Managing your anxiety and depression with essential oils
If you don’t know already, I suffer from pretty severe depression and anxiety, and possible PTSD. It has been a long few years that I have been dealing with it, with many trips to the hospital, and Dr’s office to help me work through the pain that I was having. I would wake up in the middle of the night with throbbing head pain that felt like someone attempted to bash my skull in, this was causing my stomach be in knots and often cause me to throw up. These panic attacks were causing havoc on my new marriage and just made me want to run away from everything I knew. It would make me so angry, and my chest would feel like someone was sitting on top of me, and I couldn’t escape from the pain.
It all started in 2012 when I was having the stress of being a new mom, starting a new job, moving, planning a wedding and on top of it all, I was starting a kinship through the Children’s Aid Society. It was to much on my plate but I have always been a person who needed to help as many people as I could. The next few months were trying, to say the least, but awarding at the same time; until it all came to a catastrophic end. The kinship was ended, and our lives were on the way back to the way they were, until a month later when I got a horrific phone call. The child that I had considered as my own was sexually assaulted, my world was destroyed.
60% of sexual abuse/assault victims are under the age of 17¹
I can’t even begin to explain the emotions that ran through my body, but most of them were guilt. Guilt that I did not protect this child, and anger, a lot of anger; I didn’t really know how to deal with my emotions. I had so many issues from my childhood were drudged up, again I didn’t know how to handle or deal with these feelings.
I was finally diagnosed with depression and was put on the proper medication, and finally, I had somewhat of a relief. I was still fully not myself, I wasn’t happy, and cheerful, but I was able to somewhat get through the day. I started to see counsellors, which didn’t start off great. First, I saw a horrible counsellor, who I stopped seeing after the first session. I then started to see another lady who was great, she was able to help me realize what was truly important in my life and gave me some strategies to help me get through life. I was doing ok at that point.
Less then a year later I realized I didn’t deal with the true issues that I had in my life, and they were destroying me slowly, and medication wasn’t working. I was then introduced into essential oils for mood management, and my world changed. I often wondered how such a small, natural thing could be so powerful over my emotions, but it was. Just from a deep inhalation of certain essential oils, the symptoms of my panic attacks would start to subside. It helped with the attacks, tightness in my chest and the overall anxiety that I had with my life. I was able to get up out of bed and live more, however, it also made me realize a more pressing issue from my past that I needed to deal with, that I had not ever spoke about in my entire life. It helped me through my fears of counselling and speaking to people about my depression.
I reached out to the local mental health clinic for free counselling who was able to refer me to a therapist would be better suited for my needs. I feel like I am finally saved, and that I wouldn’t have ever made it here without the essential oils helping me through my anxiety. I still to this day need essential oils to help support my mood and anxiety, both throughout the day and while I am sleeping. I have struggled for many years getting a good rest at night, with awful nightmares causing me to have panic attacks as well as grinding my teeth. I have woke up many times with horrible migraines, and it was brought to my attention that people actually try to relieve their stress while sleeping by grinding their teeth, which will end up causing migraines and jaw problems. I have also struggled with immobilization and the essential oils help me tremendously, with uplifting my mood and motivation.
Sexual Assult Statistic in Canada¹
- Of every 100 incidents of sexual assault, only 6 are reported to the police
- 1 in 4 North American women will be sexually assaulted during their lifetime
- 80% of sexual assault incidents occur in the home
- 17% of girls under 16 have experienced some form of incest
- 80% of assailants are friends and family of the victim
My story and my journey are just beginning. I want people to know that it is ok to reach out for support, someone will be there to catch you. I will be here to help catch you and guide you down your own healing journey. Life isn’t predetermined, you can choose your story and how your life is going to go, let all choose a happy, healthy, natural living, healing approach.