Disclosure 1: I am a happy, engaged, biased student at the Aromahead Institute and have completed 5 different aromatherapy courses there so far.
Disclosure 2: I am not getting paid to share this information or promote the class described below.
As you’ve read in past posts, I am taking classes to become a certified aromatherapist. All of my classes are online at the Aromahead Institute School of Essential Oil Studies. Essential oils and aromatherapy has helped me a lot with my anxiety and related pain management issues, so I wanted to share this learning opportunity with you too.
Webinar Class Details
Andrea Butje is the head instructor and will be teaching a live webinar about how certain essential oils are scientifically proven to help reduce anxiety and stress on March 28, 2019 for $30.
The webinar is on Thursday, March 28th at 1 PM Eastern USA, and is $30.
On the webinar, I’ll teach you about three essential oil components that have been researched and proven to calm the nervous system.
I’ll also teach you about three essential oils that contain these components.
And three recipes for using these essential oils to keep your heart, mind, and nervous system calm.
That’s 3 components, 3 essential oils, and 3 recipes.
These recipes are simple to make, and convenient to use throughout your day.
I will also include some bonus lessons for you—a FOURTH essential oil that can inspire real peace in your heart, and an easy method for making your own vanilla-infused jojoba.
~from the March 20, 2019 email newsletter by Andrea Butje
Andrea gave me permission to share this newsletter information and link with you. If you are interested in learning more about aromatherapy and can’t afford this class, you can always try the free class here instead. This class served as my introduction and convinced me to continue learning through the school.
Unfortunately for me, I won’t be able to attend this seminar. Life is too busy with work, recovery, and case studies for my certification class right now. But I intend to take this webinar class the next time it’s offered.
Happy blending and hope you get some relief if you take the class.
*Disclaimer: I am not a medical or mental health professional. The information below is for educational and support purposes only. Please discuss any changes you want to make with your provider first.*
In past posts, either my alters or I mentioned trying EMDR with different counselors. The results were good in session, but not so great between sessions or in real life. The coping strategies we practiced to help with the side effects of EMDR were sufficient but not enough to quote a past counselor. I couldn’t cope with the side effects of EMDR while living my old life, so put it aside to focus on techniques and strategies that did help.
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
So what is EMDR? And why is it helpful (depending on the individual) for PTSD, Trauma, and Anxiety?
Different counselor, different approach, different overall living situation
My memories were coming back, and the emotions/sensations/triggers that came with them started interrupted daily life or nightly sleep too often
The hyper-vigilance and panic attacks kept increasing because of new or more sensitive environmental and internal triggers
Increased sensitivity to internal triggers – existing coping strategies and techniques were less helpful than usual; sometimes made the overwhelming feelings or anxiety worse
My current counselor asked me if I was willing to try EMDR again and explained her process. Then showed me different options to use for the bi-lateral stimulation part of the process.
Overall, I felt safe, confident, and ready to try this again
How did the EMDR work this time around?
The EMDR worked well and helped a lot to reduce my sensitivity to certain triggers and feel more confident about my reactions to situations in real life. The memories are just memories now. Any lingering trauma sensations or triggers left with each EMDR session.
Yes, I have had two sessions so far: one earlier this summer and one in October.
Why wait to share?
As mentioned earlier in the post, there are side effects or after effects that linger for a period of time after the EMDR session. The time period for long those effects last differs from person to person.
For me, the effects last about 2-3 months. During this time period, my focus is narrowed to: meet basic needs and self-care as I work with or through the emotional and physical changes brought out by the EMDR.
Will you share tips and suggestions for preparing for an EMDR session?
Yes. I broke the list down into three sections.
Discussing with or finding an experienced counselor
Learn as much as you can about EMDR and how it could benefit you because it does not help everyone
If you are seeing a counselor, have a conversation about how EMDR could help you
If your counselor is trained in EMDR, ask if you can try it in a future session
If your counselor is not trained and you want to try EMDR, ask for a referral to work with an EMDR specialist along with regular sessions
If you do decide to work with a specialist, make sure you feel safe and comfortable with her or him before you start anything.
*remember it’s important to trust the counselor and feel safe sharing these experiences in order for any kind of therapy or coping technique to be effective*
Before the EMDR session
Listen to the counselor’s process: intake questions, building resources, practicing coping strategies so that you remember them even in distress, discussing memories and choosing which one to work on in each session, etc.
