Disabilities, Mental Health

Natural Ways to Deal With Anxiety

Some people who are diagnosed with an anxiety disorder have it so severe that they must be on prescription medication to deal with it. I feel very thankful that I am not one of those individuals. I have very bad anxiety, but I have found natural ways to deal with it instead of being on a prescription anti-depressant.

*When reading this, please do not drop all the medications that your doctor has given you to try my methods. I am not a professional. I am just here to give suggestions to help relieve the anxiety and stress that can interrupt life. I want to help people like me who wish to live a more natural life as much as possible. I take prescriptions when I really need them. I take the generic of Cymbalta to treat my Fibromyalgia symptoms. However, these suggestions can be used alongside medications to aid in easing Anxiety

One main way that I deal with my anxiety, is that I try to meditate at least five minutes a day. I found that this method really works if you keep at it. However, not everyone has time for meditation or has the energy to do so. There are some days where I am so exhausted, that I go to bed instead of meditating. There are other times where I am sick and cannot focus enough to meditate.

I found the best way to meditate is to clear and balance all the Chakras. You can find Chakra meditations anywhere online and there are some apps that guide you through a chakra meditation. Clearing out chakras not only clears your mind and anxiety but helps in various ways as well. One time, I had a stomach ache that would not go away. Once I cleared out my stomach Chakra, the ache was gone. I’m not saying that aches and pains are always stemming from clogged chakras, but sometimes they might be. It’s just an observation.

I also found that starting out learning how to meditate, binaural beats help you learn how to get to that state of mind. These beats help, because they are designed to make the brain act a certain way by giving a certain tone to different parts of the brain. I am not a scientist so I cannot exactly elaborate, but it is a great tool for learning how to go into a deep meditation. There are many apps out there with these beats, along with YouTube videos. The best suggestion is to wear earbuds but does not let the volume exceed a certain point or it might hurt your ears.

Another way I relieve stress and anxiety is indulging in my hobbies. I have many of them. I love to write, role play, belly dance, crafts, and cosplay. Role play and writing usually go hand in hand, since I have a few co-written projects with a friend and we role play them in order to work out the kinks. It is not only fun and relieves stress, but it is also productive at the same time. Instead of shutting down my brain, I am engaged in a story and new ideas.

I found that with anxiety, as long as I keep my brain active I do not feel anxiety as much as I would if I was thinking of nothing. If I keep my brain thinking of other things when I have free time, it helps me avoid thinking of negative things that could cause an anxiety attack. This is why I always try to think positive even when everyone around me is thinking negative. I find that positive thinking makes everyone’s day at least a little brighter.

However, sometimes too much brain activity can cause even more anxiety at times. For the times where anxiety is so bad that none of these ideas could quell them, I was previously at a loss until someone suggested to take CBD oil. This oil can take the form of oral or vape. It is an oil that is taken from the hemp/marijuana plant however, it does not contain the chemical THC that causes the “high” and the part that is illegal. I find that one drop of this during one of my anxiety attacks can ease the tension and let me think clearly.

I hope this information can help someone who wants to win their life back.

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Mental Health

Positivity in Retail

Working in retail is brutal. Employees are tasked with not only providing amazing customer service but also do various tasks while doing so. It’s no wonder that many employees always look angry, upset, or depressed.

I, however, have realized that if you think and act with a positive attitude, everything seems to go a lot smoother. For the first couple years of working retail, I had always let the mean customers, coworkers, and everything outside work get to me. I no longer am able to work in retail because of my health issues, but I wanted to share the experiences that I had in the five to six years I spent in retail. Since I had a lot of physical pains that I experienced, that felt worse than many others, many days working in the backroom at SEARS dragged on. The only thing that got me through it was the reminder that I would get paid after all of my hard work.

When I began working at ROSS as a fitting room clerk, I associated with customers a lot more than I did previously. At first, I was very shy and timid. While I worked, I realized that when I put on a smile every day the customers smiled back. I interacted with them constantly. When I gave them a “have a nice day/night” after they were finished trying on clothes, I saw their eyes light up. When they approached with a sad or depressed expression I could see it change to a lighter, happier tone once they left.

