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COVID-19 has hugely taken its toll on our mental wellbeing this year. From health worries to the stress of home schooling, worry for family and friends to financial difficulties, most people have run the gamut of emotions over the last 6 months. And for many, it is more serious than that –  according to the World Health Organisation, who have conducted a study of the mental health of 130 countries, the pandemic has highlighted the devastating effect that COVID-19 has had on our mental health and also underscored the urgent need for medical funding.

And just when we got excited at the thought of throwing off our face masks and returning to life as ‘normal’ most of us are now in a state of limbo, wondering if we will go back into lockdown, or ever return to our old lives at all.

Here at 35thousand, in order to help raise your happiness levels, we have decided to do a series of articles that will delve into the various different areas of ‘mood-boosting’. Starting here with the benefits of eating nutritious food, we will also look into psychological, physical and therapeutic ways of lifting our spirits in articles to come.

Food for thought

In recent years , we have become far more aware of the link between the state of our gut and our minds. Scientists have now proven that our gut is responsible for producing a large proportion of our neurotransmitters, the chemicals that transmit information throughout the body and brain. In fact, it has been shown that as much as 90 per cent of serotonin (our so-called ‘happy’ hormone) is made in our gut, so it goes without saying that if the state of our stomach is out of whack, then our brains could well be too.

Not only that but scientists have shown that it’s not just our bodies that require fuel –  brains get hungry too. Doctors believe that they use up about a quarter of our daily energy supply, consuming roughly 300 calories in the day and the same again at night. It is therefore vitally important says dietician Rachel Clarkson that we support the link between the gut and the brain (the gut/brain axis) by fuelling ourselves with optimum foods which may well help keep anxiety, depression and other mental health disorders at bay.

But it’s no good throwing a packet of probiotics into your supermarket trolley and hoping for the best. According to Rachel when it comes to the gut/brain axis there should be a multi-pronged approach. She suggests the following…

Eat seratonin boosting foods

We want to make sure that we have adequate levels of serotonin in our bodies explains Rachel, “This chemical messenger contributes to happiness and wellbeing, but in order for it to be produced it required the amino acid tryptophan to be present, which you can get through your diet by eating tryptophan-high food.”

Rachel therefore suggests eating tofu, egg yoke, salmon, turkey, and plenty of nuts and seeds. She adds, however, that it is important to know that tryptophan is enhanced when eaten with a carbohydrate (which is why, perhaps, she thinks we have sugar cravings). She therefore suggests pairing the above with, say, brown rice, quinoa, lentils or fruit. “You could have eggs on toast for example or a tofu stir-fry or maybe a turkey and cheese brown bread sandwich,” she says.

Focus on your gut health

Our gut microbiome has been the health buzzwords of the last few years, but for good reason – this flora of different bacteria lining our intestines has been proven to be hugely beneficial for our health if looked after correctly.   “We want to support a vast microbiome as poor microbiome variety has been linked to stress, depression and anxiety,” says Rachel. “The gut brain axis is the interaction between the microbiome in your gut and the cognitive and emotional centres in the brain.”

What is key, she explains is that we all have a diverse range of good bacteria in our stomachs which will involve eating a diverse range of plant foods. In particular, she also suggests eating fermented foods or live cultures which will add beneficial bacteria and enzymes into your overall intestinal flora. She therefore suggests adding Miso, Kimchee, Kombucha, Sauerkraut, and yoghurt into your diet where you can. When it comes to yoghurt, however, look out for the words ‘active’ or  ‘live’ on the label or mentions specific good bacteria. 

You also, she explains, want to feed the Microbiome with prebiotics (this is the food that the bacteria feed on) ,and this involves eating a lot of fibrous foods where you can. Some suggestions would be beans, leeks, onions, artichokes and whole wheat bread or pasta.

As for probiotics, Rachel suggests that unless you have a diagnosed digestive/health issue, then it’s best to opt for naturally occurring probiotics in fermented foods.

