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The last few nights I’ve been waking up at 4 a.m. just terrified about my future.
My work is a huge trich trigger for me and for some reason I just got hit hard with some major anxiety the last couple nights.
Thoughts of being homeless and starving, you know, the usual when money is tight.
You know the last time this happened to me, it cornered me pretty good and so this time I decided I wasn’t going to hide and isolate myself.
You know there’s this shame attached to being worried and fearful when you’re a Christian because some see it as weak or unbelief and so part of me feels that stigma when I’m terrified.
But we all get that way, myself included.
3 Ways I Beat Anxiety, Stress and Worry
1. I Take CBD Oil
CBD oil is a natural anti-anxiety treatment that works wonders without the side effects of prescription drugs.
I used to take anti-anxiety and depression medications and CBD oil is hands down a much better alternative.
Cannabidoil (CBD) is derived from marijuana plants but it doesn’t come from the part of the plant that gets people “stoned.”
It’s totally legal for me to take CBD oil because it has no intoxicating side effects to it.
CBD is the greatest “chill pill” there ever was, my husband jokingly calls it “mothers little helper” because it really is!
There are NUMEROUS health benefits to using high quality CBD oil besides just anxiety relief:
- pain relief / anti-inflammatory
- reduces withdrawal symptoms / addictive behaviors
- relieves nausea
- promotes better sleep
- protects cardiovascular health
There are lots of published medical studies showing positive results for the use of CBD oil, especially for mental health!
It’s my go-to bottle every single day and my anxiety is so much lower as a result of taking it.
2. I Get Support
One of the first things I tell someone with trich to get is support.
Don’t allow yourself to be isolated.
There are a ton of online support groups as well as other options when it comes to finding others to be around.
Not everyone understands what it is like to have trichotillomania and that alone can cause a person anxiety.
Feeling like no one gets you is the worst, but we’re not alone, there’s a lot of people just like us and they’re hanging out online.
I think a lot of us go online because we feel safe.
It’s hard to walk into a large crowd of people, at least it is for me.
When I’m feeling anxious and stressed out, I come online to these support groups and I talk with people.
I prefer the online groups because I can hop online ANYTIME, I don’t need to wait for a specific time.
I have friends in these groups that get me and it’s nice to be around them, even if it is just online.
Coming online and venting to a friend can really help me out in a moment of complete attack.
Having my hands on the phone or keyboard keeps them busy and talking to someone on the other end helps my mind stay calmer.
Finding someone to talk to always helps my anxiety levels and the nice thing about the internet and smart phones is that we can find someone pretty fast these days.
3. I Have Scriptures to Stand On
Do you have “I am” Scriptures?
These are my go-to verses in life when I’m feeling anxious and stressed.
They tell me who I am! That’s why I call them “I am” scriptures.
These are the verses that tell me who I really am with the natural circumstances around me are making me feel defeated and depressed.
You’ve got to get a scripture to stand on if you’re feeling down.
Find the scriptures that minister to your area of fear or doubt and keep them with you wherever you go.
I write mine on a little note-card and keep it in my purse with me, when things get really bad, I even go as far as to write it on my hand.
It’s one of the reasons I created a faith-based therapy journal to track my pulling patterns and triggers.
I know that in order to overcome Trich in my own life, I have to work on the internal things that are triggering my hair pulling.
If I let stress and anxiety eat me up then most likely I’m going to start pulling my hair again and I don’t want that.
Reading, talking to someone I trust and having scriptures to stand on are 3 keys to calming down my own worries and anxieties.
As Of Today, I’ve Gone 12 Days Without Pulling My Hair!
I’ve had some urges, but I think a lot of it could have been lack of sleep and also my period seems to antagonize my feelings around that time of the month.
Despite that though, I haven’t pulled out a single hair in almost two weeks, glory to God.