Mental Health

10 Things You Can Do to Decrease Your Anxiety

6. Light a lavender candle while getting ready for bed.

Lavender oil is one of the most widely used aromatherapy treatments. Lavender oil is sometimes used to promote relaxation in people who suffer from anxiety.

The limbic system is a region of the brain that affects the nervous system and regulates emotion. Proponents of aromatherapy believe that applying lavender essential oil to your skin—or simply breathing in the scent—can produce a calming effect on the nervous system.

There’s a reason why so many spas smell like lavender. Lavender is believed to produce mildly sedating effects, promoting feelings of relaxation. If you don’t have the time or the money to spend a full day at the spa, you can still reap the soothing benefits of aromatherapy. Try lighting a lavender candle while you get ready for bed to help you feel relaxed and ready for a full night of rest—getting enough sleep can help keep anxiety under control. Even if lighting your lavender candle doesn’t help you get to sleep, at least your place will smell nice!

Of course, aromatherapy should never be relied on as a substitute for professional medical treatment. It’s important to seek professional treatment for mental health issues like anxiety. As long as you are receiving adequate treatment, though, then at the very least, trying aromatherapy can’t hurt. Who knows? It might even help!