mental health

My Favorite Anti-Anxiety Products

Everyone gets anxious! Whether it’s chronic, anticipatory anxiety or you’re just nervous about going on a first date. It’s real and a lot of people are affected by anxiety on a daily basis. You are not alone. For me, I really struggled in High School with it. I felt so embarrassed by it and that I was weak if I asked for help from someone else. It can really be exhausting when you have the same thoughts on a continuous merry-go-round. I wanted to make a list of my go-to products for when my anxiety kicks up, or I’m traveling for work! I’m definitely more of a holistic/eastern medicine person, but I would never belittle someone’s mental health needs. Everyone has their own life journey. 

 

 1.)  Essential Oils- Probably one of my favorite tools for anxiousness. I love peppermint, eucalyptus, lavender & grapefruit. It’s amazing to travel with them, keep them in your purse or use the DoTerra (alcohol-free) ones in water. It’s so nice to use in your shower or rub some on your neck/wrist. I also have an oil-diffuser in my room that I turn on at night when I’m winding down. 

 

2.)  Crystals- Something I’ve come to realize lately is that I’m extremely spiritual. I’m totally an empath! I have always felt really in tune with myself and have dreams that come true. Throughout the past three years, I have fallen in love with crystals! They are so popular right now, and it’s really a nice tool to have because they are natural and derived from the earth. It’s also a fun journey to go on to discover what crystals your body resonates with. For me, I get a tingling/heat sensation. Crystals like Lapis-Lazuli, Amethyst and Rose Quartz are really calming!

 

3.)  Good Day Chocolate Calm Supplements- These little chocolate candies from Whole Foods are amazing! I was checking out a few weeks ago and saw them at the register! I was intrigued because the only calming ingredient was magnesium. Totally natural. When I got home, I ate two pieces and immediately felt really relaxed. They tasted amazing! I highly recommend because you can eat them anywhere and travel with them. 

 

4.)  CALM(Natural Vitality)-  This magnesium powder really works wonders. You can mix it with water/juice! I get mine from Whole Foods and drink it probably two times a week. It’s also great because it replaces any lost electrolytes in your body. The health benefits of magnesium are; bone health, relieving anxiety and calcium absorption. 

 

5.)  Phone Apps- I know it sounds like an oxymoron- but apps like headspace and unplug are amazing! I seriously wish these were around when I was a teen. Because you can literally put on your headphones and take a walk outside, lay down or excuse yourself to the bathroom.  

 

6.)  Staying Hydrated/Eating Nutritious Meals- This one seems simple, but so many people actually feel jittery all day, because they aren’t treating their bodies well. Especially breakfast, starting your day off hydrated and eating a protein filled meal- will make you feel better! Keep a water bottle with you and continuously fill it up! Also- If you are naturally an over thinker, be aware that caffeine only makes you more anxious. Try switching to green juice, infused water or CBD drinks

 

7.)  Candles- I am a candle horder haha. Seriously, I love voluspa and any yummy, floral scent. I like to use them while taking a bubble bath or when I come home from work. It’s a nice, relaxing way to just breath and kinda like aromatherapy. 

 

8.)  VYBES (Mind+Body Function) CBD Drinks- I actually just tried one today at work and it was amazing! I got the strawberry & lavender flavor. It was only 15mg of CBD, but it was the perfect amount to get me feeling super mellow and happy. I’ve never been into smoking weed/doing drugs for helping anxiety, but this drink is really organic and has no side effects- other than feeling calm. 

 

  I hope this list helps!! Remember, you are not alone if you struggle with anxiety/panic attacks or any other mental health issue. It’s not embarrassing and I’m sending you love! Always ask for help and just learn to laugh through the anxiety. Some people resonate best with speaking to therapists or listening to a guided meditation, while others love smelling essential oils. It truly just depends on who you are and how you function best.

How I Overcame Chronic Anticipatory Anxiety and Turned It Into A Business

By the time I turned 16, I had already experienced countless days filled with anxiety/panic attacks. I always felt out of control, even with my own body and mind. My anxiety attacks became so routine that I started thinking about how I could be a functioning adult (with a job, house, bills, social life). How would I accomplish my goals if I could barely get through one school day?

