Inhale the essential oil. Exhale the video meeting, which should be an email.
As we’ve become more accustomed to working from home and the initial wonder of conference calls, online brainstorming, and home office design has subsided, there’s no shame in admitting that it can get stressful.
Perhaps today was the eighth time the internet collapsed. Your screen sharing may just not work. Or maybe your lineman is waiting outside, but you’ll need to finish the presentation before you can greet them.
Who would have thought that working from home could be so stressful?
Always looking for healthy and holistic ways to deal with stress, we recently turned to essential oils as an aid. Shop some of our favorites below and find out which ones are best for the home work situation.
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“Yes, I haven’t muted myself. Yes, I unplugged my headphones. Yes, I sign out and sign in again. “For all those times when everyone thinks you’re a donut because you can’t get your mic working, go for the 100% natural blend of essential oils from This Works Stress Check Breathe In. The roll-on is easy to use and can be carried next to your pens. It was developed to counteract both physical and mental fatigue and to relieve tension. As for your microphone, maybe try again …
The main ingredients: frankincense (antiseptic, relaxing), lavender oil (relieves tension)
How to use it: Slide on wrists and pulse points or roll in palms and take deep breaths
You need to focus on this one. We all know what it is like when your rice bowl, som tam, or double cheese pizza hits the door, but you can’t leave your meeting to get it. Tell the delivery man to leave it outside or have someone else pick it up. Your focus needs to stay on your call, and this B.Repeat the essential oil blend with eucalyptus, peppermint, tea tree, and mint mint can help ensure this. It is designed to “overcome mental obstacles,” even when those obstacles include a hungry stomach and a talkative boss.
The main ingredients: eucalyptus, peppermint, tea tree and mint mint (cooling, refreshing, intensifying focus)
How to use it: add 3-5 drops to the water you are using with your diffuser
Use this Muji Lime Essential Oil with your diffuser for those days when you quickly wake up and cannot orient yourself properly. The pungent and crisp citrus scent will wake you up instantly and help you get out of your dazed morning state. Muji actually recommends using this in an office or meeting room “where you need to focus” so it really is ideal for the home office.
The main ingredients: lime peel (awakens and promotes concentration)
How to use it: Add 3-5 to the water you are using with your diffuser
You know that feeling when someone sends you a message asking you to join a meeting within 2 minutes and you don’t have time to prepare? Do you know when it is entirely your fault because your online calendar had an error? Do not fret. For moments when you need to breathe and restore balance, this Aesop Anouk oil burner blend is your savior. It describes itself as “the perfect antidote to stress and rush,” and so can help combat that sinking sensation when unexpected work surprises arise.
The main ingredients: lemon peel, ylang ylang, bergamot peel (all calming)
Use: add 3-5 drops to the oil burner and refill frequently
It’s easy to get so caught up in monthly reports and emails and following your co-workers that you forget to watch your posture, relax your eyes, and straighten your limbs. For that extra boost, we love the UMA Pure Energy Wellness Oil, which was developed as a “healthy alternative to caffeine” to help maintain energy levels. Get up and do some jumping jacks, cat and cow yoga poses, or just rolling your shoulders. If energy levels are dropping this is a good choice.
The main ingredients: rosemary (relieves exhaustion), peppermint (increases alertness and creativity)
How to use it: Massage 4-5 drops on pulse points, temples, behind the ears and inhale deeply from your hands
Price: THB 3840 / 30ml
You shouldn’t be eating at your keyboard. Most importantly, you shouldn’t eat anything like chips or cookies, which may leave crumbs on your keyboard. Choose THANN Eden Breeze Essential Oil to inspire you to eat healthily and spend less time on the screen. It is reminiscent of a lush garden in full bloom and can help rebalance mind and soul. You might want to take a leisurely stroll through the neighborhood – as opposed to walking in the supermarket.
The main ingredients: jasmine and rose (both calming)
How to use: Put 5-6 drops in an aroma diffuser with water to add 5-6 drops in warm water for a nice bath
When everything seems to be coming your way, focus on your breathing – and breathe in that blend of DōTERRA, balance, and grounding. Calm and balanced, the frankincense is a grounder that can help you stay rooted while the blue chamomile keeps you calm. Have you ever tried to meditate Close your eyes for a few minutes.
The main ingredients: orange peel (antibacterial, uplifting), frankincense (reduces anxiety), Indian sandalwood (can treat headaches)
Use: Put 4-8 drops of water in an oil burner or diffuser
If essential oils are too distracting during your work day, they can also be used as a treat at the end of your day. This pure Jurlique Lavender essential oil is a great way to sit back and relax after hunched over your desk for hours. As one of the more traditional (yet hugely popular) essential oils, it’s a lovely way to mentally teleport into a French lavender field. Play like they don’t have WiFi either.
The main ingredients: Lavender (balancing and calming)
How to use it: Add 5-7 drops of water in a diffuser or burner, or take things to the next level and combine it with a carrier oil to use for massage