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Welcome Back Friends!
I hope that you have had a nice week so far, one that has been filled with peace and joy. That’s what we’re all hoping for but about 18% of us have struggled with an anxiety disorder this week (1). Can you even believe that number?! Almost 1 in every 5 people have anxiety so overwhelming that it impacts their everyday function. Are you the one in five? I am, or at least, I was…
Bekka, What’s your story?
Well, my friends, I’ll give you guys the abridged version and if you have any questions just drop them in the comments section below and I will answer everything you want to know.
When I was about 15 or 16 I developed a medical disorder that was an eating disorder. It wasn’t anorexia or bulimia which most of you guys know. I was diagnosed with achalasia. This looks exactly like bulimia. You eat, you vomit, you lose a lot of weight. But my body was actually doing it to me. My body reacted to stress and anxiety like I was allergic to it. My body decided to close off my esophagus because it’s thought that it was being poisoned. The strangest part about it was that I didn’t even feel overwhelmed, not as much as you would expect for such an over dramatic response. I mean, I was a high-school girl- of course there’s drama, there’s stress about tests or whatever but no “real world stresses” right? WRONG!
My body literally almost let itself die because it thought that was the safer choice! I honestly cannot even fully understand that still. Stress can be so toxic to your body, that it can choose to stop functioning rather than continue functioning the way it is. This is true for the mind as well…
Stress and what causes that stress is different for everyone! If you feel like you are overwhelmed, or could use help, or are even just feeling a little “off” because of the world around you. Ask for help. Seek an answer. Talk with someone. There is never a concern that is too small to be dealt with. You are a human being and no matter what your feelings are, they are valid! Do not ever let someone tell you that “you shouldn’t feel that way.” It doesn’t matter if it is an “acceptable response” to the situation or not, the fact of the matter is that it is a real feeling for you and it must be processed.
Promise me: If you need help, you will ask someone.
Well I had several surgeries and I was fine. The whole thing made me take on a very it-will-be-what-it-will-be approach to life. All was well.
Fast forward to about 2 years ago. I started getting panic attacks, bad. It all kind of came out of nowhere. I usually wouldn’t even realize I was having a panic attack until my nose was numb. I don’t know if you will be able to understand this feeling, but my teeth would feel like they were vibrating in my mouth. Then here comes the compounding problem of anxiety about my anxiety. I would start thinking to my self, “If this gets worse I won’t be able to feel my throat. I wonder if I will faint. I am so jittery. Can other people see it?” Do you do that too?
And then a friend told me about oils…
So what is Anxiety?
If you are a human being old enough to be here reading this, you probably know what anxiety is. It was created as a natural evolutionary response. When the rational brain failed to deal with a problem quickly enough the primitive brain would kick into gear by sharing adrenaline and making quick instinctive responses.
What problems can come with anxiety?
In today’s world we are far less likely to feel anxiety over a saber-tooth tiger attack (Is there really a likely hood of that at all? Come on, Bekka.) and much more likely to feel anxiety over a family or work issue. The problem with this is that you don’t have a physical outlet for that adrenaline, like say running for your life. So your body is bombarded with all of these hormones to react quickly to a life threatening situation, and there really isn’t one at hand.
What does that mean for your body?
Your bodies responses will be as unique as you are. There are official “panic attacks” and then there is just living with anxiety. General symptoms that I have noticed are crying a lot, feeling like you are lost all the time, something “hanging over you”, not wanting to eat, feeling jittery, not wanting to make plans, or too much/too little sleep.
Panic attack symptoms as defined by The Anxiety and Depression Association of America(2) are listed below.
- Palpitations, pounding heart, or accelerated heart rate
- Trembling or shaking
- Sensations of shortness of breath or smothering
- Feelings of choking
- Chest pain or discomfort
- Nausea or abdominal distress
- Feeling dizzy, unsteady, light-headed, or faint
- Chills or heat sensations
- Paresthesia (numbness or tingling sensations)
- Derealization (feelings of unreality) or depersonalization (being detached from oneself)
- Fear of losing control or “going crazy”
- Fear of dying
How can a healthy lifestyle support healthy response to anxious feelings?
