I’ve heard it hundreds of times before, and the old saying goes: if you eat local honey, it’ll help desensitize your body to local allergens that make your nose drip and your head pound. I don’t particularly like honey, but I would be lying if I said that I occasionally didn’t consider eating a spoonful of honey if it meant I’d gain some relief from the seasonal allergies that plagued me each year. Of course, with every circulating method comes a small bit of skepticality on my part. If it was really something that was such a magical remedy for seasonal allergies, wouldn’t it be more commonly practiced and suggested? People seem to think it’s the way to go for curing their allergy driven sniffles, so now #Fearless gets to do the fun work and ask: But does it work? Initial Thoughts So, my initial thoughts about this are what’s not to believe? Bees pollinate flowers, flowers carry pollen, bees take pollen back hive and make honey, and pollen gets into honey. It seems simple …
Hello, and welcome #Fearless, a movement dedicated to sharing real stories, about real people, and their real life. We are focusing on a lifestyle that promotes the idea that being fearless isn’t about the absence of fear, but finding ways to power through regardless of it. We are hope, strength, love, courage, struggle & perseverance. Over the next few days, I will be releasing a multi-part series called Finding #Fearless, which is the story of me, my struggles and where I am today. It’s taking a look at the important parts of my life and the trials I endured that have laid the foundation for making myself a better me. It wasn’t always easy, but the road to a happy and fulfilled life rarely is. It takes hard work, dedication and persistence to achieve your goals, and Finding #Fearless is my personal road map.
I’ve been wanting to do an entire New York Times worthy exposé on panic googling. It’s the pandemic sweeping our anxiety riddled world and taking down the bravest people in its wake, and it’s time it got its five minutes of fame. There would be gripping story lines, tragic tales of good people losing their way in the darkest catacombs of the internet. It would delve into the complex way that panic googling is creating quick-fix, answer-craving addicts and the dizzying, whirlpool-like cycle they end up in at the start of every anxiety attack. There’d be a cheesy journalistic tactic to pull at your heart strings in every paragraph, and strategically placed, over the top black and white photo journalistic spreads to tell a story that words simply could not. It would be a work of art so unrivaled by its greatness that some would call it the written word Mona Lisa, or the prose reincarnation of Van Gogh himself. This will not be that exposé.
As of yesterday, I can say that I tried ASMR. You know, that thing that has been taking the internet by storm, claiming it gives you “braingasms” and “gives you the tingles”? Well, until yesterday all I knew of ASMR was it was a bunch of people whispering into a camera, putting it on the internet and people would feel better. Now, I don’t know about you, but whispering doesn’t usually calm me down. If anything, it freaks me out and makes me anxious, just as I’ve learned by watching Bob Ross. I don’t know about you, but that dude freaks me out. He’s too calm, so he’s probably a pyscho killer right? Or maybe that’s just me.
It’s been a while since I have visited the Cure Your Emetophobia & Thrive book. That’s also why this is only going to be one chapter, instead of my standard two. Amidst a move, I didn’t exactly have time to read, and now that I do, I wanted to ease back in. So let’s get right back into it. I forgot just how fascinating this book is, and how informative it is. There is something really beneficial to understanding why we are the way we are, and for me it helps me gain a bit of control internally. That’s something that I think a lot of emets lack.
Flu season has gotten a very slow start this year. It wasn’t until recently that my state upgraded from Sporadic to Regional, and it’s February. The above average temperatures have kept people out more, meaning less chance of passing germs from family member to family member. Now that it’s really starting to make its rounds, I guess it’s a good time to investigate another home remedy to the pesky stomach flu. I got this suggestion from someone in my support group, and I’m excited to do some research on something I don’t know much about: activated charcoal pills.
In the next few months, colds will ravage our home towns, influenza will be in full force and the stomach flu will seem almost unavoidable. Of course, with this season comes people searching for home remedies to keep themselves and others safe from what may seem inevitable. While some may seem outrageous, I’ve heard a lot about the benefits of apple cider vinegar. Of course with so much on the internet, it’s easy to get lost and not find reputable sources. So, I’m on a mission to answer the most important question of all: but does it work?
So I’ve seen this one circulating across forums, support groups and blogs. It’s something that when I first read it I said, what in the world? There’s no way that works! The theory goes that if you drink a certain amount of pure grape juice after being exposed to someone with a stomach bug and prior to showing symptoms, it will destroy the virus at it’s source – your stomach – and keep you safe.
As it turns out, I’m a pretty skeptical person. Chalk it up to my emetophobia and anxiety, but sometimes when I hear something that is too good to be true, I make this face that just screams, “Come on, really? There’s no way.” So, I think my skeptical thoughts shouldn’t be a surprise when I first heard about a book called Cure Your Emetophobia & Thrive from the people in my support group. Plus, my track record with emetophobia related books are not necessarily the best, so how could this one be any different?
I love to color. I own three coloring books, and way too many crayons, markers and colored pencils. For my birthday, my mom got me a coloring book and it was probably the best gift I had received in a very long time. So, as you can imagine when I first caught wind that coloring could be used as a way to reduce anxiety I was stoked. This meant I could color, as an adult, and say I had an actual health reason to be doing so. What could be better?