Life is a journey and I am no stranger to the challenges and adversity that it has to offer. Since 2009 I have struggled with anxiety in a way that has really rocked my world. Panic attacks, catastrophic thinking and a little dance with agoraphobia are some of the nuances of everyday life that I have experienced. When I took myself to the hospital back in 2009 thinking I was having a heart attack I never ever imagined where I would be years later because at that moment in that bed I thought for sure I was dying.
If you are a frequent reader of the blog you will understand how anxiety for us is a family affair. Each one of us deals with it in our own way each and every day. Anxiety in and of itself is healthy. We need for our bodies to react with that fight or flight response to avoid getting hurt. The problems begin when anxiety, fear or worry start to impede on your everyday functioning.
I have discovered so much over the last few years about how the body works and more importantly how my body works. I have been vigilant about finding out the reasons why I feel the way I do. The answers have been enlightening despite the hard road to discovery. Let me explain why.
A few years ago when I would feel those tell-tale signs of a panic attack starting – heart palpitations, sweaty palms, whole body shaking from the inside but not visible on the outside, feeling incredibly nauseated, inability to focus, things moving too fast and noises so very loud my immediate reaction would be of course to panic; full out feeling like you are going to die for as long as it takes to surf that wave of fear panic. Most times, I had no idea what brought it on. I just knew that it was a very bad feeling and that no one else could see it or hear it or feel it but me. On the outside I looked like everything was fine but on the inside the fear and sense of doom was horrific.
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I am a firm believer that what we put in our bodies directly affects how we feel. I know if I drink coffee I feel jittery and I don’t like that feeling because it’s the same feeling I get when I am at the onset of a panic attack. As much as I love the wonderful smell of the rich full bodied brew I stay away. The same rings true for sugar with my son. Too much sugar and you’ll find him pacing and breathing hard – whether he recognizes it or not his body is most surely talking to him and saying, “What the heck are you doing to me? I don’t want this junk.” I found this article today and thought it would be good to share as a bit of reminder going into the holiday season where feast and bounties of every variety are around us. Remember what we put in our mouths directly relates to how we feel so give you and your children the gift of health.
Diet for Anxiety
ANXIETY JUNE 16, 2011 BY: DELIALAH FALCON
Can you recommend a basic diet program for children suffering from anxiety?
Peter Chase, Charlotte NC
According to the Anxiety Disorders Association of America, anxiety disorders affect one in eight children. Children who suffer from anxiety may exhibit intestinal symptoms such as nausea, stomachaches, diarrhea and vomiting. Controlling anxiety may reduce intestinal symptoms. Although there is no evidence that any particular diet can cure anxiety, some studies suggest that eating and avoiding particular types of foods may help decrease the number as well as the severity of attacks. Implementing dietary changes does not serve as a substitute for treatment. If your child suffers from severe anxiety that interferes with his daily activities, consult a pediatrician.
Giving your child adequate protein for breakfast will help him sustain his energy levels throughout the day. Children who suffer from anxiety may experience episodes of lethargy from lack of sleep and emotional drain. Obtaining energy from a proper diet will help combat these effects. According to the Mayo Clinic, carbohydrates are thought to increase the amount of serotonin in your brain, which has a calming effect. Avoid simple carbohydrates found in sugary foods and white breads, and opt for whole grains instead. Breakfast foods that are high in protein and healthy carbs include scrambled eggs on a whole wheat tortilla, whole grain toast or English muffin spread with peanut butter, or an all natural whey protein shake.
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I am always so honoured when people review my book. It is amazing to see how my words translate and resonate with others. Well I feel incredibly privileged this morning to have a fellow writer at Special-ism Martianne Stanger review “Just Like You” and I hope you have a moment to read it. Thank you is surely not enough for such a wonderful review.
Understand and Process Anxiety with the Book “Just Like You”
November 17, 2012 By Martianne Stanger
Anxiety. The mere mention of the word can make some folk’s hearts race and their muscles clench. No one likes to be reminded of the disquiet that fear, worry and panic can bring to a day. Fewer still can handle facing high levels of anxiety day in and day out without support. And that is why any child, parent, educator or professional whose life is touched by anxiety might want to thank Darlene Wierski-Devoe, author of Just Like You and the Just Like You Toolbox Journal.
After seeing her own children struggle with anxiety issues which mimic that of her own childhood, Darlene Wierski-Devoe created Just Like You to give a voice to children with anxiety. In doing so, she offered such children tools for treating their anxiety while also giving them a concrete way to share their struggle with others. Through reading Just Like You, people can better understand how to hear and help children with anxiety. They can recognize the reason behind behaviors that anxious children demonstrate, as well as the ways that everyone is the same. Thus, the silence and stigma of anxiety as a mental health disease can be reduced and the ability to celebrate everyone’s desire to be the best person possible can increase.
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Have you ever heard of Bach’s Flower Remedies? This is what I understand of them:
Bach flower remedies are dilutions of flower material developed by Edward Bach, an English bacteriologist, pathologist and homeopath, in the 1930s. Bach believed that dew found on flower petals retain healing properties of that plant.The remedies are intended primarily for emotional and spiritual conditions, including but not limited to depression, anxiety, insomnia and stress.
If you’ve been reading my blog long enough you have probably heard me talking about Bach’s Rescue Remedy and about our quest to seek out good natural alternatives to help alleviate anxiety and to help the body heal naturally. Did you know that there are wonderful people out there that are Practioner’s of this wonderful natural remedy?
Over the last couple of months I have had the privilege to get to know a wonderful lady by the name of Lise Battaglia. She and I both have very similar views about so much in this world. I asked her if she would like to share with my amazing readers a little about how Bach’s Flower Remedies can help with anxiety and stress. She has graciously given of herself and her time and I am happy to announce a 7 part series where she will explain the uses of this elegant, simple, safe and effective therapy for your anxious child. There is also another little surprise. Lise is offering one of our readers a free Bach Flower Essence therapy session for both you and your child. Her Virtual Clinic will give our readers a chance to learn about your progress and impressions of the flowers. It will undeniably encourage others to use this wonderful system of healing.
Watch out for Part 1 on Thursday November 15, 2012. What an exciting event and a big thank you to Lise for sharing her expertise with us.
Want to know more about Lise –
For over 25 years Lise Battaglia has been a guide and support to those suffering from hard to treat emotional distress.
A child’s diagnosis is a family’s burden. Each individual in that family is challenged. Healing the child also means healing the family. Taking the main focus off the “sick child” by strengthening each family member individually, we create a space for healing.
Lise divides her time between private consultations via skype, in Galloway Township, NJ and teaching. Call for a 15 minute mini consultation Mondays and Wednesdays 9am-12pm EST 908 528 0556 or by email. lise@MyBachBottle.com.
Her website is: www.HomeopathyHealingArts.com
Lise is a Certified Constitutional Homeopath CCH(cand), Homeopathic Master Clinician HMC, Bach Flower Essence Practitioner and Culinary Nutritionist. She received her training at Columbia University in NYC, CUNY at Hunter in NYC and Louis Klein of the Luminos School, BC.