For centuries, ancient medicine greatly believed that there was a strong mind-body connection. In other words, that mental thoughts or emotions could effect the way your body physically feels. Then came the discovery of bacteria and viruses. While these absolutely play a gigantic role in how people feel and illnesses that we encounter, doctors abandoned the understanding that your mental health could play a role on your physical health. In the last few decades, doctors are beginning to understand the balanced approach. That yes, illness is absolutely acquired through viruses, bacteria, diseases, and genetics. But that your mental health can also change the way you feel and give you negative physical symptoms. This is the mind-body connection.
Valor Essential Oil is a must have for many when it comes to emotional support oils. When the earthquake hit our area, it was one of the oils that helped me make it through the first few days. It helped me stay grounded and calm, and helped keep my mind from being as run over with worst-case-scenario thoughts. (Trust me, I still had some – this just helped keep them a little in check!)
It’s been 3 weeks. Three weeks since I ran from my bathroom to the kids’ bedroom, praying that the house would stand and that we’d be protected. Three weeks since I clutched the kids in my arms under the bunk bed and prayed out loud over and over again, “Jesus, protect us. Keep the house up. Make the earth stop shaking.” For over a minute, just repeating those words. Over and over. Ninety seconds isn’t long. But when it’s an earthquake, it feels much longer. And in that ordeal, I’m learning that earthquake anxiety is a very real thing.
It hit me like a lightning bolt. A gripping fear that something bad was about to happen. It feels so real in the moment. It’s terrifying. When anxious thoughts strike sometimes I have a trigger, and other times I don’t. This time I did, and I knew it. I had read a Facebook post from a friend about keeping her kids home from school because there had been another threat against the school. And it gripped me. Even though we homeschool, our oldest goes to school once a week. And immediately, I felt like that post was a warning to our family. “What if this is a warning that I should keep my child home from school this week?” “What if this is a foreshadowing of what’s to come for our family?” Wave after wave of anxious thoughts. Anxious thoughts that I knew had no foundation in truth, yet were real all the same.