Nov 9, 2018 11:59:24 AM | master of science in aromatherapy Aromatherapy For Post Election Stress Disorder |

Post Election Stress Disorder, PESD is real and is a thing. The American Psychological Association’s (APA) annual study Stress in America led to speculation that many people are experiencing what is now being called PESD. According to the study, overall stress levels have increased.


Regardless of one's political leanings, Post Election Stress Disorder, PESD is real and is "a thing." The American Psychological Association’s (APA) annual study “Stress in America” conducted over the past decade led to speculation that many people are experiencing what is now being called PESD. According to the study, overall stress levels have increased and are higher than at any time during the past 10 years. No surprise, Americans are simply stressed out.

The report found that increased stress levels have also resulted in higher incidences of both physical and mental health symptoms including headache, feeling overwhelmed, anxiousness, and depression. According to the APA, “quality evidence-based research takes time to complete, however, evidence suggests that this notion of PESD is very real.  People in the study are saying they feel disheartened, discombobulated, and distressed by our political climate and the future of the nation.  And, these stress symptoms may lead to potential troubles in their personal, social, and occupational functioning as well.”

An international group of students, attending the American College of Healthcare Sciences’ Aromatherapy Boot Camp, located at the college’s Kona, HI campus, through November 8, are learning natural, healthy ways to help achieve a relaxed state of  mind and relieve symptoms of stress and anxiety, including PESD.  One of their favorite classes is essential oil blending. Students are having the opportunity to create their favorite essential oil blends designed to calm the mind and promote stress relief. Two of the favorite combinations are Neroli, Black Pepper, and Lemon Eucalyptus; and Jasmine, Immortal and Rose.

Graduates of ACHS’s Certificate in Aromatherapy are competent in holistic aromatology that focuses on restoration of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health through the application of essential oils and how to blend oils to meet individual needs of their clients.

The Aromatherapy Certificate Program meets the aromatherapy education requirements for the National Aromatherapy Holistic Association (NAHA) Level 2 and the Alliance of International Aromatherapists (AIA) Professional Level for existing health professionals such as Massage Therapists, Herbalists, Nurses, Physicians, etc. per the NAHA requirements. Upon completion of the certificate program, graduates are eligible to seat for the Aromatherapy Registration Council exam to qualify as a registered aromatherapist.

Graduates that are not existing health professionals are also required to complete qualifying anatomy and physiology training. They meet the curriculum requirements of the Alliance of International Aromatherapists’ Professional Aromatherapy education standards.

One thing we can all likely agree on, is that we all can find better ways to cope with stress and to fine tune our skills and efforts in doing so. And perhaps we can do whatever we can to help others too. After all, we are in this together.

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Judy Starr

Written By: Judy Starr

Judy Starr, VP of External Relations at American College of Healthcare Sciences, has more than 25 years of experience working with nonprofit organizations and brings her expertise in marketing and communications to ACHS. She has raised millions of dollars during her career through her work with major gift donors, foundation grant writing and corporate relations. Judy is a vegan who seeks to inspire others with her passion for organic unprocessed foods. As a licensed esthetician for 28 years, she has served at day spas and at the Ann Wigmore Institute in Aguada, Puerto Rico, where she taught skin care classes and provided skin care and Reiki treatments. Through her unique career journey, she has learned the value of choosing pure unadulterated natural ingredients for customized skincare regimens. Her niche spa experience gives her a unique perspective and platform to share industry-specific knowledge in the realm of natural skin care, body care and holistic wellness. Judy has been a Reiki master for 20 years.