea. So, go on, pop the kettle on and have a natter.