Balance blood sugar levels

We all know what it’s like to feel ‘hangry’ when we are haven’t eaten, and how this can make us feel low or jittery, and anxious. What we don’t want, explains Rachel, is for our body to go into hypoglycemic mode, where our blood sugar is too low. She therefore suggests eating a healthy portion of whole grain carbs at most meals in order to maintain a steady flow of glucose. This she says, “Can be in the form of fruit, or quinoa, buckwheat, chickpeas, sweet potatoes and it’s important to eat wholegrain bread and pasta where you can.”

If you are suffering from low mood, Rachel suggests potentially steering clear of low carbohydrate  diets which have been  particularly popular I recent years. “Low mood can be associated with nutrient deficiencies such as B vitamins and selenium which are found in foods such as bread, lentils, cereal, milk and bananas, so a low carb diet may exacerbate these further,” she says.

Ensure nutrient deficiency isn’t present

It may sound boring and you are probably sick to death of hearing the word ‘balance’ from health professionals, but if you don’t have a diet that contains carbohydrates, proteins and healthy fats, then you may be lacking in nutrients that are associated with mood. For example, if you are either low in iron or lacking in B vitamins you may feel low and irritable. 

It’s incredibly hard to prescribe one eating plan for everybody as our bodies and goals are all so different but as a general rule, (and especially is you are susceptible to low mood), Rachel suggests including a wholegrain carbohydrate at breakfast, at lunch and a as snack, but keeping it optional for dinner. She also suggests eating protein at every meal and incuding a healthy fat too.

Other tips for supporting the gut brain pathway
Take Omega 3’s

There is evidence around the benefit of Omega3 supplementation for people with diagnosed clinical depression says Rachel. 

Note: these should not to replace any medication.

Hydrate hydrate hydrate for a happy brain

Your brain can’t function unless you are well hydrated so you may feel fatigued if you don’t hydrate throughout the day. Aim to drink 6 glasses of water a day.

Tackle emotional eating

Rachel also highlights the importance of managing our emotions around eating, “It’s important to try to take away any feelings of guilt,” says Rachel, “So we feel happy and healthy in our minds instead of feeling shameful. If you do eat something indulgent then take a breath and acknowledge that you have enjoyed that food and then put it behind you move onto the next healthy meal.”

Buy this feel-good cookbook

Rachel Kelly is the author of The Happy Kitchen and The Happiness Diet. Having suffered from anxiety and depression for many years, it wasn’t until she researched and improved her diet that she realised how good much better she felt. Created with nutritional therapist Alice Mackintosh, they consist of gut and brain-boosting recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 

As an anxiety and depression sufferer, Rachel discovered the amazing benefits of changing her diet

Here’s a sample recipe from The Happy Kitchen

The Tropical C Smoothie 

Alice says ‘I have this for breakfast if I wake feeling whacked. Alice designed it so that I could get lots of energy-boosting goodness in one go. These fruits are rich in vitamin C and fibre, while the walnuts an avocado deliver protein and healthy fats to balance everything out. The oats and nuts add substance and slow down the absorption of sugar from the fruit and the cinnamon may also reduce sugar cravings.”

Serves 2

Ingredients:

½ papaya and 1 whole mango

¼ avocado

1 tbs oats

6 walnuts

250 ml almond, coconut or oat milk

Cinnamon to taste

Method:

Peel the papaya or mango and remove its seed or stone

Chop it into medium-sized shunks and pop it into a blender with all the other ingredients. Blend until smooth

If you enjoyed this article then you will LOVE reading about what happens to your microbiome when you travel here

Notes on mental health

Please note that these tips are not meant to be a replacement for speaking with a licensed therapist and/or a psychiatrist. Please do not be afraid to seek help if you feel that you or someone else is struggling and could benefit from it. Contact your local GP, family doctor or insurance company and/or your local government/ council to seek other government funded resources for mental health.

