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The New Year has not exactly been kind to me, but it is giving me the inspiration to finally get out. After my ruined birthday and a lot of thinking my significant other and I have decided to make a bold move from the East Coast of Delaware/Pennsylvania to West Fargo, North Dakota. I have a very close friend there who is helping me find a place. The rent is low, the wage is higher than it is here, and there are more opportunities for employment.

As for me, I will be working on work at home opportunities such as this blog. There will be a lot of changes coming to this blog including adding affiliate links to some of my posts. This will mainly be for the blog posts that I have done research on and have personally used products or books to help myself or others. I hope that everyone has a great day!

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anxiety, chronic pain, Disabilities, Mental Health, wellness

New Year’s Changes

I learned a lot over the past year. I learned who to trust and who not to. I learned a lot about wellness which made me realize just how much I want to write with wellness and work on advocacy for myself and others. So many people dismiss chronic and mental illnesses. For the new year, I want to begin researching and working on using this blog to help myself and my audience. I will be advertising my blog more on Twitter and Facebook. I feel as though the Universe has been telling me that I need to work at home and focus on my writing, learning other skills such as marketing and research along with attempting to find online customer service jobs that only require a laptop and a headset. Both of which I already have.

I will be focusing on not only achieving at least a part-time income but also my health in all areas. Moving out of my current home is a big part of that focus. There are so many who believe that living with family is better than being homeless or on your own. However, since I have been assessing my own situation and mental stability, I have realized that getting out on my own with my significant other is the best way for me to gain a better mental status as well as the ability to do yoga, meditation, and light (at first) exercise in order to manage my chronic pain symptoms that come with my possible Fibromyalgia.

I know that my therapist agrees that I need to get out of here for my own mental health. I will be continuing to see her, but I have a feeling that once I leave this current environment that I will only need to see her less and less. I do not believe my anxiety will be able to be cured right away naturally, but having my own freedom will most likely allow my issues to lessen. It will give me the ability to focus on what I need to do to make money in my own time, do schoolwork, and cook the foods that my body can handle and help me gain the physical body that I want and need. I will focus on finally getting to a rheumatologist so that I can get my chronic illness looked at and diagnosed so I can treat it properly.

I hope that all of you have a wonderful new year, and enjoy the content I will be looking into next year.

Blessed Be!

Disabilities, Mental Health, wellness

The TENS Unit and Chronic Pain

As with many of these discussions, I am going to use something to talk about that I have found useful in the management of my chronic pain. The TENS unit can be bought in any major drug store or can be from a prescription. TENS stands for Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulator. Using the pads given with the unit, the aim is to place them on the parts of the body that are sore and using different currents, it will give a message to the muscle and stimulate the nerve enough to ease the pain.

The source I am using is from a website for Santa Cruz Core, Fitness and Rehab. In the article, Jaimi Jansen explains that using the TENS unit and devices like that can help to with physical therapy and chronic pain symptoms. They describe the reason for this being that it is a non-invasive way to help patients with chronic pain due to injuries or other reasons both unknown and known. They say that post-injury patient can use this technology in order to reduce pain and swelling in the area where they were injured. Since the swelling itself can interfere with proper function or movement of body parts it can help the process of healing greatly. (Jansen, October 18, 2017, para 2-3)

The electrical currents cause the muscles to contract at different intervals allowing the muscles to regain strength and ease tension. They also explain that with orthopedic conditions or chronic conditions, it can help to help the blood flow better allowing the blood to repair and heal the body.

Another article from Verywellhealth.com explains that the TENS unit is not usually a part for the treatment of fibromyalgia but it is something to ask about. Doctors do not usually suggest it as a way of treatment. It also suggests that buying a unit on your own can cost from $25-100, but the benefit of getting a prescription is that they will most likely be sent to a physical therapist in order to learn how to use it properly since using a unit incorrectly can aggravate the muscles.

