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Easier Relief from Anxiety Attacks

*Summary at the end of this article!*

If you know what anxiety feels like then you already know: anxiety is not fun. Anxious feelings are unpleasant.
At best, the anxious feelings won’t be more than mild nervousness before something important or meaningful is about to happen. At worst, the anxiousness will be a full blown anxiety attack over something small or out of your control.

As with all medical problems, see your doctor if anxiety is disrupting your quality of life. And also, all medical problems will come with circumstances that are specific to you and your situation. One size does not fit all.
The numerous anxiety-related disorders pinpoint all the different ways that these uncomfortable feelings and stress responses display themselves.
To have true happiness in your life, anxiety sufferers have to find a way to not be weighed down by it. As with everything, rising above anxiety starts with knowing what it is. This is key to stopping anxiety attacks once and for all.

What Is Anxiety?
The Easy Light Sources definition of anxiety is stress. This can be the stress of the unknown, the stress of not being in control, or anything else that applies.
Stress is a part of life. How you handle it is really what matters. A lot of stressful situations can be prevented by:

  • Being organized
  • Not obsessing over things you cannot control
  • Controlling your thoughts
  • Having a hobby or interest to participate in

Unrecognized stress and anxiety can turn into unhealthy coping skills. Uncontrolled anxiety can get progressively worse.

Chemical-Free Anxiety Medication?

Treating yourself without medication is only for the strongest amongst us. Everyone is stronger than they think.
If you’ve been diagnosed with a split brain, or you believe that you need medication to stop you from hurting someone then go ahead and medicate yourself. But just remember, a dependency is not a cure. If you as unable to have the anxiety management drugs, you don’t want to fall apart.
Treating yourself without medication and pills is possible. It’s just stress management using the natural resources available to you!

A word about anxiety treatment with natural substances: CBD Oil is the latest natural supplement for anxiety. People love it and there’s are thousands of testimonials that support the claim that CBD Oil is the bees knees. On a lesser tier, herbs, such as valerian and passionflower also do the same relaxing things in the body. Natural substances are a good way to go but NO substances is the actual way to go for longevity (long-term anxiety relief).

It would be helpful to learn ways to ground yourself with your five senses. Learning these things before you have an anxiety attack will make it easier to use them during an anxious moment.

  1. Sight – Take several moments to look at something beautiful. Pretty flowers, regal animals, artistic cloud patterns, smiling faces of your loved ones, lush green grass, colorful fruit. Anything that you like that you find pleasant to your eyes… You can also close your eyes and visualize the pleasant things that you enjoy looking at.
  2. Smell – Make it a priority to smell some fresh air every day. There are other scents too – natural oils, essential oils, fresh flowers, cooking food and/or baked goods, pungent herbs, coconut oil, and more.. It doesn’t have to just be things you like the smell of. The scent of bitter herbs also brings new energy to your experience.
  3. Feelings – Take a moment to appreciate the texture of different materials around you. The pattern of your jeans, the softness of a cotton shirt, the cool metal of your earrings, your heavy belt buckle, a plush blanket, a soft pillow…. Feelings also come in the form of an emotional expression. Indulge in the feeling of things that you are grateful for, thankful for, and what brings feelings of joy.
  4. Taste – Because of the tendency for food to become a dependency, anxiety-related disorders should not be treated with food. Sweets, candy, salty foods, chips, all of these things should be enjoyed in peace. Anxiety attacks are not peaceful moments.
  5. Hearing – “They say music can alter moods and talk to you.” It’s true! Because of this truth, the music that you listen to during anxious moments should be pre-chosen before you have a moment. Use any and all of your favorite songs. If you enjoy hate music – That is, music with negative or harm inducing lyrics, listen to it once or a few times. As you listen to it, have the intention to release your anxiety into the lyrics. Cry if you need to. But balance it out with some “it will be okay, it’s a wonderful day” type of lyrics.

The options are endless! It is worth it to take the time to determine what you like and what adds good energy to your mental state. Keep your resources close to you.
If none of the simple suggestions above help, you may really want to consider whether or not you actually want to be rid of anxiety. You have the give it a try.