During the dull, dragging days and nights where there were hardly any customers, I kept my mind and body busy. My mind was always on stories or my future as a writer. To ignore my physical pains, I paced around the podium at my station, danced with the music playing on the loudspeakers, and when there were clothes on my rack I went off a few clothes at a time to put them back. I also spent time going down aisles making sure everything was neat and tidy.

Many employees complain about the amount of work to do in retail jobs like I have had. In my experience, time usually goes faster when you’re busy. Positivity is key when working in retail, especially when you have disabilities like mine. It makes the managers, and everyone else important overlooks what you cannot do and commend you for what you can do.

Mental Health

Back from Hiatus

Writer’s block and severe stress has taken over my life for the past few months. It all started when someone I thought was a good friend decided to treat me as if I was nothing with no true explanation except for anger and resentment towards me. Another person who was previously my friend had also continuously made me believe that I was to blame for everything in my life. However, as I got close to my other friends, one of which I am now currently dating, I came to realize that it wasn’t me at all. They left me because they couldn’t handle that I was finally becoming my own person. They couldn’t handle that every once in a while, I freak out because of emotional abuse I endured from would-be friends, nuns, and some others growing up. They helped me find my true self and made me realize that I need to stop trying to please everyone else and do what I need. Not what others expect of me.

Now that I’ve gotten rid of my blockage and I’m finally beginning to get my life on track I will try and post more often in order to get my mind out and talk about things that I enjoy.

Disabilities, Mental Health

Overcoming Challenges

As a child, I struggled throughout school with undiagnosed learning disabilities. Unfortunately, my parents did not know how to get me tested or even knew that I had something wrong. In school, I was seen as lazy or even stupid in some classes because of how much I struggled. Since I had always loved reading and writing, I was able to figure out ways around my dyslexia. When I read things that were somewhat difficult, I used two rulers to section off sentence by sentence so I could concentrate on one line at a time. For editing my writing, I printed it all out and physically marked up the papers and wrote arrows for parts that needed to be said earlier or later. However, math was a different story. Since I had no interest in the subject, my unknown disability really hindered my abilities. In order to get through my classes, I eventually began to go over my problems over and over to make sure that I got the numbers and symbols correct before handing in any homework.

Once I began going to my local Community College, I realized just how badly I needed to get tested. I started falling behind in my classes because I could not concentrate enough to read the texts quickly enough. I even attempted to have a job in retail but realized I was not mentally able to handle the cash register and was let go.

After I was finally (first) diagnosed at the age of 22, I was able to get the help I needed. I was able to get untimed tests, and record lectures so I could concentrate on what was going on in the classroom instead of writing note after note. I finally was able to graduate with an Associates in General Studies in 2012. Once I graduated, I figured out what kinds of retail jobs I was able to apply to. Retail chains that had many different departments were able to hire individuals, like me, who did not have to learn to use the register.

Fast forward to the year 2015, retail was the only job I was able to obtain but it was taking a toll on my worsening conditions. I decided to go for the Freelance Writing career diploma from Penn Foster. The monthly payment for tuition was cheap and I got free textbooks out of the deal. After achieving an A in the entire program and the certificate I realized I needed a lot more to get my freelance career off the ground. On a whim, I applied to West Chester University, which was within distance to commute from my home. For two years I enjoyed going to this school but at the same time the stress of commuting, multiple classes, and trying to juggle what little finances I had taken its toll. The program was fine, but in the end, I needed more flexibility. Just a week and a half ago I finished my final semester before transferring to Southern New Hampshire University where I will be majoring in Creative Writing with a minor in Communications.

Along the way, I have met wonderful friends who help me through the process of developing my skills along with professors who helped me realize what kind of goals I wanted to set for myself. I learned that when I need to read books for class that I should try to listen to the audiobook version along with reading in order to comprehend the material. For research, my Professor taught me to write the material I read in my own words as I read it so that I can easily comprehend it better later, which ultimately helps me create the content I need for the paper itself.

I don’t want to claim to be part of the “super-crip” (a term I only just learned through my last research paper which means someone who has a disability and has “overcome” in some way to seem “normal”), but I do believe these accomplishments can be seen as positive and uplifting. There are times where I believe that I can’t amount to anything. Either from others’ words or my own anxious thoughts. The thing about that is that even if times seem dire, one must never give up hope. Never stop fighting and stay strong. One of my favorite fandoms, Supernatural, taught me that and I will forever keep that in my heart.