Hi guys, I thought I would create a page where I share all of the things that had, and still have, calming effects on me during recovery. I will explain what they are, where to get them (if its something you can buy), and how to use them or put them into effect in your life. I cannot guarantee, of course, that all of these will work for you, but I thought they would definitely be worth trying. Having something to try is better than nothing, right?
- Young Living Essential Oils
What they are/Why I recommend them: Young Living is an AMAZING company that sells essential oils and other wellness products. I have used them to support various bodily systems and for their calming effects throughout my good 4 years of using them.
I would suggest that you get the following oils to promote relaxation and a peaceful environment (you can get all of these or just one or whatever you want):
- Peace and Calming
- Stress Away
- Trauma Life
- Sacred Frankincense
Where to get them: I have set up a website specifically for you guys to purchase these! When you copy and paste the following link into your search engine, all you have to do is click on the button that says “Order Now” and then choose if you would just like to buy retail or become a member. (I would personally recommend becoming a member because the products are majorly discounted. If you decide to become a member, though, you will be required to buy a kit of some kind. The cheapest one is 45$, but the one I absolutely love is 150$. I adore this kit and use it ALL THE TIME. However, I totally understand that 150$ is not affordable for everyone. So, to sum it up for you simply, if you cannot afford a kit then sign up as a retail member, but if you can afford a kit I would highly recommend the premium starter kit that comes up as the first option.) After you decide whether to buy retail or member, scroll down and choose your language and country. Right next to that will be some numbers and I want you to just leave those alone (they mean that I am going to help you and answer your questions if you have them). From there you can just hit continue and fill in your basic information!(:
How to use them: These oils can be used in so many ways. You can take them in a capsule, make bath salts out of them, put them on your skin, etc.. PLEASE never put them in your eyes, ears, or up your nose because it will sting. If the essential oils ever feel hot on your skin you can always use olive or coconut oil to reduce the heat. For more information please look at the information on the website link above (JUST COPY AND PASTE IT INTO YOUR SEARCH ENGINE). Also, I would suggest that you purchase an essential oils desk reference at lifesciencepublishing.com (probably the 5th or 6th edition of the book) because it will help you learn more about the oils and all of the different things you can use them for.
I know this might look extensive or complicated but it’s really not. It may take some time to educate yourself about them, but I am always here to answer your questions. Also, please keep in mind that I would never recommend anything to you if I didn’t already know or believe that it would work.
What it is/Why I recommend it: Writing was, and still is, such a fundamentally important part of my recovery. I am a songwriter and a poet, but I became those things because I started righting down my true feelings in those forms. When someone first told me to start writing, I laughed and was like “yeah, right”, but for whatever reason, I started writing and I’m so glad I did. It is such a huge release to get all of those voices out of your head and onto a piece of paper where they can be put to rest. No one has to read what you write; you can even throw it away when you’re done if that’s what you want to do, but just get it out. You don’t have to be a songwriter or a poet like me. You need to be you. Find a way to write or draw or paint or something that expresses who you are while releasing the giant feelings ball in your chest and mind.
Where to get it:Your brain(:
How to use it: It is never to late or early to start writing, so just pick up a piece of paper and pour your heart out.
- Adult Coloring Books
What they are/Why I recommend them: Adult Coloring Books are coloring books that are more challenging than kids coloring books. It sounds really dumb, I know, but my boyfriend got me one and I have fallen in love with it ever since then. These books are actually designed to help reduce stress and have a calming effect on the person coloring.
Where to get them: If you’re American, a few places you can get them are at Hobby Lobby, Michaels, Walmart, Target, and Amazon.com. If you live outside of the U.S., you will be able to order them at Amazon.com.
How to use them: Whenever I have a stressful day, I just pull out my coloring book and get to work. It’s really that simple. Feel like you’re going to have an anxiety attack? Pull out your book and color.
- Hot Tea
What it is/Why I recommend it: Obviously hot tea is just hot tea, but I would recommend a peppermint tea or a chamomile tea for relaxation. I researched a little bit and found that Lemon Balm, Passionflower, and Kava teas work good to fight anxiety, too.
Where to get it: You can buy tea bags at any grocery store usually.
How to use it: Just go to the store and buy some tea bags of one of the kinds I mentioned above, boil some water, add the bags, pour in a cup, and sweeten if you wish!
- Listening to Music
What it is/Why I recommend it: I recommend listening to music because if you listen to the right kind it can actually calm you down and fight anxiety. THIS IS IMPORTANT: I know heavy metal/screamo/hard rock music is totally awesome, but it will not fight an anxiety attack. These types of music actually can heighten those emotions. So, listen to that music when you’re feeling good, not when you’re feeling down or depressed. Classical, Christian, and Acoustic music is what helps me get a grip on my anxiety attacks.
Where to get it: Itunes, Google, Spotify, Pandora, Walmart, Target, Youtube
How to use it: Whenever you feel like an anxiety attack is coming on you can play the more calming music I mentioned above. What would be the best for you, though, is playing that music everyday. Once your mind gets accustomed to the peaceful instruments and pitches and hears the encouraging lyrics, it will start to calm itself down. I don’t know the brain science behind all of that, but I do know there were studies done to prove this. Now, just because calming music is what would technically be the healthiest for you mind, it doesn’t mean that it isn’t nice to listen to your favorite music sometimes. Most of the time we listen to our favorite bands because their lyrics or melodies are something we can relate to and we feel understood. Please still listen to those bands or artists, but do it when you know you can handle it.