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Personal Challenge: Changing Habits with Aromatherapy

Let’s face it: at one point or another everyone faces challenges with existing habits or trying to add new ones. You are not alone. I struggle with this too. So this time, I am trying something different by changing habits with aromatherapy support.

Maybe this can help you too.

Start with What You Don't Know

In my case, I didn’t know how to maintain habits once any for the following happened:

  • anxiety took over for long periods of time
  • PTSD symptoms of avoidance and anger got triggered
  • Dissociation distracted me until I forgot what I was doing
  • Stress, unexpected changes, and obligations interrupted and distracted me

How do I maintain changes?

When this happened, I simply stopped what and never went back. Something inside me always forced me to stop whenever I tried days, weeks, even months later. Sometimes years later, I would try again.

What I didn’t know back then (and am learning now) is that I need to improve on the system that supports creating and changing habits. One way that works for me is changing habits with aromatherapy – i.e. using scent as a reminder and reward

Focus less on the goals and more on how to reward and support myself to keep making the small changes every day. No I didn’t make that up myself. It’s a summary of what I learned so far reading High Performance Habits and Atomic Habits. These books were referred to me through the Hay House 2020 Writer’s Conference and Writer’s Community Group.

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Decide What to Change

In chapter 1 of Atomic Habits, there is a great example of making 1% changes to everyday routines. Something as simple as changing a bicycle seat, going to bed 15 minutes earlier, or making a smoothie with breakfast are 1% changes.

Some of my changes include:

  • Practicing qigong, stretching, meditating or a combination of them for 30 minutes before bed every night
  • Going to bed between 8:30 and 9:00 PM 
  • Doing something for Scent Reflections 30 minutes every morning before work
  • Writing as part of my writer’s community goals for 30 minutes 3x a week
  • Putting my clothes on hangers, in drawers, or in the laundry basket after I wear them for the day

Will I accomplish all of these goals at once? No

Can I create a routine that supports these goals? yes

Can changing habits with Aromatherapy work? Yes

How Do You Know?

This was a goal for one of my aromatherapy certification participants, and it helped him establish a mediation and relaxation routine.

That’s in the next section

Create a Routine or Ritual (include rewards)

  • Before bed, I spray my pillows using a lavender room spray and use my Reframe the Tension roll on around my nose and sinuses.
  • During breaks, I drink aromatic tea and apply Lime Me Up lip balm to dry lips

How to Add Aromatherapy

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Keep It Simple

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Love and Rainbows,

TJ

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