How to overcome travel anxiety, naturally

Do you feel a panic attack coming over when you’re planning for a cruise vacation with your family or friends? 

Trust me when I say that I can totally relate. 

I suffered from an anxiety disorder that would kick in every time we thought of going somewhere as a family. 

At the very mention of an offshore vacation or even a flight to the neighboring state, i’d break into a cold sweat and look like I have seen a ghost! 

A bit of stress can be a good thing; it gets your heart pumping, prepares your body for the change in environment. That’s what we call excitement, anticipation even! 

But ill-managed stress can lead to anxiety and panic attacks. You’re left ill-prepared to take on what’s to come. 

What do you do if you suffer from such anxiety pangs at the mere utterance of travel, flight or cruise? 

Well, here are a few things that I did to overcome travel anxiety. 

I’m sure you’ll find some combination of these steps or tips helpful in your future voyages…

6-Step Tips To Make Your Trip A Trippin’ Success!

A bit of anxiety is natural before or during a trip, whether it is for business or pleasure, in anticipation of what may happen! But you need to prepare yourself to cope with such situations before they overwhelm you. 

Try these simple steps: 

1)Identify the REAL Cause for your Travel Anxiety: You need to find out what exactly makes you anxious on a trip. Do you usually forget your tickets, passport, or even your toothbrush? Plan your trip properly. Make a list of everything you’d need on your trip and keep it close by when you pack. Start planning your trip (if it’s a long one) a week in advance. This way, you can be sure you don’t forget to pack anything essential (that includes your phone charger. You never know where you get stuck!). 

Make sure to pack the things you’ll need to keep close to you in your

handbag or a handy sling bag that will be on you at all times. 

If you’re traveling to a new place, then read up everything you can on

that place, their culture, their language (download an app if need be!),

their approach towards tourists, places to stay, visa requirement,

update your passport if you need to, places to exchange your currency,

etc. Be ready! 

If you’re worried about missing your flight to the port or getting

delayed, make sure to set several reminders and alarms. So that you’re

reminded of the time and place two days in advance! 

2)Prepare Yourself: Apart from doing all the things mentioned above, there are ways you can prepare for your journey. Pack things you may need for contingencies, like a panic attack (like comfort food or drinks that can help you through an episode). 

Among other things, train your body to calm down on cue. For

instance, start meditation and deep breathing exercises days before the trip. 

3)Keep ready distractions: You may need to pack distractions along with your other belongings. For example, books, soothing music (that you enjoy, like romantic songs or trance music, whatever makes you calm). Bring some onboard activity props, like board games, that you can engage in with your co-passengers. 

4)Feeling overwhelmed? Don’t Fight Your Emotions: Give in to your symptoms, and keep telling yourself, “It will soon pass”. And, they most likely will! If you fight them, they may aggravate, increase your heart rate and may even make you collapse. 

5)Don’t Travel Alone: It’s always best to travel with someone else – even if you don’t suffer from a panic disorder, especially if you are traveling abroad.

6)If Nothing Else Works, Consult a Doc! If you think your problem is too much for you to handle on your own, consult a professional. He/she will be able to give you a little something to manage your symptoms a bit better. 

How to Curb Motion Sickness…if you have any

People who experience motion sickness often do so because they’re not in control of the motion. 

On a cruise or airplane, unless you’re piloting the ship or plane, you can’t be in control. Such situations create anxiety that soon gets escalates, with symptoms like:

  • Dizziness,
  • Headache,
  • Nausea,
  • Sweating,
  • Churning sensation in your stomach,
  • Vomiting, or even
  • Hyperventilation in some extreme cases.

Some even lose consciousness as a result of all these symptoms taking hold of their body. 

So here’s what you should do if you have ever experienced such issues: 

  1. Do you have the option of going by car? Then drive it yourself, instead of traveling on the passenger or back seat. 
  2. Don’t eat or drink too much: These cause vomiting tendencies even among first-time travelers and some children. Curbing your food or drink intake can help stabilize your bowels, and prevent your stomach from acting out at the slightest turbulence. 
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How to safely enjoy the benefits of CBD as a parent

 

In this new age of an entire society that is shifting more towards natural therapies rather than pharmaceutical options, one of the most popular products that have taken the spotlight is CBD oil. Though it certainly sounds terrific to have access to therapeutic relief using elements that are easily accessible without a prescription, it is essential to understand all the possibilities that might occur from making such a decision. Here we will talk about what CBD is, where it comes from, it’s potential as a medicine, and the risks to consider before taking CBD oil or considering using it for your kids. All while clearing the air surrounding some of the most detrimental and incorrect myths that have been spreading the globe about this exciting chemical compound. 

