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Non-Medication Remedies For Anxiety – Brittany Lee Vaughn

My name is Brittany Lee Vaughn. I am a 22 year old single-stay at home-first time mother to a beautiful little girl named AnnaLee Willow. Anna is currently 5 months old and the highlight of my life. B​eelieve In The Journey​ is my personal passion project. I hope to turn my blog into a full-time job, and stay home with my darling daughter all while doing what I’m passionate about. I hope that you will consider joining me on my journey. Below is a list of my contact information and social media accounts: Beelieve In The JourneyInstagramFacebookEtsyPinterestGoogle+, and Tumblr.

Non-Medication Remedies For Anxiety

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The ​Merriam-Webster​dictionary defines anxiety as “​an abnormal and overwhelming sense of apprehension and fear often ​marked by physical signs​​ (such as tension, sweating, and increased pulse rate), by doubt concerning the reality and nature of the threat​​, and by self-doubt about one’s ​capacity to cope with it​​.”

There are some key points I would like to point out in this definition. The first would be that anxiety is “marked by physical signs.” If you have experience with anxiety you know that anxiety will show its ugly face several minutes before or hours before an attack occurs. Either way, an anxiety attack will let you know that it is coming. This concept is what my therapist loves to refer to as “fight or flight mode.” It’s a very common phrase and refers back to our very own primitive instincts built into our very own brains.

Rick Hanson​, Ph. D. explains that “the amygdala (as you know, there are two of them, one on each side of the brain) does initiate the fight or flight response through inputs into the hypothalamus (triggering the hormonal part of that response) and to brainstem control centers of the sympathetic nervous system for the neural parts of the fight or flight response.” Referring back to Webster’s definition, anxiety appears by feeling threatened. This is your fight or flight response. The duration and severity of your anxious state all depends on your “capacity to cope with it.” For some people this may be medication, but for others the idea of taking and/or relying on a medication everyday is a scary thought all within itself. As a person who also struggles with severe anxiety, I have witnessed the very panic of taking medication to cope with my anxiety.

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I am here​ to tell you that anxiety is manageable, to a certain extent, without medication. I must say that I am not a healthcare professional. ​This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. I advise that you should always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding any medical condition. From my own experience,

I have successfully managed anxiety using methods other than medication and I am here to share them with you!

Practice Mindfulness

B​eing mindful is one of the most effective ways to manage your anxiety. Be aware of your mind and body sending you warning signs. If you are starting to see signs of anxiety arise, whether it is long term or short term warning signs, utilize some of the upcoming tools to help you work through it.

Breathe ​

When you start to feel yourself getting overwhelmed, have a go-to breathing exercise. Personally, I mix counting in with my breathing. I count down from 10 and take a deep breath in, hold it for a couple seconds, and then release. This keeps you stay inthe present moment and stops you from over thinking.

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Meditate​

Meditation can center your thoughts and help you overcome your fears. Mediation is a great long term anxiety method but can also be utilized in the moment of an anxiety attack. You can also mix breathing techniques in with meditation.

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Self Help/Personal Development Blogs or Books

​ Reading blogs or books on how to improve yourself, love yourself, manage your anxiety, or even on how to just get the most out of your life will help your anxiety. The authors of these blogs or books are going through or have gone through ​exactly ​​what you are going through right now. I find it very comforting to know that I am not alone in this. I hope that you do too. Best part about this is that you are already taking advantage of this tool just by reading this!

Exercise

Exercise is a very BLEH way for some people to manage their anxiety. From personal experience it does help. It gives a sense of accomplishment. It makes me feel strong and capable. Sometimes anxiety is caused from overthinking and being hard on ourselves.Exercising eliminates these aspects of anxiety. If you aren’t able to go for a run or hit the gym you can simply walk, practice yoga, or do some vigorous cleaning. These are lighter forms of exercise that will also give you those same feelings.

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Changing Your Sleep Patterns

​If you are anything like me then depression and anxiety go hand in hand. One of the most effective ways to manage both of these at once is changing your sleep patterns. Most people will recommend that you get 8-9 hours of sleep a night to become well rested. Although, too much sleeping can be detrimental to your mental health and well being. To a certain extent, I believe in this. On the other hand I believe sleep can give you a mental reboot of sorts. If I start to feel myself getting anxious I will go to bed early or take a nap. Too much sleep can be seen as depression warning signs, but it can also be a great self love and reboot tool as well.

Brain Dump

​Something I use all the time are brain dump tools. I go a bit overboard and use a bullet journal, planner, writing journal, as well as a counselor. I am very comforted by lists and organization. I feel like I have control over myself, my brain, and my emotions if I am able to put it all on paper. A bullet journal helps me create an environment to place all my lists, plans, and habits. A writing journal helps me dump all of my overthinking out onto paper. Once I pour everything out I shut the journal and never read it again. Once my thoughts are on paper, then that is it. Worries out the door! I see a counselor whenever I need to work through something that is causing me emotional distress or making me nervous. Having someone unbiased and experienced makes me feel safe and allows me to move forward. I highly advise to use any one or more of these tools to help you stop overthinking and causing worry.

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These are just some things that have personally helped me overcome my anxiety everyday. I hope that they can help you as well.

