Anxiety has been a part of my life since my elementary school days. Say the word test, I start to worry and my heart began to beat fast, the glandsin my throat enlarge and my ability to breathe is constricted. I lived with anxiety my entire life, but called something else, or ignored it, or just accepted that this is what happens when… In 2015, I experienced the most paralzying attack I ever had. Following a heated conversation with a loved one, I walked away in what I thought was a calm state. I spoke my truth, so I was ‘good’. Nope. In fact I was the exact opposite. As I sat at my kitchen table talking about the situation to my aunt, I began to have difficulty breathing and talking. No oxygen was getting to my limbs, my arms and legs began to stiffen, my vains were protruding through my skin, my skin was turning a dusty gray. I was unable to walk or talk. In my mind, I was screaming, ” what the hell is happening to me.” No sounds came from my mouth. My aunt called EMS, my sister and a host of other folks. Tears streamed down my face as my body continued to cry out in emotional agony. I could see the fear in my aunt’s eyes that this aniexty attack was really bad. So okay, enough of the gory details, the short of it was that it was really bad. EMS did their part, but I refused to go to the germy hospital.
My fairy God-Mother who is a nurse, gave healing instructions via phone to my aunt. Oh, I forgot to mention, in my broken communication to my aunt I requested that my 25 years old sister come to my house to witness this attack with her own eyes. I wanted her to see first hand, the impact my reaction to stress was having on my mind-body. Okay back to the treatment, my aunt and other sister carried me into the bathtub to immerse my body into a hot tub of water with peppermint oil to release my muscles and restore my mental focus. I was rubbed down with some oily stuff which I later learned was Rosemary Essential Oil. Tears continued to stream down my face as the women in the room nursed me back to health. As they loved on me, I witness the anguish in their eyes. My sister began to read scriptures and pray over me. The smell of peppermint and lavender filled the room as the women gently mumbled Amen as my sister prayed aloud. From the tub I was carried to my bed, by this time about three hours later, my fairy God-Mother had arrived and joined the crew of women in the space support my healing process. She began to rub me down with a healing oil, touching each body to get the blood flowing smoothly. Prays were still being recited. There was a calmness in the space and in my body. I felt safe, warm, nurtured and at ease. I turned to my younger sister and stated, ” it is important that we take care of ourselves, when we don’t this is the outcome.” Tears rolled down her face as she walked over to my bed and placed her arms around me, kissed my cheek and stated, ” I love you so much.”
According to research, stress is a particular problem for African-Americans which attribute to high incidents of anxiety disorder. BlackDoctor.org reports that stress is the number one health problem facing the African-American community. I am not a doctor, just a lady overcomer of anxiety wanting to share that we have the power to heal thyself even in the worse of circumstances. If you experience stress and need a few relaxation tips to manage, be certain try a tip belown and take it one day.
Lavender Essential Oil for Anxiety
Lavender has been used since ancient times. It was used to protect against the plague during the middle ages. Lavender has analgesic, antidepressant, nervine therapeutic actions. It is calming, relaxes and restores the nervous system. Lavender can alleviates fear and extreme emotions, including panic attacks. It is also a sedative and can help improve sleep quality.
How to apply:Place a few drops on your collar or a hankerchief and inhale when feeling stressed or fearful.
Chamomile Tea for Anxiety
Chamomile is a popular remedy to reduce anxiety and quiet the mind for sleep. This yellow daisylike flower is known to treat a variety of ailments. The flower is high in antioxidant and has anti-inflammatory properties, according to research. Chamomile is soothing to the nervous system, relieves muscle tension as well as stressed related disgestive upsets.
How to make tea: Gather 1 teaspoon dried or 2 teaspoons fresh chamomile flowers and steep in 1 cup boiling water for 15 to 20 minutes.
Meditation for Anxiety
This self-care practice can improve sleep quality and treat anxiety. Research shows that Mindful meditation has a beneficial effect on anxiety symptoms and can improve stress resilience. Guided meditation can be a natural remedy for anxiety to reduce emotional reactivity and dysfunctional thoughts.
How to meditate: lying down or sitting up, standing or even walking around, bring your attention to the breath, inhaling and exhaling through the nose. Just focus on the breathe allowing a sense of calmness to flow through the body.
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