This is a super sensitive subject for me, I don’t usually post anything personal out there but this is a new blog and I’m going to start opening up. I’m so inspired when I see fellow bloggers opening up about things that have happened in their life.
I’m like many of adults that live with everyday anxiety. It’s exhausting really. I worry about something (usually something I have no control over), my legs shake constantly from being so restless. I can’t handle being in a room with more than 10-15 people, so yes concerts are out of the question. I also have what’s called chronic migraine (my doctor thinks the two play into each other).
As you can imagine it’s hard to pull myself out of bed to go to work every morning or get up on weekends. I’m not depressed I just don’t want to deal with these feelings alllllllll day long. My friends and family don’t really understand so I hear “why don’t you just get over it” a lot. If that was the case I would be ok and I wouldn’t feel life this, duh. A few seem to think I do it for attention, like I enjoy having a panic attack in a bathroom stall or at my desk. Yes, that is strictly for everyone’s amusement. When I’m feeling overwhelmed I escape to my car just incase an attack comes on. If you’ve ever experienced a panic attack then you know your not at your best when your hyperventilation, can’t breathe, feeling like your heart is going to jump out of your chest, your shaking & sweating.
I take Lexapro on a daily basis (whew, without it I’m a wreck). It helps take the edge off but not completely enough to satisfaction. I don’t want to take a lot of medications (unless I have to. No offense if you take a lot of meds,. I’m sure your not doing it for fun), I take Lexapro & my birth control pills daily (how’s that for honesty) but I also take herbal solutions. I’ve talked to my doctor (I just love her) and was given the go to take them, thankfully.
I take 3 Valerian root (they are huge and they smell horrible) at 6:45pm when I get home from work and 3 more at 9:00pm about an hour before bedtime. It helps me sleep all night which is amazing. When I don’t take it is average about 4 1/2 hours of sleep. I take 1 entire dropper of Cherry plum in the morning in 2 tablespoons of water (again, this stuff..whew.. it’s gross. But it works!) before I head out for work. If I’m having a trying morning or I have a migraine I’ll dab a little lavender oil on my wrists. I’ve suffered from anxiety for years but with my medication and these herbal supplements it’s not at its worse everyday. I’m not telling you to run out and buy these things, I’m not a doctor but I wanted something that wasn’t manufactured by a drug company or something I could get hooked on.
generally used for medicinal purposes
• relieve anxiety
• poor sleep.
• Fear of losing control
• Reduces anxiety and emotional stress
• Improves sleep
• Alleviates headaches