Stress at work is something which can easily be overlooked as employees and bosses battle with busy diaries, full inboxes and intense meetings. For most, stress is so ingrained into their life, right from those early years at school, it becomes a normal state of being. But a Telford organisation is aiming to radically change this with one simple step – using essential oils.
All essential oils are made from plants and work with our bodies at a cellular level to promote health, and wellbeing both physically and emotionally.
Katie Woodland from Woodland Psychological Services Ltd, based in Wrockwardine Wood, hit upon the idea when she heard about a similar project at the Vanderbilt University Medical Centre in America which had seen great results. She thought there was no reason why British businesses couldn’t also benefit, so began offering trials whereby she loans a diffuser and essential oils out to companies for a week, with a training session beforehand and pre- and post-trial surveys for employees so benefits can be recorded.
The idea has been a real hit with Shropshire companies, with many reporting excellent results and most coming back to order more oils once their trial is over.
One of the converts to the benefits of essential oils is Simon Harris, director at Oswestry-based The Ideas Cupboard, who himself is a long time sufferer of chronic fatigue syndrome.
He said: “Over the years I’ve tried various over-the-counter as well as prescription medicines but found none of them have had any real impact. I met Katie at a networking event and she explained to me about this totally natural way to relieve stress and subsequently myself and the team at The Ideas Cupboard decided to give the wellness trial a go.”
After an in-depth discussion about Simon’s symptoms, Katie recommended diffusing peppermint and wild orange in the office to help reduce stress level, diffusing lavender in the bedroom at home to support a restful night’s sleep and peppermint to alleviate occasional aches and pains associated with headaches.
Simon added: “Headaches, eye strain and lack of sleep have always been huge issues for me and I’ve often had to have long periods away from the computer screen, which isn’t ideal as much of my work is very computer based. But using the oils has had a significant impact on my life and has also positively impacted the rest of the team. We’re all getting a more restful sleep and feel much less stressed.”
A number of other businesses are also now realising there is a simple and cost-effective solution to reducing workers’ stress levels and are opting to start a wellness trial through the service.
Katie said: “Through our work it became increasingly evident, not only were some organisations in the dark about their employees’ state of wellbeing, but that – where stress was identified – many were unsure as to how to effectively deal with it. It’s true that because most of us are in a perpetual state of ‘stress’, it gradually becomes our ‘natural’ state of being and therefore we don’t realise we’re stressed until something changes to alleviate this.
“The idea behind the diffuser trial was to enable us to highlight that there is indeed a problem, and that there is a very simple, effective and affordable solution – and I’d urge anyone looking to ensure the optimum wellbeing of their teams to give it a go.”
Woodland Psychological is a mental health service which prioritises empowering and educating those around individuals with difficulties to support them when they are in need. They work with individuals, schools and businesses and offer active discussions at community and business events, education and training and social media advice. Whether you’re concerned about your team, or want to be proactive in caring for their mental health, Woodland Psychological Services Ltd offers a wide range of supportive services from advice and diagnosis, through to therapy and CPD-accredited mental health awareness training.
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