Dealing with anxiety in pregnancy isn’t something I had ever given much thought to before – and I had shared (more or less) all the basics of the things I know about living well with anxiety.
But of course, there’s always more to learn. In fact, every new experience offers me a choice – A) choose to learn how to deal or B) spiral into full blown prolonged panic mode. (This option comes with insomnia, depression and general lack of functioning. Woohoo!)
I used to choose option B far more often than I care to admit – but that’s because it’s hard to deal with anxiety when you don’t know how… and that’s why learning how is so important.
I know how to deal with my anxiety on a day to day basis. I can keep it under control most of the time:
I rely heavily on natural supplements to keep my anxiety at bay.
Eating properly is important.
Running is a HUGE anxiety buster for me.
Making good decisions that keep me in control (as much as possible) of my life really helps.
Turns out pregnancy blows all those things out of the water.
Hi, everyone! My name is Brea, and I write over at BreaGettingFit. I’m obsessed with everything healthy, and was talking to Carly about why pesticides scare the apples out of me (see what I did there?).
So today, I wanted to share some interesting, disturbing facts with you about pesticides. Don’t worry. I’m not all doom and gloom. I’ve also included two awesome lists that you can use to help you save money at the grocery store – but I’ll get to that later.
First, pesticides. They’re bad, y’all. We’re talking man-made chemicals that are sprayed on plants and fed to animals to prevent “pests” from taking hold (or even living). So let’s think about this.
Pesticides are designed to kill. And they do a very good job at it. This is especially scary if you have kids like mine who love to eat their fruits and vegetables. Did you know that in children, pesticide exposure contributes to neurological problems, which impair learning, memory, and attention?
Scary, right?read more
4 Non-dietary cleanses – (how to detox your life and enhance your health)
Cleanses and detoxes have been all the rage in the last 10 years. Whether it’s a post-holidays indulgence juice-cleanse or a colon detox, the idea of a cleanse or detox is to remove toxins from your body and start anew.
The problem with detoxes, however, from my perspective, is that there is often no exit plan, and when this short lived detox is complete, we are faced with a world of food choices with no compass or blueprint to guide us. In addition, cleanses and detoxes also force upon us this idea of “white knuckling” our way through our day feeling starving, deprived and unsatisfied and using willpower and sheer determination to get us through.read more
Ten years ago, I would have told you that I thought this “gut health” fad was just that – a fad. (And I could absolutely not accept that everyone was suddenly coming down with “celiac” disease. As we advance medically, diseases should become less rampant, not more – right?)
And then my husband started having stomach aches every night and every morning. He started sleeping ALL THE TIME when he was at home. He was sort of… permanently unhappy. Not really depressed, but not himself either. He was too tired to do anything fun ever, and he was always sore all over (muscles/joints ect).
I really thought it must be stress from his job – I remember saying to him, “You can’t possibly have a stomach ache ALL THE TIME!” Eventually, it got so bad that he went to see a doctor. (And then I believed that it must be bad.)read more
It’s pretty darn hard to love life when you feel crappy
(Even if you have an otherwise great life, yes?)
So it makes perfect sense that we would take drastic steps to improve our health any way we can… including spending heaps of cash on expensive products that seem to be promising the solutions to our problems.
According to this article on abcnews.com, Americans spend TWENTY BILLION dollars per year on weight loss drugs, diet programs and surgeries. TWENTY BILLION. And that’s just the weight loss industry.That number doesn’t even take into account the money spent on things like pain management, sleep issues, digestive disorders, skin problems or any multitude of other health issues we struggle with.read more
We need to talk. We have a big problem. (The “we” here being those of us in the developed world, for the most part.)
So many of us live in a constant state of searching for health. We feel overwhelmingly tired and achy. We have brain fog and blotchy skin. We have weight issues. We shell out big cash for supplements and shakes and gyms. All to little (or no) benefit.
We feel so crappy (for lack of a better word) that it’s almost impossible for us to believe that relief could be easy.
Don’t hold the sensational title of this post against me… But let’s talk about water.read more
The Ultimate Guide to Living (Well) With Anxiety, Part 10 – 3 Things to Remember When You Are Anxious
I could write endlessly about hundreds of aspects of anxiety, and what I’ve found to be beneficial. But the series has gotta end eventually. There are some thoughts I have to leave with you, that didn’t fit in anywhere else, before we finish. These are paramount thoughts, for me anyhow, even though they aren’t full gown enough to merit their own post. Sometimes I just want to yell these things at people who are suffering with anxiety and make them understand. (But that wouldn’t really benefit anyone, so I don’t.)read more
When G was first diagnosed with colitis and given his strict grain free diet, we were stuck between a VERY big rock and VERY hard place. He works out of a truck. Sometimes he doesn’t even see a restaurant… but let’s face it. Even if he did, a restaurant meal a day (especially of the gluten free variety) is gonna get pretty expensive pretty quick.
Say he spent 10 bucks a day on lunch. 10 x 5 = 50, with about 50 weeks of work per year… 50 x 50 = $2500.00!read more
There are countless jokes referencing how boring it can be… but I totally don’t get it. I LOVE the treadmill. It’s literally my favorite.
You’ll love it too! Or at least, even if you never fall in love with the machine itself I’m pretty sure I can promise you that you’ll love the way it makes you feel. Do we even need to talk about all the ways cardio can benefit you? It even helps with my anxiety!read more
Hi, Christian with anxiety. We’re friends! Maybe we don’t know each other, but we totally have the same struggle and the same God watching over us. (So we’re defenitly friends.)
I don’t know if I’ve ever written a post on a topic quite as difficult for me as this one. Because Christians aren’t supposed to have anxiety. We’ve all heard that the Bible says “fear not” 365 times, once for each day.read more