by Anna Valaik
As more and more young celebrities and star athletes, such as Naomi Osaka and Simone Biles open about their struggles with depression and mental health, the more this conversation becomes less taboo and more accessible to all people in society, especially for young people. Raising an awareness about the need for everyone to not only be sensitive to one another but also to be in touch with our own personal well-being should be at the forefront of our minds going forward as new, lasting paradigm. Mental health truly is physical health, as we are all interconnected souls. There are countless ways to prioritize caring for yourself, but we at AROOMATHERAPY, a wellness company for college students, know how much essential oils can aid in this conversation.
While essential oils are in no way a medical alternative to emotional and mental health, they are just one tool that may be beneficial in the daily lives of those facing some of these critical issues. You may ask, just how can they help? There have been many studies on the benefits of aromatherapy, the practice of using essential oils for holistic care and its effects on the nervous system and sometimes even on a physical level. 100% pure and natural essential oils may help wake up the senses, purify the mind, and for some, even alleviate some mild headache symptoms. Nowadays, essential oils really aren’t just used as a personal fragrance or way to spice up the scent of a room. They are so much more than that!
For college students in particular, essential oils can be used to simply pause, take stock of how you're feeling (which is the first step) and incorporate by diffusing each day. Simply noticing that you feel a certain way and stepping into that feeling by actively implementing some holistic resources can sometimes help to calm you down a bit. Essential oils, with their different aromas and effects, can have calming and relaxing effects. They can change an environment sometimes almost immediately, making it a safer, more comfortable space of which to live. They can also provide clarity, reminding us to simply quietly pause to collect our thoughts, getting clearer on our emotions while hopefully, figuring out what may be underlying some of these reactions. Ultimately, recording them in a personal journal or getting comfortable enough to reach out to a friend, family member or professional healthcare practitioner on campus can be the best way to go for many. Acknowledging something is going on and actively trying to better yourself will significantly help in the long run.
For example, as sports have caught incredible press this year, Naomi Osaka and Simone Biles have been at the forefront of the mental health conversation in the public eye. As star athletes, they are expected to perform at the highest level every. single. time. Although they are the best of the best, that doesn’t mean they are superhuman or without emotion. They are in fact, young adults. Naomi Osaka and Simone Biles are incredible athletes because they not only prioritize and take care of their physical health, but they also acknowledge mental health is incredibly important! Even though they have taken some criticism for their decisions to withdraw from certain events, they have also been an inspiration to so many, especially young guys and girls. We, at AROOMATHERAPY, believe in everything these women stand for and want to find more and more ways we can encourage others to take care of themselves. One way we know how is promoting the use and benefits of essential oils.
All in all, the most important thing to know is that you are not alone, that your feelings are valid and that there are ways to cope and navigate the swirl of emotions that come up as new experiences, pressures and responsibilities arise. We are all human, which makes us all perfectly imperfect beings. And that, friends, is pretty wonderful!