Ok folks, it’s time to de-stress. Those of us going through divorce seem to be a reservoir for stress. I never had any issues with unhealthy anxiety or depression until I was blindsided with marital separation after decades of marriage. On one stress index scale, divorce rates the second highest stressor with the death of a spouse first. I don’t know if I agree with that quote because to me,
“Divorce is like a death but with intent”
Time to De-Stress
Let’s refer to the article I found on Huff Post “100 Ways to De-stress”. We have completed #1 Chocolate Meditation. That one was enjoyable, as is anything to do with chocolate. Then we moved on to #2 which is extremely beneficial, Journaling.
Moving on to #3…
“Peel an orange. Studies show the smell of citrus can help reduce stress”
I don’t have an orange, but I believe that many scents can enhance our mood and thus decrease our stress. The Cleveland Clinic states that “aromatherapy can improve our mood and lessen anxiety.”
Let’s see what I can find to sniff…Brodie and I took off on a walk to enjoy the scents that nature provides. I enjoyed the smell of freshly cut grass and the aroma of the Magnolia flowers on the trees…I did find myself to be relaxed as I wandered and breathed in the perfumed air.
Brodie did not seem to be impressed with the flowers or the grass…this was more his speed. I used to tell my kids that “everybody likes different things”. Case in point with Brodie:-)
If you find yourself feeling a bit stressed out, I suggest you close your eyes and slowly breath in the scent of your choice. I can’t make that decision for you, because as you have learned from Brodie, everybody likes different things:-)
Remember you are not alone and you are stronger then you think!
1-Go out and buy something with an orange scent. It could be an actual orange or anything orange related.
What would you buy?_________________________________________
I am going to add an actual orange to my grocery list and possibly some orange sherbet.
2-To enjoy your aromatherapy time turn off electronics and spend some time in quiet thought and enjoy the smell, taste, texture, or what ever else applies to the item you choose.
3-Share in the comments how you felt while experiencing the scent and how you felt after. You can put your thoughts in the comment area below.