I would love to share with you something I’ve recently came across during my busy, hectic lifestyle of what is called Motherhood/Parenthood and balancing everything in between!
Work life, home life, self care, child care and all of the things in between!
I’ve been open to trying new herbs that not only would benefit my body and mind health as a busy mother but also open to learning and wondering what exactly nature was trying to tell me through this adaptogen surely known as Ashwagandha.
Originally, if you haven’t heard of this herb let me help you become more familiar.
Ashwagandha has been used as medicine/herb in India for about 3000 years!
I want to start by admitting that I came to a very stressful, burnout lately.
Without getting too personal!
I was running on adrenaline and hardly no sleep.
I let stress get the worse of me which increased anxiety and as I let time go on this way I needed support! WE ALL DO!
All in all, this herb was a complete brain booster paired along with conscious eating choices to get me back to feeling more content and alleviated my stress response!
Can You Tell The Difference Between Anxiety And Stress?
Recently my mind and body went into overdrive. It was established by inadequate sleep.
Working nights and staying wide awake to then going home to be with my children since I am pretty hard on myself and am very passionate about putting them first!
I still have to work on this; as a mother, as a woman, to not feel bad or guilty when needing the time for self care and when asking for that time!
I felt very stressed out and just exhausted which in turn made my mood and capabilities decrease.
This goes beyond my natural, positive, energetic mood so I take it very seriously.
In these challenging
days I was writing in my journal and telling myself that I was going to be alright and I did everything under the sun to help alleviate my stress response.
I felt very deeply about some things in my life and they drastically changed and I admit I got into a very sad state.
The lady who always stuck out her hand to help someone else and others now needed the help and support this time!
As much as we like to sweep these kinds of things under our rugs sometimes and not admit it to ourselves and think we are OK…………
You know what?
It is OK to not be OK!
It is OK to find a balance and resolve at a steady pace was my motive!
I chose to stand firmly and honestly tell myself that I’ve been through quite a lot.
Anxiety and stress are two major components in stagnation and learning more about them in depth was very important to me during this difficult time for many personal reasons.
Stress for us all will cause anxiety as a secondary result do you agree?
Anxiety has a huge effect our brains in relation to performing cognition well (mental performance), our overall mood, etc!
Just keep in mind your response is the stress and anxiety is your reaction to that stress or stresssor.
Constantly learning and being open to how to perhaps reduce your stress and how much it can have an impact on your mind and body is so important!
Chronic stress since stress and anxiety somewhat can explicit the same physical symptoms!
Being aware of chronic stress is more of a detriment to look for!
Along with anxiety if it’s persistent and continuous feeling of dread then you need to take a step back and ask for help and seek support around you.
If you do not have any close family or friends near by well do I ever feel for you wholeheartedly!
You can still seek help and support around you. There are helpful hearts, minds and hands all around.
Knock Out Stress And Anxiety Without The Mess Entirely!
1. Stressor & Anxiety– Could be from worrying about bills/unpaid bills, worried about things out of your control really. Romantic relationships/ committed relationships over it is like grieving and it leaves a feeling of loss/ important life events that may occur on your physical journey.
Outcome depends really on your stress response; and anxiety causes you to be ineluctably distressed to which interferes with your everyday life. Also what your situation is if you have to deal with it on a constant basis,etc!
Keep in mind, stress triggers anxiety.
Within the unraveling physical symptoms can look rather the same so it’s very important to notice heightened stress and it’s response to a threat in any given situation.
Now when I say mess it doesn’t mean as in “clean up your mess you look ridiculous.”
I seriously mean that if you every day stress yourself it will lead to a storm within you that is unbalanced due to various reasons which then in turn increases your anxiety which then decreases your mental performance, mood, constant worry, so on and so forth.
It may be the time to make time with yourself and attend self care. Yes?
Time outs do not work TIME IN’S do! That Life.
Don’t let it control you. Let go of control and embrace what is as if you woke up that day and live it like you have a positive purpose here.
Stress reduction Should be the cornerstone of everything we do and are involved in and attending to it consciously and with your full awareness will constitute the grounding your mind and body needs to positively restore.
Changing The Mind.
Changing Your Mind!
PROBIOTICS AND MIND HEALTH.
Your gut health is so important in the role for brain performance. Let us get into how probiotics improve and enhance your brain health and function too!
Our guts as funny as it sounds when I say it sometimes “ Trust Your Guts” is interconnected with your brain and you’re cognition!
Our digestive tract is nothing to play with!
Remember the saying “You Are What You Eat”?!
Does anyone not believe this saying today?
I know I stand by it strongly and I find when I emotionally make choices is when I can get into a little storm within.
A mess can be anything tailored to an individual. For instance, eating something and not feeling good afterwards and receiving physical signs that it was probably not best to eat what you just ate.
Your healthy gut flora and keeping it healthy feels more vibrant!
I enjoy not craving sugary foods and desserts like I once use too! Yes I enjoy life and have that once in a while indulgence but I understand balance and when my body is negatively telling me some things are out of balance.
Body talks are fascinating. Wouldn’t you agree? If you really pay close attention our bodies talk to us all the time. Tune in!
Neither one of us alike have the same gut microbiota.
Furthermore, your well-being and imminent response plays a significant role in the prognosis of your digestive tract. ( Leaky gut, stomach bloating, etc!)
When I or while helping others tell me about their mood lately one of the first things I ask them is what have you been eating lately or if they are taking any medications/ taking a prebiotic/probiotic!
Changing our eating habits always helps as well and to keep mindful of vegetables, beans and even grains will have a positive impact on your gut health.
Your eating habits and the foods you eat can also be linked to your allergies you experience. All things to look into!
You are able to change your body’s microbiome within a 24 hour cycle if you stick to conscious, healthier choices to which you ingest/consume!
This in turn, will help to alleviate and balance your gut flora and enhance your mood to greater heights.
I just want to finish up by magnifying these herbs benefits!
Hopefully you can relate to this herb the way I have and it may be suitable for your self care. Healthy Planet is my go to place and speaking to a naturopath is always recommended as well.
Benefits Include and I can advocate for In my own personal experience:
– Aides with anxiety levels by blocking the stress pathways in the brain and also actively balancing the chemical signals in our nervous system.
– Aides and can improve memory function and brain function.
– It’s said to improve thyroid function such as hypothyroidism and this herb can be used to help stimulate the thyroid gland.
– Can improve fertility and enhance testosterone in men.
– While this shrub improves our own resistance to stress response in our bodies it inherently plays an important role in depression!
– Immunity Booster! This great adaptogen improves vastly your immunoglobulin production which cohesively improves immune function altogether!
– Look out exercise lovers and weight trainers! This herb signifies the ability to increase strength and muscle mass!
Commonly used in Auyurvedic medicine and also known as poison gooseberry/ Indian ginseng/ winter cherry are names this herb is given but when seeking more information at your local natural food store/ market- Ashwagandha is the name I go by.
This perineal type shrub. The flowers are small, green and bell-shaped. The ripe fruit is orange-red.
Being the nature lover that I am, this herb has helped me in the ailments I’ve listed for you!
Traditional medicine is not for everyone but I’d love to think that we live in a world open to seeking knowledge and interest in medicines and herbs that have been used for many individuals and for thousands of years!
I hope this blog has helped you in some way and if you have anything to comment, ask or share I would love to listen and elaborate with you as always!
And please try to remember and keep in mind and heart that It’s always better to burn out than to fade away…
Patricia Divine Essence