It's no secret that I love yoga. Like, love. It does wonders for your body, your muscles, tension, and aches and pains, but my favorite is how it helps manage stress! It changed my life. Between a post on Facebook about anxiety & depression medications, Vinnie's bout with anxiety last season on the Jersey Shore (just stick with me here, k?) and my love for yoga, I decided to share my story with my 12 year struggle with severe anxiety and how I finally overcame it without the use of medicine. Because to me, modern medicine is sketchy and often causes wayyyyy more harm than good. You never know if a medicine will cause fingernails to grow out of your hair follicles like it did this lady! (cue the heebie-jeebies!). Sorry lady, but I think. I'm going. to vom. Plus, just figuring out what the REAL cause of anxiety is and having a way to deal with it in any situation was more helpful in the long run. It literally is just like the commercials say and "coping" with the struggle, not FIXING IT. Not to mention lots of Doctors seem to not even listen. I never really took medicine for it, but I knew that if I did I was simply covering it up and never dealing with it, so my anxiety would always stick with me, and the lassstttttt thing I wanted was to live nervous I would throw up in the middle of a bar again. In my hands. In front of a table of handsome gentlemen. And THAT'S one of the "not so bad" stories!! Now I can say I "took matters into my own hands", literally.... *grossiieeee*.
I self diagnosed myself with "Agoraphobia" (the specific anxiety about being in a place or situation where escape is difficult or embarrassing or where help may be unavailable. Agoraphobia is strongly linked with panic disorder and is often precipitated by the fear of having a panic attack. A common manifestation involves needing to be in constant view of a door or other escape route. In addition to the fears themselves, the term agoraphobia is often used to refer to avoidance behaviors that sufferers often develop. For example, following a panic attack while driving, someone suffering from agoraphobia may develop anxiety over driving and will therefore avoid driving. These avoidance behaviors can often have serious consequences; in severe cases, one can be confined to one's home.--from Wikipedia.)
Today I am proud to say I have (99.9%) tackled this form of anxiety. WOOHOO! Here's how:
Check out yogaglo.com for some great vinyasas and meditation! Seriously. Just try it. You can send me a thank you check in the mail later.
Oh, and I ramble when I am passionate. So sue me. And don't go reading and not asking questioning or throwing in your two cents! You don't want to send me into a panic attack now, DO YOU???!?! ;)
**UPDATE** Here is the link to the book 40 Days to Personal Revolution that with just ONE QUESTION in there helped me realize that I bury issues and don't deal. Totally worth checking out the book.