Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Natural Herbs for Anxiety - Take That Natural Approach

Where drugs may possibly lead to dependence, natural herbs are not an addictive form of medication. Natural herbs have been used for centuries by many different cultures for the treatment of various kinds of ailments. Natural herbs for anxiety are used in place of medication. Natural ingredients do not have any adverse side-effects and as a natural product, they take care of the treatment process without causing any harm to your body or brain. Some of the most natural herbs for anxiety treatment include, Ginseng, Kava kava, Valerian, Lemon Balm, Bugleweed, GLA and Catnip.

The first of the natural herbs for anxiety, Ginseng, is known as one of the herbs that is proven to reduce stress and allows relaxing of body and mind. The property found in this natural anti-anxiety herb enhances a person's health and maintains emotional balance. What is even more beneficial about utilizing this form of natural herb for anxiety is that it increases people's energy levels and contains anti-aging ingredients. It is an effective multi-purpose remedy and can assist with many facets of a person's life.

Kava kava is a second form of natural anxiety herb that has been used for many centuries. Taken from the root of a plant, Kava kava is not addictive, reduces stress and increases energy levels, Studies have found that stress reduction can take place within a week of its consumption.

The Valerian natural anxiety herb is a safe form of tranquilizer that enables a person to relax and de-stress. What is advantageous about this type of herb is that it can be taken during the week, in the evenings, when a person needs to feel relaxed enough to sleep, and revived enough to wake up the following morning. Valerian aids in prolonged sleep and enables a person to fall asleep quickly when climbing into bed. Upon waking up, one feels relaxed, de-stressed and revitalized. Being well-rested is one way to reduce the frequency and severity of anxiety attacks.

Natural herbs for anxiety allow a person to feel rejuvenated and relaxed from within; many herbs also assist in the relief of muscle aches and pains, headaches and other health related symptoms caused by excessive stress. When suffering from a treatable condition such as anxiety, utilizing natural herbs is a very effective option for treatment that needs to be considered. Moreover, frequently found in the natural food or health sections of stores, these herbs are purchasable over the counter and therefore do not require a doctor's prescription.

Many individuals, however, do not rely solely on natural herbs for anxiety to remove or reduce the symptoms of their anxiety disorder. Used in conjunction with other effective treatments, such as exercise and stress-reduction techniques, increases the benefits received from both. Exercise such as yoga and Pilates is not only good for the health of your body but also for the mind because it allows a person to de-stress, relax, and focus on what is important. Taking the natural approach to anxiety cures is often very effective, and provides benefits on a variety of levels.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

A Woman's Final Farewell To Past Hurts

By:  April Lisbon-Peoples

Today I say farewell to self-criticism of my being. I choose today to see myself as a beam of light designed to shine wholeness and happiness to others who I meet.

Today I say farewell to self-sabotaging behaviors. No longer will I remind myself of my past mistakes and failures. No longer will I beat myself up for making choices that did not benefit me. Instead, today I choose to honor learn from my failures and embrace my successes as I am a woman designed with dignity.

Today I say farewell to poor self-esteem. No longer will I compare myself to other people as I realize that there is no one in this world that can be like me. I have not found a person who is able to talk, walk, love, and touch with such passion and inspiration like me. I am often imitated but am never duplicated as there is only one me. Thus today I accept that I am beautiful and am proud of who I am.

Today I say farewell to being a woman scorned, as I cannot rewrite the past. No longer will I sit in a room filled with despair, depression, hopelessness, and unhappiness. I will no longer allow my thoughts of past hurts to impact my health, wellness, career, and wealth. I trade these tight fitting shoes from the past for shoes that I am able to strut myself in without fear of corns or bunions. I will walk with my head held up high, as I am a real woman with creative thoughts, visions, and great pride.

Today I say hello to being a woman who loves life. I am filled with energy no matter what obstacles I may face. I was designed to have success in every area of my life and I happily take hold of the reins.

Today I say hello to being a woman who does not have to settle for less. I no longer have to compromise my happiness just to be like everyone else. Instead I strive to fly with the eagles and embark on my life's journey with grace and tenacity. I am a strong woman. I am a real woman.

Today I choose to love myself for who I am and not what other people want me to be. Why you might ask? I have discovered the strength that lies within me. Through times of hurt, I will strive for healing. When faced with fears, I will find faith and peace. When I am feeling alone I will rest assured there is someone with me. I have finally discovered that I have found a friend and that friend lives deep inside me.

