Anxiety

Anxiety is a mental health disorder defined by feelings of worry, anxiety, or fear that are so strong & intense enough that they interfere with one’s daily activities.

Anxiety & panic attacks strike suddenly & abruptly with intense waves of fear and worry along with the physical symptoms of shortness of breath, dizziness, rapid heartbeat, sweats, trembling, tightness of chest, shallow breathing & nausea just to name a few. Quite frankly you feel as if your dying…feel as if you are having a heart attack.

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental disorder in America with over 40 million suffering.

I’m just one in those statistics that not only suffers from anxiety but from crippling anxiety attacks. Yet I often times feel very alone in my illness. It’s so much more than excessive worries & intrusive thoughts. It’s a real pain in my chest, a real lack to be able to properly breath, shakes, sweating, a real sense of being dizzy & about to pass out, headaches, fatigue….you name it. Then the aftermath of feeling stupid, worthless, that I’m simply overreacting.

Thankfully though in this day, anxiety is far less stigmatized & heard of more. In my opinion I feel a big part of this illness on the rise consists particularly due to how rushed and over competitive our society has become. The stress is simply unnatural. We are always being reminded we have to be faster, better, ect so we overload our plates. Force ourselves into becoming workaholics just to have a shot at being successful in this day & age.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about working hard & being productive. However that said, we need to take better care of ourselves & our minds so that we don’t let the stress corroded our health to the point that we can no longer be productive.

Coping mechanisms for me included many but absolutely nothing in world to combat my anxiety beats sleep. I mean I have to clear an entire day dedicated to resting & taking it easy & being gentle on myself. Typically my main anxiety attack trigger consists of obsessing over all the things I need to get done….. I obsess so much it literally obliterates my nerves. Clearing the day out & resting is the most important factor in healing my mind & myself.

Additional non medicinal options include;

Steam room, sauna, hot baths

Gentle yoga, specifically geared towards anxiety

Breath work – this doesn’t always clear an anxiety attack out but can work wonders in getting you through those horrible peak moments

Aromatherapy- Lavender, Rose, tea tree & eucalyptus are my favorite anxiety fighting oils.

Even with our children we must teach them to be cognizant of overloading themselves. For this very reason, my husband and I are adamant about our children only being allowed one extracurricular activity during the school year. We do multiple summer camp activities, but during the school year they are only allowed to choose one. So that they can focus their energy on their activity, school work, and finding time to relax & to just be kids. It’s normal for our children to want to do all the things but we must teach them it’s not healthy or feasible even to overload themselves. Remember that anxiety is just a serious to take care of as having a cold or any other infection

Your body needs rest, your mind & body need to heal! Be gentle to yourself.

Namaste

Summer essential oils soaps


Dr Bronners soap is my jam. As it is so many others…it’s a best selling Castile soap that infused with the essential oils.

This little set I carried with me to the beach was pure perfection. I could interchange between the citrus oil one which would instantly lift my sprits & energize my essence. Then after a day on the beach where even with serious sun protection, my skin tends to feel a little crispy & in need of some calming TLC. I could refreshen up with the peppermint oil one for a soothing refresher before we would head out for evening adventures.

The peppermint oil soothes inflamed skin like no other. Its perfect for post sun activities weather you spend the day at the beach or pool even. It’s an invigorating & energizing oil. This oil is also great at relieving muscle pain. It’s known to be very soothing and calming to your skin.

The citrus is amazing as well because it practically smells of the sun. Its a real pep you up oil. This oil is also used as an antidepressant, anti inflammatory & aphrodisiac. Perfect vacation oil.

This soap can be used for just about anything and is equally environmentally friendly. It not only cleanses but is incredibly hydrating. In particular the hemp oil in these soaps has amazing anti aging properties. Namaste!

A Personal Parkinsons Story

Parkinsons disease affects the nerve cells in your brain that produce dopamine. To the outside world when you hear about Parkinson you think of nothing more than tremors.

When in reality those who suffer from the disease, suffer from so much more under the surface than simply tremors alone. Symptoms range anywhere from anxiety, bladder issues, cognitive issues, insomnia, slowed movements, speech clusters and even depression. Its like a wave of underlying symptoms that just cripples one not only physically but their spirit as well. Its a disease that not only grips the affected with fear and guilt but difficult doesn’t even begin to describe how it feels for the family and friends caring for their loved ones affected.

One of my earliest and fondest memories is of bedtime cuddles with my granny. She was a champion cuddler. I would even say it was her ‘thing’ She would cuddle me so tight & we would have heartfelt late night talks about life and such way into the wee hours of the night. I will never forget her cuddling me one night and telling me “how one day I was going to grow up & fall in love & have a family of my own & then cuddle them.” She was a romantic one that granny of mine. I equally have fond memories of my Grandaddy who was the tough hardworking guy from Nashville TN. I remember him being the only one interested to talk to me about stories like the Bell Witch from Adams Tennessee and how he used to play on the Bell farm and the cave on the property where much activity was noted. I always thought of him as such a beautiful man who was the tall tough southern guy who could also be sensitive, loving, and a caring family man. 

Unfortunately, both of my beautiful grandparents suffered from Parkinsons. My grandfather passed away May of 2017 and my Granny recently passed away this past October.

Just like with cancer there are many different types of the Parkinsons disease you or your loved one could be suffering from. Just like with cancer, finding the specific type of this disease is key to finding more effective treatment options and could eventually prove effective in how to find a cure all together.

Below I included my favorite sites for further information on not only the horrible disease but the latest news in treatment options and in how close we are getting to finding a cure overall.

https://parkinson.org

https://www.cureparkinsons.org.uk

Namaste!

