If you’ve ever met me in person and gotten to know me, you’ll realize I have anxiety. It’s not crippling or life altering, but it is there. I also worry like its my job sometimes. I know the two go hand in hand – Anxiety and Worry. There are a multitude of medications and methods to ease anxiety when it becomes a little too much to bear. Yoga, meditation, exercise, Prozac, Wellbutrin, etc. I have found exercise, yoga, and meditation to be hugely helpful. Then PMS hits and that tiny little molehill turns into Mt. Everest for a few days. The past few years, I’ve learned to recognize it, name it and work past it. While I know medication is a clinically proven means of dealing with anxiety, I am weary of side effects.
In the last year or so, I have seen ads for a product called 1Hour Break all over Facebook. It’s an oral spray to help with anxiety made of herbs like kava kava which are widely known to help relaxation.
Mamavation has partnered with 1Hour Break to get the word out on their product. If you are unfamiliar with them, Mamavation is a great network of bloggers committed to sustainable living, healthier lifestyles and real food. I knew when I saw that they had partnered with 1Hour Break that it was a product worth checking into.
Mamavation and 1Hour Break are having a Twitter Party on Tuesday to discuss anxiety, stress and ways to cope with stress effectively. Please join in with the hashtag #BeatAnxiety Tuesday evening for prizes, tips to de-stress and a community of peers to connect with!
What are your favorite ways to relax and decompress after a stressful day or during a tense situation?
**I am writing this post on behalf on 1Hour Break to help them spread the word about their Indiegogo campaign launch and open up the discussion on stress and anxiety. All opinions and experiences are my own. I have received no compensation for this post and have not yet tried 1Hour Break.
I have a beautiful and amazingly talented friend, Claire who is a belly dancer. She teaches, attends workshops and even planned part of her wedding around belly dancing. (Best wedding ever!) She is affiliated with Fat Chance Belly Dance which has studios all over the world. This is her in the middle of a dance:
Considering the grace with which Claire dances, it can be a little intimidating to want to try belly dancing. However, when TheXperience posted that they were hosting a belly dancing class on the first Fridays of each month, I had to give it a try. I’ve already conquered the fear of working out, so why not this?
(Photobomb from Michelle!)
I showed up in just yoga pants and a workout top. The studio let us borrow the jingly scarf to properly learn the moves. I totally bought my scarf to bring home and practice. Some moves needed additional work when I wasn’t ready to fall over.
(My partner in belly dance, Susanna showing off her scarf.)
I had worked out with Karna that morning (hello 5am!), so I was a bit sore going in. I thought the class would be easy-peasy. Silly me! It was as much of a workout as my morning class, so my already sore oblique muscles were screaming. An hour long class and by the end, I had worked up a good sweat and a healthy respect for my hip swinging friend in Texas.
There were approximately 9 ladies there, including Michelle who you might remember from the kids yoga class. I expect there will be even more ladies in attendance at the next class. Hopefully with time, I can work up to Claire’s level of expertise.
October of last year I won a $50 credit for Karna Emerald Coast via Facebook. I decided to use the credit and enrolled in the Monday night Restore the Core class. I figured it was a once a week mat based Pilates class and would be a great way to strengthen my core. I had just purchased a paddle board and wanted to get stronger on it. Little did I know what a life changer winning that credit was.
I completed the session and thoroughly enjoyed it. I even found a couple of my friends were going that I didn’t get to see very often. Getting to see them more frequently was a great incentive to keep going. When the second session ended, one of the teachers in my youngest son’s preschool class encouraged me to try the early morning workout program called Karna Camp. For the record, I am NOT a morning person. Not even a little bit. But Sara was so encouraging that I decided to give it a try.
Getting up that first morning at 5:15 was a bit like starting a new job. I slept poorly the night before because I was afraid I would sleep through the alarm. I was awake at class, but that was about it. I felt very uncoordinated and slow. But I made it through the class and the rest of the day was amazing. And productive. I was sore the next day, and the day after, but I was hooked.
Honestly, it took 7 weeks (!) before I stopped being ridiculously sore. I discovered Epsom Salt baths, copious amounts of Motrin and lots of bananas. I’ve been challenged more than I thought I could handle and I’ve grown in ways that I didn’t think possible. It really is about more than just working out now. It’s about growing, finding a healthy outlet for frustration, and changing the way my body looks and feels. It is also about camaraderie with a group of women I barely know, yet I am now somehow connected to. We challenge each other and push each other forward.
Most of the time we do our classes out on the pool deck overlooking the Destin harbor and the Gulf of Mexico. When it rains or is too cold we move the class into the ballroom. But we always meet. I’ve missed one Restore the Core class, yet somehow have not missed a single Karna Camp class. I’m not sure what has made me so consistent in attending except that I know that my body and mind need this time to work everything out.
It’s been a good journey so far and I can’t wait to see where it takes me. Preferably to a smaller jean size. 😉