Mental Health helplines

US – SAMHSA (Substances Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) Call 1-800-662-HELP (4357)

UK – MIND – Call 0300 123 3393 or text SHOUT to 85258 which is a crisis textile for support in a crisis www.giveusashout.org/get-help/

Yogi, model, author, actress and cancer survivor Sara Quiriconi AKA @livefreewarrior has suffered from anxiety since her teens. She describes, in her own words, how she pulls herself out of a spiral of panic

“There’s no doubt, we’re all under a lot of stress at the moment. Challenging times can trigger even the most trained leaders and wellness experts, and anxiety inevitably stirs up a load of conflicting emotions in all of us. I’m no exception. The other day, I had an anxiety attack – in a ball, on my bed, huddled in a pile of pillows, drowning in my own tears. Instantly, the self critic chimed in, “And you’re the wellness leader, huh?” My immediate reply was to shut that inner critic up, which went along the lines of, “Yes! This is happening to me, and that’s OK. After all, I’m human too.

The truth is, I’ve struggled for years with anxiety. Since I was a teenager, I was prone to deal with stresses worse than most. In moments of great stress, or when I take on too many tasks, the familiarity of that panic comes on strong. I was anxious as a kid, and as teenage years crept in, it seemed to get worse in the peer environment. 

Other empaths will agree that perhaps the world’s emotions always sit heavier on us than most. However, I have never accepted the idea that a mental disorder or issue has to be a life-long sentence. I believe that with awareness, education and will, anything is possible.

Fortunately, over the years, and through a lot of self-education, I now have better tools to cope and deal with those moments when anxiety builds to overflowing. Below is my toolkit for managing panic and next week (in Part 2) I’ll write about the daily maintenance I use to stay emotionally buoyant. These include Yoga, good nutrition, exercise and sleep, all of which I feel are  required to prevent an attack coming back or having to live with underlying low level anxiety. Ever had the jitters having too much coffee? Then you know what I’m talking about.

Photographs taken from Sara’s Instagram @LiveFreeWarrior
HOW I MANAGE AN ANXIETY ATTACK

Time and experience have helped me to manage the symptoms of an anxiety attack. I am able to recognize what’s happening in the moment they occur. The feeling of my chest getting tighter, the lack of ability to breathe freely, and the flood of overwhelming thoughts all coming at once — they now feel quite familiar to me. I hope this can help those of you unfamiliar to the feelings.

The great news is that I am able to recognize these feelings and give them a name, such as ‘There’s panic.’ Once I can name it, I can slightly detach myself from it, then use the tools below that I’ve developed with time to help calm the panic. 

Take the focus out of the fear

There’s a saying that goes, “Where your focus goes, your energy flows.” Wherever you focus your mind, your body will follow, which can be the upside and downside of the power of the mind. 

Just Breathe

If you focus on the fear of the attack, it will only increase it. Instead, it’s important to focus on something else such as your breathing –  inhale and exhale slowly, and continuously and focus on the breathe coming in and going out. Say ‘breathe in’ and ‘breathe out’ slowly in your mind as you do so, or even say it out loud if you need to. Focusing on the breath, you’re able to see instantly what you can control, rather than what you can’t. 

Focus around you

The mind is where the attack is happening, and the body’s reaction is the by-product of the thoughts. Look for inanimate objects around you, and say them out loud. For example, if you’re in the living room, see your sofa and literally say out loud or in your mind, “sofa.” Then, move on to the next object you find. And so on. This is taking you out of your head into the real world.

You’re now putting the mind to work on things it can focus on in reality that truly do exist. Giving the objects a name helps to create an image and connection in your mind of past knowledge and present situations, rather than focusing internally to what’s happening to you. This in turn gives your body and mind time to calm too.

Journaling

Journaling helps me to see my fears out on paper and recognize the emotion, rather than stifle it. A common fear I experience is that I won’t be able to get out of the situation I am, or I feel stuck. That feeling of ‘no-way-out’ could be due to an overwhelming workload, emotional anger from a disagreement, or not being able to visualize or foresee an opportunity working out in the future. 

All of these fears, when they build up to an anxiety attack, can leave me with a feeling of a giant rock or weight that’s compressing on my chest. It can result in a feeling that I cannot breathe, that I’m gasping for air, or that the thoughts keep pouring into to mind with no end in sight.

Journaling helps me to take those thoughts out of my mind, so that I can see an end, and begin to carve out a foreseeable path. Then, the fear doesn’t seem so scary after all. 

