The Rainy Day

This is a selection from a  poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

For me this poem is all about growing older, getting through the dark days, knowing sunny days are coming and to accept that our life is not perfect.  Being ‘blue’ is ok if you give it a time frame to experience it, then move on.

Overcoming depression

Overcoming depression

My life is cold and dark and dreary
It rains and the wind is never weary
My thoughts still cling to the mouldering past
And youth’s fond hopes fall thick in the blast
And my life is dark and dreary

Be still, sad heart and cease repining
Behind the clouds is the sun still shining
Thy fate is the common fate of all
Into each life some rain must fall
Some days must be dark and dreary

Do you feel like this sometimes?  I know I do but the difference between being blue and depressed is that the feeling passes and I find something to give me hope or to smile about.  It important to know the difference in the two and get help if you are depressed.  There is ‘help at the end of the tunnel’ we just have to see that things change in life and so can we.

When I feel blue I reach out to those who love me unconditionally, my grandchildren and my pets.  They just ‘love you’  for being YOU.

I reach out now to all of my readers who are reading this post and relate and give you a virtual hug.  I know its not a real one but its the best I can do right now to tell you that someone cares.  You are not alone and there are many of us who suffer anxiety and feeling the blues.  I encourage you to share your feeling here by posting a comment and embracing all of us in our search for a happier life.

My last comment here is that without the dark days you don’t appreciate the really sunny ones.

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What is anxiety?

Anxiety is an emotional state where you feel frightened and confused because of your reactions to a perceived or actual threat.

Most people will experience this in their lifetime and yet most people don’t know what is anxiety and why it happens. The reason for its increase in recent years includes a variety of causes, including living in a more stressful society, unhealthy diets, and the rise in substance abuse.

Peaceful and beautiful

Peaceful and beautiful

Anxiety disorders occur when the anxiety system doesn’t work properly or when overwhelmed. It can make you feel you are losing control and even to the extreme where you think that you are going to die. It makes the body go into a ‘fight or flight’ response. Anxiety can stop you from living your life the way you want and that is when it is called a disorder.

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Herbs and Other Natural Products available for Anxiety

I have posted for you today some snippets that I found from recent articles on the internet that I thought were helpful for using herbs and natural products to control anxiety.

The origins of herbs used for anxiety:

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Herbs have been tried and true for centuries. The power of herbs is why the human race still exists. Ancient civilizations utilized herbs for healing wounds, relaxation, and cleansing.

The power of herbs is what kept ancient civilizations healthy and alive. The human race may have evolved to modern day medicine but the power of herbs is still effective!

English: Bacopa monnieri (flowers). Location: ...

English: Bacopa monnieri (flowers). Location: Maui, Kanaha Beach (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here are 3 herbs for anxiety you probably not have heard about.  I know I did not and they are worth looking into.  Be aware though that some herbs can have side affects and interactions with any medication your are taking.

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Ashwagandha (Winter cherry) is a popular herb known worldwide and now heavily used in the Western world for treatment of anxiety and stress conditions. Cortisol is a hormone that is responsible for stress in humans. Ashwagandha helps to slow down the release of Cortisol by the adrenals, which prevents the exhaustion of adrenals. This is an anti-anxiety effect of this herb, as recognized by many scientists.

Bacopa (Bacopa monnieri) is an herb known to increase concentration and creativity in people. It helps with brain health, an ability to recall facts and decreases attention and distractibility in individuals.

Spikenard (Nardostachys jatamansi) herb helps promote awareness and relaxes/ strengthens the mind. This is a great herb for anxiety relief and nervousness. It calms and reduces the muscles spasms. This is also highly useful to women during menstruation, and for menopause related stress and anxiety.

Click on the product names to buy these herbs from Amazon (a company you can trust) Ashwagandha Gold, Bacopa Gold and Spikenard.

Note:  Some interactions may occur when using Ashwagandha with sedative medications, Bacopa may increase thyroid hormones and Spikenard can cause nausea.  Please check with your doctor before taking herbs if you have other medical conditions.

There are also many foods you probably already have in your refrigerator or pantry that can help you lower your stress and anxiety levels.

These include:

Rosemary, thyme, chicken, carrots, broccoli, onion, garlic, hummus, cream cheese, milk, dark chocolate and ginger.

See the following video that will talk about how you can have a power lunch to reduce your stress throughout the day.

Chicken soup with rosemary and thyme 300Sounds great and easy enough to do especially the soup idea which I always love to make for my lunches in winter.  This lunch includes the goodness of chicken as well as rosemary and thyme.  Here is the recipe if you want to make it yourself.  It is made in the slow cooker but you can also make it in a stock pot on the stove.  Click here to go to The Slow Cooking Pot for the recipe now.

Herbs and natural products can be very useful for treating anxiety and eating well will help you stay stress free. Start here before you move to drug therapy for a long lasting solution to your anxiety and stress.

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Living a Stress Free Life

Can you really lead a stress-free life?

Probably not completely as living a stress free life is not a reasonable goal in this high tech world. Dealing with everyday stresses is a more achievable goal. Look at people in your lives that deal with stress well. These are the people who cope even when thrown life’s challenges but handle it. Stress resistant people also tend to accept the problems as circumstances  and don’t personalize the problem eg They might say “I have a bad habit” and not “I am a bad person.”

Here are some strategies for a stress free life:

  • meditation
  • massage
  • relaxation exercises
  • yoga
  • biofeedback
  • music therapy

Can you really lead a stress free life? Again I don’t think so and maybe you wouldn’t want to. Stress is a part of a life well lived, the sort of life that inevitably involves change.

Try repeating an affirmation for stress relieving. Here is a lovely affirmation below that you should say each day, and remember stress will chase us but we don’t have to make it change our life for the worse.

Stress Free Affirmation