The Change of one simple behavior can affect other behaviors thus change many things. – Jean Baer
Happy Sunday Afternoon to All of You!! I do hope that everyone has had a pleasant weekend so far. I have to admit, mine has been very enlightening and peaceful. This past Friday, August 4, 2017, I wrote a piece about “What Do You Do When Anxiety Disrupts Your Sleep” I had also tried to engage others in asking pertinent questions and feed back with regards to this very subject. However, I didn’t hear back from anyone. I truly was in search of answers as to how people conquer their demons called “Anxiety.” I think by now, everyone knows what anxiety is, and what it can do to us. I think I can sum it up for all of that suffer this mental health issues … “It sucks the life right out of you!!” Yet, when it starts to dominate our attempts in trying to fall asleep, and/or stay asleep, it can become a health concern.
I also mentioned in that piece, that this was a discussion amongst the people within the group I attend at my mental health facility called “Peace & Progress” aka “Anxiety Group.” All were in agreement that coping skills, and mediation did not work “All of The Time.” However, everyone has their own methods in how to cope with this ongoing saga, and not everyone reacts the same to what & how is suggested by groups and/or therapy. This is when I became devoted in my quest to search for other suggestions and/or strategies to assist with anxiety and sleep.
The evening of August 4, 2017, in an empathetic attempt to help others with this pain-staking plight of anxiety/sleep disorder I took the time to ambitiously investigate other resources to inform others of a different method of calming the “Racing Thoughts & Hyperactive” mindset.
I read an article involving essential oils, and the effects they have on individuals with all sorts of mental health issues, as well as others that meditate, practice yoga, even people who run spas. The Elixir of certain oils blended can be in some cases considered “The Ambien” sleep aid. Now, I don’t know all about that, but… I took it one step further. That evening, I enthusiastically went on the Amazon website to order an Essential Oil Diffuser, along with 18 essential oils to mix potions in order to find ways for a restful nights sleep. (Please note, I didn’t order all the essential oils for this project because I am not Rockefeller). However, I did have most of them. Here are a few of the combos that were suggested.
- 2 drops Lavender & 2 drops Marjoram
- 3 drops Lavender & 2 drops Vetiver
- 2 drops Cedarwood, 2 drops Lavender & 2 drops Vetiver
- 3 drops Cedarwood & 3 drops Bergamot
- 4 drops Lavender & 3 drops Bergamot
I had purchased the essential oils from “Radha Beauty”, it is 100% therapeutic grade oils.
Yesterday, I received my order and automatically set up the diffuser, color coded my essential oils, and alphabetically aligned the in a box to hold all of them. (The OCD part of me kicked in). LOL!! I then went back online to look up other methods of calming and soothing my nerves, as well as energize myself. Methods to increase my concentration and focus. The list went on. Again, I didn’t have all the oils, but I had a good start in proceeding to mix my potions. “Yeah!!!” I read more about my diffuser and learned that not only did it have a setting of a cool humidifier, but it had a setting in which to select a soothing color, along with a timer. After I had mixed a few of the suggested oils for relaxation, I continued to read more about how these simple oils worked. I highly suggest you dedicate the time to reading about it yourself.
My overall opinion of using this method in relaxation and sleep combo of 4 drops Lavender & 3 drops Bergamot provided me a sense of calm, and tranquility. “Naturally, of course, I still had to take my prescribed medication in addition to mixing up my suggested potion.” But, I did notice a difference, and I slept very well this past evening. In fact, it worked so well, that even when I got up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom, I still went back to sleep without intrusive thoughts running through my mind.
I do realize again that this may not work for everyone, but I tried to be open-minded to natural ways to fall asleep, and stay asleep. I still would love to hear from my readers and followers how they deal with their sleeping/anxiety issues, and their suggestions and ideas for a restful night sleep?
For now, I am about to get ready to go out with my friends to a food truck festival and listen to the Duprees at Duke Island Estate Park in Somerset County, N.J. My friends and I have been looking forward to this for weeks now. In the meantime, I hope you all have a wonderful Sunday afternoon & evening.
Take Care & God Bless, Beckie