The ‘A’ Word Everyone Hates….

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Im going to get right down to it. Anxiety.  If you dont have it, you most likely know someone that gets it.  It can be down right debilitating and can be super frustrating for the sufferer and for the ones they love. Its so common, but still taboo.

I suffer from anxiety and seasonal depression.  I have been able to combat the seasonal depression by adjusting my vitamin D levels and by also increasing my self care- and also spending more time with my husband. (He always knows how to cheer me up when its cold, snowing and gloomy.)

Anxiety is when you feel worried or uneasy about almost anything and everything.  It can make daily life unbearable.

Some things to consider: If you feel that your anxiety gives you thoughts of suicide or self harm or harm to others, PLEASE reach out.  You are not alone and there are people out there that are more than willing to talk.  Heck, if you cant find anyone- message me.  I am always willing to listen.

Now, being an anxiety sufferer, I have found what triggers my anxiety.  Over the last two years, I have discovered some methods that have helped me combat symptoms of my anxiety. I will show you some of my tips and tricks to live a life without anxiety controlling your daily lives.

Number one.  What is causing your anxiety?  Is it stress? Food? Working too much?  Not sleeping enough?  There can be so many causes that it is hard to pinpoint anxiety unless you keep track of your life.  And, I mean track every detail until you find something that triggers your anxiety.  For me, it is caffeine, lack of sleep and of course, no self care (life of a mom).

After you find what your triggers are (and that might take a while- but it is SO worth it), you can move on to helping yourself overcome those thoughts of inability to control your anxiety.  My tips are by no means to diagnose, treat or cure any illness. I am not a medical doctor- so talk to your doctor before trying any of my tips. The following tips worked for me, but everyone is different.  As always, if you have questions- ask your doctor.

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The very first thing I did was STOP caffeine. It wasn’t easy.  I still have caffeine (a latte or some extra dark chocolate) from time to time, but not like I used to! Caffeine has some crazy effects on the body, and can make those with anxiety, make the symptoms even more pronounced since it is a stimulant to your nervous system. Here is a link to read more about caffeine and what happens to your body when you drink it.  There are some benefits to coffee- but its always good to know other side effects after a good cup o’ Joe.

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The second thing I did was start meditation.  I am fortunate enough to have a Won Dharma Center nearby.  It is a beautiful place with so many wonderful, kind, lovely people.  If you are near in the Catskills or the Hudson Valley- you must visit.  They even have hiking trails AND retreats.  (I have been to a few of them and I highly recommend attending at least once!) Here is there website to check out their schedule.  They also have weekly meditation on Sundays open to everyone. Not only was I giving myself some much needed quiet time, but it allowed me to focus on….well, nothing!  Having a set time each day or even just once a week, really let me calm my entire body and mind.  This was the most beneficial part of my emotional healing.  I went from so anxious that it was very difficult to leave the house to being able to enjoy life without the constant worry that something bad was going to happen. Once I began meditating, I noticed a huge difference in my sleep habits. I was an insomniac before I started meditation and it was worse with the short day-light hours.  Now, I am able to sleep much better and I know that in order to sleep well, I need to focus on myself each night before bed.  (Meditation and essential oils) However, I have been able to control my thoughts much better and I am able to remind myself to take a time out with my oils.

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Essential oils are the third tip and what I use on a daily basis to ensure that my body remains calm and relaxed- especially during stressful days and when I am more prone to anxiety or worse, a panic attack. I always have Stress Away with me. Everywhere. See me out? Ask to see the Stress Away- It is never is out of my reach. I also use Lavender.  Lavender is so calming and soothing that I cant get enough of it.  It is frequently found in my desert mist diffuser.  For better sleep, I use a combination of Frankincense and Lavender.  Together, they smell incredible and I can feel the calming and grounding effect of both of them in seconds.  That’s right, seconds. When you breathe in essential oils, it goes directly to your lungs and into your blood stream.  Which is why essential oils work wonders for anxiety.  They work quick and they are all plant based. No pharmaceuticals for this girl! Peace and Calming by Young Living is another calming blend that would be beneficial to everyone that could use some peace. (which is everyone, at least everyone with kids!) Here is a short list of some other essential oils that are great for relieving stress and anxiety:

  • Bergamot (Citrus bergamia)

Bergamot smells sweet and tart at the same time.  Being a citrus, it is very uplifting and refreshing.  For those mornings when you have to get motivated! Blend it with grapefruit essential oil and ylang ylang for your morning routine.

  • Rose (Rosa damascena)

Rose essential oil by Young Living is one of the worlds most valuable oils in the world.  It takes 22 pounds of rose petals to make 1- 5ml bottle of essential oil. That’s a lot of flowers!  Rose oil will encourage positive feelings. Super helpful for when you have no positive thoughts in sight. Highly recommend for those days when you really need to chill.

  • Vetiver (Vetiveria zizanioides)

Vetiver is an exotic plant from Asia. It is best used in a blend of lavender and ylang ylang for calming and relaxation.

  • Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata)

You can use ylang ylang in a diffuser, but it is so relaxing in a hot bath before bed.  It is also very nourishing for your hair and skin. Ylang Ylang is also an ingredient in Young Living’s Peace and Calming blend.

  • German Chamomile (Matricaria recutita)

German Chamomile promotes feelings of calmness and eases nervous tension.

  • Frankincense (Boswellia carterii)

Frankincense might be one of the most popular oils out there.  It is grounding, calming, soothing and good for your skin.  It is literally one of my all time favorites in my diffuser.

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I hope that some of my tips will help you or someone you know that suffers with anxiety.  If you are interested in any of the oils I mentioned, or want to know more about any of the Young Living products- message me or call me.  Or you can visit the Young Living website here.

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