Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Uniquely You

Growing up is hard to do. Part of the growing up process is learning to accept and love yourself just as you are. People can affect your self esteem by thoughtless or insensitive words; you yourself can harm your self esteem when you critically scrutinize every detail that makes you uniquely you.

Psychologists tell us that one of the most important issues in life is coming to terms with who you are. Accepting yourself is foundational to mental health. Every person has strong and weak points. If you dwell on the negatives it will impair your growth and you may become a closed off, bitter, and a cynical loner in life. You do have a choice about the way you choose to think about yourself. You can choose how you think - you do have control over your thoughts.  You can choose to focus on the positives and develop your strengths.

Have you ever heard the saying, "What you say you are - you are?" If you think of yourself as a failure you will orchestrate situations to see that you fail. When you choose to perceive yourself as a confidant and worthy person; you will find a way to succeed.

Sometimes the trouble we have with accepting ourselves has to do with too much focus on ourselves. When we take our focus off of ourselves and look for ways to show kindness or to help others, we are blessed with joy and happiness, "It is more blessed to give than to receive." Acts 20:35

Give yourself a break. Don't focus on what you can't change. You are special and one of a kind. That, my friend, is what makes you Uniquely You.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Panic Away -End Anxiety And Panic Attacks.

Panic Attacks and Anxiety can Stop you Cold
My first experience with Panic attacks happened after the birth of my second child. I had a full blown panic attack while on a date with my husband, after consuming many cups of coffee. I had never heard of a panic attack and I was terrified.

I felt like my finger was plugged into a wall socket and that I was being bombarded with a huge electrical shock.  I was certain that my heart would stop soon and I would be dead. I also felt like the blood was draining from my body and grew very weak and terrified. I had never experienced such fear in my entire life. I could not turn it off, I could not rationalize it to be gone; it just took over and controlled me. Talk about a scare of a lifetime. That was it.

Unfortunately noone knew except my husband. I did not want to see a physician because I was sure he'd lock me up and throw away the key. I was haunted by these new sensations that would hit without warning and take me away mind, body and emotions.

Years later I learned that there are many, many reasons and there are also triggers that can set you into a panic attack. For me it was a combination of two things. A major hormonal change (weaning off breast-feeding) and a reaction to caffeine.

It took a program on television (revealing the connection between major hormonal changes and panic attacks) and the Mayo Clinic to uncover the cause for my panic attacks and anxiety. They diagnosed me with an endrocine dysfunction and my insurance payed for a natural progesterone made from Yams and Soybeans. IT WORKED and I got my life back.  To find a very informative team of pharmacist's who will help you find a doctor in your area CLICK HERE

There are other causes and triggers for panic attacks such as repressed trauma's i.e. child abuse, abandonment issues, broken relationships and more.

Although most of my anxiety was gone with the hormonal replacement therapy, I needed to learn how to manage the leftover anxiety that still hung around. I received some very helpful resources during that time that taught me how to be in control when those dreaded feelings threatened to undo me. There are two sources I'd like to encourage you to look into.

The first is called Panic Away, a program that can help you learn to get control over your anxiety and panic attacks.

The second is put out by the Midwest Center for Stress and Anxiety. They produce a tape or DVD series called "Attacking Anxiety & Depression." It is a self help, self awareness program for Stress, Anxiety and Depression.

Both programs will give you back the control you lost when anxiety and panic came knocking at your door. I have included the website and information for both programs below. Don't wait - Life is too precious to waste.
Click Below for more information on
Panic Away-End Anxiety and Panic Attacks Program
CLICK BELOW FOR MIDWEST CENTER WEBSITE:  http://www.stresscenter.com/mwc/ter