Keep calm and breathe can be a challenge for most people these days. We live in a world that is changing more rapidly than at any other time in the history of mankind.

Being born a ‘baby-boomer’, I didn’t grow up with today’s technology.  We had a land-line, a black and white TV and books.  I learned to type on a manual typewriter and was so excited when I got to use my first electric typewriter!  After a 10 year break from working in the corporate world, I had to retrain in computers, use a mobile phone, surf the internet, use Facebook and become my own IT support.  As a result, I often call out for help to younger family members, my husband and the occasional other experts.  It can be a roller-coaster of elation, when everything works, and frustrating when it doesn’t.

Learning to live with the rapid changes in technology and everyday life can not only be an emotional roller-coaster but a real challenge AND take up a lot of time. I hear you say: “I can relate to that”.  Just when you think you’ve ‘got it’, new updates on your iPhone, iPad or Microsoft Word, etc. can put you in a spin and, perish the thought, a complete meltdown if your computer ‘dies’.

Tips for Keeping Calm

In my article “Meditation for the New Age” I give some tips on how to cope with life in the 21st century.  Basically, what we all need to do is to remember to breathe…..I mean long, slow, deep breaths, to relax the mind and body.  This activates the parasympathetic nervous system in the body, taking you from the ‘fight or flight’ mode into the relaxation response.


There are many ways to relax the body – exercise, yoga, swimming, aromatherapy, herbs, bush flower essences, massage, hypnotherapy, Bowen Therapy, etc.  Meditating on the breath is one of the best ways I know of to help deal with a crisis when nothing else is available.  Using the breath to calm the nervous system is an inbuilt mechanism that we all have at our disposal and it is free.  If you feel you can’t do it on your own and would like to learn to meditate, seek out a trained professional to mentor you through this process.  There are also many free apps with breathing and meditation techniques that you can download as well.  You may also find my Relax CD helpful as well. It has nine short relaxation techniques that you can upload to your iPhone and use anywhere at any time.

Aromatic Kinesiology

In my clinic, I often see clients who are stressed by the transitions in their lives – change of job, relationship, moving house, having a baby, menopause, etc.  I love taking clients on an aromatic journey with Aromatic Kinesiology to help to clear the blocks that may be causing them to hold their breath in times of change, allowing them to let go, not only of the breath but the emotional stress, the memory of past trauma or the challenge of change itself.


Aromatherapy is my passion and that’s why over the years I have developed formulations that address the most common complaints my clients present with, such as:

  • Coping with the changing emotions of grief and loss – Grief Relief Aromatic Mist
  • Managing the stress of the festive season or any celebration – Christmas Calm Aromatic Mist
  • Balancing the energies at home or in the office – Angelic Space Clearing Mist
  • Flowing with the inevitable changes of life – Transition Aromatic Mist
  • Preventing physical and emotional burn-out – Protection Essence
Australian Bush Flower Essences

Australian Bush Flower Essences are my second love and they can also be of assistance when coping with the changes that challenge us on a daily basis.  These vibrational essences help bring the emotional blocks to the surface and gently release them.  I include Bush Flower essences in my Aromatic Mists as well.

  •  Emergency Essence may be of assistance when the going gets tough. Emergency Essence is excellent for any emotional upset. If a person needs specialized medical help, it will provide comfort until treatment is available.
  • Bauhinia essence is for embracing new concepts and ideas.  It can help with accepting new technology, the ideas of people from different cultures or for people who are set in their ways.
  • Bottlebrush essence helps you move through major life changes and the overwhelm that often goes with those changes – retirement, menopause, pregnancy, adolescence, etc.
  • Transition Essence helps one find their life’s direction and to know how to achieve it. Bauhinia and Bottlebrush essences are included in this combination.

So when in doubt about what to do when you can’t cope with technological changes or any changes life throws at you, are feeling stressed, anxious or fearful, just take a deep breath in and a long breath out.  I guarantee you will feel better.

For further advice on how Aromatherapy and Bush Flower Essences can assist you in coping with changes in life, call Maree Kendall on: 

P: 02 96268705
M: 0412080051

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