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Situations occur in daily life that may cause people to feel irritated, threatened, or anxious. The body interprets these pressures as a threat. In response, the pituitary gland signals the adrenal glands to release adrenaline and cortisol - the hormones responsible for fight or flight. As a result, muscles tense, alertness increases, and heart rate, respiration, and blood pressure increase. Lack of sleep makes coping with stress even more challenging.

Fortunately, relaxation methods can help reduce stress.


Lavender helps you relax. A warm bath is relaxing on its own, but the effect is intensified when adding herbs or essential oils. Try lavender for overall relaxation. When showering, before drying off, place 3 drops of lavender essential oil on a damp washcloth and rub it gently over your body.


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