Nostril Breathing

A few years ago before I got married I was a stressful mess. I was so worried about money and about paying for the wedding my husband and I were going to have. 6 months before I got married something happened to me that freaked me out. I started having heart racing. I went to the ER and they said it was just stress. They gave me something to calm down and sent me home. A couple days later it returned again. I would be up half the night freaking out which made the heart racing even worse. One morning I called my mom and told her I needed to go back to the ER. We went and this time they kept me over night. They did all these tests on me and determined the issue was stress/anxiety again. They said I need to stop drinking caffeine and relax. They gave me Xanax and sent me home the next day.

My point of this story is that here it is a few years later and I haven’t had any issues with the heart racing since. I started doing yoga three years ago and because of that I think it played a major part in helping me with my stress. In yoga we started this thing called alternate nostril breathing. It’s when you hold your thumb to one nostril and you inhale in the other nostril and then you exhale. Then you repeat on the other side, close the other nostril and inhale and exhale. When I did this it really helped me. If I start getting an episode which I rarely do, I do this and it really helps. I actually swear by it.

Anxiety and panic attacks are no joke! I would do anything or try anything to help me out!

M.

Weekend

I wait all week for the weekend to come, because come on it’s the weekend. A time for me to sleep in and relax. I’m excited too because I get to have a few drinks and don’t have to wake up early the next morning. So Friday I drank wine and caught up on shows, which is another plus for the weekend. I found a new Netflix show that I absolutely am addicted to. It’s called The Returned, I believe it’s an A & E show. I pretty much binged the whole weekend. 

Saturday I went to breakfast, worked out, went to church because I feel bad for my mom taking my grandparents all by herself, and had game night. I love games, all kinds of games. Whether it’s board games, card games, or video games. It holds a special place in my heart. I played scattergories and I must admit I hate this damn game. Especially when I’m two drinks in because I cannot think. It’s becomes embarrassingly funny. I lost the game of course. Then it was on to Yahtzee, a much easier game for when you drink. I won that game! Go me!

Sunday started off pretty good. I went to yoga and afterwards went to the local farmer. Got some goodies and headed home. My mom and I decided to go kayaking, which I really do love but yesterday I had a terrible experience. We went to a lake and there were millions of bugs and I hate bugs. I’m sorry but I hate most bugs. Had millions of bugs all over me and all over my kayak. Im like oh my god can I even do this? I did and it ended up being an okay time. I go home shower and relax for the night because I am exhausted and because hello Game of Thrones is on. As I’m sitting there in my couch I start rummaging through my hair and I feel something. I’m like wtf is that?! My husband try’s to convince me I’m nuts and I’m like no I feel something. Finally I got it, pulled it out and it was a freaking tick. Needless to say I freaked out. Freaked out bad! I’m like rubbing the hell out of my scalp, making sure there are no more. Note to self: wash hair after coming home from park. I barely slept, I’m thinking it bit me but I don’t know if it really did. My husband checks my scalp and he sees nothing. He went to work, I tried to go to bed but nope wasn’t happening. I got up and washed my hair and combed the shit out of it haha. Went back to bed and woke up fine. My scalp is a little sore, maybe from rubbing it and pulling out hair, I’m not sure. Hopefully the evil tick didn’t bite me, but don’t think it did since I found it in my hair not on scalp. But hey you never know. Needless to say that ruined my weekend. I got up this morning and washed it again just because. 

On a happy note Game of Thrones was awesome!! Hope everyone had a better weekend then me! Let’s get through this Monday!

M. 

Yoga

So today I wanted to talk about yoga. It’s a wonderful thing yoga and it’s been around for many many years but didn’t seem to get popular until the 21st century.

I tried doing yoga about 5 years ago and I didn’t like it. I had a horrible experience and it just didn’t feel right to me. I then came across a new studio a little over a year ago. I decided to try it out with my mom and when I did, I loved it. It was just a brand new experience for me. From going in and the atmosphere surrounding me to the actual room where we did the yoga and it just made total sense to me and I was hooked immediately. The other yoga class I went to wasn’t even a yoga studio. It was at a park nature center and it was cold, dark, dirty, and the teacher just wasn’t that great. So I think that makes all the difference, finding the perfect studio and teacher.

Now I go to yoga a few times a week and do all kinds of yoga, depending on my mood. I tried meditation for the first time the other night and it was very nice. Very relaxing and definitely very helpful with taking my stress away.

I really recommend doing yoga, it really does help with stress and stretching feels so amazing. It can be a workout though depending on the kind of yoga you do. I did try Barre yoga a few times and that was so tough but it was a great workout, however, I was sore for a few days afterwards. I enjoy a class where I can relax and all my cares and stress just melt away.

So that’s my yoga talk for today. I hope everyone has an amazing day!

M.