A healthy lifestyle can help you relieve anxious feelings and also process your stresses in better ways.
- Physical activity- Remember how stress was developed to help you get through life threatening situations? Physical activity is a great way to use that adrenaline and in almost all cases, increase mood even for just a little bit (3).
- Sleep- We always need good rest, we know that. You need it even more when your body thinks it has been fighting for it’s life all day. Getting enough sleep will also help you to be more patient which will help over all frustrations.
- Limit Caffeine and Alcohol- Dang it! Both have a strong effect on your body. Of course caffeine will disrupt your sleep but did you know alcohol will do the same? If you can’t or won’t cut them out completely (now I can’t blame you!) then you need to at least be aware of yourself. Know how they affect you and what your limit is.
- Good Nutrition- Your body was created in a way that it works ideally when it is in balance. If your body is only getting chemicals and junk that it can’t use and then it also has to use energy to discard that junk, you are not doing yourself any favors. If you have been reading along, you know I don’t aim for perfection. I don’t claim to be super “granola” or fit but I do try to honor my body and all the work it does for me by feeding it what it needs. You don’t have to be vegan to make sure you are getting enough vitamins and whole foods.
- Honest Self Talk- When my mind would start to run off with me I would have to talk myself through it. “You are home, you are safe. Is there any true threat to your safety at this moment? No. If your face is to go numb, will you still be okay? Yes. Will I still be at home safe, even if I am having this panic attack? Yes…”
- Self Care- This will be different for everyone too. The point is to take time to do something that helps you heal. For me this is usually sitting outside where I can look at the woods and feel that the world is calm. Sometimes it is drinking a nice warm cup of tea and slowly savoring each sip. Do something that keeps you in this moment and feels good to your soul.
- Dry brushing
- A bath
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Remember how I said a friend introduced me to oils? The very first oil I ever tried was Balance and from that moment, I was completely converted. This blend of Spruce needle/leaf, Ho wood, Frankincense, Blue Tansy Flower and Blue Chamomile Flower has a very woodsy scent. It is known to promote feelings of balance and tranquility. It also encourages whole-body relaxation and helps ease anxious feelings.* Now, I don’t intend to say that Balance cured my panic attacks or that it will cure yours; however, since using Balance my panic attacks have lessened to the point where my last panic attack was months ago. (At their worst, I had 5 panic attacks on my way to work. I had to pull of the freeway FIVE times in a 25 minute drive. My boss at the time actually called my husband to come pick me up and take me to urgent care because all I could manage to do was sit in the back with my head covered with a blanket!) I cannot say enough about how much I love this oil!
- Balance– At $26.67 for approximately 83 uses (3 drops a piece) it is the cheapest and most effective help I have found. That would be about $0.32 per use!
- I use this oil in several ways. It can be placed on the bottom of the feet for absorption, as a daily regimen.
- I use it when I am feeling very anxious by putting a drop on each wrist and one directly under my nose and slowing inhaling with my hands cupped around my nose.
- I have also used it on essential oil jewelry for every day use.
- Serenity– Is a blend that helps promote peace and well being.* With a lavender base it is wonderful to help you get that rest you need. I diffuse it almost every night and I love it! dōTERRA also created Serenity™ Restful Complex Softgels to help you sleep. Now, they are not Ambien, but they are a nice, natural way to help your body rest.
- Clary Sage– Is know for its uplifting quality.* Clary Sage can be diffused, used topically and be used internally. It is great for massages when it has been diluted.
- Bergamot– Is what makes Earl Grey tea, Earl Grey tea! This is a second favorite of mine! It is actually a citrus fruit, which surprised me. Bergamot has a very calming effect and can also help you relax into sleep.*
- I personally made my own Earl Grey tea by adding a few drops into black tea leaves and letting them “cure” for a week or two in a mason jar.
- You can also diffuse it or dilute it and make a spray for your sheets or pillows.
- Wild Orange
Some oils may need to be diluted for topical use and for this I use,dōTERRA fractionated coconut oil.
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