Last night, my seventeen-year-old daughter had started writing an essay for school that was due last night. Every time she has a paper to write, I tell her to begin when she first finds out so it won’t be such a struggle. However, she tends to wait until the last moment every time. I used to do the same things until I learned in college if I waited for the last minute the assignment would be a total failure.
As she began to work on this assignment, I was telling her we needed to go home early, as we were enjoying our Sunday evening at my parent’s house. She needed to work on her assignment in peace and quiet. She had not been listening to me, and I got frustrated, and I started to yell at her and tell her she needs to listen more and stop always thinking everything is going to be okay without you learning to listen and be obedient.
Well, normally, I can say this to her and she listens, but this time, something else happened and I did not know what to do at that point. She came over to me and said “I don’t know why you’re yelling at me! I can’t do this anymore! I’m tired of this class and I’m just sick of this stuff,” and the tears were coming and she was in such anxiety mode at this point. She buried her head in my shoulder and she just cried, and all I could do at that point was hold her and try to be there for her and console her.
How does anxiety affect our bodies? In the short term, anxiety increases your breathing and heart rate, concentrating blood flow to your brain, where you need it. This very physical response is preparing you to face an intense situation.
If it gets too intense, however, you might start to feel lightheaded and nauseous. An excessive or persistent state of anxiety can have a devastating effect on your physical and mental health.
Once she stopped crying, I told her it’s going to be alright. Let’s go home and pivot and begin again and see how to finish the assignment. I drove us home and she took a nap at the same time I did. I woke her up at 7 pm. The paper was due by 11:59. I decided to diffuse an essential oil in her room called GeneYus to help her.
This oil helps minds focus and concentrate on projects. When using it, you can diffuse it up to 1 hour 3 times a day. This is recommended for children between the ages of 2-12 for applying to the skin, but it can still be used for older people trying to find ways to concentrate on projects. For children, only adults should apply 2-4 drops directly to the desired location as needed. If they have sensitive skin, dilute it with a carrier oil like V-6 Vegetable oil complex, olive oil, coconut oil, or grapeseed oil. Keep away from eyes and mucous membranes and there is possible sun sensitivity with use.
I had not been using my oils for a while, but when I realized how using essential oils really helps in all aspects of your life, and you will get a boost with just a few drops, I continued using them more often! My daughter finished writing her paper within an hour and was able to get her chores done and she was a lot more relaxed. I am so thankful to have found something to help with her anxiety for her homework and realized that as we pray also and begin to “Cast all your anxiety on the Lord because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7), he will show us new directions in how to help our situations for all of our help comes from the Lord (see Psalm 121:1-2).
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