Many people are deficient of vitamin D3 due to lack of sun light exposure, and lack of vitamin D3 from food sources. People with a BMI of 30 or higher are at higher risk of being deficient( vitamins a, d e, and k are stored in the adipose tissue of the body, the more fat tissue the less available vitamin D is to the body) people with darker skin are at a higher risk of being deficient related to melanin blocking out D3 during sun exposure, living in northern states and being elderly affect you as well.
What are the benefits of vitamin D3?
Reduces occurance of respiratory illness such as pneumonia, the flu, bronchitis and can provide better support for conditions like COPD and asthma. Supplementing my toddler with vitamin D decreased her asthma symptoms by 50%.
Vitamin D aids in the absorb calcium and phosphorus which is essential to bone health.
Vitamin D has benefits for us mentally especially during winter time when sun exposure is reduced. Vitamin D can help with with the symptoms seasonal depression.
How do I take it?
One of my favorite supplement companies is Life Extension. For a small amount of money you can supplement your body with vitamin D easily.
Supplementing is good way to obtain Vitamin D. It’s ideal to obtain vitamin D from whole food sources. Fatty fish like salmon and mackerel , cheese and egg yolks. Plant forms of vitamin D are actually called vitamin d2 and this is often found fortified in almondmilks, soymilks and available in mushrooms that have been exposed to UV light. Nothing beats getting sunlight itself!
Can I take too much?
Yes ,when prior to supplementing with vitamin D you should do some blood work to see if you are deficient of vitamin D or not. Over supplementing can result in high levels of calcium in the body resulting to damage of the kidneys and bone.
Wash your hands it’s actually #1
In nursing school it was literally drilled into my head that #1 for reducing infection is hand washing! Over use of hand sanitizers removes the good bacteria on our skins surface. It’s important to wash your hands with soap and water to remove bad bacteria. When your hands are visibly dirty, after using the bathroom, going out of the house ( touching money, door knobs etc), touching your germ trapped phone and before making meals is a small list of a whole slew of times/ reasons to wash your hands on a regular basis.
Hand sanitizers contain alcohol which dries and cracks the skin, leaving it open to bacteria. It’s good practice with any handwashing to use lotion when hands are dry to prevent cracking/ drying.
Read the link below to find out the pros and cons of using hand sanitizers over good old soap and water.
Zinc has many roles in the body that support immune function. Zinc helps break down carbohydrates for cell function, aids in cell growth ( wound healing benefits). Zinc can help prevent the common cold and shorten its duration. If you are deficient in zinc you’ll find that your sense of smell and taste maybe altered. Zinc helps reverse those problems.
Where can I find zinc as whole food sources?
nuts, grains, legumes ( chickpeas, beans)
Animal protein beef, chicken, lamb
Mushrooms, kale, garlic
You can also purchase zinc and zinc lozengers as a tablet or capsule over the counter.
Apple cider vinegar ( with the mother)
Apple cider vinegar is a fermented food that is rich in probiotics. Probiotics support the immune system function, aid in digestion and reduce fungal infections.
Mind Body Green’s blog states apple cider vinegar may result in a trimmer mid section and additional weight loss as it aids in appetite suppression.
I have personally used apple cider for it’s anti fungal benefits, ph balance benefits (for my oral health) . I’ve used AVC for my skin ( it’s antibacterial properties works well on acne caused by bacteria)
I’ve used it to clean my hair and any time I feel a cold coming on I begin supplementing with Bragg’s AVC. It’s raw unpasterized and contains those live probiotics.
Garlic, Ginger and cayenne pepper.
I use raw ginger for it’s anti inflammatory benefits. It reduces nausea and muscle pain that comes with a cold or flu.
Raw garlic has many benefits due to its anti oxidant power. It can help boost immunity and prevent infection. I used garlic during my pregnancy to control gestational high blood pressure. It worked well for me. Garlic has many positive affects on heart health.
Cayenne Pepper has pain relieving properties. How is this so? The active chemical in Cayenne pepper is Capsaicin. Capsaicin reduces certain amounts of a neuropepitde related to pain. It reduces those signals going to the brain which in turn reduces pain levels throughout the body.
