Getting Social

It’s been a very long time since I’ve written a blog post.

I hadn’t been feeling very good and had to figure out some medical issues. Lacking energy, I fell into a depression. Maybe they’re one in the same. It sure feels like it sometimes. Drained, I insisted on getting tested for low B-12. It turns out I was on the low end. I started taking a B-12 supplement, my energy came back, and the depression lifted. Yay!

As much as I like writing and sharing my experiences with ADHD, depression, and anxiety, I needed more social interaction. I got a part-time job and have been working for about 7 months. I work every other day for about 5 hours, so I’m not too overwhelmed – with people or exhaustion. I’ve been able to manage my chronic back and hip pain with a wonderful chiropractor and monthly massages, which is a bonus.

I chose a hands-on job where I’m not sitting at a desk stressing out about deadlines. It’s helped me recover and start to feel more like myself. I’m enjoying working in a positive atmosphere with a team, but I especially like meeting new people and helping customers. It’s not perfect, but neither am I.

I still take a B-12 supplement daily to boost my energy. It’s helped me snap out of depression/low energy, but without the social interaction, I’d still be feeling low. Being around people is important. We as humans feed off the energy of others. It’s hard to be happy and healthy if we’re isolated.

If you’re experiencing anything similar to what I’ve gone through, I truly encourage you to get to the source of your physical symptoms with a doctor who listens to your story. There is hope.

Essential Oils Basics

Essential Oils are the volatile liquids distilled from plants, seeds, bark, leaves, etc. They can be used as aromatherapy, be applied topically, inhaled, and diffused. When used properly, they can calm the emotions, alter moods, increase focus, detoxify the air, boost the immune system, and more.

There are several ways to enjoy Essential Oils, but you need to be careful. Once you understand the basics and safety concerns, there’s no limit to how you can enjoy them in your life. Here are some of the different ways you can use Essential Oils.

  • Apply a drop or two to skin topically (dilute properly with a carrier oil)
  • Apply a few drops to your hands, rub hands together, and inhale
  • Apply as a perfume or cologne (ear rims/lobes and wrists are great scent spots)
  • Add a few drops to your bath water (lavender is versatile and very relaxing)
  • Add a few drops to the base of your shower (peppermint is great for the sinuses and allergies)
  • Diffuse into the air (use a cool mist diffuser only, as to not breakdown the oils)
  • Add to a full body massage
  • Inhale or diffuse while doing emotional acupressure tapping or deep meditation, to help release negative energy
  • Carry a few oils in your purse or bag, or keep a diffuser at work to reduce stress
  • Dental hygiene uses such as oil pulling for allergies and detoxifying (I add a few peppermint drops in a tsp of coconut oil when I oil pull in the morning)

Please do not ingest Essential Oils, even if a reputable company makes claims that it is safe. Essential Oils are highly potent and can cause serious medical issues if used carelessly. Unless you are under the care of an experienced integrative medical doctor, I suggest avoiding internal ingestion completely.

When applying topically to the skin, dilute with a carrier oil like coconut oil, almond oil, or jojoba oil. You don’t want to get Essential Oils in your eyes. If you accidentally do, use a carrier oil to dilute your eyes instead of water. Water will enhance the strength and sensation of the oils.

Don’t use more than a few drops a day to start. See how your body reacts to new scents and topical applications before adding anything new.

Drink lots of water when using Essential Oils. Some are diuretics and can cause dehydration. They also help the body detox, so it’s important to help the body flush out toxins with several glasses of water throughout the day.

Some of the most popular places on the body to apply Essential Oils is on the hands, wrists, ears, feet and ankles. The feet absorb oils very quickly because of the large pores. Applying oils to the rim of the ears helps clear emotions very nicely.

A hot moist compress will force the oils deeper into skin tissue, which helps alleviate pain and helps relax the nervous system. Applying Essential Oils topically before a shower will have the same effect.

Hot Essential Oils like Clove and Oregano should be diluted at least 50%. They can cause skin irritation when used undiluted (neat). Never use hot oils on babies or children. Do not use the majority of Essential Oils on babies or children without diluting properly. Please read labels and refer to an Essential Oils reference book for proper dilution ratios.

Before applying new Essential Oils topically, test a drop on your forearm and wait an hour or two to see if you have a reaction. If redness or irritation develops, do not use that oil topically. Diffusing may be the best option if your skin is sensitive to it. Typically, you’ll have a skin reaction within a few minutes if you have any sensitivity to it. With an actual allergy, you may have more serious symptoms. Please use common sense and contact your medical doctor or call 911 if you suspect a serious reaction.

