Anxiety and depression is usually not something people like to talk about. I think it is a good feeling to know that there are others out there experiencing the same things and that there is someone you can talk to and not seem crazy if need be. I would love to help others going through what I was. Mine was a lonely journey but yours doesn’t have to be!
I have been experiencing anxiety since about 11 years old. It was really really bad back then and I missed out on a lot of cool experiences because of it. It was something I didn’t really talk about with others but then again I didn’t really have anyone to talk to. My anxiety caused me to withdraw from any type of social situations and my parents placed me in a few different inpatient mental health facilities which made things worse for me.
I still suffer from anxiety but it is more of a generalized anxiety disorder. I still hate social situations but I can usually deal with them. The experience of a full blown panic attack is rare but occasionally still happens. I am able to control them pretty well when they do occur. My anxiety was once so bad I was even diagnosed with agoraphobia because I became afraid to even leave my house. I couldn’t even walk to the mailbox.
Essential oils have been such a blessing to me in helping me to support hormonal and emotional balance and relaxation. I used to be on a cocktail of different medications for anxiety/panic, depression and depersonalization disorder. I am happy to say I have not touched an anti-anxiety or depression medication in over 10 years. I would say that desensitization, meditation and essential oils have been the key to my dramatic improvement.
I came to a point where I was just so tired of being on medications and I felt I had no control over my body or my life. I started forcing myself to get in the car and drive while allowing myself to pull over and practice my breathing techniques then continue to drive again. At first this took a very long time. I would say a month to even get myself to drive around the block. Then I made myself eat in the food court at the mall down the street from my house. Then go to a dark noisy restaurant and finish eating a meal. It was such a long process but so totally worth it. I confronted my anxiety head on and slowly beat it!
What helped me the most to overcome my anxiety:
- Meditation/guided visualization
- Relaxation techniques
- Positive affirmation
- Chakra balancing
- Aromatherapy (diffusing)
For Aromatherapy I started using doTERRA’s essential oils and feel that it has helped me tremendously. If you are interested to try it for yourself I have listed some oils below. These particular oils have worked the best for me, applied topically or diffused, helping me to deal with my anxiety and depression.
- Serenity (for relaxation and insomnia)
- Balance (supports hormonal balance)
- Lavender (relaxation and sooooooo much more. Read this!)
- Roman Chamomile (calming and relaxation)
- Citrus Bliss (uplifting and cheerful blend that smells like orange creamsicles, I love that smell!!!!!!!)
I recommend using doTERRA’s essential oils because of their potency and purity. doTERRA oils are the only ones that I feel safe and confident using and recommending to others. If you would like to order any of these essential oils or essential oil blends please go here and if you order a kit from me I will send you some free goodies. If you have any questions about essential oils or anxiety please use the contact page or send me an email directly at firstname.lastname@example.org