Lemon and Apples! An apple a day…..
Lemons are a great food source of the almighty vitamin C. Lemons have anti inflammatory benefits and are a rich anti bacterial properties that prevent infections. Lemons aid in the removal of wastes from the body by improving the kidneys and liver function. Lemon is often used in detox protocols for this reason.
Apples are a rich source of vitamin C just like lemons! Havard Nutritionalist have studied the benefits of apples and this is what they’ve come up with.
“Apples are rich in quercetin and pectin, both of which are credited for supplying apples with their health benefits.  Quercetin is a flavonoid, a type of naturally occurring plant chemical that has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. Pectin is a type of soluble fiber that may help prevent constipation and have a modest effect on lowering LDL, the “bad” cholesterol. “
My cold/ flu chasing tea
Filtered purified water ( any amount I just eye everything
Washed raw ginger peeled ( about the size of a teaspoon) kepted whole
Raw garlic ( one clove whole)
Whole apples washed and halved
Thyme, Cinnamon or cayenne and raw honey for taste
Raw washed lemon cut and squeezed
Apple Cider Vingar with the mother 1 table spoon
Bring apples, garlic, ginger, lemons to a boil allowing the apples to become mushy.
Add cinnamon, thyme, cayenne pepper ans whatever herbs you’d like.
Strain those ingredients. Add ACV to the tea. And some raw honey for taste!!
Other great sources
I could write a whole blog post about the benefits of elderberries during cold and flu season.. this miracle berry is a great addition to your cold/flu management. I recommend Organic Olivia’s elderberry syrup its packed with antioxidants and immune support.
This post is not intended to replace medical recommendations, prevent or cure disease. It’s not intended to replace medical advice. Please see your Holistic doctor or primary physican for medical instruction. Do not start supplementation without proper blood work up and without informing your doctor first .
This workout can be completed at home or in the gym.
Equipment needed Free weights, Stability Ball, Step and Water.You can perform all these movements without weight or equipment with the exception of “bridge to leg curl on stability ball”. Each exercise has a youtube link for instructional information if needed.
2. Bridge to leg curl on stability ball ( look at minute 4.33 on the link provided above, again drive through the heels, keep hips high and use control)
Yoga Cool down.
I recommend a hips and hamstring related yoga cool down. Tonight following this workout I did a feel 22 minute hips and hamstring yoga flow from Namaste Yoga on amazon prime. Season 3 episode 5.
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Let’s get to know your skin. The
skin is the bodies’ largest organ. It absorbs all the ingredients just like a
sponge; think of your pores as a swinging gateway. Not only are toxins secreted
from your pores they are also let into the body this way. Imagine all the
chemicals in your perfumes, soaps, shampoos, lotion, body washes, make up and
other cosmetics i.e lubes, deodorant etc. not to mention household products and
laundry detergent. Whenever possible we need to eliminate toxicity in our lives
and our skin care routine. One of the biggest questions are what am I
looking for when it comes to non-toxic skin care?
No. 1 is be on the lookout for
Parabens in cosmetics. Propylparaben, Butylparaben, Methylparaben and
Propylparaben are some of the chemical names you’ll see used. Parabens are a
preservative that was originally derived from different kinds of fruit.
Parabens are chemicals that are produced as a preservative for foods and
cosmetics developed in the 1950’s. Parabens stop products from growing
molds and different bacteria in them. They are widely used in our society. We
are often consuming parabens in overabundance on a regular basis. The problem
with Parabens is that they are known to be hormone disruptors. I have
experienced this first hand when dealing with Estrogen dominance. The constant
exposure of this chemical alters how our hormonal profile works. Parabens are
xenoestrogen producers. They cause the body to increase production of the
hormone Estrogen. Increased Estrogen in the body will cause males to develop
breasts and have a low sperm count. Estrogen over production has a negative
effect on young girls by causing them to reach puberty at much younger age.
