What happens when you are stressed?
More and more Americans describe their life is on “overload” and they feel they are suffering from burn out. Stress is when you are moved out of your “comfort zone”. When you feel stressed your body may respond as though you are being chased by a saber tooth tiger when it’s actually your cell phone hunting you down. Your heart races, your breathing quickens, you prepare for a burst of energy; this is known as the fight-or-flight response. Real physical ailments increase and often the immune system decreases in tandem.
Stress can be normal and useful, especially if we need to take a test or a deadline is looming. But stress left unchecked can cause us great harm.
What can you do about stress?
Create a stress management plan. Build a custom wellness toolbox with aromatherapy as a major tool in that toolbox.
Explore what is causing stress in peoples lives
Discuss tools for a wellness toolbox and how aromatherapy can be an adjunct therapy to those tools
Find out what a sample aromatic stress reduction wellness toolbox might look like
About Linda L Weihbrecht, BSN, RN, LMT, Certified Clinical Aromatherapist
Linda Weihbrecht is a certified Clinical Aromatherapist since 1999. She became a complementary medicine practitioner for Pinnacle Health Hospitals in 2000. She presently works for The Advocacy Alliance, as a community nurse helping people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Linda has studied aromatherapy with Jane Buckle PhD, RN and creator of the Aromatherapy for Health Professionals course and the ‘m’ technique since 1997, as well as many other leading aromatherapy educators. Her aromatherapy education has been in the USA, France, Turkey, and UK. She recently obtained certificates in end of life nursing care and stress management. Linda has additional training in Healing Touch, Reiki, various massage therapy techniques, as a HealthRHYTHMS facilitator, and guided imagery.
She is the founder and facilitator of a hospital based support group, “Coping with Anxiety and Panic” (CAP) since 1994. This group uses a wellness “toolbox” approach for coping with anxiety disorders.
Linda received a hospital grant to do research on essential oils versus three types of resistant bacteria. This study, “ The Activity of Ten Essential Oils Against Three Types of Multiply Resistant Bacteria” was presented at the 2002, NAHA World of Aromatherapy IV Conference in Seattle, WA and at the 2003, 103rd Annual Meeting of the American Society of Microbiology in Washington, DC. She has helped design an essential oil study for a cardiac unit for Pinnacle Health Hospitals.
Linda has provided many classes, aromatherapy services and lectures to various charitable organizations and businesses. She has a special interest in working in the fields of oncology, intellectual disabilities/developmental disabilities, Alzheimer units, hospice and palliative care. Linda’s passion is helping people in stressful situations find the coping tools they need to move forward. This may be in the form of workshops, classes or bodywork using essential oils. Stress reduction for businesses, personal challenges, caregivers or during illness is her specialty.
Linda Weihbrecht, BSN, RN, LMT, CCAP
Clinical Aromatherapist associated with Pinnacle Health Hospitals
Instructor, R J Buckle Associates, LLC