Work with the counselor to answer questions as honestly as possible; provide enough information to help you both make informed decisions about the session and after care
If a coping strategy does not work for you, say so and work with the counselor to find an alternative
The counselor may ask you what type of EMDR tool you want to use for the bi-lateral stimulation part. The choice is yours, and it’s okay to ask if you can try out each one before making your choice
After the EMDR session
You will feel tired after your session, so it’s best to try scheduling your session after work or on a day with minimal activity
You may experience emotions and sensations differently – that makes coping with and reacting to them difficult sometimes
Your body may feel different – especially if you experience body memories
You could have more memories resurface – not all traumatic – and have to cope with them too
If you are like me (aka open about your unique gifts), you might also have some interesting experiences within your environment or during interactions with people. Traditional coping strategies might not work for those experiences, but your spiritual or religious practice could help. My spiritual practice helps me cope with them
Remember, EMDR is not for everyone. These tips are for informational purposes only and based solely on my personal experience. Please discuss with a medical or mental health professional before making any decisions or changes to your current treatment plan.
Disclaimer 1: This post is not an advertisement. It is a review of the organizations’ website and available resources that could be helpful to guests.
Disclaimer 2: Please use your own judgement (after reviewing the information) to decide on any next steps.
Last month a coordinator from AlcoholTreatment.net reached out via the contact form asking if I would add their organization to my resources page. With September being a bit hectic, I didn’t get a chance to update the resources page until today.
Since I also realize that many of my guests go straight to the blog without visiting any of the other pages, I’ve added the link to my resources page to this post.
Why I decided to add this organization
User friendly website with all of the most relevant information available by clicking links or images on the home page
A dedicated blog and Resources section about addiction, recovery, mental health, and other related issues set up in a format that is easy to navigate and easy to read
Marketing Statement of Ethics – rare in many organizations – that clearly states this organization’s mission statement, values, goals, and how they handle private and/or proprietary client information
Another organization that helps with addiction recovery and mental health treatment programs is DrugRehab.org. I’ve written a couple posts about this organization as their representatives have contacted me about being a resource in the past.
What I like most about DrugRehab.org are:
They are a non-profit organization whose goal is to connect callers with appropriate recovery programs and resources throughout the USA
Their articles are well-written, frequently updated, and easy to read
Okay, so what is neurodiversity, and why would you put it here?
In my words: An individual’s brain is thinking, responding, feeling, acting, or functioning differently than the cultural norm. Examples from the article: ADHD, HSP (highly sensitive person), Asperger’s syndrome.
I put it here because trauma survivors and people with mental illness think, act, feel, and react differently than the rest of society. Some of the difference is biochemical and part of DNA. Other parts of the difference come from developmental and physiological changes based on experience. The rest are learned behaviors in the form of coping techniques/strategies and survival skills.
The last group can sometimes be changed or removed or adapted to current circumstances, but the first two not so much. This article celebrates differences and promotes acceptance, so it belongs here.
You can find the whole article here. FYI, this article is an essay on the Quiet Revolution website. While one goal is to empower introverts, another is to find ways for introverts and extraverts to live and work harmoniously. So please don’t think the website is not for you if you are an ambivert or extravert.
“Unfortunately, it took me a long time to find a workaround, so in the meantime came undiagnosed, debilitating depression and anxiety for years, which often accompanies those who unknowingly mask neuroatypicalities while trying to cope and survive. I can’t say what triggered the depression exactly, but it felt like a slow, creeping fog that thickened more intensely over the years. Finding the right therapist and a helpful medication finally made the skies clear,” – Jenara Nerenberg
“Now, I’m 33, and they’re calling these neuroatypicalities ADHD or HSP (Highly Sensitive Personality) or even Asperger’s. Shows such as Invisibilia give us the language of Synesthesia and Empaths. And I’ve come to the conclusion that we’re all somewhere along this continuum, this spectrum of personalities, with diverse traits. This is the beauty of what we call neurodiversity.” – Jenara Nerenberg
Being authentic self
“Re-joining the jungle like Mr. Tiger means embracing the beauty of my inner nature and sharing that with others. And I’ve found that others who observe me start to feel and act the same, freed up by letting go of some of our cultural conditioning.” – Jenara Nerenberg
Another LinkedIn find, and one that I want to share ASAP: the CEO of a communications company talks about his experiences and struggles with mental illness here
I listened to his video and could only say “thank you” as a comment on his post. It’s touching and profound. But more important, he shares a message of hope and support for everyone with mental illness.
It’s my first time, so please bear with me: #StopTheStigma is the hasthag going around.