While some may be thriving today, many are just trying to survive. With all the recent upheavals and events taking place around the world, getting through the day and eventually waving goodbye to 2020 seem to be the two main goals for most. (source, source, source, source)
Besides everyday triggers, racial injustices, wildfires, financial worries, political divisions, and back to school transitions, there’s that pesky world-wide crisis. (source – https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Wildfires-intensify-economic-pain-in-the-West-15566086.php, source, source, source, source, source) These unrelenting stressors are impacting society’s cognitive and mental health on a biological level. Long-term, chronic turmoil has been shown to result in shrinkage of the memory and executive centers (hippocampus and prefrontal cortex) in the brain while causing an increase in the reactionary, flight-and-fight response center (amygdala). (source, source) This can result in “brain fog,” mood issues, impulsivity, poor decision-making, problems with attention, and other cognitive symptoms.
Chronic stress is also linked to many physical symptoms. Furthermore, the feedback is reciprocal, meaning that bodily conditions effect the perception of stress and feelings of overwhelm perpetuate physical woes.
In my latest post, I review:
- how stress can make you fatigued, forgetful, isolated, and fearful
- why it’s hard to stay optimistic in these challenging times
- details on the brain and body effects of living in a world with unrelenting stress and uncertainty
- how mental health and relationships can be impacted by chronic stress
- resources to help remediate the negative consequences including mindfulness, rest and rejuvenation, and essential oils
Now, more than ever, we need to be very cognizant that we prioritize time to allow our mind and body respite and reprieve from all these bombardments.
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This material is for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or prescribe for any illness. You should check with your doctor regarding implementing any new strategies into your wellness regime. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. (Affiliation link.)
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Disclaimer: This information is applicable ONLY for therapeutic quality essential oils. This information DOES NOT apply to essential oils that have not been tested for purity and standardized constituents. There is no quality control in the United States, and oils labeled as “100% pure” need only to contain 5% of the actual oil. The rest of the bottle can be filled with fillers and sometimes toxic ingredients that can irritate the skin. The studies are not based solely on a specific brand of an essential oil, unless stated. Please read the full study for more information.
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