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This is the fourteenth in a series of posts about depression and more importantly, how we can take steps to hopefully keep it under control.
After I was diagnosed with depression, I was convinced I could limit both the frequency of my ‘bad’ days, and also the severity of those days. I researched everything I could about how other sufferers deal with their condition, and listed all the advice I thought could work for me. This resulted in fifteen steps, which I’m covering over fifteen weeks, and this is number fouteen.
Step 14 – Make the House Smell Great
AKA – Beneficial Oils
I’ve always used oils in my house. Up until recently I was unaware that certain types have different effects on us. I like them because they smell great, although they can also have a calming effect. People regularly comment that my place smells wonderful.
Turns out oils can improve our mood.
My favourite is frankincense. Other types linked to the treatment of depression are ylang ylang, lavender, roman chamomile, and bergamot.
Use them by adding a few drops to water, and heat the liquid with an oil burner, or try a diffuser.
Step 15 – Final Points
You can read about my hike across Scotland, while coming to terms with the fact I had depression, in my latest book – High and Low. Just click on the image for details.