Do you ever wish there was an all natural chill pill for anxiety?
(This is a repost from a few years ago, hmmmm, based on my more recent post about a funk I was in earlier this summer, apparently this feeling of being overwhelmed is pretty normal for me! I actually think it's normal for all of us to go through it sometimes, keep reading for help…)
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 good, etc. But I was feeling overwhelmed as I was getting ready to leave for the Wise Traditions conference, there was some business 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, and the kids weren't driving me crazy. I just enjoyed life again!
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. And this “chill pill for anxiety” as I call it, has helped many of my friends and family who I've suggested that they try it too — within 1-2 days there was a significant improvement!
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, and the necessary balance between omega-6 and omega-3's. For example, if I eat too many nuts, which are high in omega-6, and have not been consistent with CLO, which provides omega-3's, I get that edgy feeling again. (FYI: Restaurant foods and processed foods are usually full of nasty industrial GMO vegetable oils like soybean, canola, or corn oil — which are also high in omega-6 fatty acids.)
I'm just thankful to have figured out how to fix it, and it makes me sad that so many in the world don't know about this simple fix, and instead get stuck on meds the rest of their lives with the rotten life-altering side effects.
- Here's more about which cod liver oil to take along with info on the controversy about it a few years back.
- ***Also don't miss this one: 20 tips for fighting anxiety, depression and fatigue naturally. There you'll find a LOT more natural remedies in case you need help besides just the cod liver oil to get you through a tough spot. These options really do work!
- You'll love this book by Julia Ross: The Mood Cure: The 4-Step Program to Take Charge of Your Emotions–Today