You are not alone. It is incredibly important to remember that there’s nothing wrong with you and that what you are going through is normal. Anxiety IS manageable especially when you have support. If you start to feel like it is unmanageable reach out for help. Whether it is a health expert, a friend, a family member, or even me. ​I am always an email or private message away.

Bee Inspired,

Brittany Lee Vaughn

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I want to thanks Brittany for sending over her entry as a guest blogger for my blog! She’s been patiently waiting for it to go up on my site because I had so many people send me their posts over the last few months, and still more are coming in! Check our Brittany’s blog, or hit her up on any social media listed at the top for more stories and remember to check in on your mental health from time to time.

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How Many Times Did I Say How Many Times?

Happy (Belated) New Year!

I know it’s a late post, and I meant to post this sooner, but my life is crazy right now. Between being swamped at work recently with backlogged stuff the other person left me to do and trying to learn everything about the Worker’s Comp Law business and dealing with Attorneys – I feel like I’m drowning at work sometimes. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy it, and it pays well, but the drive and having to pay for parking (which I think is stupid) and once I need to pay for Health Insurance myself, I don’t think I’m going to make it money wise anymore. I’m trying to figure out ways to make some money on the side and get a little extra cash flow in here, but the only way that I know how to do that is to sell photos that I’ve created, or make more art, or something else like that. Also, Photoshoots are a good thing for me also, but then the factor comes in as to when I have the time to do that. I’m trying to figure out when I can do that.

I’m running a special right now for the winter, so if you’re in the area of Northeast PA, let me know. I can also travel to NJ and do other areas like that since my family is there. $60 will get you 5 edited digital images and an hour of shooting on location within 10 miles of Wilkes Barre, PA. Or for an extra 20$ in another place (NJ mostly.)

I’ve been listening to alot of Childish Gambino, Kid Cudi and The Weekend lately, what’s up with that? But I mean come on, who doesn’t love Donald Glover though? If you don’t love him then you’re silly. My music tastes go all over the place recently and I kind of enjoy it. Right now I’m listening to Up Up and Away by Kid Cudi and it just makes me want to dance and sing- which is what I need.

I’ll be up up and away, up up and away cause in the end they’ll judge me anyway so whatever. 

I’ve also still been playing a lot of Diablo 3 again – I almost forgot how much I loved that game until I started again recently. And I’ll be starting Season 5 this weekend if anyone wants to play with me! KayeRavyn#1220 on Battle.net to add me and run some rifts or something. There’s also WoW too that I’ve been playing, but not as much and then I started on Guild Wars 2 because well, it’s free, haha. I like free things, like Diablo and GW2. WoW I understand is big and all but I don’t think there’s any reason to charge monthly just to play the game when you can one shot done pay for a game on Steam or even a console for a certain amount.

Moving on now –

I’ve made some new sections in my Etsy shop to try and sell different things and I want to make some other art like cards and geeky things like that. Here are some sample pictures – they are all Macro shots and are shot with my iPhone and the lens attachments I got for Christmas. Which, by the way, was an amazing gift in itself, lol. They are awesome and I can’t stop using them at all. Here’ have a look and see if there’s anything you like. You can purchase these on my Etsy HERE. Hopefully I start to make some sales from this to help with my money problems I’ve been having recently also. So please help out! 🙂

Anyway, it’s noon on a Saturday and I’m waiting for laundry to be done so I can go out and get some shopping done and what not for house things. I need to get food for lunches (which usually consist of lunchables because I’m poor and they fill me up, lol.) But nonetheless, I still need to eat so I have to go out and get some stuff. Also cat food for the little monsters because they’re fat and need food too.

More later everyone! Enjoy the photos and remember every little bit helps me out if you can, I definitely need more excuses to help me pick up my camera again – it’s been awhile.

Cheers, xoxox

 

I Am Human.

..and I need to be loved, just like everybody else. 

Been awhile, sorry about that. So much going on with my life, work, Etsy, home life, kitties and worrying about mom and things among that fashion. I miss my best friend.. thank God she’s coming over this weekend for her birthday outing and stuff. I think we’re going to TGIFridays and getting her a drink or two. 

I’m currently sitting at work right now, and this one girl is talking on the phone with someone who appears to be deaf. She’s yelling into the phone for no reason. I think the person really is deaf then. Holy crap. That’s the only thing I hate about sitting in a small office with such little amounts of people. I wish I worked in a big office, so I could get away with so much more. I do my job, of course, but it isn’t that hard really. And the project we’re working on isn’t that bad now… once we told the person operating it to slow down and relax. 

I really want to get Jim something for his birthday, but I don’t know what. I already paid $100 for his hockey things, but he expects more, and well, I just don’t have the money. And there’s a grudge I’m kind of holding so, yeah. Magic cards it is then I guess. Since I know that’s what he wants really. 

I’ve been busy this week organizing things and such on my Etsy Store. I just opened it and am waiting for someone to buy something. It’s an awesome place to search things and buy and sell, I just have to wait for the right people to come and look at my things I guess. Have a look at The Store. I know I have atleast 20 followers on here :] 

Anyway, just plain text for today, no pictures, I’m sorry. I have to get back to work, which is blah.