Anxiety and depression from grief can be devastating.
As a Naturopath, I have learned over the years to handle my emotional issues by working with the body/mind collectively.
Through emotional release in a clinical setting with an orgonomist doctor and using herbal supplements, meditation, yoga, nature walks, and diet.
That has really been my secret to handling life’s ups and downs, however, the last two years have been very hard for me. With my Mother getting sick and then passing, the loss of two other close family members at the same time and a larceny proved to be too much for me psychologically and physically.
I entered a very dark grief state that lasted almost an entire year. At times, I couldn’t get out of bed, my days ran into nights. Finding myself in a position where I was so depressed, I couldn’t reach out and the feelings of loneliness, abandonment, and betrayal all ran side by side. The chronic exhaustion overcame me.
Each day was harder than the next. At some point, I moved forward and started getting out of the house but then I was met with ADD type focusing issues at work and social anxiety for the first time. I have always been a people person, but after the series of unfortunate events, I couldn’t bounce back. Even on days where I felt “ok,” moments would be fleeting, and I would end up crying in public and sometimes I couldn’t breathe.
The emotional release exercises my doctor had given me 15 years ago, were just what I needed. I have always resorted to them, in order to feel better but gathering the strength to do them seemed impossible.
I say resort because, as much as I make the emotional release a priority and receive immediate benefits, I always resist letting go of the pain and moving forward. In this situation, it was less of resistance and more of hopelessness. This is when anxiety moves from the peripheral nervous system into the center of the body. This is where it becomes blocked in depression and non-movement. This is where I was.
Everyone around me, especially my medical doctor friends, were pleading with me to “take something.” Xanax was prescribed to me 20 years ago and I used it for only one month. It made me feel far away from myself, even dead inside. That was not the direction I wanted to go in. In my first book, I had written an entire chapter on the links between SSRIs (Prozac, etc) and murder/suicide. I didn’t want to put myself in more danger or become used to despondency and stuck in a emotionless limbo for years, as so many of my friends and loved ones had succumbed to.
Although, I was using marijuana at the time for chronic pain from a broken pelvis, it was making me feel nervous and paranoid. The grieving process, was accepted and not repressed in me. I was lucky to have a husband that was compassionate and gave me both the space and emotional support I needed. I knew eventually these magnified feelings would move out and through but like most seasons of life, I struggled with transitioning from one stage to the next.
A few years ago, I had worked with a supplement company called Axia Essentials, we made a series of videos on digestion and how to combat GERD naturally. When this same company contacted me about a new hemp oil product they make called Holy Grail that helped with stress, I was ready and willing to try it out.
Having researched the product thoroughly, as everything I do is vetted out for truth in labeling and ingredient verification- I was ready. Two bottles, one for stress and the other focus arrived in the mail. Taking the Stress Relief first on a Thursday, at night, before bed, I slept well. The second Stress Relief was taken around 3 pm on Friday before I went out for the evening with my husband.
This was the real test, as typically, social events have been difficult and unpredictable for me. There were many times where I would spend an hour getting ready and then would cancel last minute. I have to say, I felt like myself again. Because of this, a wonderful evening ensued, I laughed and felt carefree. This was shocking because I hadn’t felt this way, naturally in over a year.
Planning on continuing using this product with the belief that it is helping me through this transition. I also feel confident that I will move on from this and move back towards the center, towards myself after more time. Natrica has another super-food hemp oil product that I will likely switch to, as I take hemp oil daily having switched from flax and coconut oil.
Depression is a serious problem, as someone that has dealt with anxiety and learned tools on how to cope and recognize, years ago, I was dumbfounded when hit with the lethargy and heaviness of depression.
Thankful for this time and transition in my life, as I understand pessimism and sadness on a new level, realizing that the process is from inside to outside. Good luck on your journey whether it’s from inside to out or vice versa, you can learn more about an emotional release in my book, “Beyond Natural Cures.”
(this article is reprinted from the original Consumer Health Digest, May 20, 2019.)
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