Wellness Wednesday…Controlling your anxiety!

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Anxiety disorders are the most common mental condition in the United States, affecting approximately forty million of the adult population aged eighteen and above. Sadly, in fear of being ridiculed, people rarely seek professional help. This is one of the biggest reason why a lot of people suffer from anxiety disorders even if it is one of the most manageable mental conditions.

Thanks to the advancement in medical science and research, different forms of interventions and treatment have been developed to help people in overcoming anxiety and panic attacks. Here are some of the commonly used treatments:

◾️Medications. Although medications are not a sure fire cure for your anxiety disorders, it is an effective means o relieving symptoms of anxiety attacks. A wide variety of medications are currently being used to treat anxiety disorders, these include the traditional anti-anxiety drugs, anti-depressants, and beta-blockers. The only down side to this form of treatment is that the medications are habit forming, so it is best to follow the doctor’s specified dosing amount and duration to prevent this from happening.

◾️Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). This treatment focuses on correcting maladaptive thought patterns and behaviors. This treatment helps sufferers pinpoint their irrational thoughts and beliefs that are holding them back from functioning normally through their fears. This treatment also challenges sufferers to break free from those negative thoughts. CBT also deals with exposing sufferers to the object of their fears in a safe and controlled environment. CBT aims to help patients learn how to deal with stressful situations in able for them to start overcoming anxiety.

◾️Natural and herbal treatments. There are herbal remedies available in the market that have been said to treat anxiety. However, the safety and efficacy of using such products have not been well-observed, It is also important to keep in mind that these herbal medications may conflict with any existing medication you may be taking for your anxiety.

◾️Relaxation techniques. These relaxation techniques include: progressive muscle relaxation, controlled breathing, and guided imagery. These techniques are aimed to reducing and resolving physical stress that may be contributing to the anxiety attack.

◾️Hypnotherapy. This form of therapy is conducted by a licensed clinical hypnotherapist by using different therapeutic techniques while you are in a state of deep relaxation.

A healthy and balanced lifestyle helps a lot in controlling and reducing anxiety attacks. Here are some ways to keep anxiety at bay:

🔺Exercise regularly. Exercise is an effective treatment for anxiety as it promotes endorphin production in the body which serves as a natural relaxant. Engaging in yoga or aerobic exercises may also be particularly calming.

🔺Get adequate sleep. A lack of sleep may aggravate anxiety.

🔺Keep a healthy diet. A healthy and well-balanced diet may help in the battle against anxiety and stress.

🔺Meditate. Common types of meditation techniques used to reduce anxiety are: mindfulness, walking meditation, and transcendental meditation. This helps the mind relax and achieve a state of calm.

🔺Avoid alcohol and drugs. Substances won’t help relieve you of your anxieties. These may only make the problems worse, and may even affect your body.

🔺Eliminate caffeine in your diet. Caffeine is a form of stimulant which may stimulate anxiety or panic attacks and may also cause insomnia. It is best to steer clear of such substances to prevent triggering panic attacks.

🔺Cultivate a support system. Spending time with people who support and love you may help relax you and make you feel good. It makes you less vulnerable to anxiety knowing that you’re in the company of people who genuinely care for you.

Overcoming anxiety may not be an easy battle to face. But it is comforting to know that you have a lot of options available to help battle this condition. With a little professional help, emotional support, and the will power to defeat the monster within, you’ll soon be able to live free from anxiety.

Hope these tips help you get a handle of you anxiety….💞

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Wellness Wednesday…Alcohol Abuse

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Do you or do you know someone who suffers here are a couple of facts:

Alcohol is addictive. You will find many people who will argue with this statement, but alcohol fits all the definitions of a harmful and addictive drug;

1. You need to take more and more of it to get the same effect

2. Your body becomes physically dependent on alcohol.

3. People die from alcohol abuse

An alcoholic is someone who has become physically dependent on alcohol. Alcoholism is permanent, it can not be cured. An ex-alcoholic is simply one who has not had alcohol for a long time. If the “ex”-alcoholic has one drink they are hooked again and have to go through the whole drying out process again.

Alcoholism treatment centers allow the alcoholic to live in a supportive and alcohol free environment while giving up the drug. Psychological advice is available and group therapy sessions help many recovering alcoholics.