   I felt like I was being controlled by some force greater than myself and that I couldn’t get excited about life. I was slowly becoming a victim of my own minds power. It truly is so mind blowing, how powerful our minds are! Everyday felt so predictable and I was always in survival mode. I was experiencing what every other teen goes through; the hormones, body changes, coming into your own and feeling that intimidating sense of being in limbo from childhood and adulthood.

  But, add having 10+ panic attacks every day- in which I would do my best to keep a poker face, while feeling like I was dying on the inside. It’s really hard to put into words the physical feeling of having 10 panic attacks a day while trying to pay attention in class, have a social life, etc. Being a teen is such a vulnerable and pivotal time in one’s life. I really started worrying about how I would live a fulfilled life if my days were spent pinching my hands under my desk and asking my teacher if I could “go to the bathroom”. 

  Towards the end of High School, I really started getting nervous. I felt like someone was pushing me towards the edge of a cliff and I was trying to dig my heels into the ground. I wasn’t ready. I could feel it. I think society puts such a pressure on teens to have it all figured out by a certain age, that every year around the sun immediately relates to- what have you done? What have you accomplished? It’s like the ages 16,18,21 and 25 are dictated by the “idea” of what the world wants. I certainly didn’t fit that. By the time I graduated High School, I felt like I had lived two separate lives. One: doing normal teen things and going to school. The Other: dealing with anxiety and going on a journey of self -discovery. I never resonated with academics, and I feel now that I was meant to focus more on the healing, inner work path. 

  Once I graduated, I decided to move down t o LA and attend a community college. I wanted to prove to myself that I could get the good grades to transfer to an awesome 4 year. I thought, “Well, If it’s in a different environment than High School- maybe I’ll do better? Because I know how to control my anxiety now”. I moved into an apartment with five other girls and it slowly became very hard to get stuff done. We all were 18 and straight out of High School, so it was a lot of partying and just being so excited to be in Los Angeles. It was a lot of going out, having movie nights, guys over and just different schedules. It became very hard to get schoolwork done, workout and stay on top of self -care. I slowly developed sleep anxiety, because I kept getting woken up by my roommate or the people above us.

   I started assuming that, since I got bad sleep the night before, then it would be the same tonight. It really took over my life and it was hard to get much done on 4/5 hours of sleep. After trying every holistic remedy out there, I came across guided meditations on Youtube. They put me right to sleep! Cut to a few months later- I started having second thoughts about College. I couldn’t escape these gut feelings of “School is not my path, I’m meant for more”. It was as if the universe was tapping on my shoulder and I was shutting it down with self- doubt/fear. After ignoring for a while longer, I actually became physically sick. It was a crazy six month long health scare that really took a toll on me mentally. I had always been an upbeat, fun person. But now, I had turned tried and scared. I tried 19 different antibiotics, was in & out of the ER, in bed most days and slowly failing College. It felt like the twilight zone and I kept getting misdiagnosed.

  One day it was Endometriosis, the next it was an STD. It was awful and I lowered to a level of hopelessness I never thought possible. My anxiety also started kicking back up….I was a ball of anxiety, depression, fear and dread. It was this health scare that really made me realize that I HAD to focus my energy on what I COULD control. I had to build from the ground up. After having a session with the Medical Medium, Anthony Williams, I began to heal. It kinda confirmed what I had already been thinking, that I am a sensitive person and really intuitive. I did have an illness, but my body was going through an upgrade.

  That health scare gave me a newfound confidence and I built my life from the ashes. I turned my pain into my purpose. I pushed past any doubt or fear because I knew that my body could react to me ignoring my gut feelings. How mindblowing! It was a long, unpredictable journey of letting go and listening to my heart- but it was so worth it. I am committed to being a voice for those who don’t have one. My life was all meant to be and I’ve learned just how strong and beautiful I really am. I want to spread my advice and positive energy all across this world.