Updated: Jan 6
Though I struggled with anxiety as a child and depression as a teen, I had never battled it as an adult. My faith had helped me so much in those areas that generally I lived a peaceful, joy-filled existence!
However, all of that changed when I was rushed to the emergency room December 21, 2021. My heart started beating rapidly out of nowhere, and I thought I was having an allergic reaction. As it turns out, I was having a panic attack.
On the way to the hospital, my vitals seemed ok, but I could not get my heart rate or breathing to calm down. Once at the hospital, the staff ran tests. My dad was with me, and my mom was on the phone with me, praying. The hospital staff gave me Ativan and I immediately calmed down. I was discharged because nothing was physically wrong with me.
When I got home, I pursued therapy and other anti-anxiety remedies. At the time, I knew I didn't want to deal with having to ween off of SSRI's, though I would have taken them if they had been my only option. One supplement in particular I began taking immediately because we had it on hand due to my husband's battle with anxiety. It was called EMPowerplus by True Hope.
True Hope has quite the story. It was started by a family who lost a loved one due to bipolar. Once the dad learned about giving vitamins to livestock from a farmer friend, he investigated whether this would work for humans. And, it did!
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I called the company before taking as I wanted to be sure it would not interact with anything else I was taking. They were so helpful. They also told me about other anti-anxiety supplements I could take alongside True Hope that could help me in the case of acute anxiety. They told me when I began to feel the slightest bit anxious to go ahead and start taking something to get ahead of it. This was such helpful insight.
Inositol was the second thing I tried in my journey of anxiety and panic attack management. I learned that you must start small with this supplement, because for some people, like me, it can cause you to break out in a niacin-flush-like reaction.
However, it was so helpful. I would put the powder form in juice, and it would quickly relieve my symptoms. As I learned more about what worked for me, I picked a blend with both choline and inositol. This particular blend was so helpful, and it really worked for me.
Now if I know I will have a big day or something daunting, I'll take one of these 30 minutes before leaving the house. It's truly a lifesaver!
I truly thing passion flower is a gift from the heavens. In fact, you may be surprised to learn of passion flower's history in Christianity.
Once I learned I could take 700mg of this every few hours, it was a huge relief. As an aside, it's probably a good time to point out that anyone should consult with their doctor with regard to taking any new supplement. Because this supplement passes through the body quickly, more can be taken. However, you probably shouldn't exceed more than 5,000mg per day. If you are taking True Hope, they can help you with how much can be taken alongside True Hope.
When I needed something to work quickly, I also used passionflower tea. This version by Gaia is my favorite!
Stress can deplete our minerals, and magnesium is no exception. In fact, it's common for us to experience magnesium deficiency.
One thing magnesium has been shown to help with is heart flutters or palpitations. Another thing is anxiety. Reviewers at Amazon note that this particular gummy supplement has helped with anxiety, constipation, high blood pressure, heart palpitations and more. As always, remember to consult with your doctor when trying a new supplement.
Normally people think of this supplement as a sleep aid, but it packs quite the anti-inflammatory punch.
Melatonin has been helpful for me to reduce anxiety and for more restful sleep.
This supplement has been a great help to many people. Though it wasn't one of the ones I used daily during my acute battle with anxiety, it has been very helpful for folks.
I've grown to love a drink that includes this supplement called Axio. Axio has the calming benefits of L-Theanine, in addition to B vitamins, magnesium, DMAE, green tea extract, pine bark extract and quercetin. It gives me a dose of calming focus without the jitters.
All in all, though all these things helped me greatly, it wasn't until I realized I was dealing with the long haul version of the virus that I really began to restore my cells.
These statements are not intended to treat, diagnose cure or prevent any disease, or recommend any medical advice. Consult your doctor before altering or changing anything in regards to medical prescriptions, diagnosed conditions or supplementation.