Some Essential Oils are sun-sensitive, which means you should not expose your skin to the sun after applying for at least 12 hours. Some sun-sensitive oils are in the citrus family, like orange, tangerine, bergamot, grapefruit, and lime. If I want to reap the health benefits of these oils and still enjoy the sun, I apply them to the bottoms of my feet, and then put socks or shoes on. You can also simply diffuse the oils.

Essential Oils should be stored in a dark and cool place to maintain their full potency. Essential Oils that do not contain carrier oils should maintain full potency for years. Carrier oils, unlike Essential Oils, can go rancid within 6 months or so, and will smell like crayons when they do. Toss them at that point. Some Essential Oil blends or roll-ons may contain carrier oils so you can apply them right out of the bottle. You can simply check the label for ingredients. It’s a good idea to only buy what you will likely use within 3-6 months if they contain carrier oils.

Essential Oils should be mixed, stored or carried in GLASS containers only. Plastic containers may dissolve from some Essential Oils like citrus singles or blends with citrus oils.

Please store Essential Oils away from children or pets, preferably in a locked cabinet if you have curious kids. Do not store Essential Oils in the bathroom unless you have a good ventilation system that keeps your bathroom cool during showers or baths. I store my Essential Oils in a cabinet in a spare bedroom.

There are simply too many uses of Essential Oils to list here, so I encourage you to invest in an Essential Oils reference book. It’s a great way to get started and learn all about single oils, blends, and unique ways to create your own special Essential Oils potions.

Here’s a thorough Essential Oils Quick Reference Guide that’s perfect for anyone. It’s small, spiral bound, organized nicely by ailment, and full of detailed information: Abundant Health

There are many Essential Oils companies to choose from. It’s important that they have their oils checked by third parties, to ensure good quality. In addition, their methods of distillation and/or test reports should easily be found on their websites or listed near ingredients. You do not have to spend a lot of money to enjoy Essential Oils, but some oils, like Australian Sandalwood, will most likely cost more.

If you want my recommendation, give Plant Therapy a try. This company has high quality oils at a very reasonable price, low shipping costs, a solid return policy, and their website is very user friendly: Plant Therapy

You can also find Essential Oils on mass market websites, like Amazon, but beware. When creating home-made cleaning mixtures or diffusing daily to purify the air in my home, I use cheaper oils like Now brand. You can find some on Amazon or at GNC. Read customer reviews and seller ratings. I would not order any single oils or blends that contain carrier oils from Amazon or Ebay, unless there’s a 100% guaranteed return policy. A lot of sellers will buy a large quantity, and the oils go rancid in storage. Buyer beware.

Note to Daydream Health Visitors: I do not sell Essential Oils and am not a member of an MLM (multi-level marketing company). I am very familiar with Young Living Essential Oils, but share my knowledge as an independent consultant in the basics of Essential Oils only. I have been using Essential Oils for years to help heal myself and my family. I couldn’t live without my oils and use them daily.

Boost Concentration with Binaural Beats

If you’re a daydreamer like me, your brainwaves are primarily in the Alpha range (8-12 Hz). It feels like being half asleep most of the time. It’s a great state to be in when watching tv or anything else non-productive, but frustrating when we need to think and organize our thoughts.

Daydreaming in the Alpha range has its purpose though. It can help us figure out solutions to a lot of our problems. I’ve had great ideas while drifting off to sleep, when waking up, when eating lunch, or while driving. But it can become quite a problem when my mind can’t stop wandering.

People with learning disabilities and attention problems often have a brainwave deficit, which explains why daydreaming get the best of us. It also explains why our mornings can move very slowly.

In order to increase my brainwaves naturally and effectively with Binaural Beats, I listen to Beta brainwaves (12-30 Hz). My brain will speed up by matching the frequency it hears. The result is relaxed but alert.

You can listen to different types to see what appeals to you. I like a lower tone with a consistent beat, with no background noise, such as water or dolphin sounds. To me, the extra sounds are distracting and stimulate my nervous system.

In order for the beats to increase your brainwaves, you must listen to them with a pair of ear covering headphones. The left and right sound wave channels overlap, creating a “beat” at the intersection. I found a nice pair of bluetooth headphones so I can walk around the house wire-free.

I put beats on my iPod and iPhone, so I have quick access. You can find free beats on YouTube and bookmark your favorites. Some binaural beats are created with cool visuals in videos, which can be used for deep meditation, anxiety relief, pain management and more.

