I’ve been suffering from anxiety. Not the kind of anxiety where I’m in the midst of panic attacks and a nervous wreck all the time. It’s some sort of underlying anxiety that I don’t even realize I have most of the time. I can’t seem to get control of it and it’s frustrating!
I’ve been able to gain control and address all of my health issues except anxiety. My changes in diet and exercise have eliminated a host of issues including depression, fatigue, acne, heartburn, digestive issues, joint pain, achy knees, etc. I haven’t been able to tackle the anxiety and it’s actually become more prevalent more recently. I don’t feel stressed out all the time. Work is busy but not over the top. I’m only stressed about being anxious so I feel like I’m stuck in a cycle.
I had been having issues with heart palpitations. After a host of tests it was determined they are caused by anxiety and I was put on medication (medication I don’t want to be on!). Yesterday, I had a dentist appointment. Not only was I told I have a small cavity, I was asked if I grind my teeth. what? I don’t think so. Apparently, my teeth and gums are telling a different story. I had no idea and I know it’s related to the anxiety. I don’t even realize I’m anxious! This is all so frustrating. I don’t want to destroy my teeth. I was almost in denial until right before I sat down to do this blog post. I caught myself grinding my teeth. o.m.g. I grind my teeth…when I’m awake! The dentist assumed it was in my sleep. Have I been unconsciously doing this when I’m awake and had no idea? It’s freaking me out. Our minds are so powerful. It’s moments like this that drive me crazy that I have no control over my mind.
I need to beat this so I’m in the process of coming up with a plan. I’ve set up an appointment next week for acupuncture. I’ve never tried it before but it’s something I’ve contemplated in the past. I think now is the perfect time to give it a try. I think I might add some yoga into my weekly fitness routine which I will also re-evaluate. Maybe I’ll do some meditation? I’m looking for ways to manage my anxiety in a natural way. I don’t want to be on medication.
Have you struggled with anxiety? What have you done to manage it? What about teeth grinding? I need some help with this one!