 

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is one chemical component from the cannabinoid family that is extracted and used for both recreational and medical purposes. It exists in the natural oils that some plants produce, and it harvested using several different methods of extraction. 

 

What type of plant species is CBD extracted from? 

CBD is one of well over 100 cannabinoids and terpenes that are produced by marijuana plants, but it is found in the highest concentrations amongst industrial strains of hemp. These plans are the ideal base for the extraction of this cannabinoid since they produce minimal traces of THC, which is the psychoactive element that provides the euphoric high that is so often associated with recreational marijuana use. Though cannabis plants used to also produce reasonable levels of CBD, it has been bred out of the genetics from generations of growers whose primary customer base consisted of recreational consumers. 

 

The felt effects of CBD

When you ingest CBD, the results might not be exactly what you were expecting, especially if you had initially assumed that CBD oil was extracted from cannabis plants. Since industrial hemp strains contain such small amounts of THC, chances are you won’t feel too much of anything right away, as it is not psychoactive so it will not interfere with operating a motor vehicle, or other daily parental responsibilities. When you do notice new sensations, they will be light and enjoyable, and for the most part, by the absence of a feeling rather than a whole new one. The pain will diminish as the inflammation dies down, which is one of the main reasons that patients turn to CBD oil, but the effects can take days, weeks, and even months to truly be felt. 

 

How CBD is used

CBD can be used in many different ways, from taking measured doses when a problem or symptoms suddenly arises or multiple times a day as a supplement and preventative measure. It is taken in various amounts, and there is no one size fits all dosage recommendation because each person will react differently to the same dose, and they will often have varying severity in felt symptoms. This makes the adventure of learning the perfect treatment a bit of an experiment, which is why microdosing is almost always recommended for beginners. Smaller amounts will be less likely to cause any type of adverse effects, and larger doses can affect the consumers quality of sleep if taken too late in the evening, so it’s a good idea to start slow and gently increase the amount that is used until you find the ideal dosage for you. 

 

The benefits of CBD 

Cannabidiol (CBD) is similar to compounds that our bodies already naturally produce to control normal bodily functions such as hunger or sleepiness. This is why it works so incredibly well to relieve a broad range of symptoms from conditions including but not limited to those that are listed here below. 

 

– Anxiety

– Addiction

– Heart health

– Diabetes 

– Appetite 

– Acne

– Chronic pain

– Epilepsy

– Glaucoma

– Insomnia

– Loss of appetite

– Nausea 

– Parkinson’s disease 

– Muscle spasms 

 

Possible adverse effects of CBD oil

Though CBD can be incredibly beneficial for treating many different conditions and diseases, it is possible to experience side effects. Typically, this is caused by consuming large quantities of the cannabinoid, so it is rare but possible to see less than ideal results. However, CBD is non-toxic, so though it may cause some uncomfortable feelings, you will not overdose, and these sensations are generally short-lived. Here are all the reported possible adverse effects that you might encounter while using CBD. 
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Flying with Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are a common issue among adults, and the symptoms that go hand in hand with vein disorders can be grueling to deal with each day. Varicose veins are most often characterised by the bulging, darkened, or twisted veins that are noticeable beneath the skin’s surface. Not only are they a cosmetic concern for many people, but varicose veins also cause pain and discomfort, ranging from mild to severe. 

Living with varicose veins may mean managing swelling and itching at or around the varicose vein site, heaviness in the legs or feet, or aching that does not subside easily. Although these issues can be handled while at home or work, there may be more significant concerns for those flying with varicose veins. It is essential to understand the dangers of flying as it relates to varicose veins and the steps you can take to prevent issues in the air. 