Now we should really talk about social anxiety.

What Causes Social Anxiety?

Social anxiety has two components:
You
Other people

Other people can be mean, they can be jerks. For some reason there are some people who are mean spirited on purpose. They want other people to feel pain and hurt. Being on the receiving end of this energy can certainly cause people problems socially.
Being teased will certainly prevent someone from wanting to share their thoughts and ideas with others because of the fear of being ridiculed.
It’s understandable but it’s also a weak position that hinders you from progressing socially and otherwise.

A person with social anxiety would benefit much better to accept more responsibility for their social anxiety.
The harsh truth comes down to the fact that most socially anxious people have insecurity at their core. Sure, the insecurity may be caused by someone else’s actions toward you but it takes a strong person to decide to control their own feelings. Be that strong person.

Strength and believing in yourself has many forms and it looks different depending on the situation.

Being able to adapt is a key skill to live without anxiety. But first, let’s see what strength and believing in yourself looks like:

  • Saying no when you want to say no.
  • Letting someone know when they’re being a jerk.
  • Speaking your opinion and/or speaking facts that you know to be true.
  • Dressing in a style that you find appealing.
  • Leaving a room that is hostile towards you.
  • Entering a room that you belong in.
  • Not believing negative things that people say to you or about you.
  • Choosing to be happy.
  • Practicing self-care to increase your personal value.
  • Always doing your best.

When it comes to adaptation, there is strength in flexibility. Being too rigid makes it hard for other people to work with you. Just how you have your own thoughts and ideas about things, so do other people. Only wanting to do things your way is unfair to other people. It is also unfair to you because that means that you’re blocking your ability to expand your mind via other other perspectives.

Control issues is a form of anxiety, too. Wanting to control everything causes stress because 1) you’ll be stressed if things don’t go according to how you want it to. And 2) you’ll be uptight as you hold on too tight.

Just. Relax.

Drugs and Anxiety
Drugs cause anxiety. If you can’t get the drug, you’ll be anxious. You can become anxious as you worry about the quality of your drugs. The way that a drug reacts with your brain cells may cause anxiety. Being high and not in control can cause anxiety. Taking a break from drugs can cause anxiety as your body cleanses itself.
And so on. Remember, any substance can cause anxiety. Especially if you can’t get any and you don’t know how to cope with sobriety.

Why Does Depression and Anxiety Commonly Go Hand-in-Hand?
The unfortunate truth is that many people who have depression also have anxiety. Depression, for many, is a lower energy form of anxiety.
To be frank, each of these emotional disorders are bad enough on their own. Combining them into a common phrase -depression and anxiety – subliminally encourages people to put them together and claim both problems.

However, unfortunately, lots of people who have one of these disorders will have the other. That’s because they share a root cause of perspective: pessimism.

So, What Are Some Proper Solutions / Anxiety Coping Skills:

There are some coping skills listed earlier in this article geared toward the 5 senses. So instead of repeating those great suggestions, it would be helpful to mention something that is not popularly stated when it comes to treating anxiety. That is –
SELF-CONTROL.

Anxiety is an emotional and thought-driven disorder. You can control your thoughts. JUST THINK OF SOMETHING ELSE.
Before you say “It’s not that easy” ask yourself this question: “would you rather think about what’s causing your anxiety attack or would you rather think about something else?” Stop reliving bad experiences.

If you must think about the trigger then CHANGE YOUR PERSPECTIVE about it. In any unfortunate situation, determine how you can win or benefit from it. Whatever it is, frame it in a way that it works to your advantage.

If you can’t do that then your mental fortitude needs to be strengthened.

**SUMMARY**

  • Anxiety is an unhealthy response to stress.
  • Grounding yourself is a good way to curve anxiety attacks.
  • For long-lasting anxiety relief, it’s imperative to learn how to cope without the use of any substances (natural/unnatural).
  • At the root of social anxiety is insecurity.
  • Drugs cause anxiety.
  • Depression and anxiety both have pessimism as a root cause.
  • Anxiety solutions include getting an anxiety bracelet, getting counseling, meditation, controlling your thoughts, being organized, and going with the flow.