Alcoholics Anonymous are one group that holds support meetings for alcoholics. AA has groups in most towns and cities in most countries and many recovering alcoholics find the group sessions to be an essential part of STAYING a recovered alcoholic.

Given the toxic nature of alcohol, if the substance was discovered today, it would never be licensed as a drug or food. It is only the entrenched nature of the alcohol industry and the fact that so many jobs depend on it that make it politically unacceptable to ban alcohol. Alcohol kills many more people on a daily basis than die of drug-related crime or addiction.

It’s ok to seek help and there is nothing to be ashamed of, society is more accepting of alcohol than it is of drugs which makes some of us stay in denial about how much we abuse it!

If you or a loved one suffers, please encourage them to seek help:

SAMHAS

Substance Abuse And Mental Health Services Administration

1-800-662-HELP (4357)

Or find local churches in your area that offer weeknight AA meetings

𝓞𝓵𝓲𝓿𝓲𝓪 𝓑. 𝓢𝓱𝓮𝓹𝓱𝓮𝓻𝓭

”Empowering Recovery One Life at a Time”

Law of Attraction…Tuesday Tips…

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#lawofattraction

Do any of you believe law of attraction works with healing depression?

The knowledge about the Law of Attraction has become the focus point of many conversations. Many people feel a positive influence in their life because of the power of the Law of Attraction and how one can make it work in the right direction.

Learning about this cosmic law has helped countless persons to make deliberate decisions when it comes to improve their health.

A person that is suffering from depression often feels that there is no hope of getting better. The quality of life is often at an all time low. If this has been your experience you may want to read on and find out what you can do.

Going to a doctor may be of some help but according to some statistics almost half of the people who are on medication for depression did not need the medication to get well.

When you use the power of the Law of Attraction you can take the first steps to feel better yourself. You are not dependent on any external help because you can use the power of the Law of Attraction anytime you want to. You can choose the live that you want to live. It is you who creates what you want when you know about the Law of Attraction. You can be a deliberate creator of your own life experience.

Here are 3 simple steps that can help you along the way when using the power of the cosmic laws:

▫️Meditations are important they will help you to relax and to connect to source energy. You can meditate daily and in a quiet place without distractions. One session should last for about 15 minutes or more. When you are doing your meditation sessions try to turn off any noise if possible. Radio, TV and telephones should be turn off. There are instructions available of how to do your meditation and how to get the most out of it.

▫️The Law of Attraction responds to your vibrations and emotions. What ever kind of vibration and emotion you have the Law of Attraction will bring more of that back to you. Here is the key to a happier life. You now can deliberately create a happier life with the Law of Attraction. Look at funny movies or movies with a happy ending, avoid watching violent or sad movies. Try to avoid people that may make you feel down. Create pleasant and peaceful surroundings. Listen to soothing back ground music while taking a relaxing bath. Enjoy an afternoon with a warm cup of coffee while reading a good book. Whatever will make you feel better do it!

▫️Do your affirmations to program your subconscious mind. You can say these affirmations daily. Choose an affirmation for example like: �I am feeling good and I am happy. I love my life�. You can choose any affirmation that will help in the process of getting well. Affirmations are tools to work on your subconscious mind to achieve any goal that you have.

These are just a few tips to get you started to feel better and to improve your well being!☺️

Depending on how severe your depression may be you may still have to seek professional help. You may have to talk to a therapist to help with your condition. The Law of Attraction however will help you to make the first important steps. The daily exercise will speed up the recovery process and you may eventually live without having depression. Knowing how the Law of Attraction works will help you in this endeavor.

𝓛𝓪𝓭𝔂 ‘𝓞’💞

”Empowering Recovery One Life at a Time”

Mental Health Awareness…learn how to control your thoughts!

#mentalhealthawareness💚

Overthinking can be a BIG problem for most of us, we usually think on things we can’t control the most! Here are 5 tips to help control those thoughts:

#1– CONTROL YOUR THOUGHTS

“We can’t control our thoughts”

Yes you can by not thinking on everything that pops in your head. When the negative thoughts pop up, ask yourself “will this thought drain my energy”, how can I think on something better or different?

Most of the time those thoughts are unimportant and stress you out more.

Yes we have things we have to think about, but it’s how you react to them.

The goal isn’t to stop 🛑 thinking negative thoughts all together but learning how we react to them.

