Do you ever wish there was an all natural chill pill for anxiety?
Last week was horrible. Not in any ways that really matter, mind you, thankfully everything is great with all the important things in life. We’re healthy, Kent and the kids are great, homeschooling is so good, etc. But I was feeling overwhelmed as I was getting ready to leave for the Wise Traditions conference, there was some work stress building up, and general feelings like I’d taken on too much. (Ya think?!) I noticed that I was walking around with my shoulders all tight and sore, and my chest even felt heavy at times. Over nothing. How dumb is that?
I sat down one day and thought, “This is why some people go on anti-anxiety meds.“
Of course I knew that wasn’t a real option. There are too many people who spoke to their docs about just this type of thing and were put on a little something “to take the edge off”, and are now stuck. The many side effects are bad enough, but getting off of them is NOT easy and impossible for some. The stories in the comments at this post are enough to break your heart: Coming Off Antidepressants (Weaning From Paxil: A Reader Shares Her Story). But I thought to myself, “There’s got to be a good all-natural anti-anxiety solution…”
Then it hit me: I hadn’t taken my cod liver oil in quite a while.
Staying consistent isn’t something I’m good at, but that’s got to change! I’ve taken extra in the past when I was PMS’ing and noticed a huge and very noticeable difference in my disposition. So I took some and then forgot about it. But the next day when I thought back, I realized that I had a SHOCKING improvement in how much better I felt in the previous 24 hours. My shoulders were no longer tight, my chest felt fine. I was just more level. That’s the best way to describe it.
If I hadn’t noticed the same thing in the past when taking it right before my cycle then I wouldn’t have believed it, but when there was such an improvement again in this situation, there’s no doubt in my mind.
I’m curious if any of you had the same experience?
I was talking to people about it at the conference and many speculated that it has something do with the DHA fatty acids. I don’t care what or why, I’m just thankful to have figured out what to do. Here’s where to get cod liver oil in case you need a little chill pill for anxiety, too!
If you think of it, shoot up a prayer for me that I can find the right balance in my life of work and rest – that’s my biggest struggle at the moment and I’m praying He shows the way. (Thanks.)
Also don’t miss this one: 20 tips for fighting anxiety, depression and fatigue naturally.