Estrogen dominance causes weight gain in all individuals, increased PMS
symptoms, memory problems, and increased chance of developing ovarian cancer
later in life.
Avoiding Parabens is overall
very good for your health. I saw a significant change when I began removing
xenestrogens from my cosmetics. I lost belly fat, felt more energy and overall
lost fat deposits around my waist. My periods haven’t been as heavy and the
menstrual period went from 7 days of bleeding to 5 days. I was pleased to shave
2 days off my cycle.
No 2 be on the lookout for
“natural” Xenoestrogen producers. Some of the essential oils that I love
the most I must refrain from using or use sparingly. Lavender and Tea Tree oil
have been cited by Medical News today as hormone disrupters. Does that mean you
need to throw out all your favorite essential oils? No absolutely not! I
encourage the use of essential oils however; with everything else limit your
use of it in cosmetics and detergents. Decreasing exposure is important for
individuals with Estrogen dominance imbalance.
No 3 be on the lookout for
Sodium Laurel Sulfate and Aluminum Laurel Sulfate in your cosmetics. These
chemicals were created to make skin care products foam. Sodium Laurel Sulfate
strips your skin of its natural oils creating skin irritations. This chemical
is also well known as a hormone disrupter and can cause Eczema as well as dry
skin on a regular basis.
Use Vegan and Cruelty free cosmetics.
Whether or not you are an avid
meat eater, dabble with being a vegetarian, or full blown Vegan everyone can
benefit from taking the vegan route with cosmetics. Vegan skin care as a whole
is so beneficial to our society, the companies creating these products are
already inclined to remove toxins from their cosmetics. Non vegan cosmetics are
full of Animal by products. Cosmetic Companies are often using the very waste
of the animal such as urine, known as (Carbamide) in ingredients list, crushed
bones ( Keratin, hydrolyzed animal proteins ) and tendons, ligaments of animals
known as Gelatin or Collagen in products. Vegan companies are reducing man’s
the carbon foot print placed on our planet. We are all aware of the toxins
animals are eating, produced inhumanely, and increased cause of methane gases
from the beef and dairy industry. By supporting Vegan Cosmetics we are
essentially cleaning our air. Cruelty free means that your products were not
tested on animals. Think lab rats and little bunnies. These animals were not
involved in the process of creating your skin care. I see this as a plus in
both ways, no animals were harmed or tortured and it means there are no heavy
chemicals in your products causing need to “ test on animals” before
humans, If you believe in or practice Niyamas such as Ahimsa it maybe a
personal benefit to you as an added effort to practice non harming.
Use natural detox methods and Lymph draining
to improve skin quality.
Skin brushing is the act of dry
brushing your skin in an upward motion towards the heart. Skin brushing
increases circulation, detoxifies the skin, increases energy levels and
exfoliates your skin. My personal favorite Lymph drainage method is Gua Sha.
Gua sha is an ancient Chinese method of rubbing a tool against the body ( jade
stone, wooden etc). I use it on my face. It increases blood flow (circulation)
helps produce natural collagen in the skin, tightens the skin naturally,
increases relaxation and helps with sinus issues. Getting adequate exercise,
moving your body and sweating is a great lymphatic system detox as well.
Getting an adequate amount of
water daily is so important for your skins appearance and health. Oily skin is
often the result of dehydration. The body sends signals to your oil glands that
the skin needs hydration, this causes an over bunce in oils which in turn
becomes acne and black heads. Through proper hydration these signals
won’t be released as often. Water intake will prevent your skin from becoming
dull, flaky, dried out and wrinkly. I have to admit I lack in the
hydration department of my skin care routine, it’s a work in progress. It’s
literally the cheapest and most effective way to better skin.
Choosing non toxic skin care products
One of my favorite go to’s for
finding out about vegan cosmetics and clean skin care products is the ethical
elephant. I am a Glossier fan for cosmetics and they give the run down about
how they are not vegan but do claim to be cruelty free. While Ethical Elephant
does not help you look for sulfates or parabens a few companies I really like
are 100% vegan and cruelty free Derma- E, Pacifica Beauty and Nature’s Gate.
