As we are now coming out of the home quarantine of the COVID-19 pandemic, more and more of us will be heading back into our offices away from home, even if it is one or two days a week.
We all know that workplace stress is a big source of what ruins many men and women’s day. You go to work dreading it and by the time you come home, you feel worn down and helpless about having to face it again tomorrow.
There are some things you can do to lessen workplace stress. Typical advice to date has been to find a career that you love, minimize exposure to coworkers you dislike, delegate tasks to others, etc.
But one study has shown that workers in some of the most stressful careers are using aromatherapy at work – to deal with their stress. Imagine working in the cancer treatment field.
Each day you’re dealing with life altering situations, where some patients die and you’re dealing with their stress on a day-to-day, hour-by-hour basis. Secondhand stress itself is something that affects us, too – so you get a double whammy in some careers.
At the Oncology Nursing Society 39th Annual Congress, a study was presented that showed nurses dealing with cancer patients were able to improve their own health and job performance using aroma diffusers in the office.
This career is one that suffers high turnover. The emotional impact of the job – as well as high demands placed on the workers – causes extreme burnout, so they often quit.
The James Cancer Hospital in Columbus, Ohio conducted the study – using diffusers to dispense essential oils over a 6-week timespan. They strategically placed them at a main nursing station.
They conducted before and after studies of workplace stress and measured four things: worry, demands, tension and lack of joy. Everything improved except lack of joy, but according to the study, that happened to coincide with an unusual number of patient deaths, so that’s understandable – because these nurses are caretakers of their patients.
If you suffer from workplace stress, you might seek out calming scents and invest in a diffuser or other aromatherapy method that won’t interfere with those around you. It could help you see your job in a whole new light – and protect you from the burden of each and every workday’s tasks.
Here are some of my essential oil suggestions for the workplace or home office:
-Wild Orange- helps with concentration, productive, cleansing, and regeneration
-Frankincense- helps with focus, concentration, crown chakra, and inner peace
-Lemon-helps with concentration, vibrancy, and energy
If you are interested in a customized consultation on essential oils please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for a 30 minute consultation.