Watch what you eat after your attack

Lowering the amount of caffeine I drink and eating plenty of greens helps to calm my body and my mind. In addition to what I’m consuming, certain Yoga poses help to soothe the anxiety as well. 

My go-to poses are forward folds, reclining bound angle pose with my hands on my chest and breathing, and child’s pose. These all help to compress the heart, like a gentle massage while I breathe through the anxiety until it passes or subsides.

Don’t feel guilty about indulging in rest

Rest, and good sleep, is the basis and foundation for all of our personal wellbeing. When overload hits, sometimes the best thing I can do in the afternoon is close the laptop, and grab a book, or watch a funny show on Netflix.

When you’ve rested enough, move

Yoga and movement help to lower my stress levels and prove an inner, personal strength that empowers me. I always joke, when I’m feeling down, I always do abs at the gym to build a stronger core — physically, but more so, spiritually. 

Dont try to control it

Remember that feeling unsettled may seem out of your control, however, that’s an emotion and a feeling.Situations don’t control us, our reactions and emotions attached to them do. So, let them go, focus on what you can and be free from what you cannot. Admit that thought to yourself and you’re one step closer to feel settled in the here and now. 

On a personal note, thank you to 35 Thousand for offering the space to share this personal, intimate experience and touch on these deeper emotions. If you, personally, struggle with anxiety, you’re not alone and there are tools that can really help. If you know of someone who is struggling, perhaps this article was insightful to you to understand what s/he is going through. Please do share with someone who could benefit from reading this. Together, we’re stronger, and empathy is a strength, never a weakness.

Look out for Part 2 next week – How Sara maintains daily emotional wellbeing and prevents anxiety  

Read about how Sara manages emotions with different yoga poses here

Notes on mental health
Please note that these tips are not meant to be a replacement for speaking with a licensed therapist and/or a psychiatrist. Please do not be afraid to seek help if you feel that you or someone else is struggling and could benefit from it. Contact your local GP, family doctor or insurance company and/or your local government/ council to seek other government funded resources for mental health.
Confidential mental health helplines
US – SAMHSA (Substances Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) Call 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
UK – MIND – Call 0300 123 3393 or text SHOUT to 85258 which is a crisis textile for support in a crisis www.giveusashout.org/get-help/

 

 

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We don’t know about you, but most people we speak to are finding this time post lockdown particularly tough. The idea of things going back to ‘normal’ is at odds with the general anxiety we feel about the Coronavirus and the mess it has left behind it. Many lives have been tipped upside down over the last four months and currently it feels like trying to scramble out of the rubble blindfolded. Many of us are juggling more than normal – for example, many have work as normal but with limited childcare, whilst others are trying to run businesses with fewer staff or minimal suppliers. The juggle of work/ family/ health and life is overwhelming at the best of times but add to that all the ‘unknowns’ rolling around in our heads and we’re heading for overwhelm.

‘Finding balance’ seems to be a pretty elusive quest but experts suggest that the answer isn’t in taking hour-long baths infused with lavender oil or embarking on a whole new fitness journey. Many experts say that the key to being more Zen lies in small bite-sized hacks that help us find a little more breathing space throughout our day.

“Right now, after all we’ve been through, it’s the small wins that makes you take back the balance,” says life coach and author Susie Pearl. “Step by step in the right direction is what is needed,  and being kind to yourself. This is about the best way to find your balance in your new routines.”

We spoke to Susie and other top experts to discover their tips below…

MARA KLEMICH

Mara is a neuroscientist, psychologist and co-author of Above the Line: Living and leading with the heart. She works with many businesses about unlocking our true potential, creating our best selves and changing behavioural patterns that might be holding us back. Read her advice on managing our emotions through difficult times here.
1. De-clutter: trick your brain into some certainty

“Can tidying up really change your mood? It appears so, yes. According to the Mayo Clinic, clutter can lead to more stress and anxiety, and when people describe their spaces as “disorganized,” they’re more likely to have higher levels of cortisol, the hormone related to the stress response. It can make you feel more distracted,  and may even affect your sleep.” 