The Dangers of Flying with Vein Issues

According to a vein specialist at Radiance Varicose Vein Clinic, the dangers of flying with varicose veins are mostly connected to why varicose veins occur in the first place. When valve failure takes place within the veins of the legs, blood pools in the body instead of flowing back to the heart as it is meant to do. This creates vein wall breakdown, leading to the swelling and bulging often seen with varicose veins. When taking flight, the change in cabin pressure may result in adverse effects on individuals with varicose veins, connected to the potential for a blood clot. 

For those who have been diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis or DVT, flying with varicose veins may be far more dangerous than when broken vein walls are the only issue at hand. This is because DVT is a condition where blood clots form deep within the veins of the legs. The change in pressure on a flight could cause a blood clot to dislodge and move to other areas of the body, such as the heart of the lungs. Devastating outcomes may result, including a heart attack or a pulmonary embolism. 
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Ever Tried CDB Oil? What’s Stopping You?

CBD

If you are like me, you are willing to try just about anything to stop your chronic pain. Yet for some reason, so many people I talk to are worried about or wholly against trying CBD oils to try to get some relief. Why, I wonder? Maybe they think it’s illegal. Maybe they don’t know what it is. Well, I’d like to give you some insight into my experiences with a particular brand, Infinite CBD. It’s not the only brand I’ve ever tired, but I’m using it right now and here’s my thoughts as well as information about the products and what it is about from the professionals.

What is it, anyway?

“Cannabidiol is a phytocannabinoid discovered in 1940. It is one of some 113 identified cannabinoids in cannabis plants and accounts for up to 40% of the plant’s extract. In 2018, clinical research on cannabidiol included preliminary studies of anxiety, cognition, movement disorders, and pain.

How is cannabidiol different from marijuana?

According to Harvard studies, CBD stands for cannabidiol. It is the second most prevalent of the active ingredients of cannabis (marijuana). While CBD is an essential component of medical marijuana, it is derived directly from the hemp plant, which is a cousin of the marijuana plant. While CBD is a component of marijuana (one of hundreds), by itself it does not cause a “high.” According to a report from the World Health Organization, “In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential…. To date, there is no evidence of public health related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.”

Is cannabidiol legal?

CBD is readily obtainable in most parts of the United States, though its exact legal status is in flux. All 50 states have laws legalizing CBD with varying degrees of restriction, and while the federal government still considers CBD in the same class as marijuana, it doesn’t habitually enforce against it. In December 2015, the FDA eased the regulatory requirements to allow researchers to conduct CBD trials. Currently, many people obtain CBD online without a medical cannabis license. The government’s position on CBD is confusing, and depends in part on whether the CBD comes from hemp or marijuana. The legality of CBD is expected to change, as there is currently bipartisan consensus in Congress to make the hemp crop legal which would, for all intents and purposes, make CBD difficult to prohibit.

The evidence for cannabidiol health benefits

CBD has been touted for a wide variety of health issues, but the strongest scientific evidence is for its effectiveness in treating some of the cruelest childhood epilepsy syndromes, such as Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS), which typically don’t respond to antiseizure medications. In numerous studies, CBD was able to reduce the number of seizures, and in some cases it was able to stop them altogether. Videos of the effects of CBD on these children and their seizures are readily available on the Internet for viewing, and they are quite striking. Recently the FDA approved the first ever cannabis-derived medicine for these conditions, Epidiolex, which contains CBD.
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TO WRITE LOVE ON HER ARMS Announces “You Make Today Better” Campaign in Honor of World Suicide Prevention Day

Nonprofit To Write Love on Her Arms (TWLOHA) just launched its 8th annual campaign to honor World Suicide Prevention Day (September 10) and National Suicide Prevention Week (September 8 – September 14). This year’s campaign centers around the message of: “You Make Today Better.
According to the World Health Organization, 800,000 people die by suicide globally each year. That’s one person every 40 seconds. Additionally, the CDC recently reported that as of 2016, the suicide rate in the United States has risen 25% over the last 20 years.
TWLOHA Founder Jamie Tworkoswki shared: “World Suicide Prevention Day has become the most important day of the year for us. We love that this campaign gives people a way not only to support TWLOHA but also to have honest conversations about mental health. Above all, the goal is people getting help and lives being saved.
People can participate in this year’s campaign by purchasing the organization’s World Suicide Prevention Day pack, joining the conversation on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook using #YouMakeTodayBetter, #WSPD19, and by becoming a fundraiser or donating to the campaign. TWLOHA has set a goal to raise $150,000 to sponsor 3,000 counseling sessions, provide scholarships for higher levels of care, and to connect thousands of people to reduced-cost local mental health resources.