For me, using the TENS unit on a day where my pain is very high pain day is very relaxing. I can do crafts, write, or anything else relaxing while allowing the electrodes to massage the muscles that ache so much. There are a lot of muscle spasms that can happen with Fibro, and it can really work out the muscles that are tight very well and it honestly feels just like a mini massage. Though, I do know that you have to be careful. There are certain spots such as the spine and the area where the heart is that cannot have the pads on because the electricity can interfere with the health of the heart and the nerves in the spine.

It is also very important to read the directions thoroughly before using the TENS unit in order to use it. For example. Someone who has metal in their body cannot use it because the metal can interfere with the electrodes and be harmful to health. Those with heart problems can’t use it either because it can stimulate the blood vessels and the heart too much and cause problems. My mother has a double hip replacement with metal, so despite all the pain she suffers from still she cannot use my TENS because of the metal. The TENS is an amazing little device that can help to alleviate pain. I highly suggest this, but to also do research to see if it is right for the individual. As with all alternative medicines, you need to speak to a doctor before using it.

 

References

Dellwo, Adrienne. (June 03, 2018) A TENS Unit for Fibromyalgia Pain. Retrieved from https://www.verywellhealth.com/a-tens-unit-for-fibromyalgia-pain-3973054

Jansen, Jaimi. (October 18, 2017) Benefits of Tens Unit and E-Stim. Retrieved from https://santacruzcore.com/benefits-of-tens-unit-and-e-stim/

Disabilities, Mental Health, wellness

Meditation and Chakras

My final project is on Fibromyalgia. I am not officially diagnosed yet, but I know from years of suffering that I have this chronic illness. I also know a few others who have it as well which is how I am able to know what vitamins, herbs, and techniques can soothe the symptoms of Fibro. I also suffer from severe anxiety and learning disabilities along with this illness. For this discussion, I have chosen the topic of meditation because it is a very big thing in my life. While I do admit that recently I have been unable to find time or ability to concentrate I find that meditation along with incense as a focusing mechanism helps with my mental and physical issues.

I initially began meditation and unlocking the seven chakras, (root, sacral, solar plexus, heart, throat, third eye, crown,) as a spiritual tool and a way to connect myself to the universe and the past lives that I have lived, but I also realized that when I was ill and cleared my chakras my sickness seemed to alleviate or go away completely. I remember at one time I was sick and, after clearing out my root chakra, I was healthy again. While meditation, in general, is good for the mind and spirit, delving deep and unlocking and clearing the chakras can offer even more health benefits in the ways of wellness.

Chakra-Energy-Body-Graphic

The chakras need to remain balanced in order to keep certain things in balance in your body to prevent health issues. I will now go over how each chakra’s unbalancing can affect the body and mind physically.

Root Chakra: If the root chakra is overactive, it can cause someone to be fearful, nervous, insecure, or ungrounded causing them to be materialistic, greedy, and resistant to change. IF it was underactive, there would be a lacking in the sense of feeling secure causing them to be codependent along with fears of abandonment. Physically, they are associated with as the adrenal glands, spine, blood, and reproductive organs. Symptoms of an unbalance can mean the inability to sit still, restlessness, unhealthy weight (either obesity or eating disorder), constipation, cramps, fatigue or sluggishness.

Sacral Chakra: If this chakra is overactive it can cause someone to be overemotional and very quick to attack or invest in others. They will be attracted to drama, moody, and lack personal boundaries. However, if it was underactive, they will become stiff and unemotional, closing themselves off to others with a lack of self-esteem or self-worth. They could possibly find themselves in an abusive relationship. They are also associated with the kidneys and reproductive organs. Symptoms can include lower-back pain or stiffness, urinary issues, kidney pain or infection, and infertility or impotence.

Navel (solar plexus): When overactive, this chakra causes the person to become domineering, aggressive, angry, and perfectionistic or overly critical of oneself or of others. When underactive, they can cause the person to be passive, indecisive, timid, and lack self-control. They are associated with the central nervous system, digestive system, liver, pancreas, and the metabolic system. With an unbalance, physical symptoms can result in various digestive problems, eating disorders, asthma or other respiratory ailments, nerve pain or fibromyalgia, infection in the liver or kidneys, and various other organ problems.

