Challenges in everyday life are usually not planned and can lead to a stressful time in our life. Stress is often blamed on another person or circumstance. But stress is due more to what we think about the situation than the situation itself. Unhealthy stress is a premature killer. It can create congestion and block valuable energy in the body. Ongoing stress elevates levels of cortisol that can lead to chronic inflammation in both the brain and body.

Did you know that virtually every chronic ailment has an emotional component, which the body holds in its subconscious? In fact, the emotional factors in illness are often what keep the person sick! Even acute illnesses, such as cold and flu, have an emotional aspect. You may get a cold or flu when you are stressed physically or mentally with too much to do, and then you worry about it! Usually, it is your body’s message to slow down, take a break, and do some self-care.

Anxiety creates an acidic condition that is stored in the DNA. That emotion then becomes a predominant factor in our lives from that moment on. We know that stress affects physical organs and parts of the body. Your body becomes saturated with destructive chemicals and displays immune system depletion, digestive problems, cardiovascular overload, blood sugar problems, and a racing mind that does not allow a quiet sleep. Stress is recognized as an important cofactor in the development of all disease, including chronic physical problems.

There are ways to help reduce stress, and the knowledge and use of pure essential oils is an important consideration. Inhaling the oils is the fastest and most often preferred method for balancing mood and emotions. Scents affect our emotions and work on a subconscious level to modify emotional imbalances or stress. In addition, there are several techniques, especially yoga, t’ai chi, and mediation that have been shown to reduce inflammation, calm the nervous system and benefit the brain.

It is critical for every individual to work on stress reduction for best natural health. We are reminded that we live in a human body and the need for spiritual and self-care is of utmost importance. The best way forward is to focus more on the brightness we can bring to others, only after we have cleared a path of lightness for ourselves.

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