The solution: “Little things that you can control to increase certainty, even in small ways, actually have quite a non-obvious positive impact, both physiologically and psychologically.  

Taking 5 (up to 15) minutes to tackle the messiest part of your work space, or your home, even if it’s just a “junk drawer” that’s always full, will create a feeling of certainty, achievement and control over chaos.”

2. Take a few minutes for yourself

“In our busy lives, we can find ourselves feeling overwhelmed. A solution is to create some boundaries for “alone time” for everyone in the family including parents, young kids and teenagers. Don’t feel bad about taking a moment for yourself, even if it’s just to step away for 15 minutes. Go for a walk around your block, lock the bathroom door, or sit by a window and feel the fresh air on your face. Alone time doesn’t have to be about candle-lit long baths, it’s about spending some time to gather your thoughts and relax. Even five to ten minutes a day can help you avoid burnout.”

3. Schedule task-time in batches

“Think about your tasks for the day and break them into “batches” of time. That way you can manage your focus time “on” and time “off”. This not only gives you a little more balance to your day, but you can decide on a quick or longer break each time you reach the end of a “batch” of time. Allowing yourself intentional choices helps us to feel in control and intentional with our time and balance of a day, rather than reaching the end of the day feeling controlled by circumstances.”

DAME JESSICA ENNIS-HILL

Jessica is an Olympic Gold Medallist and World Champion Heptathlete. Her brilliantly thorough pocket PT fitness app,  jennis fitness , was created with her personal fitness team that have trained her throughout her career. 
4. Fitting in Exercise

“It’s always too easy to say you’re too busy or too tired to fit in exercise, but it’s vital, not just for your physical health, but your mental health too, to look at exercise as time for you – almost like a date with yourself. Scheduling specific time just for you, to move your body – from simple stretches to long runs, to lifting a few weights –  has a dramatic impact on your mental wellbeing.”

Some tips include:

“Plan your sessions in advance and put them in as dates for yourself. I always used to do my plan on a Sunday night, even when I was pregnant. You should see it as ‘me time’.

The Jennis sessions are only 20 – 30 mins, so they are easy to squeeze in – I designed them deliberately to be short, so they could just be slotted in, as well as needing minimal equipment so they can be done anywhere, anytime. 

If you can’t do 20 minutes, doing 10 mins is better than nothing, so just get going. It’s amazing how good you feel after even a small amount of activity.”

Jennis is available to download on iOS and Android for £9.99 per month.

ALISTER GREY
Alister Gray is an Executive Leadership Consultant, Mindset Coach, Founder of Mindful Talent and co-founder of the Mindful Talent Coaching Academy.
5. Go on a ‘no news’ diet 

“Don’t watch or listen to the news. We have, on average, 70,000 thoughts or more running through our minds each day, 80% of these thoughts are negative in their nature and 95% of them are repeated each day. We don’t need to compound these thoughts with any more negativity and fear, so switch off the news and feel a greater sense of peace.”

6. Try the ‘bathroom breath’

“Every time you have a break (popping to the bathroom, getting a drink) use the opportunity to take 6 deep breaths into your belly and exhale slowly through the mouth. The average person takes 6-7 bathroom breaks per day, offering some mini moments of ‘me-time’, and enabling you to take between 35-45 conscious breaths each day which can reduce your cortisol levels.”

7. Slow down to speed up 

“Pause throughout your day to reflect, plan, think and/or meditate. We are far more effective, productive and balanced when we take some time to slow down. This sounds impossible, however, the benefits are incredible.”

SUSIE PEARL

Susie Pearl is a life coach and author. Her book the Art of Creativity – 7 Powerful habits to unlock your full potential is out in August. It provides a practical programme to help you harness your full creative potential both personally and professionally.
Susie Pearl
8. Ask yourself if you are spending your time in the best way

“Is there an equal focus on work, rest / sleep and play / social life in your week?  Try to get equal measures of these 3 throughout. Journal about how you spend your time and what is really important and urgent, and what is not.  Make good decisions on how time is spent.”

9. Try to exercise / meditate each day 

“Schedule this in the diary like it’s a meeting and show up for it.  You wouldn’t break a meeting with someone else, so don’t break a meeting for something that helps you.  Put self care high up in your priority list.”

