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Anxiety and lyme disease
Accepting the unimaginable
Anxiety is fear, and fear stems from the misunderstood or the unknown. No person who contracted Lyme Disease understood what exactly they were dealing with. Symptoms that you've never experienced from even your worst flu, have made themselves known. Even before testing positive for Lyme or at least concluding on good judgement, the uncertainty of what could happen to you and what you're suppose to do, makes your mind race.
It's very scary when the unknown and unimaginable threaten your life. Naturally we turn to people we would hope and assume know what we're going through to help us but even their words leave many doubts and unanswered questions. Why did I have to get Lyme Disease? How do I treat it? Why is it that my tests come back negative but I still show the symptoms?
The complexity of this disease can at times be very unbearable. Aspects ranging from treatment, finances, relationships and the not so simple task of understanding your bestowal, all seem to be placed on our shoulders with the added burden of decision making encompassed within them. Decisions that could change a life stem from the source of a bacterium. So many questions with not enough answers and resources to initiate a proper treatment protocol in a rational amount of time. Living under the constant veil of unassurance.
There is constant pressure from friends and family to resume your normal life. This is very difficult because who wants to succumb to the conditions of a long term illness that disables them. The people in our lives don't understand the constant reeling that flourishes through our very souls. A disease that shows no external indication of a troubled body, mind and soul, more than likely will lead to the fall out of almost all of our relationships. Forcing you on your own to deal with the thoughts and troubles an ominous plague creates.
Anxiety alone can lead to one making rash accusations and conjuring unforeseen thoughts. Fear is designed to protect. Keep us vigilant in the face of a threat and uncertainty. It's a survival instinct but living in such a state for an extended period of time can have its toll on our physical functions such as the immune system. Living under constant stress and anxiety will only suppress the immune system even more.
It all comes down to controlling your thoughts and finding answers to create an understanding. In time, this will lead to a faster and better recovery from a situation that doesn't have to exist forever. Remember, even though our thoughts are influenced entirely on our surrounding and environment, you have the final say in how they affect you.
Popular herbs for combating anxiety
- Valerian Root - Valerian is a perennial herb most commonly used for insomnia, anxiety and as a muscle relaxer. It is a tranquilizer herb which means it induces a calm and serenading effect over the body. Valerian usually starts to work in about an hour after consuming.
- Kava Kava - Kava Kava is an herb found in the pacific region. It is most commonly used for social anxiety, its numbing effects when chewed and insomnia. Kava Kava usually starts to work within a half hour to an hour and creates euphoria.
- Chamomile - Chamomile is an herb grown as a perennial and annual. It is most commonly used for anxiety, stress relieving, pain and insomnia.