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I read an article at the tea shop a few weekends ago: "Workers report increased stress". The story was in one of the major Australian newspapers on 5 March 2016, and went on to say that corporate psychologists have warned stress-related absence from work is on the rise.

The common saying, "work is not a party" comes to mind. It is no secret that many are exhausted or feel emotionally abused during their day at work. It may be helpful to undergo a sea-change and leave a job in some cases. But when the thought of doing that causes more stress than staying in your job, it may not be the right time for such drastic solutions. This article reminded me that it is important to re-energise and refresh at home, using any simple, effective and affordable methods available.

Aromatherapy for relaxation at home can cost pennies, and can be a simple, effective option. Essential oils embody the regenerating and protective properties of plants. The power of a few drops of the correct therapeutic essential oils in a warm bath can work wonders within minutes. The molecules in essential oils are small and fat-soluble; many of them easily penetrate the skin. These properties also allow them to get inside the cells of the body, even if cell walls have hardened because of disease. Essential oils have the potential to affect every cell of the body within twenty minutes, and then get treated like any other nutrients in the cells. A bath allows aromatherapy for relaxation to work on the body and mind by two different routes: the oils sit on the skin, and the aroma is also inhaled as you breathe in the steam from the bath.

Aromatherapy for relaxation can also work just by placing the correct therapeutic essential oils on a cotton ball and leaving it nearby during a nap or while reading a book. Inhalation of the aromas this way can be just as powerful, and is an even simpler option for home.

Essential oils are powerful anti-oxidants. Some can support the liver in detoxifying the blood. Some contain sesquiterpene molecules, which are known to be able to interact with brain cells (these essential oils pass through the blood-brain barrier). Even those essential oils that can't cross the blood-brain barrier can still affect the brain through the sense of smell. Odours and emotions are processed in similar pathways in the brain, in an area called the "limbic system". Favourite smells are worth a try. If aromatherapy for relaxation helps you to unlock and release emotional trauma after a day at work, these pennies will be well spent.

For more information on aromatherapy for relaxation, visit my free eBook site.

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Lack of sleep not only makes it hard to get through a day of work or socialising, but can have negative impacts on your health.

Some sleep expert advice can be found easily with Google searches. It generally teaches that sleep is not just about night time. How you spend your day is as important, such as limiting the caffeine you drink, drinking water, how much daylight you expose yourself to, how much stress you have through the day, exercise levels, and other factors. Basic advice also includes having a dark and quiet bedroom, and using background white-noise.

One important source of advice may be a GP. But it can be confusing to know what sleep expert advice to follow. For those who are quick to treat sleep issues with pharmaceutical solutions, a range of medicines can be prescribed. Unfortunately my personal experience was frustrating. Sleep tablets have no other use, so unused packs end up in the bin, money wasted. I tossed out several packs of partly used sleep medicines because they didn't work, made me feel too groggy in the morning to take care of my kid, or I got side effects.

GPs, pharmacists, natural practitioners and nutritionists can be a good source of sleep expert advice on how to use natural products. Otherwise basic literature research skills, the local health food store, the internet (but use basic literature research skills to double check information you find) and family and friends can all be helpful.

Pharmaceutical medicines and natural products typically all have benefits, and also adverse risks. So it is important to read the labelling on all products and to seek advice about how to use the different products safely. Especially if you plan to take both pharmaceutical medicines and natural products, it is important to ask both the GP and the pharmacists about how these mix together (there can be interactions). Pharmacists are the experts in interactions between medicines and natural remedies in my experience. It can also help to ask what to expect over time. Some sleep treatments lose some of their effect over time.

Getting advice from many sources can be helpful. Everyone is unique, and often it takes a few solutions to finally sleep better.

I would be interested to hear who gives you the best sleep expert advice in your life? Do you sleep really well, what sleep aids work for you?

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If you have feelings of worry, nervousness, or unease about something, or feel a strong desire to do something or for something to happen, you probably already know that this is the definition of anxiety. Questions that are important to ask are: How serious is it? And, what is the best thing to do to calm anxiety symptoms, for you?

By asking yourself important questions, you are starting a meaningful conversation with yourself, and setting yourself up to be your own best coach to calm anxiety symptoms. Advice is great, but anxiety can spiral into worse mental states, and everyone is unique, so getting advice from many sources can be a way to find ways to calm anxiety symptoms that are most correct for you.

One important source of advice is a general practitioner. For those who are quick to treat health issues with pharmaceutical solutions, a range of medicines can be prescribed. It is important to let your GP know if you are willing to spend money out of your own pocket, since the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, which subsidises the cost of medicines for all Australians, is tightly controlled. This means that often the GP must prescribe a certain medicine first. Only if you meet special criteria after trying the first medicine, will they mention other options. To be your own best coach to calm anxiety symptoms, it may be helpful to know about all medicines that are sold in Australia, and the good and bad about each one. After a fully informed discussion, you may find that some newer medicines may not be on the PBS. But just because the government has not agreed to pay the price that the overseas pharmaceutical company charges for a medicine doesn't mean that your decision will be the same. If you want to be your own best coach, then knowing all your options will lead to the best decision for yourself. How much extra information you want may depend on your budget and other factors. Letting your GP know what your situation can set you up for the best dialogue.

For those who prefer all diet, exercise and natural product options before using pharmaceutical medicines, the GP may also be worth asking for advice. Especially if you plan to take both pharmaceutical medicines and natural products, it is important to ask the GP and the pharmacists about how those will mix (there can be interactions). The GP may be a good source of information about well known natural products like St John's Wort or breathing exercises, but is less likely to be aware of essential oils, kinesthesiology, or special nutrition for anxiety symptoms. Natural health practitioners and nutritionists, if you can afford the consultation fees, can also be a great source of information. Otherwise basic literature search skills, the local health food store, the internet (but use basic literature search skills to double check the information you find) and family and friends can all be helpful.

It may not take long to find a natural product that works for anxiety because the calming effect doesn't take long to notice. If a calming effect isn't noticeable in a reasonable timeframe, it makes sense to stop spending money on it and try something else. The GAD-7 or DASS questionnaires are also useful tools to ask a GP about. Even if you didn't find your GP was helpful when you asked about natural therapies to calm anxiety symptoms, it can be worthwhile going regularly to check how much you have improved using these questionnaires, which give you a score and an easy way to track your improvements.

For more information on natural ways to calm anxiety symptoms visit my free eBook site.
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