#2 – DON’T BELIEVE YOUR BRAIN

“Just because you think it, doesn’t make it true”

Really enough said about this, stop believing everything you think period…🤷🏽‍♀️

#3– BRING YOURSELF TO THE PRESENT

Mindfulness is so important, stop dwelling on the past, last week, and yesterday. Life is too short keep thinking about what would have happened.

When you bring yourself to the present, you move forward from the past.

Our past doesn’t define our future, so why should it ruin our thoughts?

#4– ACTION STOPS FEAR

Thoughts that are based on anxiety or worrying about a future event. It hasn’t happened so why the hell are you worrying now🤷🏽‍♀️

When we are feeling anxious, we are often fearing or dreading something that is coming up in the future. This could be a big event, a job interview or more abstract things like paying the bills, finding purpose in life etc.

Let it go girl….worrying doesn’t keep things from happening, but learn how to get through the situation. I promise it isn’t as bad as we usually think.

#5– CONTROL PLAN

A control plan is a list of things that you either can or cannot control.

CAN CONTROL:

•Hairstyle

•Makeup

•Clothes you put on

•Relationships

•Diet and Exercise

CANNOT CONTROL:

•Facial structure

•Body structure, God made you

•Height

•Others opinions of you

You get it right???? Try making a list of your own and see how this can help control those unwanted thoughts!

Need little extra help, let’s chat 💭

𝓞𝓵𝓲𝓿𝓲𝓪 𝓑. 𝓢𝓱𝓮𝓹𝓱𝓮𝓻𝓭

{Life Empowerment Mentor}

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Mental Health Awareness

#mindfulness

#mentalhealthawareness

3 Quick Steps To Practice Mindfulness

Step One: Journal 📔 Your Thoughts

Right down what you are thinking about first thing in the morning how you want your day to go, then again at night to reflect on the day! Don’t let your past creep in, don’t let what happen yesterday creep in…just stay focused on the present day! One day at a time sis…💓

Step Two: TURN OFF YOUR PHONE 📱

Yes Girl, 😳I know….much like me I do all my business from that damn phone, but ask my friends and family…when I put my phone down I do! I don’t answer calls, texts, or emails for about 2-3 hours. During this I nap or just sit and relax, this keeps you focused and calm! The world 🌎 will be fine without you for a couple of hours, your health is most important!

Step Three: LEARN TO MEDITATE🧘🏾‍♀️

Meditation is the key to mindfulness. It allows us to learn how to be mindful. It is the key to the whole ideal. Without it, it is much more difficult to become mindful in any moment. Sit down, close your eyes, focus on your breath, and just be in the moment.

Mindfulness has been shown to improve overall health, improve our brain functionality, and will enable you to be a calmer, happier, more intentional person. Yes, I know it’s hard to turn our wired brains 🧠 off but I promise just for about 10 minutes you will definitely notice a change.

Mental Health Awareness 💚

#mentalhealthawareness💚

Do you have some coping skills for when days get bad?

Here are a few you should try if not:

💚Draw or paint a picture. It doesn’t have to be good!!! Growing up in a family of visual artists… Wow, the desire to compete with them when I am a writer, not a visual artist, was hard to overcome at times. But first and foremost, art is a hobby and a coping skill. Just because we’re not amazing at something doesn’t mean we shouldn’t still do it if it brings us joy!

💚 Cook your favorite meal. I enjoy cooking most when I for the most part. Using my hands and immersing myself in making a meal takes my mind off all the mess going on around me, helping lift my depressed mood. It’s great because at the end, I have something to munch on!😋

💚 Write a letter to someone you are angry with, and then destroy it. An easy way to let out any frustration toward someone is to write a letter. This coping skill is great for letting out feelings about someone who would not be receptive to a confrontation or who you no longer have contact with. However, I would advise against writing the letter in an email or text message. 🤦🏽‍♀️All of us have probably sent a message accidentally before, and that would most likely make the situation 🙄😆

💚 Rearrange your room. When we’re in a situation where we feel stuck or powerless, it’s helpful to focus on the things we do have control over, like our attitude or the way we’ve arranged our room. Spice things up and move some furniture around.

Hope these help, they have done wonders for!!!

Wishing you well,

𝓛𝓪𝓭𝔂 ‘𝓞’💚