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Breakaway from lethargy: How to make healthy choices one-at-a-time

Our days seem to get busier by the second. Juggling work, family and social life sometimes do not leave time for anything else. It becomes challenging to incorporate health into a busy lifestyle.

 

Everybody does not have the time to go to the gym every day or take fitness classes. However, you don’t have to take out time to get fit. Small efforts go a long way. A few healthy choices can make a significant difference in your fitness level.

 

Here are ways to break away from lethargy by making healthy choices one at a time:

 

Pack a fruit:

The next you feel tempted to reach for a cookie, eat the fruit instead. This practice’s advantages are two-fold. The first advantage is that you avoid food that is full of sugar. The second is you incorporate fresh fruit into your diet.

 

Once eating fruit is routine, it can very well be transformed into lunch. There are several ways to do this. A popular option is to combine them with oats that have been soaked overnight. But you can also simply cut fruits and sprinkle salt (sometimes honey as well) and enjoy an easy but nutritious meal.  

 

Make your water intake exciting:

It is crucial to maintain an optimal level of water in our bodies. Most of the time, we do not realise that we are dehydrated. This is because many people do not drink water until they feel thirsty. While thirst is a good indicator of our water needs, it is not enough.

 

A refreshing way to increase your water intake is by consuming beverages. Use this method- have water when you feel thirsty and a water-based drink whenever you feel like it! In summers, opt for beverages such as iced teas and fresh juices and in winters, switch to teas such as green and chamomile tea. There are a variety of drinks available in the market, and many such as green tea carry additional health benefits.  
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Sun Chlorella – multiple ways to take this super-supplement

Looking for a health boost? Feeling a little drag, sluggish, or maybe you have decided to finally  get serious about your health (who hasn’t made that promise to themselves?) and want to find the best supplements to help you on your way.

As you may or may not know, a new algae has overtaken spirulina, and it’s called chlorella.  This nutrient-packed supplement is full of health benefits, so it’s no wonder so many people are making it a part of their daily routine.  There’s only one problem: chlorella’s outer shell makes it virtually impossible for people to digest it.  Now, Sun Chlorella, a premier provider of chlorella supplements for almost 50 years, has created a 90% pulverized cell wall, making it significantly more digestible than any other brand on the market. 

As a result, Sun Chlorella’s supplements can:

  • Support your body’s natural defense system
  • Support proper digestion
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Most Recommended Exercises to Burn Belly Fat

There is no pain in gain—only guilt. It’s the guilt that eats you up inside and out. And the ugly truth is that you don’t put on weight overnight; it builds up. Whether you like it or not, it’s really the decisions that you make each day that have the most significant bodily impact.

 

Crash diets do work. But most of them can only serve as a temporary solution. The moment you stop dieting, the gaining comes back. It’s the kind of nightmare that you want to wake up from immediately. 

 

What you need is a long-lasting and effective solution that is good for your mind and for your health. It should be something that you can do every day without you having to sacrifice too much of your precious time. Ideally, it should also be effective and efficient enough that you won’t have such a hard time including it in your routine.

 

Exercise is still the best kind of pain for anyone who is aiming for that much-needed metabolic burn. It’s the steady and slow that wins the slimming-down race. Most people place their bets on cardio as the ultimate winner for fat loss. But those who are in the know-how circle understand that there is a better way to fight off fat—the gift of training. Starting with the stubborn belly fat, here are strength training exercises that can easily be integrated into your busy schedule.

 

Five-Minute Strength Training

 

Troublesome fat usually builds up around the belly first and spreads out all over your body’s natural fat deposits. Being overweight can cause pain above the knees and affect your overall posture if you’re not careful. The fat creep needs to be continually challenged to avoid it from expanding any further. By doing strength training, you’ll be using muscles you’ve never used before and thought you never had.

 

Back-and-forth weightlifting routines activate the muscle tissues in your body. It’s the same set of tissues that torch fat and burn calories even when you’re not exercising. Your resting metabolic rate increases the more you develop active muscle tissues. The more muscle you try to build, the more you spend the energy stored in fat tissues, which will ultimately lead to their reduction.
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