My path to healing and becoming a healer
As a teen I found myself suffering from debilitating anxiety and depression. Like many, my journey to wellness started with medications and therapy sessions. I had cycled through all of the anti-depressants on the market at the time, without finding any relief. What I did find was that all the side effects from these medications were making me feel worse. I was finding it harder to cope with my anxiety and depression, and life in general. The meds left me feeling numb, I had turned into a zombie. I was going through the motions of everyday life, but I was not living. I made the decision that there had to be another way to get through this – so I started searching for natural methods of healing my anxiety and depression.
Natural methods of healing
I started looking for alternatives in healing, something natural, something gentle that wasn’t going to wreak havoc on my body. Some of the alternatives I tried were; hypnosis, EMDR, EFT, Reiki, Past-life Regression, meditation, guided imagery, herbs, homeopathy, chiropractic and a few other energy/body work modalities. All of these had a positive impact on my well being, and each one on their own played an important role in my journey to wellness. EFT, Reiki and meditation had become tools that I used in my everyday life. I used them when I was feeling bad to get me out of a rut, but most importantly I used them when I was feeling good. They are part of my emotional wellness toolbox, and when I used them consistently it kept me in the present. I was able to clear so many limiting beliefs that I had about myself, which allowed me to start living my life without fear of what everyone else thought. I had started to learn about the mind/body connection and how your thoughts created your reality. I realized that the horrible thoughts I had about myself were just keeping the cycle of misery going. I now keep a journal of affirmations that I read everyday, it’s like a list of goals for myself. Reading them everyday helps to keep me positive and on track. It’s nice to look back through my journal and see what has manifested for me. What a great reminder of how powerful our thoughts are.
Expanding into other areas of my life
Now that my mind was in a calm place, I started to focus my natural healing efforts to other areas of my life. I found that nutrition is one of the biggest factors of overall wellness for me. I started working with a nutrition counselor, that had a holistic approach and supported my efforts of natural healing. We quickly determined that my body simply can not tolerate many of the foods I had been consuming my whole life; gluten, dairy, refined sugars and processed foods. After removing these from my body, it felt like a cloud had lifted. My head was clear, my depression was gone and my anxiety was manageable.
My body and mind feel at their best when I eat a clean diet of whole foods. Sure I cheat occasionally and eat something because I know it will taste good, but I immediately feel the effects on my system. Sometimes this is needed as a reminder of WHY I’ve eliminated these in the first place.
I’m a highly sensitive person and I feel everything that I put in or on my body, so it was only natural to remove any toxins that could negatively effect my mood. I avoid taking medications and have found many natural ways for dealing with pain & sickness. I have found that apple cider vinegar can do so many amazing things from clearing my sinus infection, skin rash, to a great hair rinse and facial toner. I’ve started using essential oils and making my own cleaning products and hand soaps. I have 2 small children and it’s so important for me to create an environment for them that is as non-toxic as possible. That includes cloth or chlorine free diapers, homemade baby wipes, natural cleansers, lotions and sunscreens. I’ve had many DIY flops, but have incorporated so many into my daily life and found that they are super easy and simple and I feel good about them.
I’m still a work in progress, and will continue to try things out to see if it will help to improve my family’s quality of life.
Becoming a healer
I’ve secretly wanted to be in a profession that helped others for years, but I felt silly because that is not what I went to school for. I realize now that my whole life has trained me for this through my experiences. I’ve spent so many years of my life feeling completely hopeless. That is the absolute worst feeling anyone could have. I don’t want see other suffer needlessly like I did. I have some practical tools that can help them.
I feel like my journey has come full circle from my darkest days of feeling completely hopeless to my days now that are shining bright with hope. I think it’s so important for anyone suffering from anxiety and depression to have someone supporting them. For me it was my husband, he was my rock, he gave me hope and a desire to find relief….he saved my life. Now my children teach me how to live life to the fullest everyday with out regret.
When I knew this was my path in life, I felt like my heart was singing. And that is the most amazing feeling. I want to help others clear the clutter out of their minds/lives, so their path can be revealed to them.