10. You are in charge of your time, take control of it

“Cancel things from your diary if there is too much on and take back control of your time and remember that you don’t have to do everything that comes your way. Choose and curate the shape of your day. Cut out the unnecessary journeys, tasks and phone calls. The more down-time we have, the more in control of life we feel.   Learn to curate your time like a master.”

11. Do emails once a day

“Do them for an hour – read them,  batch them, deal with them and delete.  Don’t spend all day looking at emails, set up a time to handle them at a specific time of day.”

12. Say no

“Say ‘no’ to most things, and only do the things you really want to do or that you feel are essential. Build in space into the diary and don’t overfill the days.”

13. Cancel things in your diary

“If there is too much on, take back control of your time.  Notice you don’t have to do everything that comes your way – you can choose and curate the shape of your day.”

MISTY REICH

Misty Reich
Misty is the founder of 35 Thousand as well as an executive coach, her career in wireless telecoms and the global food retail industry spans over 20 years.
14. Do something hard first thing

“Something that you need to accomplish to “win the day.” This could be a work out, tackling a presentation you need to write or even just making the bed.  Decide that accomplishing this = winning the day which has a knock on effect on the rest of the day for mindset and productivity and reduces the chances of you beating yourself up for “not doing enough” in the day which can sabotage our sense of balance.”

15. Make some part of your morning routine feel indulgent

“Maybe its that you take the time to froth the milk for your coffee or you have a shower gel that you splurge on because the fragrance just makes you feel great.  I keep a small vase of flowers by my Nespresso machine and the whole aesthetic of the coffee machine and flower just makes me feel great and the flower often looks different in the morning.  Stopping to appreciate that is a little mindfulness moment that just makes me happy.”

The therapeutic powers of essential oils on our physical and emotional wellbeing are well documented. In simple terms, Aromatherapy means ‘Treatment by aromas.’ Consisting of essential oils, they work by passing through our olfactory system which is linked to the limbic system of our brains, the area that controls survival instincts and emotions. Scent has become particularly important in these troubled times and almost acts like a sensorial balm to our senses.

With essential oils consisting of very small molecules that can pass into our bloodstream either by inhalation or topical use, different oils are said to have different benefits. Lavender oil, for example, is well-known for helping reduce stress and inducing sleep (it is a sign of the times that lavender-based beauty products have increased by an astronomical 552% from January-April in 2019 according to a study by the NPD group, it would be interesting to see the difference now during COVID-19.) Frankincense also has potential nerve-relaxing properties and rose is anti-inflammatory, which is soothing for skin and senses and also is said to balance out our hormones.

Whilst brands used to focus on bath oils and body products, they are now focussing on travel-size tinctures and roll-ons that you can keep in your pocket when working from home or stash in your handbag and pull out when you’re stressed at the traffic lights. Here are some of our favourites for different therapeutic uses – we have chosen the them because of their efficacy, potency and purity, all of which is incredibly important.

For the over-tired

The Anatome Essential Oil Elixir Energy and Strength, $27.11, is a blend you can use during exercise, but we also love it for boosting our body and brain when we’re tired or jetlagged. Blended with May Chang and Lemon, both used in aromatherapy to awaken the senses, it will brighten and focus your mood minus the coffee jitters.

For inner peace and confidence

The Ilapothecary Speak your Truth Roller, $38.92 is a rich, feminine scent which combines the Mothers of Aromatherapy – Rose for soothing and loving, and Sandalwood for light and joy. Together they should make you feel more centred and instil a deep inner peace. Perfect for gathering your thoughts pre Zoom calls.

aromatherapy for inner peace
The Ilapothecary Speak Your Truth Roller contains calming rose and sandalwood
For all your emotions

Our feelings shift all the time, which is why we love the Feelings Gift Set, $152.00, from amazing plant oil skincare brand Votary. It consists of 3 beautifully scented rollerball oils named Detach, Desire and Drift. The first is fresh, grassy and vibrant with rosemary and thyme, the second contains orange, rose and almond oil to help you feel reconnected and renewed, and the third contains lavender, Chamomile and English Rose if you feel in need of unwinding.

