Stress > What are you stressing about lately?

Oh My Goodness! I am very aware at how much I WORRY! Under times of stress, good or bad, I resort to worry! Right now for example. I have a trip to the Dominican Republic coming up on the 1st of December. A GREAT thing right? I realized this morning, actually I woke up with it................I am worried about all kinds of things about getting ready to go! So, after reading Ask and it is Given, I am noticing these thoughts and saying, oh yeah there they are again! : ) And smiling because it is what I do..........or have done until NOW! This morning to redirect my thoughts, I put myself on the beach! Everything is done and I am already there! On the beach, barefoot walking along the ocean in one of my favorite places in the world! Breathing in that lovely scent that only that island has. A mixture of salt and humidity. Does humidity have a smell? You bet! It hits me as I walk off the plane. And I am at peace.

November 4, 2013 | Registered CommenterDawn

I love that Crystal: peacefulness has a smell! What a great idea for destressing: find a scent that you love and carry it with you whenever you want to let to of stress. There is a scent from my childhood I have never put my finger on- sometimes I smell it on the inside of a cigar box - that takes me back to a feeling of complete childhood joy. I'd love to locate that scent but for now when I get a whiff, it's like a message that all is well.

November 5, 2013 | Registered CommenterRhonda Uretzky, E-RYT

im trying not to focus on this time of year being "stressful"... its hard to do bc i guess even writing about it brings attention the thought i dont want to have. i think a peaceful smell that i can associate with the holiday times is that fresh baked cookie smell. when i get home tonight after work im going to light some yummy smelling candles,relax and let all the stresses of the day go :)

December 11, 2014 | Registered Commenterdanielle bumber

Brilliant Danielle. The sense of smell is one of your chakra senses as well as a physical and emotional sense: smells can evoke memories, bring calm and even create happiness. Sometimes we avoid smelling things like fresh baked cookies because we are so bound upon guilt about eating. Your solution - candles that smell like cookies- is beautiful. But I still say there's nothing like tasting a warm shortbread cookie with a cup of hot ginger tea!

December 11, 2014 | Registered CommenterRhonda Uretzky, E-RYT

Wow, I love the idea of using smells to help relieve stress! I have been stressing a lot this week, and some days feeling my "can't"s piling up. In the moment, when unexpected things happen and extra demands are placed on me, I can usually handle the stress in stride. It's in the aftermath that I begin to feel things piling up, and I have a hard time relaxing. The vision board helps with this once I'm home, but when I'm at work in the heat of the moment, it's hard to get centered again. Getting a good whiff of some beach smells (salt mixed with sunscreen and sand maybe?) could be the key! My mentor knows this is something I've been working through this week and sent me a message just as I was leaving work today- "take 3 deep breaths"- the timing could not have been more perfect.

March 24, 2017 | Registered CommenterChrissy Graziano

Salt + sunscreen = beach smell... I grew up at the beach in NY (Rockaway. Beach) and I can smell
It just as you described it , Chrissy!

It's interesting about that feeling of overwhelm: Abraham says overwhelm is not the result of too much to handle, it's the result of not allowing the solutions to come in good time.

But your timing is perfect because this weeks assignment is all about how to manage overwhelm the easy way, of course... is there any other?

March 24, 2017 | Registered CommenterRhonda Uretzky, E-RYT

The scent of the lotion Baby Magic ( I’ m not sure they make it anymore) brings me back to a very special childhood memory. I am the youngest of three and every night after my mom washed the dishes she would put Baby Magic lotion on her hands and we would go snuggle and read bedtime stories, just the two of us. She did this till I was 10, long after I could read to myself. It makes me relax and smile and think so warmly of my mother. I think I’ll buy some and remind her of that.
I also get a warm feeling with the smell of cinnamon. My grandmother was an amazing baker (cinnamon buns, her specialty) and her house smelled sooooo good. I still use it in my coffee, yogurt, pancakes, anything.........warm, happiness in a jar!

March 12, 2018 | Registered CommenterJeanne

Happiness in a jar - thats awesome Jeanne! You have some go-to things that can divert you from stress instantly - and smells can do that so beautifully - thats a sure way to catch yourself just as soon as you put those engines on the wrong end of the train! its comforting to realize that as deep as our stress habits might be, something as simple and delicious as the smell of cinnamon or the feel of Mom with Baby Magic (I remember this lotion - pink bottle blue writing) on her hands...these things are so available to us and so ready to move us back into the place where all the goodness of the life we know we can have, is waiting for us...

March 13, 2018 | Registered CommenterRhonda Uretzky, E-RYT

Love the idea of smells to relieve stress, do love smell of fresh baked cookies, overcoming stress today completing my scripts, made some Thai soup, smelled and tasted wonderful. Since our chakra was Anahata, and involved sense of touch, needed good massage and plenty of hugs to work through stress. Onward to good night sleep.

April 8, 2018 | Registered Commenteramy

It's easy to get instant relief from stress, isnt it Amy, when a whiff of something you enjoy will do it? I love how you started with the smell of fresh baked cookies, felt the accomplishment of completing the script, more soothing with soup, sealing it all in with massages and hugs and sleep. What a wonderful slide into total relaxation!

April 9, 2018 | Registered CommenterRhonda Uretzky, E-RYT

I think there is something to smells helping relax us. To me it’s the thick salt air. The kind of air that when it fills your lungs you almost feel weighed down a second, unttil you exhale to feel weightless as if the salt sucked all the worry out of you from your lungs. I felt this same heavy salt air at the spa in the salt sauna. I wonder what other senses relax us. Hearing for sure!

May 22, 2018 | Registered CommenterStephanie

Steph there is a good deal of research that connects smell to memory more instantaneously than any other sense... you can even create those connections by, for instance, having a scent you like in the room while you are meditating so you can instantly "relax" when you smell that scent. I love Lemon oil and I attended a seminar once where they flowed lemon oil through the vents as they played a video of subliminal images of prosperity...lemon smells like abundance to me now!

I love the smell of lily of the valley. When I was younger they were growing in the backyard right near the gate. I associate that smell with freedom--running out the back door to meet friends and go on an adventure--in summer, of course. For years I wore this perfume called Muguet de Bois--Lily of the valley in French and didn't realize why I loved it--finally figured it out during a poetry class when I started writing about that feeling of being free.

November 20, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterIrene

I am SUCH A HUGE FAN of using scent for stress relief, visualization, positive memories, etc. This is where the essential oil word really won me over. I always thought it was just my imagination that certain scents made me so happy and when I started learning about essential oils, I saw all the research about how the smells have impact on the brain and it makes total sense. For stress relief I always love blends with Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Vetiver, and bergamot. Rhonda--that is so cool that you were at a seminar that flowed lemon oil through the vents while you focused on prosperity. Great idea--I will try that with my lemon oil too! :)

November 28, 2018 | Registered CommenterPamela

Scents and sensibility - this really is powerful. The olfactory sense is one of the strongest emotional connectors to memories and thoughts of all kinds. If a scent was tied to an experience, just a whiff will bring back not just the memory but all the most powerful feelings associated with it, just as it did for you Irene when you were drawn to this perfume without really knowing why it appealed to you so much...childhood and freedom have a smell for you! Before essential oils became more widespread, the creation of perfume was more of an art and a way women defined their own signature...I remember almost every perfume I wore during all the different eras of my life. Perfume is still a popular way people remember their mothers and wives. The fact that perfume lingers a long time on clothing (unlike essential oils) is also a poignant reminder of the lasting effect of a scent.

November 29, 2018 | Registered CommenterRhonda Uretzky, E-RYT