Think Dirty is a skin care app that helps you find out if your products are “clean
or not.” They also offer beauty boxes. I love Maro Skin care face
cleansing oil. The oils are pure, vegan and paraben free. Maro Skin care is an
upcoming woman run cosmetic company out of NYC. Check them out on IG.
I was not asked by any of the
products mentioned above to write this or received any benefits of doing so.
Nothing in this article is intended to treat, diagnose or cure any diseases
I have many theories on life. One theory is
that love is the only concrete human experience in this life. We have all
experienced love, being in love, the lack of love and its effects on us. Love
is a part of every personal relationship in our lives, from lovers to
friendship building it’s the fore front of our being. Love is beneficial to our brains in so many
ways. In the early years of life we depend on love. Love is the building block
to our development. Everyone can get by without it right? Sure you can. Not
well though. If a baby is not nurtured and loved there is a high chance for
mental health issues to arise later on in life. Depression and anxiety arise
out of the lack on human connection and lack of love and attachment as an
infant. Special hormones are secreted by neurons in our brains when we experience
love and connection as humans these chemicals help babies develop socially and
emotionally without them there are often developmental delays presented in the
first 2 years of life.
Skin to skin contact or kangaroo care is when a mother or father takes a naked baby and places them on their bare chest. The baby feels the beating of their parents or caregivers heart. The rise and fall of their chest, love and bonding chemicals are released by the brain neurons at this time by everyone experiencing contact. Mama has special hormones called oxytocin. Oxytocin is a hormone released by mothers when feeding their babies. It’s also released during skin to skin contact. When a father lays his child on his chest for kangaroo care the man secretes the hormone vasopressin. The vasopressin hormone lowers the father’s blood pressure allowing him to relax. The father also shows decreases in cortisol levels as well as his newborn baby. When the baby feels the beat of his parent or caregivers heart and the easy of their breath, the baby begins to regulate his/ her breath accordingly. The cortisol levels (stress hormone in the baby drops) and bonding between the families begins. These are the first stages and facilitators to love between families. This is how the brain chemically makes a family “fall in love” so to speak.
Romantic love is so addicting. Of course sex makes love addicting than, companionship, friendship and building a life with someone. Love gets increasingly more or less complicated when we learn about the effect that it has on our brain. Loyola University states “There are three states to love, lust, attraction and than attachment.” The initial lust stage to falling in love is a very hard chemical reaction going on in our brain. Dopamine a chemical flooding our neurons equivalent to that of cocaine is flooding our neurotransmitters creating euphoria. Our cortisol stress hormone is increased, hearts are racing and another neurotransmitter serotonin is depleted. Serotonin levels are lowered at this time creates an almost singled focused obsessed feeling for the person you are thinking about. That’s why you can’t get someone out of your head. Dopamine is also a reward seeking chemical in the brain and a motivator, so of course it really helps us follow up on the person we are interested in.
During the act the sex these happy hormones and endorphins (natural pain killers) are secreted by our neurons, Dopamine, higher levels of serotonin, oxytocin and vasopressin. Over time from having a romantic relationship with the same partner through skin to skin contact and the repeated release of oxytocin and vasopressin (bonding hormones) something special occurs there. is a development of long lasting love.
According to Harvard Neuroscience studies found these hormones are responsible for monogamous and long term relationships that have gone well beyond the lust and attraction phases of love.
WHAT DOES THIS HAVE DO WITH ME?
Love is relevant. It’s part of the very fiber of our beings. Our neurons secrete endless feel good chemicals for us in order to enjoy the endless possibilities of love. From lust, attraction, falling in love, sex and finding the right person to grow old with to finding long lasting love. If we choose to grow a family someone, we even have warm loving chemicals in place to make the best experience of love when hold our child in our arms and up to our hearts the first time.
I wrote this article for two
reasons. 1. If you have a partner, husband or wife and you love them with
everything you have, stop waiting for whatever it is. Don’t sleep on love. Lay
them on your heart. Share some heart beats / skin to skin, get that oxytocin
and vasopressin released. Create your long lasting love.
