So I haven’t blogged in an age, call it what you will, but I think I suffer from regular writer’s block. That, or I just do not do enough outside work and a Master’s to create interesting content. Like who really wants hear about the long hours I spend in front of my TV? Seriously though, if you do want a blog on that I can oblige…..
As some of you may know I suffer really badly from anxiety and when it flares up it’s crippling.
I could be out doing something completely regular or normal and a wave of paranoia will take over and suddenly this thick lump is in my throat and it’s choking me and tears prick my eyes and I need to leave, get out, and run as far away from my brain as possible until it subsides.
And I was dealing really fantastically with everything until I went through a break up, a really bad, sudden one, the second one in a year, and I was embarrassed and heartbroken. Unfortunately this all culminated into a tragic mess that spiked my anxiety out of control to a point where I was suffering from daily panic attacks and insomnia. Add that to a diet of comfort eating and I was a hot mess!
Luckily I have the greatest friends and one of them suggested acupuncture, this was how I met Sinead Casey of Nea Acupuncture, a city centre based acupuncturist.
My treatments with Sinead began in late August with a consultation surrounding food, lifestyle and treatment goals. At the time I could hardly speak to her without tearing up. I could hardly breathe.
But Sinead was fantastic, originally focusing on points to help with my anxiety as well as recommending supplements to help detox me and aid my erratic sleeping patterns. She used to check in after treatments to see how I was coping during the week. It was incredibly helpful to have someone else in your corner going through a difficult time.
Throughout the course of treatments she suggested removing dairy from my diet, removing any badness or toxins that would decrease my mood in any way. She sent on diet plans, recipes and app suggestions to help with meditation. Now I am the proud owner of HeadSpace Meditation App and my head feels clearer than it has ever been…
In the last few months, as hectic as my life has been, juggling work, a Masters and a blog, I can now zone out. Things that would have originally affected me personally or caused anxiety do not have as much of an effect. And as for diet I no longer crave sticky things like cheese and removing this has seemed to coincidentally regulated my hormones, clearing up my acne.
I’m braver now, because I feel in control of my anxiety and I can do more things, see my friends more and just LIVE more. It’s win win!
I would highly recommend anyone to give Sinead a visit for any lifestyle advice or treatments, as it has been such a natural yet effective way of helping me cope with my anxiety.
You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org, your mind and body will thank you for it!