Managing Burnout with Aromatherapy: Signs and Solutions

Do you find yourself feeling exhausted, emotionally drained, and struggling to find motivation? These could be signs of burnout, a condition caused by prolonged stress. Burnout doesn’t just affect your work life—it can impact your overall well-being and quality of life.

Burnout can significantly impact our daily lives and overall well-being. Recognizing the signs and impacts of burnout is crucial for taking proactive steps to manage stress, prioritize self-care, and seek support when needed.

Did you know that aromatherapy can be a beneficial support for symptoms that arise due to burnout? 

How? Aromatherapy offers natural relief from burnout symptoms by promoting relaxation, reducing stress and anxiety, improving sleep quality, boosting mood, enhancing mental clarity, and relieving physical tension.


Read on to discover how aromatherapy can help you.

Burnout Symptoms

How can you tell if you’re experiencing burnout?? Burnout, characterized by emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion, often results from prolonged stress and can significantly impact our daily lives and overall well-being.

Common signs of burnout include:

Physical Signs

  • Chronic Fatigue: Feeling tired most of the time, even after rest.
  • Insomnia: Difficulty falling or staying asleep.
  • Frequent Illnesses: Lowered immunity, frequent colds, or other infections.
  • Headaches and Muscle Pain: Frequent headaches, back pain, or muscle aches.
  • Changes in Appetite or Sleep Habits: Significant changes in eating or sleeping patterns.

Emotional Signs

  1. Sense of Failure and Self-Doubt: Feeling like you’re not accomplishing anything.
  2. Feeling Helpless or Trapped: Feeling like there’s no way out of your situation.
  3. Detachment and Isolation: Withdrawing from responsibilities or social activities.
  4. Loss of Motivation: Feeling less enthusiastic about your work or life in general.
  5. Increased Cynicism: Developing a negative outlook on life or becoming more critical.

Behavioral Signs

  1. Decreased Performance: Lower productivity and poor performance at work.
  2. Procrastination: Delaying tasks and finding it hard to get started.
  3. Neglecting Responsibilities: Failing to meet commitments or responsibilities.
  4. Using Food, Drugs, or Alcohol: Turning to substances to cope with stress.
  5. Withdrawal from Social Activities: Avoiding social interactions and becoming isolated.

Cognitive Signs

  1. Impaired Concentration: Difficulty focusing and making decisions.
  2. Memory Problems: Forgetfulness and difficulty retaining information.
  3. Negative Thinking: Persistent thoughts of inadequacy or pessimism.


If you recognize these signs in yourself or others, it’s important to take steps to address burnout, such as seeking support, making lifestyle changes, and potentially consulting a healthcare professional.

Aromatic support can be a valuable tool for managing and alleviating the symptoms of burnout. Here are my self-care tips and recommendations for how to use aromatherapy effectively.

Managing Burnout with Aromatherapy: Signs and Solutions

How Aromatherapy Can Help

Aromatherapy, using essential oils derived from plants, offers a natural and holistic approach to managing burnout symptoms. Here’s how aromatherapy can benefit you.

Combating Emotional Exhaustion and Fatigue:

Aromatherapy provides a natural and effective way to combat fatigue by using essential oils known for their rejuvenating and energizing properties, such as lemoongrass, Rosemary, and Citrus oils. These oils can be diffused, applied topically, or used in baths to refresh the mind, invigorate the senses, and restore vitality.

Promoting Relaxation:

Certain essential oils like Lavender, Chamomile, and Ylang-Ylang are known for their calming properties. Diffusing these oils at home or work can create a soothing environment that promotes relaxation and reduces stress levels.

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Boosting Mood:

Essential oils such as Bergamot, Sweet Orange, and Peppermint have uplifting properties that can enhance mood and alleviate feelings of sadness or apathy associated with burnout.

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Improving Sleep Quality:

Struggling with insomnia? Essential oils like Cedarwood, Lemon Balm and Vetiver can help promote better sleep by calming the mind and preparing the body for rest.

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Encouraging Mental Health Support:

Rosemary and Lemon essential oils are excellent for improving focus and concentration, helping to combat the brain fog often experienced during burnout.

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Reducing Muscle Tension:

Eucalyptus and Peppermint essential oils have analgesic properties that can help relieve muscle tension and headaches caused by stress.

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Addressing Burnout through Aromatherapy: Symptoms and Strategies

Methods of Use

Here are some practical ways to incorporate these essential oils into your daily routine:


    • Water diffusion. Use an essential oil diffuser to disperse the oils into the air. This creates a calming atmosphere in your home or workspace. Add a few drops of your chosen essential oil to the diffuser and let it run for 15-30 minutes at a time.
    • Use a passive diffuser at your desk, bedstand, or in the car while driving. This is a simple, easy way to gently diffuse essential oils in your immediate space.


    • Place a few drops of essential oil on a tissue or cotton ball and inhale deeply.
    • Alternatively, add a few drops of essential oil to a bowl of hot water and inhale the steam.
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Topical Application:

    • Mix a few drops of essential oil with a carrier oil (such as coconut, jojoba, or almond oil) and apply it to your skin. Common areas for application include the wrists, temples, and the back of the neck.
    • Perform a patch test first to ensure you don’t have an allergic reaction.


    • Add a few drops of essential oil to a warm bath. You can also mix the essential oil with a carrier oil or a neutral base (like unscented bath salts) before adding it to the water to help disperse the oil. I use Natrasorb in my bath mixes to help disperse the oil so I don’t get hot spots on my skin.


    • Combine essential oils with a carrier oil and use the mixture for a relaxing massage. This can help reduce muscle tension and promote relaxation.


    • Create a room or pillow spray by mixing essential oils with water in a spray bottle. Shake well before each use and spray around your room or on your pillow before bedtime.

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Dealing with Burnout using Aromatherapy: Signs and Approaches

Tips for Safe Use

  • Quality Matters: Always buy from a trusted source. Use high-quality, pure essential oils for the best results.
  • Dilution: Always dilute essential oils with a carrier oil before applying them to your skin to avoid irritation.
  • Consult a Professional: If you have any health conditions or are pregnant, consult with a healthcare professional before using essential oils.
  • Storage: Store essential oils in a cool, dark place to preserve their quality.


Incorporating natural remedies for burnout, such as aromatherapy with its calming essential oils, offers a holistic approach to combating the pervasive effects of chronic stress. By embracing these natural solutions, individuals can nurture their well-being, restore balance, and reclaim vitality in their daily lives. I hope you find these tips helpful.

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About B.Divine Aromatherapy

B. Divine Aromatherapy offers a holistic approach to well-being through our functional essential oil wellness products. We pride ourselves on providing natural, science-backed solutions that promote harmony of the mind, body, and spirit. Our products are carefully crafted to enhance your overall quality of life, supporting your journey towards a healthier, more balanced you.

As a mother, wife, scientist, and aromatherapist, I firmly believe that health is a multi-faceted endeavor encompassing holistic elements such as physical activity, meditation, and aromatherapy. These can all serve as valuable tools in supporting your well-being. While essential oils may not serve as a cure, our sense of smell is one of the most influential and potent experiences we encounter. At B. Divine, we leverage the scientific and chemical properties of each essential oil to tap into this incredible power, offering aromas designed to enhance your sleep, energy levels, mood, pain management, and skincare regimen.


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