It is easy for me to relax now that I have discovered a healthy method of relaxation. My insomnia is also gone! Until recently, I have tried nyquil, breathing techniques, counting sheep as well as relaxation exercises to fall asleep. These methods worked a bit for a while, but then became ineffective. I even tried an organic rescue spray in the evenings.It is easier said than done to relax.

Sometimes the body just doesn’t obey the mind. When I was going through an extremely stressful time in my life, my blood pressure increased dramatically. Heart palpitations were increasing daily. No matter what I tried, I just could not relax enough to get a solid nights sleep. People with low-stress lives cannot relate to these words.

When I was a teenager I started working out. I was quite skinny throughout middle school and high school and thought “bodybuilding” was the sport for me. Well, turns out working out, even when following the best practical advice from experts in fitness like the geniuses at Strong As Steel, I found my stress levels, especially stress within my muscles in the form of soreness and fatigue increased exponentially.

If anxiety and stress have become two of your best friends, you are not alone. Other friends that I do not recommend you acquire are worry, angst, fear and panic. These types of negative physiological emotions have an unhealthy effect on the body. Believe me, I have learned this from experience, not from reading material.

Prepare for negative situations


RelaxationAfter seeing my doctor about my declining physical condition, I realized that I must learn how to relax soon or something serious may happen. Fortunately, circumstances in life were beginning to change for the better. My physical condition began to improve as the stress in my life began to lift. The most important thing that I discovered from this trial in life, was to learn to relax before negative circumstances begin to affect my body.

Now I will share with you what I use to relax before anxiety and stress have a chance to make their way into my life. I put 2 to 3 drops of 100% pure, distilled lavender oil on my wrists and hands.  The fragrance along with the penetration of the oils natural high frequency will eventually relax you to the point of sleeping. Some people rub a few drops on their pillow, or on a handkerchief to eliminate insomnia. Believe me, this actually works!

Lavender oil

Pure, therapeutic-grade lavender oil has many uses. It is great for minor cuts, burns, bug bites, acne, eczema, boils and sore muscles according to WebMD. You may put a few drops in a bath to relieve tension.  The fragrance is distinct and relaxing. Before I inhale the the lavender oil, I let it absorb for a few minutes into my hands. It took me a few times before I enjoyed the fragrance. Now, I look forward to the evening, as it has become part of my routine before going to bed.

lavender-oilI do not recommend using the lavender oil before you begin reading a book. Every time that I have started reading, sleep would eventually take over.  The oil is so relaxing that it often puts people to sleep if they are in a relaxed sitting position. As I was writing this blog I put some on my hands. Half way through I had to quit because I was beginning to sleep while I was typing. I do not recommend driving after using this oil. So relax with this natural relaxation technique.