Last Thursday morning, as the panic began to rise for the first time in about 3 years, I gratefully remembered something else I’ve learned.
Someone dear to me who also dealt with panic attacks after her husband died, discovered that our bodies have a gland ‘adrenal gland‘, that helps us deal with stress. With extended stress, that gland can become fatigued, precipitating the effect of “overloading our circuits”, resulting in anxiety, brain fog, fatigue, and other related symptoms. After a period of supplementation specifically to strengthen this gland, her panic attacks were brought under control.
Since learning this, I have kept Adrenal supplements in my cabinet. This past Thursday, as I began to feel that horrible “rush”, I realized I hadn’t taken any that morning. Within about 1/2 hour, my body began to settle down – sweet relief. (I use a product called “David’s Adrenal Support – from a local health food store called “David’s Natural Market“. My friend uses a product from Metagenics, called “Adrecet” found on Amazon.) Someone recently recommended a beverage concoction that tastes like lemon cream and uses somewhat normal healthy ingredients that support a healthy adrenal gland – “Singing Canary“. I’m still figuring out if this helps, but it is so healthy, it can’t hurt.
I have also learned through the years, of other supplements that help me deal with prolonged periods of stress (such as care giving, moving, death of a loved one, and adjusting to step parenting to name only a few such periods of life). Vitamin B complex helps with the brain fog and grants me energy. Magnesium (I love the product “Calm”) has a calming effect (but it can also be a laxative, so I can’t overdo it). I’m also experimenting with Essential Oils from ‘Young Living’, as they are guaranteed to be a therapeutic grade. (I am a distributor for ‘Young Living’.)
I have also learned, especially under prolonged periods of stress, a high quality vitamin and probiotic are essential.
Lastly, because I’m sharing my experiences with helping the body deal with stress, I want to add – menopause is a huge change for the female body, and can stress our emotions (bringing on feelings of anxiety). When I went through menopause, my moods shifted quickly and quite unexpectedly at times. My mom mentioned that when she went through her change, someone recommended she use “progesterone cream”. I purchased some through a company called ‘Arbonne’, but you can get it at many health food stores. It was amazing! Within a few minutes of application, I could literally feel my body and my emotions calm down. I’ve since recommended it to others who have shared similar results.
Once again, I must stress – I’m no practitioner. I am only able to share my experiences. I would never be able to recommend to someone else what they need. However, I have learned over the years that in order to deal positively with prolonged stress, I must take care of my body. Our foods no longer provide all we need for our stressful lifestyles. God has provided help in other areas. His gift to us.
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” James 1:17 (NIV)
Tomorrow: “The Importance of respite during the stress for my soul”.
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