Annihilating Depression & Anxiety Naturally

More crying.
Rapid breathing.
Even more crying.
Running away.
Inability to reason.
Feeling like my brain and body were disconnected
Dry heaving.
The inevitable binge.
Feeling guilty.

This is what an average panic attack looks like for me. 

The first REAL one I can remember happened while I was pregnant with my first. Something stupid small hubby and I were arguing about and the next thing I knew I was curled up in a ball in my closet. Looking back, even further-I could see many signs of anxiety. I HATED being called on in class, even if I knew the answer. Calling anyone on the phone made me want to puke (to this day, I can't even order a pizza over the phone). Social settings seemed like a great idea-until I was in the middle of it. I worried about everything and the "what-ifs" kept me up at night. I am a textbook example of someone with anxiety-I just never had a name for it.
Fast forward to the present. It's taken me most of my marriage to get a good understanding of what goes on in my head. I always thought it was me just being broken merchandise. The result of a broken individual in a broken world. 
Then I started to think that maybe I was just loony. That's still up for debate, but I've done LOTS of digging regardless. I just got to the point of being down right tired of feeling like I wasn't able to control my emotional state. The panic attacks weren't frequent, but the nervousness and sadness always seemed to be hiding in the cracks, right below the surface.
PPD was also something I thought was the answer since I do have four babies. Maybe it's just my pessimistic nature? Maybe I just need to pray more?
Then I started to examine my food. I began to realize all of the junk I was putting into my body. How on earth would I expect for it to work properly, if I wasn't feeding it correctly? I didn't want to go the medication route unless absolutely necessary, but I NEEDED something that worked nonetheless.
So with even more research, I found deficiencies that can also contribute to anxiety and depression. That's not the end of it-there's just so much that can make us feel like ostracized nut jobs! It also means there are many ways to combat it. We are not doomed to feel this way forever. Here are my 5 tactics that are helping me out TREMENDOUSLY:

1. Vitamins. Specifically B-Complex and Omegas.
See, Omega 3 fatty acids are just the for your brain. It helps to transmit nerve signals a little better. B's help with serotonin. (Think "mood regulation") I've been using Shaklee's Life Strips (Minus the Vivix since I'm nursing) and I am BLOWN AWAY at how much energy I have and how different my moods have been in just ONE WEEK. Even Papa Bear has noticed I've been smiling a lot more. I haven't felt this good in ages. I say this, with being highly skeptical while taking them. I just didn't think I'd feel a difference until at least 6 weeks. I've taken all sorts of different vitamins and NEVER felt a difference like I have with these. They also sell the vitamins separately  HERE and HERE.

2. Yoga.
Sounds incredibly lame-but it works. Deep breathing and stretching just helps to clear the mind. It's not voodoo-it's just enough relaxation to NOT feel like the world is resting on your shoulders.

3. Communication.
This has been HUGE. I've been open (and I mean Waffle-House-at-3am open) with a handful of people-especially my husband. If I feel bad-I let them know. If I'm starting to feel the blues-I let them know. If something stupid has made me sad-I let them know. Why does this help? Because it validates me. Many times, those with anxiety think that their fear is stupid or irrelevant and they bury it. It's like a release to just hear someone say, "I'm sorry you feel that way-but I'm here." My husband is great at this. For the first time in our entire marriage, I can cry on his shoulders about whatever it is bothering me and I feel BETTER afterwards. I've hid that kind of vulnerability from him since the day we met. I didn't want to seem needy, but the fact is-I do need him, and that's okay! It also gives me and opportunity to pray whomever I've opened up to. We were NOT made to fight these battles alone!

4. Fresh air.
Getting out is major. Never having a change of scenery can mess with anyone's head. This can also mean walking away from a situation that is typically a trigger. For me? Hurtful comments. Friends, family, or even a social media comment can make all the insecurities come rushing forward. Sometime-most times-it's better to just walk away. Walk away and pray. Which brings me to my last tactic:

5. Prayer.
We serve an amazing God. Even with all of our flaws-He extends His hand of grace. His Word consistently reminds us of that. I have printed a TON of scriptures out to read when the storm starts a-brewing around me. It brings upon that kind of peace only HE can give.
The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Deut. 31:8
 The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Psalms 9:9
Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him. Psalms 62:9
*Bonus Tactic: OILS!*
Lavender, Patchouli, Pine, and Lemon are all oils I love to diffuse for a pick-me-up. These are personal preference of course. Pine makes me think of Christmas so it's ALWAYS a favorite!
All in all, it's time to fight back. The problem has been exposed and it's time to work on it. In just one week's time-I'm feeling quite better. My kids and hubby are getting a better me, and I just love that. I hope that this will help you too, if you're dealing with constant anxiousness. Like I've said-It's not a battle you have to fight alone.

How are you dealing with anxiety or depression?
Do any of these tactics appeal to you?

*I am not a physician. This post SHOULD NOT be used as medical information-just personal testimony. If you're having any harmful or suicidal thoughts please contact someone immediately.
*There are affiliate links within this post. No scamming. I only feature products I truly believe in and my posts are 100% my opinion.

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