Heart Chakra: As with the idea of the heart, if this is overactive, someone can become extremely loving in a clingy and suffocating sort of way. They can lack the sense of self in a relationship and say yes to everything. Boundaries are lacking and they let everyone in. With it underactive, they can become cold, distant, lonely, and unable or unwilling to open up to others while often becoming grudgeful. The heart chakra is associated with the Thymus gland and immune system, lungs, breasts, arms, and hands. An unbalance can cause heart and circulatory problems such as high blood pressure, heart palpitations, and a heart attack. It can cause poor circulation or numbness, asthma or other respiratory ailments, breast cancer, stiff joints or joint problems in the hands.

Throat Chakra: With a throat chakra overactive, someone can become overly talkative but unable to listen while being highly critical, verbally abusive and condescending towards others. When it is underactive, a person can be introverted, shy, and have difficulty speaking the truth or express their needs. The throat chakra is associated with the thyroid, neck, throat, shoulders, ears, and mouth. An unbalance can cause stiffness or soreness in the neck or shoulders, sore throat, hoarseness or laryngitis, earaches or infection, dental issues or TMJ, and thyroid issues.

Third Eye Chakra: An overactive third eye chakra means that one is out of touch with reality causing someone to lack good judgment, have the inability to focus, and prone to hallucinations. When it is underactive, their thinking can be rigid while closing off new ideas. They can become too reliant on authority, and distrust their inner voice. They can be anxious or cling to the past while being fearful of the future. The third eye is associated with the pituitary, eyes, brow, base of the skull, and biorhythms. An unbalance can cause vision problems, headaches or migraines, insomnia or sleep disorders, seizures, and nightmares. Nightmares are not a physical symptom, but it is a common occurrence in many people.

Crown Chakra: When the crown is overactive, someone can become addicted to spirituality causing them to become heedless of bodily needs and have difficulty controlling their emotions. When it is underactive, they are not open to spirituality and are unable to maintain goals while lacking direction in their life. The crown chakra is associated with the pituitary and pineal glands, brain, hypothalamus, cerebral cortex, and central nervous system. Physical symptoms of an unbalance can cause dizziness, confusion, mental fog, neurological disorders, nerve pain, schizophrenia or other mental disorders.

All of these chakras are associated with different parts of the Endocrine glands and organs.

(Berman, December 26, 2017, paras 19-46)

Since wellness is about prevention and maintenance of good health, meditation can have a very big impact on every aspect of wellness. Spiritually it can help to unlock a higher self and an awareness of everyone and everything around you. Emotionally, keeping the chakras balanced can keep your emotions in check along with mental wellness. Physically, keeping these chakras clear and balanced can minimize issues that can stem from blockages or when the chakras are unbalanced. If everyone in society were able to meditate, I believe that various health issues could be avoided and everyone would be able to live a healthier life.

The article in the references explains all this in more detail along with giving some exercises that can help one get started. I would also like to suggest a book that helped me a lot. It’s called “The Path of Energy” by Dr. Synthia Andrews, ND. I highly, highly recommend this book. I also suggest going onto YouTube and looking up guided meditations. However, if you are like me and cannot focus with a voice guiding you, try to find some instrumental music that appeals to your focus. Binaural beats are also a good choice and can help guide your brain into the focus you need to balance your chakras. For Binaural beats, it is highly suggested to use headphones or earbuds to ensure that you have the highest frequency.

 

Some YouTube links:

Bi-neural beats for chakra balance

Guided meditation for chakra balancing and healing

 

Amazon listing for “The Path of Energy.”

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References

Berman, L., Ph. D. (2017, December 26). Balancing Your Energy Body: A Complete Guide to Chakra Healing. Retrieved from https://www.consciouslifestylemag.com/chakra-healing-energy-body-balancing/