For emotional protection

Altitude Oil, $37.09 De Mamiel, has become a beauty editor’s cult favourite and was created by aromatherapist and founder Annee de Mamiel to help ward off bugs and help her feel clearer when she travelled. With Peppermint and Lemon Myrtle to provide a powerful lift, Pine and Eucalyptus to help clear a fuzzy head, and Patchouli to help you feel grounded, it’s one powerful SOS product for any occasion you want to feel more together.

aromatherapy in-flight
De Mamiel’s Cult Altitude Oil will clear your mind and ground your body
For the stressed out

Tata Harper’s products are well known for their use of high quality botanicals and dreamy scents. Her ‘aromatherapeutic’ Aromatic Irritability Treatment, $62.49 is a calming scent that eases an irritated spirit and helps dissipate negative feelings. Containing Meadowsweet, Lemon, Borage and Calendula flowers, her advice is to spray it onto hands or wrists, to inhale deeply and feel your shoulders drop.

For the terrified flier

Ginger Flight Therapy, $37.08 from Aesop is a pulse-point roll-on enhanced with Ginger Root, Lavender and Geranium. Soothing, but bolstering and confidence boosting it will assist and calm the flight phobic but can also be used generally in life when you feel nauseous, stressed or weary.

aromatherapy flight therapy aesop
Aesop’s Ginger Flight Therapy will calm and settle an anxious mind
For calming your nerves

Inner Light Calm Balm by Therapie by aromatherapist Michelle Roques O’Neil, $46.98 is a soulful, fragrant solid perfume that will cocoon and sooth frayed nerves in a spirit lifting scent. Containing Sweet Marjoram to promote happiness, Neroli to dismiss negativity, Sandalwood for grounding, and Bergamot for positivity it will calm and resettle feelings of unease or nervousness.

For when you are ill

Whether you are ill or feel you are coming down with something, the Support Roller Ball, $22.26 from Aromatherapy Associates will provide relief. With Pine, tea Tree and Eucalyptus, it will ease breathing whilst refreshing and sharpening the senses.

For working from home

We are very much in love with the Neom Organics Wellbeing Pod, from $123.64. This beautifully designed aromatherapy diffuser will fill the hair in your home or office with incredible essential oils. Choose from different oils for different moods: scents to Sleep, make you Happy, Destress, or Calm & Relax.

aromatherapy neom wellbeing pod
he Neom Wellbeing Pod
For difficult times

The Inner Strength oil by Aromatherapy Associates was created and explained to me by Geraldine Howard, the founder of Aromatherapy Associates who sadly passed away a few years ago. Created as she was going through cancer treatment, it is described as a ‘Coping mechanism in a bottle’. With anxiety-reducing Clary Sage, Sandalwood for grounding and Geranium to balance scattered emotions, it is both comforting and reassuring. The roller ball version is $22.26.

For a mood lift

If you are feeling down in the dumps, the Tisserand Happy Vibes Pulse Point Roller ball, $7.73 contains zesty Lemon Tea Tree, refreshing Bergamot and cheering Nutmeg and may just help you see the brighter side of things.

For when you want to go to sleep

Famous for the quality of their essential oils, Neal Yard’s Calming Temple Salve, $8.04 is easily absorbed and contains Eucalyptus, Rosemary, Lavender, and Camphor to create a cocooning aromatic blend. Apply to temples in a circular motion.

bamford essential oil blend
bamforbamford essThe Bamford Balasana Essential Oil Blend
For loneliness

Containing Chamomile, Lavender, Bergamot, this very gentle smelling Serenity Essential Oil Mood Oil, Ebo, $37.09 is like a warm hug in a bottle. Stash in your handbag or keep by the bed when travelling for moments you wake and feel wobbly or alone.

For Protection

The Balasana Essential Oil Blend, $30.91 from Bamford has been developed by Bamford’s amazing Yoga masters. A 100% organic blend of Cajuput, Frankincense and eucalyptus, it provides an aura of safety and protection. Apply to pulse points and inhale deeply.