2. it’s never too late to show anyone you love them especially your children. Of course kangaroo care is out the window once they are no longer babies but you can always place them close to your heart with a warm hug. Tell them you love them. Life is short. I hope this article helped show you that even our brains are connected when we show each other love.
Thank you for reading – Namaste-
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I am not sure if anyone is like me and really dislikes the scent and taste of Vinegar. Most Organic DIY household cleaners that I’ve found throughout the years contain a base of White Vinegar. I found that as I diluted the Vinegar or added essential oils, the Vinegar continued to stink. I could always smell it while cleaning or notice the smell lingering in the house after wards and it never felt fresh.
The major player in my DIY ingredient is Witch Hazel: We all know Witch Hazel well for its natural cosmetic quality from natural facial toner to naturally treating hemorrhoids. Witch Hazel has an antibacterial and astringent quality to it that I wanted to add to my cleanser. It also has a nice base smell to it naturally all on its own.
Tea Tree Oil and Eucalyptus oil combination: This combination creates a relaxing and fresh smell while adding additional antibacterial qualities to the cleanser. Both oils have a great ability to fight mold in the environment (It will not kill mold on porous environment areas such as rugs and carpets) I will be experimenting in the future with different oil combination especially when I do my wood cleanser. I love this smell combo. I feel I could like it just a little bit more with a fresh mint hint to it.
Kirks Castille Soap or Dr. Bronners : Safe soap made from plant oils will help with cutting the grease on any of the surface areas you are trying to cleanse.
Overall I am very happy with the streak free cleaning results of of my cleanser so far. I am so happy to now longer be working with Vinegar.
The Recipe: What I did was combine 1/4 a cup of Witch Hazel, 1 table spoon of Castille Soap, 3 drops of each oil and 2 cups of distilled water, shaking it well each time. I added the solution to a recycled spray bottled. It works well on my counter tops in the kitchen, kitchen sink, bathroon toliet, bathroom counter top and babies plastic high chair. I do not recommend using on wood or mirror’s. Enjoy!
Anxiety definition : a feeling of worry or fear, typically about an imminent event or something with an unknown outcome. Other words to describe anxiety would be panic, agitation, tension, stress, suspense, fear, nervousness, and angst.
Anxiety increases when you begin to physically feel it’s blow, the chest pain, the headaches, maybe shortness of breath, nausea, cold sweats, eye twitches, stammering, forgetfulness, irritable bowel symptoms, inability to perform in regular activities and feeling intense fear.
The DSM- 5 a psychiatric diagnostic tool. It uses specific criteria and rules for diagnosing anxiety. It states that a generalized anxiety disorder is excessive worry or fear occurring more days than not, over a 6 month period that involves a number of events or daily activities such as work, school performance, socialization etc.
“Now is the age of anxiety.” – W. H. Auden.
What causes Anxiety?
Life is a beautiful gift. We are all here breathing but we don’t intentionally use those breaths. Much like breathing, experiencing anxiety is apart of life. Life comes with many changes through out the years and some of those changes can leave us feeling a bit unsettled. Change of course will come with some natural anxiety. Even good things come with a small amount of anxiety from time to time. For some people there is no true root cause of anxiety, they are born anxious. For others anxiety has many causes. Some very logical relevant causes to anxiety can be relationships, work stress, school performance, health conditions, traumatic life events, raising a family, and poverty. These things can weigh heavily on a person and rightly so. Often anxiety and depression accompany one another, playing an ugly game in a person’s mind. Anxiety is often known to run in families. If your family members tend to get anxious easily you may be more likely to be so yourself, it makes sense too because a lot of our behaviors in life are learned from our family. Drugs and alcohol abuse can cause anxiety. Withdrawal from anti-anxiety medications can cause anxiety. Social media can cause anxiety, comparing yourself to others and not having what other people have can lead to you feeling anxious about your life. The Depression and Anxiety Association of America produced an article about how much social media effects a persons mental health and anxiety levels it’s pretty astounding article.
