Our physical stress response is truly an intelligent and life-saving system within the body. Imagine you are driving and the person in front of you suddenly brakes. The stress response causes your pupils to dilate so that your vision and perception improves, your heart rate increases to pump extra blood to muscles so that you can brake quickly or swerve out of the way, and not long after you have yelled a few choice words out the window you eventually return to a resting state.
So to, the feelings caused by stress and anxiety are often an important signal for us. The message may be that something is not right, and we need to be aware of our surroundings. These messages may be telling us that we need to pay attention to something in the mind, body or lifestyle. Anxiety can be associated with an identifiable cause and the feelings subside after the event. Sometimes we can find ourselves feeling nervous, wired, or even frightened and there does not seem to be an obvious cause. This seems to be the line between useful stress and anxiety. Either way essential oils can help support us during times of anxiety by calming the nervous system, improving physical symptoms of stress and to help provide comfort to the mind.