Gluten-free Kale And Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Gluten-free Kale & Chocolate Chip Pancakes

  • Difficulty: easy
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  • Handful or two of freshly washed kale
  • 3/4 C of milk
  • 1 C of gluten-free baking mix
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 T of honey
  • 1 T of butter
  • Chocolate chips

Set your griddle to Medium-high & in your blender, mix up the kale & milk together. Mix in together milk/kale mixture, pancake mix, egg, honey, and butter. Your batter should be on the thicker side. Thicker batter ensures fluffy pancakes. Add a little bit more milk if you prefer thinner pancakes.

Lightly grease the griddle & pour the batter (I pour about a palm size amount of batter)

Then I add a sprinkle of chocolate chips, and after you start to see bubbles form with the edges firming up you flip. Cook for about a min or two on the other side & then serve with butter and syrup of choice!

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Tumeric and Ginger Immunity Tea

Tumeric & Ginger Immunity Tea

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  • Calming caffeine free tea of choice~This is my go to, but its only a seasonal item & for those who do not have a trader joes near them, your favorite herbal tea will do the trick.
This is my favorite tea to use. With calming chamomile, cinnamon, ginger and a little bit of hibiscous. Its a cup of heaven on rainy and cold day.
  • 1/2 t of turmeric
  • 1 T of honey
  • 1/2 t of freshly grated ginger
  • squeeze of fresh lemon juice
  • dash of black pepper

Start by simmering snd brewing your favorite cup of herbal chamomile tea. Afterwards stir in turmeric, fresh ginger, dash of pepper for better absorption, and garnish with honey and lemon juice.

Enjoy!

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Honoring Yourself- My Morning Meditation and Yoga Routine

Good Morning! I wanted to piece together a post that was a basic overview of my individual morning yoga & meditation routine. All I did was piece together my favorite energizing and focusing based energy poses, that takes no more than about 10 min in the morning to complete. For as mommas & busy ladies in general we all know how hectic our lives can get. It is utterly imperative to set time aside to clear and center yourself for the day ahead.

So firstly I start off in this pose and take about a couple of minutes to be still & meditate of my energy being cleared, balanced, productive, patient and protected. I try to always make sure to smile during this process because I believe it is a lovely way to set your day with energy that is positive and grateful.

From my meditation I then move on to do some cat/cow poses and make sure to truly pay attention to my slow and steadfast breathing. This is my modified version of childs pose. This is also really great for opening my hip flexors .

Then I go into my camel pose.
From there I transition into my downward facing dog position

After about three good in & out solid breaths I extended one leg behind me and hold for another couple of breaths. Then I sort of arch my foot to the other side and hold the pose again for a couple of smooth breaths.

Next I bring my foot up into my runner lunge position.

After my arm extension stretching, I immediately go into my warrior pose for a couple of nice deep breaths.

From the above pose I then would go back into downward dog and do the entire series of poses again but while using the other leg. Then I make my way back to downward facing down for the final time and then slowly walk forward to mountain pose but while hanging down in rag doll pose.

I typically always finish by slowly rising up into the pose below. I then typically down a glass of lemon water & grab my coffee. There is no set rhyme or reason to it and it’s something I dedicate to for at least 10 minutes in the morning. More is better if you can, but if your a super busy gal like me… I find 10 minutes is more than enough time to realign & to set some amazing intentions for the day. It gives me energy, focus, and all around great vibes to unfold my day to! Namaste!


Emotional Abuse and the Metaphysics behind it.

Humans are dichotomous creatures by nature. We are not only of the physical but the spiritual as well. Many choose to ignore or flat out deny both of these aspects as what we are truly made up of. I preach on a daily basis, to my readers, my family, my friends, anyone who will listen really the importance of nurturing and taking equal care of not only your physical health but your spiritual health as well. It is essential. This is in my opinion what makes abuse (of any form really), especially emotional abuse such a difficult and abrasive wound to overcome and most certainly a veniomous & heinous spiritual crime.

All abuse physical, sexual, emotional ect are horrendous.No matter what the source, all abuse results in lasting, profound and impactful emotional abuse. It is the emotional abuse that leaves individuals suffering in silence, fear, humiliation and often times guilt. Even physical forms of abuse will ultimately turn into deep emotional scars. The wounds may heal but the flashbacks and fear remain leaving a person paralyzed and overwhelmed. Individuals who suffer from emotional abuse often feel their scars are unjustified because there are no physical traces of hurt and pain and often times shame.

A few tips to always remember and push towards in your mind regarding abuse are as follows;

  1. You must make a valid and conscious effort to remove yourself from abusive situations. This of course is not always an option for many who fear for themselves and for their family or find themselves being emotionally blackmailed in an abusive situation. In these cases you must persevere- there are hotlines & counselors reading and willing to help you out of these dire situations. Regardless you are worth fighting for, worthy of being in a safe environment and WORTHY OF BEING HAPPY.
  2. Take a break/ get perspective. Get away or get involved in something that makes you feel like you again. Lifts your confidence and spirits back up. Meditation is my form of taking a break & getting a new form of perspective on myself & how to properly honor myself throughout the day
  3. Counseling
  4. Setting healthy boundaries. No one be it a friend or family member has the right you emotionally abuse and blackmail you. If they think that they do then it is perfectly acceptable to draw that boundary for your own sanity and explain you will not be engaging in a toxic relationship with anyone.

The thing is…. you are not the worlds punching bag, and know matter how many times you choose to excuse the kind of abuse another directs towards you. It is never warranted and most certainly never acceptable. Even if you love someone with all you have, that does not ever justify sacrificing your own well being for another’s frustration. As stated emotional abuse is abuse suffered in silence, confusion and most often times denial. Often time it is truly the most psychologically damaging because it is suffered in silence. It stifles ones spark & kills any sort of confidence.

If you don’t stand up for you, who in the world will?