Can I get better?
We can always better ourselves it’s one of our best human traits. When we put our mind to something we can achieve it! You will get better! Seeking the right treatment and making the right steps and starting immediately is crucial in your success for treating anxiety. Don’t allow it to build up. Recognize the warning signs of stress in your body. Are your shoulders tight? Are you getting tension headaches frequently? Are you having digestive problems? How are you sleeping? Are you feeling anxious? Are you feeling overwhelmed? What are you doing for self-care? What are you doing for mental health breaks daily? You can get better you just need to begin. Do not stop trying once you get started. That leaves you with the question we all ask, where do I start?
Where do I start?
Step one: You need to begin breathing. When you find yourself in an overwhelming state of mind. Find intentional breath, not even meditation at this point. Just focus on the in and out of your breath. Tell yourself ” I am breathing in, I am breathing out”. Close your eyes if you are in an area you can do so. Start there. Simply be for a moment. Check in with yourself. Ask yourself 1. How do I feel in this moment? Get used to being in the present moment. Lots of times anxiety comes from living in the future. Our thoughts are not in the present. We are concerned about what may occur in the upcoming moments, months, weeks, years in the future etc.
Step two: Daily movement. You may have a job or school schedule that takes up a good portion of your day. Your mind is tired but your body is not necessary tired. There is stagnant energy that is surrounding you. It’s fueling your anxiety. Daily movement will improve your health by calming the mind, lowering the blood pressure and improving focus, if you are doing activities outdoor you will be getting vitamin D which is a great natural source of happiness and mood boosting qualities.
Yoga : Take a class either at a yoga studio, gym, online, or on the TV ( amazon prime has some great teachers) Audible app also has guided classes that are great! Even a few moments will give you benefits.
Walking: Getting out doors for a brisk walk daily will help you clear your mind. Even walking on a tread mill and taking that time to listen to a positive podcast or active meditation/intention setting podcast is a great way to not only improve you mood but work on yourself mentally. If you are walking outdoors maybe bringing a friend to vent to about life and share your stories with while simultaneously getting fit together!
Martial arts: The practice of self-control through movement and energy release! A perfect combination for some one who has anxiety and perhaps some anger issues as well. (No you don’t learn martial arts to go beat people up.) It’s about learning an art form and releasing energy through a practice of self-control and respect for others. Karate, Tai chi, MMA, Ji Jistu etc.
Running: I am sure everyone has heard of a runners high. Running boosts endorphins. Running is something you can set either pace goals or distance goals for yourself. You can use apps like Nike Training Run app that tracks you distance and has free coaches that inspire you and give you positive pep talks along your route as you run your specific distances and a paces! Running is great for the anxiety/depression combination. Great for the goal setter personality!
Weight lifting: Lifting weights either by following specific training guide lines by in app purchases like BBG, or doing your own thing in the gym, preparing to compete in body building competitions, crossfit or powerlifting. Weight lifting can be very therapeutic for people as they refocus their energy to specific goals they set for themselves.
Zumba: Dancing is a great way to get out there move your body and raise your endorphins, relief anxiety, reduce your blood pressure and get a great fat blasting full body workout in at the same time while having a ton of fun. Studios, Martial arts studio, online/ tv workouts, community centers and gyms all offer a variety of Zumba classes.
Barre: Traditional Barre workouts stem from the beautiful art of ballet, they are upbeat and offer a full body workout that is challenging and fun. On average you burn a total of 500 calories each workout! There is also a floor barre option that is usually fused with yoga, it offers uplifting principles and offers an atmosphere that totally reduces stress! You literally sweat it away!
Pilates: A great way to build lean muscle and gain control your core. If you know one thing about someone who practices Pilates regularly they are in overall great shape! Developed by Joe Pilate, Pilates integrates breath work that differs a bit from yoga but it does reduce stress all the same. Gives a full body workout and it’s a lot of fun! Great for spine and core health! Catch a class in studio, online, on tv or in a community center or gym. So many options.