I typically listen to the beats when I have to do executive functioning tasks – reading, writing, or organizing. They tune out background noise, so I can focus completely. They’re the only thing I’ve found that helps me achieve a meditative state of mind for more than 15 minutes.

Whether you’re trying to relax, meditate, rest, heal, or reach a higher level of executive function to achieve your goals, binaural beats can get you there. Good luck and enjoy listening to the beats.

View my video on YouTube: Boost Concentration with Binaural Beats – Cindy Dietz

You can find a good variety of free binaural beats to experiment with and download here: FREE Binaural Beats

Learn more about brain waves: http://binaural–beats.com/what-binaural-beats-do/

Here’s one of my favorite free binaural beats to listen to on YouTube.
You can download it here for a small fee. http://binaural–beats.com/product/energy-focus-concentration/

Early Bird

Okay, so lately I’ve been trying to get more restorative sleep, which heals the body. Without it, I walk around with brain fog and can get quite cranky.

I had an emotionally-charged day yesterday, did EFT tapping with my son to help with our anxiety issues, and had a quiet evening. So, that helped, but the night is still a challenge for me.

Routinely, I take about 600 mg of Magnesium Citrate at night, along with chamomile tea, and hormone therapy. I also take a small amount of Magnesium during the day for general anxiety and agitation.

I have been adjusting to a higher dose of bioidentical hormones (progesterone), per my lady doctor, which helps me drift off to sleep, but I’m still getting up too early, or tossing and turning at night.

Last night, I went to bed at 10:30 p.m. and woke up at 5 a.m., which is longer than the usual 3 a.m. wake up call. I see improvement.

I ate a protein rich meal around 6 p.m. last night, but think I need to add some oatmeal, raw honey, and coconut oil around 9 p.m. to keep my blood sugar level even, and not wake up hungry.

I hate to eat past 7 pm, but I’d rather get a solid 8-9 hours if that’s what it takes. The extra fat from the coconut oil should do the trick. The raw honey is known for stabilizing blood sugar levels, which I add to my chamomile tea sometimes. No worries about the fat in the coconut oil. It can actually help with weight loss.

This morning at 5:30 a.m., I took 200 mg of Magnesium Citrate to relax and see if I could get back to sleep. I also rubbed some of my topical progesterone cream, which often helps me drift off. Nope. I needed to eat.

So, I’ve been up since 5 am, ate breakfast at 7, finished watching a comedy on my laptop with headphones, and did a quick round of EFT tapping for some anxiety.

Everyone is still sleeping and it’s almost 9. I do love quiet mornings. Maybe this isn’t so bad?

I have to say, I feel pretty awake. Maybe that’s all the sleep I needed last night. I’m sure I’ll need a power nap later, but that’s okay. It’s lazy Sunday anyway.

I’m going to the gym soon. I’m still learning how to master getting a good night’s sleep and will post more about this as I figure it out.

Here’s a link about the science behind sleep disturbances, adrenal fatigue and some solutions. The more you know;)

http://blog.adrenalfatigue.org/adrenal-fatigue/sleep-adrenal-fatigue/

Seeking Help

As a person with ADHD, I understand how hard it is to consistently meet expectations in today’s society. All the struggling can make a person feel alone, empty and frustrated.

For years I wasn’t taking care of myself – mentally or physically – and it was making me very ill. Slowly, I added new things to try to feel better. Some worked. Some didn’t. I even attended a support group and discovered that I wasn’t alone.

Over time, I learned how to be mindful, which helped me seek out new tools to heal my body and mind. I now realize the importance of being true and good to oneself.

We can’t always live to please others. That’s exhausting. We truly do need to put ourselves first, so we can be strong for what’s ahead. There is a way to embrace who we are and thrive in this world.

I don’t think people with ADHD need more “complicated” in their lives, so I only share tools that are easy to apply and effective. Please follow me and discover what works for you. Please visit the Solutions Page for more information.

Big Changes

Updating a website can be quite challenging, especially for those of us who get overwhelmed easily. I had to call customer service to ask some questions that I barely knew how to ask. I’m pretty sure the guy was as confused as I was.

I kept notes and kept breathing. When he offered to do something for me, I took him up on his offer. I got most of this blog working, but it might have a few issues to work out. I guess I’ll fix them as needed.

I’ve done enough. It’s time for bed. Thanks, self, for doing such a good job today and sticking with it. I know how much you wanted to give up.