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Wellness through the Senses
Explore the five senses to reduce stress, enhance resiliency, and promote overall wellbeing.
Smell is often overlooked as a sense to utilize in helping to improve well-being, though some studies have shown that aromatherapy might help relieve anxiety, feelings of depression, and could improve sleep and feelings of happiness and ease. Aromatherapy is thought to work by stimulating smell receptors in the nose that stimulate different parts of the brain. If you are a smoker, you may have a limited sense of smell as a result of cigarette smoke. LIVE FOR LIFE can help with our host of Tobacco Cessation resources.
What is aromatherapy? Aromatherapy is the use of scents (often from essential oils) to help induce a desired psychological effect – feelings of ease, well-being, calm, or renewed energy. Essential oils are derived from leaves, flowers, roots, the peel of certain fruits, and other parts of aromatic plants. Hundreds of plants have been used over the centuries for medicinal and therapeutic purposes and for general well-being. Try a few scents at the expo and see if aromatherapy is for you!
Wellness through smell could include:
- Using aromatherapy oils
- Go on a walk and take in the scent of trees and flowers around you
- Enjoy the aroma of freshly brewed tea or coffee
- If you smoke, take advantage of the free Tobacco Cessation programs offered to Duke Employees and their dependents through LIVE FOR LIFE