Biking: So many options here. Outdoors! Yes! Indoors at the gym! Yes! or take a very upbeat competitive soul cycle class or jump on your bike in the gym or at home and take a class in the comfort of your own home, tour Italy! There are so many options! It’s lots of fun! Your mind will get lost in a good way!
Step three: Meditation. I was too jittery and had too much anxiety for meditation. I used to be the person that would roll up my mat before the end of a yoga class and run out before the final resting pose savasana. I could not bear the silence and being alone in my own thoughts. In yoga savasana is often said to be one of the hardest poses. All you are doing is laying flat on your back in relaxation. My anxiety in the silence was overwhelming to me. My thoughts raced. Even closing my eyes was too much. I would just skip it and leave immediately, if I ever did go to yoga back then. Once I was in yoga teacher training many years later, the importance of mediation practice was explained to me. So many thoughts are entering and exiting our minds constantly throughout the day. How do we know which ones are important? My giving ourselves a few moments of clarity. We allow time for our thoughts to clear and once they re-enter we have time to re-evaluate which ones are important.
How to start mediation practice as a person with anxiety.
I move first, before Fibromylagia really took over my energy levels with chronic fatigue. I used to have lots of energy that was stagnant. I needed to move first. I would exercise or practice power yoga first, then mediate. My bodies nervous energy was released and my mind was more clear and ready to receive the practice.
I do guided mediation on my worst anxiety days, If I leave myself to guide my own practice on a really overwhelming day the likelihood of success is not very high.
My goals are small, it’s really daunting to aim to practice 30 minutes of mediation in one sitting a day. Especially if it’s not your practice. Start with 5 minutes a day! If you find that successful increase it each week by 5 minutes or however you see fit to pace it. If increasing by 5 minute increments is too much, try 2 minutes instead.
Time! You have the time trust me! Stop endlessly scrolling through your phone. Set your timer and breath. Down load insight timer on your phone, down load audible get some of their guided mediations and DO THEM!
Step four: Pick up a hobby. Try starting a hobby like reading, painting, sewing, knitting, weaving, flying kites, doing puzzles or collecting bottles. A hobby can be very therapeutic and keep your mind in the present moment.
Non Pharmaceutical Anti- anxiety medications!
Cannabis: My favorite supplement for anti-anxiety! My Soul CBD oil drops! As I had stated before anxiety sometimes runs in families. My sister and I are both using My Soul CBD for our anxiety. I am using it for many other reasons as well but, she is also using it for her anxiety management. The CBD oil is organic, third-party tested for quality assurance and it’s THC free! The CBD tincture is flavored with essential oils and they taste amazing, the flavors include peppermint, orange and lemon lime. Lemon lime has been my personal favorite so far. If you are buying the 1500mg bottle 0.33ml equals to 16.7mg of CBD isolate. My current regime is 50mg of CBD oil daily. I take 16.7mg under my tongue at 10am, 2pm and 10pm along with my seizure medication at 2pm and 10pm daily. My sister purchases the 500mg bottle and takes 1 full dropper daily equally to a total of 16.7mg of CBD isolate daily. I have Epilepsy and Fibromylagia so my needs differ from hers as far as dosing goes. My Soul CBD just released a sleeping aid that has 25mg of CBD isolate along with Valerian root, Passion-flower and Pepper and 5mg of Melatonin. If you’d like to try this product, I have an affiliate link you can go to under my resource section to shop this great product!
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Kava Kava : Is a herb sold as a tincture, tea or capsule. People often use it to boost their mood, calm anxiety, improve sleep and reduce pain. Some have described its effect as euphoric much like the effects of alcohol. Kava kava has been known to be more effective for women than men, more effective in younger patients and more effective for people with severe anxiety verses mild.
Valerian root: Similar to kava kava, sold in the same form, tincture, tea or capsule form. Most often used for sleep and often mixed into teas that are made for the function of improving either sleep or mood. Valerian roots action on the brain is increasing the Gamma aminobutryic acid (GABA) receptors, this regulates nerve cells and calms anxiety. The pharmaceutical drugs Xanax and Valium play similar roles in the brain with GABA receptors. Interesting right?
