Out of desperation to relieve anxiety, many people go running to their doctors to get a prescription for anti-depressants and anti-anxiety medication. Although these medications can be helpful for short term relief, there are many side effects and can worsen the problem in the long-run.
When clients ask me what I think about going on meds for anxiety, PTSD symptoms and sleep issues, I usually advise against it, unless absolutely necessary. I suggest natural supplements to begin with, along with breathing exercises and counseling to deal with the underlying issues.
There are many natural supplements that can be helpful to calm the nervous system and help to get to sleep at night. L-theanine, the amino acid found in green tea, has been found to have a very calming effect on the body and it doesn’t produce sleepiness. You can take it throughout the day, to remain more relaxed and because of the relaxation effect, it may help you to sleep better at night.
Here is a great article on How L-Theanine Works in the Brain to Block Anxiety and Stress
Getting exercise is very important on so many levels. It helps to keep the blood circulating, oxygenate the body, stay fit and trim and keeping your muscles strong. However, if you are like me, you don’t always feel like exercising.
Many doctors will tell you the very best exercise you can do is take a walk. Taking a walk is really the easiest form of exercise and yet has great benefit. But when the weather is too hot, too cold, too snowy or rainy, you may not feel motivated to go outdoors and walk.
Since I am a Goldilocks exerciser, I like the weather to be “just right.” I don’t like it too hot or too cold and I live in Arizona. The answer to staying in shape for me is my rebounder. Continue reading Rebounding to Better Health
When you are depressed, life loses its luster. There is very little life force energy available to get through the day. You may not sleep well, or you may sleep too much. You may have a difficult time functioning at home and at work.
Depression is a repression, or suppression of one’s life force energy and the emotions that are not being properly dealt with. We often tell ourselves we shouldn’t be feeling what we are feeling and deny, suppress or medicate our emotions. This causes a suppression of your life force energy.
You may or may not know what you are depressed about. Knowing what you are depressed about doesn’t necessarily help to heal the depression.
What really helps heal depression is to deal with the underlying emotions that you are likely avoiding, and perhaps, looking for the spiritual guidance trying to come through the darkness. Continue reading Over Coming Depression
Although I have been vegetarian most of my adult life, in this past year I have committed to a 100% whole food, plant based diet without any animal products. For me that meant dropping the dairy and eggs.
Some may think such a diet is extreme and people always ask me where I get my protein.
Well, first of all let me address what is extreme. The extreme cruelty and torture of innocent beings just so we can have a slab of dead flesh on our table is extreme. If you have ever watched a video about what happens at those slaughter houses, you would think it was extreme too.
What is extreme is that over 56 billion farm animals are slaughtered every year by humans for our selfish consumption. Some people will tell me that this is the purpose of these animals. I can’t wrap my head around this kind of thinking. How could it possibly be the purpose of an animal to suffer extreme conditions and torture at the hands of mankind?
Some “spiritual thinkers” say that these animals have a karmic contract to be our food. Really? This kind of statement feels like an unconscious justification for something one is afraid to look too closely at, for fear they just might have to make a change.
Farm animals, like goats, cows, pigs and chickens are conscious beings. They have eyes, ears and feelings. Whoever said these animals don’t feel or are too stupid to know what is going on, has never spent time with such an animal. If you love dogs or cats or horses, you love animals and need to consider if your personal daily activities are both environmentally friendly and animal friendly. Continue reading Why I Eat a Vegan Plant Based Diet