When Are Vegetables Better Than Water?

Yes, water is amazing and we should drink a lot every day! But, there are also a lot of people who claim they “don’t like to drink water.” No judgement πŸ™‚ I have some good news if you can relate!

When it comes to long lasting hydration, that can be accomplished with a steady intake of fruits and vegetables!

Yes, you can eat your water. And you should!

Vegetables and fruits are key for lasting hydration in the body because of one key component: FIBER!

The human body is 70-80% water and it’s really good at processing pure water. It goes in and out quickly!

Vegetables, on the other hand, take longer for processing/digestion.

The fiber in fruits and vegetables holds the water inside of us longer.

At least one full serving of fruits and vegetables a day will help your body stay moisturized.

Keep it fresh too! Tin canned fruit and vegetables are not nearly as good for your body system!

Remember, all body organs benefit from proper hydration. πŸ’§ Stay thirsty, Lighters.

How Free Radicals Enter The Body

Oh, free radicals are pesky things. They come into the body and lower the immune system and cause the body to work harder to heal itself from the damage that it has caused.

But, how do free radicals enter the human body in the first place?

Lots of ways!

Not just diet related.

Here are some sources of free radicals:

  • Unhealthy foods
  • Fatty foods
  • Smoking and other carcinogens
  • Air pollution/smog
  • Alcohol
  • Drugs
  • Radiation
  • Pesticides
  • Herbicides

Free Radicals cause damage [Oxidative Stress], which means they open the door for bacteria and viruses to enter the cells.

Antioxidants protect the body, please eat them!

Also, check out this video I made that explains how antioxidants protect against free radicals!

https://youtu.be/mdsVfmSgPeQ

How To Get Iron Benefits Into Your Body

The iron mineral is essential to life. That’s because it helps to form the red blood cells that are essential to the functionality of our bodies.

Anemia is a common condition that indicates your body lacks enough iron. As a result, you’re tired and cold all the time because your body is not strong enough to function optimally.

Now, for some reason, plant-based people are more prone to anemia. There’s an assumption that because iron is a blood mineral, flesh and blood would need to be consumed to get iron.

Of course, that’s not true. The Earth has everything we need to be healthy!

As a matter of fact, carnivorous iron consumption is the least effective way to get a dose of iron.

The foods with the highest amounts of iron happen to be certain fruits and vegetables. Surprise surprise!

Some iron rich fruits include:

  • Apricots
  • Raisins
  • Bananas
  • Peaches
  • Prunes
  • Blackberries

Dried fruits have a higher iron content because when the water level is reduced, the other components become more concentrated.

Iron heavy vegetables are easy to spot.

  • Leafy greens (spinach, kale, mustard greens, turnip greens, beet greens)
  • Beets
  • Beans

Beets are definitely on this list. After all, they are the same color as our blood. Don’t think about it too hard!

Other honorable culinary mentions: sesame seeds, molasses, pecans, pumpkin seeds.

Keep this in mind:

To get the most benefits from the above iron sources, consume them with some vitamin C rich foods.

Why Vitamin C?

Vitamin C and Iron are like friends who want to see each other succeed. When a vitamin C molecule senses that an Iron mineral molecule is nearby, it is attracted to it like a magnet. And then once they’re together, the iron is amplified, in a good way.

The body accepts this amplified iron much easier, it’s like the vitamin C reduces any barrier that is up. It’s all good.

Something else about the iron mineral… although it is a mineral that strengthens, also really needs to be protected. Very easily, it seems, iron can be leeched from the body.

The sure way to ensure that iron stays where it’s supposed to be – in Red Blood Cells – is to fortify the cells against free radical attacks. We can do this with vitamin C & also vitamin E.

Free radicals enter the body in various ways, including some cooking techniques and through environmental pollutions.

Antioxidants are good for protecting iron and all of the other minerals that our bodies thrive on.