So this is my final farewell to ALL my past hurts as I choose to no longer allow you to reside within me.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR
April Lisbon-Peoples is a school psychologist in NV working with children with various exceptionalities for more than 5 years. She also enjoys working as a life enhancement coach with areas of training in career, wellness, and relationships. To learn more about what I do, please visit me at
http://www.creatingmyvision.com

Monday, May 16, 2011

The Ever Increasing Relationship Between Stress Relief and Exercise

By Melody Weathers
Stress isn't just uncomfortable; when it comes to your health, stress is downright dangerous. The chronically stressed have higher incidences of all of the following:
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Nausea
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Depression
  • Substance abuse
(Source: MayoClinic.com)
Understanding Stress
To understand why stress impacts your body and your mood in such a negative way, it helps to get a clearer picture of what stress really is. In essence, stress is your body's "fight or flight" response kicking into gear. From the perspective of evolution, the fight or flight response was absolutely necessary for survival. It told the caveman to run away from the lion or to protect his family from a roving wild dog.
Physically, when the fight or flight response begins, your adrenal glands release a dose of the hormone cortisol. Cortisol provides a quick burst of energy, lowers sensitivity to pain, and increases immune function. After the danger has passed, the cortisol levels return to normal.
People who suffer from chronic stress shoot dose after dose of cortisol into their bloodstream. In small amounts, cortisol is helpful, but when cortisol levels are higher and prolonged they lead to many negative effects. These include the following:
  • Decrease in bone density and muscle density
  • Blood sugar imbalances
  • Increased abdominal fat
  • Suppressed thyroid function
(Source: Stress.About.com)
For anyone concerned with how to lose weight fast, too much cortisol resulting from chronic stress is obviously a problem.
How Exercise Helps with Stress
From the point of view of your body chemistry, exercise decreases the stress hormones like cortisol, while increasing endorphins.
Endorphins are our body's own personal narcotic, and their release into our bloodstream leads to a blissful, healthy high. In order for the body to release endorphins, you have to work out fairly hard. Resistance exercise, such as weight lifting, doesn't do much to release endorphins. Aerobic exercise, from high-intensity team sports to running and cycling, is the best way to get the endorphins flowing.
Then there are stretching exercises, such as yoga, that trigger the release of the neurotransmitter dopamine. Dopamine is another naturally-occurring chemical that provides a healthy high. Stretching exercises also lower the heart rate, lower blood pressure, and promote healthy sleep (Source: HolisticOnline.com). Besides yoga, Tai Chi and Qigong are both popular exercises that are known to reduce stress through systematic stretching.
The benefits of exercise when it comes to stress, however, go beyond mere biochemistry. For example, team sports provide an easy, organic way to develop social support systems. From overall brain health to stress relief, the beneficial impact of increased social support and social interaction has been well-documented.
Exercise also provides the psychological benefit of getting your mind off your problems. When you become engrossed in a yoga posture, focused on power lifting, or zeroed in on the hill you're biking up, you temporarily forget about your problems. It's the unwarranted focus on our problems that leads to the stress response, so forgetting about our problems, if only for a short while, reduces the negative physiological and psychological impact of stress.
Suggestions for Reducing Stress Through Exercise
Although you may feel that the only way you can deal with your stress is to flop on the couch and zone out in front of the TV, this is actually one of the worst things you can do for your body. Yes, your stress will reduce for a while as you forget about your problems, but sitting on the couch won't release any endorphins or dopamine. Our bodies need endorphins and dopamine to stave off depressive states, so it's likely that if you deal with stress by vegging out, over time you will gain weight, feel sluggish, and begin to get depressed.
Instead, find a physical activity you like ? any physical activity. If you think exercise is boring, it's probably because you associate exercise with having to get up early and go to the gym or with going nowhere fast on a treadmill. Exercise isn't all StairMasters and gym memberships, though. Your exercise routine might start by joining an amateur football team, signing up for karate lessons, or just walking around your block. Chasing your kids around the yard, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, and walking to lunch instead of driving there are also great ways to get started.
In short, you can definitely reduce your stress by increasing your level of physical activity. Don't trigger that mind of resistance by making exercise seem hard, expensive, or time consuming; start wherever you're at, and as you begin to feel the positive effects of exercise on your body and your mind you'll naturally want to increase your level of activity.
Melody was a fat girl. High school was awful to her and she never felt stress quite like she did then. Shortly thereafter, she made a decision to change her life and hasn't looked back since. She feels reborn and really wants to help out anybody who feels they are in the boat she was in not all that long ago. Melody currently operates How To Lose Weight Fast and would love input from anybody trying to battle the bulge.
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Sunday, May 15, 2011

Weekly Prayer - May 14, 2011

Mat 18:19  Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.
Mat 18:20  For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
Lord, we come together in your name as you have directed us to do, asking that you come into our midst.  Wrap your tender children in your ever loving arms God, that they may not feel the pain of past and current abuses being put up on them.  Jesus we ask in your name, that all who have suffered abuse in their lives be touched by Your ever loving hand and be granted peace and healing from the scars they still carry.  Lord we put it in Your care to deal with those that cause these abuses or allow them to be furthered with their judgments.  Lord Jesus we ask these things of you and know that by your Word they will be given.  Amen.
Mat 7:7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: