Care for caregiver / emotional health

Aromatherapy is particularly well-suited to deal with emotional and mental health because of its unique ability to impact the physiological aspects of brain chemistry, as well as its well-known effects on memory and emotion. This multi-pronged efficacy is what makes the study of aromatherapy so difficult to quantify, because so many aspects of the modality defy definition. Just like our psychological states.

Individuals suffering from emotional distress and the multitude of related symptoms are often treated with a variety of pharmaceuticals or other serious treatments. With virtually no risk of overdose or side effects, aromatherapy is emerging as a safe and effective adjunct or "first line of defense" for the reduction and mitigation of these symptoms. 

Emotional and mental health has many underlying causes, yet despite the variety of cause, the symptoms often manifest themselves through heightened anxiety, inability to sleep or get restful sleep, difficulty concentrating and a lack of energy. Ascents portfolio of products can address these symptoms, providing comfort to those in need while counseling and medical care deal with the underlying cause of the symptoms. 

 

Suggested applications 

Care for the Caregiver or Compassion Fatigue 

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms

Traumatic event survivors

 

Care for the Caregiver

Compassion fatigue is becoming a more widely studied and publicized condition. The stresses of being a caregiver lead to absenteeism, turnover and reduced patient attention. Some studies have put the cost of replacing a nurse at more than $100,000.

Ascents is a convenient and simple way to help alleviate the symptoms of caregiver stresses. 

 

PTSD

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can develop after a person is exposed to a traumatic event, such as sexual or physical assault, serious injury or the threat of death. People suffering from PTSD may experience recurring flashbacks and nightmares, avoidance behavior, and hyperarousal (high levels of anxiety, difficulty sleeping, poor concentration). 

PTSD tied to raised heart disease risk

Resources for PTSD Sufferers

 

Sleep disorders

Sleep disorders and insomnia occur when an individual has problems with their sleep cycle. Short periods of insomnia are common, however chronic sleep loss can contribute to many health problems such as: weight gain, high blood pressure, and can affect your immune system. People suffering from insomnia have difficulty falling asleep, wake up often during the night and have trouble going back to sleep, wake up too early in the morning, and feel tired throughout the day. People with insomnia have symptoms including sleepiness during the day, general tiredness, irritability, and problems with concentration or memory.  For more information visit our Sleep Disorder page

Insomnia Impairs Emotional Regulation

 

Anxiety

Anxiety is an unpleasant emotional state that is often associated by nervous and/or physical sensations. These sensations include heart palpitations, nausea, shortness of breath, tension headaches and chest pain. Anxiety can take on a few different forms, ranging from mild - caused by stressful events, to chronic lasting for months at a time and can become worse if not treated. Mental or physical illness, alcohol or substance abuse, depression, or bipolar illness can be associated with anxiety. 

 

Inability to concentrate

The loss of the ability to concentrate is a common symptom when the mind is dealing with stresses or otherwise preoccupied with mental distractions.  

ADHD in Adults - Tips for Taming Impulsivity

 

Health Benefits of Relaxation

Too much stress can affect your heart and increase your risk of high blood pressure, heart attack and other heart problems.

Relaxing decreases your risk of catching a cold 

Chronic stress affects your memory by impairing the prefrontal cortex - the part of the brain involved in cognitive analysis and abstract thought.

 

The Importance of Relaxation