Chamomile Tea: Healthline produced an article that states ” Chamomile is commonly regarded as a mild tranquilizer or sleep inducer”. My mom used to prepare Chamomile tea for me as a kid with a little bit of honey and it would give me a great nights sleep. Even as an adult pouring a cup of Chamomile tea has a very relaxing benefit. Anything that makes you feel relaxed enough for sleep of course is a win. Try pouring yourself a cup when you are feeling overwhelmed. The tea taste delicious. Chamomile reduces inflammation in the body and improves digestion, its non habit-forming. Very inexpensive and readily available to use. Overall a very safe to try.
There are numerous options when it comes to prescription anti-anxiety medication. Just remember from the beginning when I stated that even anti anxiety medication can cause anxiety. Two issues are at play here when I mention withdrawal. Withdrawal anxiety is when you no longer need the medication and wish to get off the medication. The weaning process may produce more anxiety for you or an upswing of symptoms. Or withdrawals due to a habit that is being formed from taking the medication either by abuse/ over use or the body is becoming dependent. Talk to your doctor about the severity or risk of habit forming potential of the drug you are trying and about your family history. My Neurologist had prescribed me Xanax for anxiety and it caused me more harm than good. My seizure activity increased, I was heavily confused and had severe memory loss the times that I took it. After trying it 2 times, I discontinued using it. I do have Ativan which is for seizure rescue use and I use that on rare occasions to get cluster seizures under control. Ativan is also used by many people as an anti anxiety medication. I kept in contact with my doctor how I felt the times I took the Xanax. She knew right away it wasn’t for me. Always communicate to the doctor prescribing you medication on how you feel about a drug and do not just accept that is how you should feel, if it’s past a certain point and you should start feeling better by this time and you aren’t then it’s possible this isn’t the drug for you. Not every drug works the same for everybody. You may need to try a few medications first. Always use a medication as prescribed by your doctor. Exactly how it is prescribed! especially anti-depressant, anti anxiety or mood stabilizing drugs, I can not stress this enough! A doctor can not determine if your medication is working or not if you are not taking your medication properly. In nursing we are taught the Right’s of medications. The right patient, the right time, the right dose and the right route.
I always encourage people to get the help they need without fears of stigmas. If you have never been a medication person or you have fears about what others may think of you for needing anxiety medication. Firstly it’s your private medical information, you don’t need to share if you don’t want to. Secondly if you need to take medication to get well, that is what needs to be done. I recommended talk therapy and counseling to everyone with and without medication use who struggles with anxiety. If you like alternative medication. Medical Marijuana and CBD oil are now being prescribed by doctors all over the country, look up the laws in your state and see how you can obtain your medical Marijuana card. The chemical component THC in Marijuana can sometimes have a similar effect on the brain ( depending of the Marijuana used) that may cause more anxiety like some people on anti-anxiety medications. Finding the right medication is a science. It may take some time. Be patient.
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Talking to a family member or spouse may not help when your anxiety has come to a point that it’s overtaking your life. Perhaps outside help is necessary. It’s also good to have someone to talk to that is not emotionally involved in your situation in any way. They can give some feedback and suggestions, offer a set of listening ears and some compassionate support. A therapist is also a professional . What you speak about together is completely confidential, if you have had difficult experiences in the past or present and you are having a hard time with them. Your sessions are completely private. The only time your information is shared is if you are a threat to yourself or others. In addition to one on one therapy many therapy offices or mental health clinics offer group therapy sessions. I suggest both talk therapy modalities. One on one is good to get your personal story shared and perhaps somethings you wouldn’t want a group to know or be involved in. Obviously the point of having a group is sharing but sometimes we can all be a bit shy or have fears of over sharing. Group therapy shows you that you are not alone. Everyone struggles. Life is messy and we all go through different problems. We can all connect on some level to each other through these problems and circumstances. Perhaps you can even be there to support someone else through a tough time every once in a while!
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