About Minerals πŸ’Ž

Minerals are equally as important as vitamins when it comes to the human body.

Actually, there would be no body at all if it were not for minerals. The body is made of various elements found on Earth.

The human experience is made possible by the combination of sunlight, water, and Earth elements.

In the body, these mineral element molecules are what our bodies are made out of. Literally, yes. But, you can’t just eat dirt at gain the benefits. Some need to combine with other things to make them effective.

That being said, there are lots of minerals and trace minerals that all have names and functionality.

Here we can cover the popular ones (they are all important):

  • Calcium – It is indeed important for healthy bones, teeth, muscles to have a steady supply of calcium to use. Getting abundant calcium in younger years also provides some protection against osteoporosis in older years.
  • Chromium – is an essential part of digesting protein and sugar.
  • Chlorine – this one is also good for digestion, as well as healthy for the liver.
  • Iodine – helps to regulate the thyroid gland. Iodine also keeps balance in mental health.
  • Iron – Very important to the body as it helps to produce red blood cells. Every body organ and organ system is benefited from iron.
  • Lithium – Nourishes the brain and nervous system.
  • Phosphorus- This mineral is good for brain health. It also promotes healthy bones and teeth.
  • Potassium- good for muscle health, digestion, and a strong heart.
  • Manganese- keeps balance in the digestive system, nerves, brain and reproductive system.
  • Magnesium– helps to break down carbohydrates.
  • Selenium – Strengthens the liver and protects the body from free radicals.
  • Sulphur – Important for healthy skin, hair and nails.
  • Zinc- A very healing mineral. Important for cell growth and healthy body tissues.

While it is possible to gain all the minerals needed through diet, supplements are popular because it makes it easier. However, all supplements are not created equal. Synthetic minerals are not good. Look for minerals that are chelated (plant sourced and ready for the body to use.)

Additionally, specific health issues require higher amounts of minerals, which makes supplements a nice resource to have available.

About Vitamins!❀️

Obtaining nutrients is a big reason why we eat. Food is fuel for our bodies. The quality of that food fuel is what has the power to make us feel good versus feeling sluggish and crappy.

Vitamins and minerals are so essential.

Vitamins can be categorized by several properties but here at Easy Light Sources, we can just keep it simple – some Vitamins are oil-soluble and some are water soluble.

Here’s a quick rundown of most of all Vitamins:

  • Vitamin A – contributes to healthy body tissues, pretty hair & skin, and it also protects the cells.
  • Vitamin BMakes it possible for the nervous system to communicate with itself and with the body. Without B-vitamins, your body will not behave like you want it to.
  • Vitamin C – This one shows love to the human body by protecting cells, organs, and tissues from outside germs. Not only does it prevent infections, Vitamin C also provides healing benefits to a weakened immune system. Vitamin C also works really well with the mineral Iron.
  • Vitamin D – Essential for mineral absorption in the body. It comes from the sun! Remember: the sun is the ultimate light source!
  • Vitamin E – Having quality hair and skin is a benefit of consuming this antioxidant vitamin! It protects the cells from damage and free radicals.
  • Vitamin F – The body needs fatty acids for several reasons which include the processing and transportation of vitamins and minerals.
  • Vitamin G – Nourishes the nervous system!
  • Vitamin K – Nourishes the blood and liver. It also helps the nervous system. This one is well known for promoting healthy clotting abilities in the blood. Hospitals like to give this to brand new babies, minutes after they are born. It’s important to note, Vitamin K can be made by the human body. It is a by-product of the bacteria made in the gut (intestines).
  • Vitamin L – Further research is needed here, stay tuned!
  • Vitamin P – Promotes stomach health.

… That about covers the most common vitamins that start with the name Vitamin. Of course, there will be updates as more information is uncovered.

As always, thank you for reading.

For additional reading, check out this article on if plants can be used as drugs

Here are the books that were used for this article:

African Holistic Health by Dr. Laila Afrika.

Every Woman’s Book by Dr. Paavo Airola.

Microbiology in Action by J. Heritage, E.G.V Evans, and R.A Killington.