‘Spotting the Signs of Anxiety’ #Kalms @spinkhealth #RaisingAwareness #livelifeready

I’m doing something a little different today. As most of you know I am fighting Leiomyosarcoma which in itself is an uphill battle, add to that having to deal with stress, anxiety and depression it makes life quite difficult some days. 

It does beg the question whether the reality of cancer causes the anxiety etc or whether having mental health issues has made me susceptible to cancer? It’s a real chicken and egg scenario.

I do know my oncologists and medical team always state that a positive attitude can be beneficial and my mantra is one day at a time, stay positive, believe in miracles but how can I maintain that frame of mind when I’m in pain, facing the stress of scan results, accepting my prognosis and generally deteriorating in mobility?

Obviously I am on a strict drug regime that needs tweaking frequently but if I can possibly do anything else to boost my immune system then I will. So apart from a healthy diet and plenty of water which is a given I did wonder if there are any natural or herbal substances that might help relieve some of the anxiety symptoms.

So when I spotted Kalms Lavender  I figured they would be worth a try. Lavender is a well known relaxant and sleep aid (my grandma swore by it) .. I will be seeing my oncologist tomorrow so I will make sure I can safely take it in conjunction with everything else and will let you know how I get on.

I’m all for raising awareness and getting people to talk about their mental health … have you tried Kalms Lavendar and if so did they help?


Stress and anxiety – Do you know the difference?

The terms stress and anxiety are often used interchangeably, but can you recognise the differences? The term stress usually describes feelings experienced when the demands made on an individual are greater than their ability to manage, and we often know precisely what it is we are feeling stressed about, e.g. starting a new job, sitting an exam or attending an interview.

But, anxiety is an unease about something with an uncertain outcome – and that unease can exist even when the cause of the worry is gone. Symptoms of anxiety include feelings of worry, apprehension and uncertainty. Sufferers might find they are worrying all the time, perhaps about things that are a regular part of everyday life or things that are unlikely to happen – or even worrying about worrying! Anxiety can also affect the body, causing issues such as a racing heartbeat, nausea, headaches, and muscle tension.

Anxiety can become problematic when it is excessive or present over a long period of time. Long term, anxiety can impact on quality of life and wellbeing.

So, what can be done to relieve periods of anxiety?

 

For the first time in the UK, there is now a new option to relieve the symptoms of mild anxiety with uniquely prepared, pharmaceutical quality lavender oil – in a one-a-day capsule.

The results of over 15 clinical trials have shown that a daily capsule of the uniquely prepared lavender oil can relieve the symptoms of anxiety, with benefits notable in just one to two weeks [i] , and the benefits are comparable to commonly used anti-anxiety medications [ii][iii]. One study found that symptoms in 70% of those taking the lavender oil capsules were rated as ‘much’ or ‘very much’ improved when reassessed by researchers at the end of treatment iii.

The anxiety relieving effects of this uniquely prepared, pharmaceutical quality lavender oil are now available for the first time in the UK, only in new Kalms Lavender One-A-Day Capsules RRP £6.49.

Kalms Lavender One-A-Day Capsules is a traditional herbal medicinal product used for the temporary relief of the symptoms of mild anxiety such as stress and nervousness, exclusively based on long standing use as a traditional herbal remedy. Always read the label.

Kalms Lavender One-A-Day capsules are available in Boots, Asda and online at www.kalmsrange.com

RRP £6.49

 

The Anxiety Imbalance

Anxiety symptoms can occur when nerve cells in the brain become over stimulated, due to the excessive release of neurotransmitters – the brains chemical messengers – such as dopamine and adrenaline. This leads to hyperactive nerves which are excessively ‘switched on’ – an imbalance which can result in symptoms of anxiety.

Research into the uniquely prepared, pharmaceutical quality lavender oil – which is the active ingredient found only in Kalms Lavender One-A-Day Capsules in the UK- suggests that it can reduce the over stimulation of nerve cells leading to an improvement in symptoms of anxiety.

Thanks to Catherine Major at Spink Health for all the information/graphics  www.spinkhealth.com

[i] Kasper S, et al. Silexan, an orally administered Lavandula oil preparation, is effective in the treatment of ‘subsyndromal’ anxiety disorder: a randomized, double-blind, placebo controlled trial. Int Clin Psychopharmacol 25:277–287 _c 2010 Wolters Kluwer Health | Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.DOI: 10.1097/YIC.0b013e32833b3242

[ii] Kasper et al, Lavender oil preparation Silexan is effective in generalized anxiety disorder – a randomized, double-blind comparison to placebo and paroxetine. International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology, Page 1 of 11. © CINP 2014 doi:10.1017/S1461145714000017

[iii] H. Woelk a, S. Schlafke. A multi-center, double-blind, randomised study of the Lavender oil preparation Silexan in comparison to Lorazepam for generalized anxiety disorder.  Phytomedicine 17 (2010) 94–99 doi:10.1016/j.phymed.2009.10.006

8 thoughts on “‘Spotting the Signs of Anxiety’ #Kalms @spinkhealth #RaisingAwareness #livelifeready

  1. I’ve heard great things about Kalms tablets, I wish there were available here in France. I hope it can help you and that you get the okay from the doctors so it doesn’t mess with your medication.
    I feel it is vicious circle, you are asked to be positive, and stay strong, but when you are faced with your reality, sometimes, it’s hard to keep doing it, and you might feel guilty about it, thinking it doesn’t help your situation, but you’re allowed not to feel like being positive and putting a strong face when things are not okay and you get bad results or whatever. It’s fine to wallow or be upset a little. You can take breaks from positivity, and come back to kick cancer’s ass later. Sending you hugs!xx

    • Thanks so much for your kind words. You have said exactly what I think/feel a lot of the time and yes it is a vicious circle. Often I’m more worried about keeping other people happy so they don’t worry about me rather than putting my own feelings first. I’m working on that but it’s not easy!
      I wish you could get Kalm’s in France as well, especially if I find they work well. Take care my lovely xx

  2. My sister uses these & has been able to come off anti-depressants. That’s not to say that they suit everyone (e.g. me!) but they get her through tough times without having to be ‘numbed’. I often use lavender oil on my pulse points if I feel a stress headache coming on & it does work for that, or it could just be the actual act of slowing down to breath in the lavender that calms me. Whatever the case, it’s worth trying, don’t you think? Hope this helps!

    • That’s really interesting thanks, yes possibly having the smell to concentrate on is sufficient to calm down. I’m more than willing to give anything a try once. I’ll let you know 🙂

  3. Good luck with these I know a few people who swear by lavender, personally I can’t stand the smell so I never find it very relaxing! 😂 I really like peppermint as a relaxant but I’m not sure it’s traditionally intended as one! Keep us posted and sending you huge hugs.

    • Haha, yeah it probably doesn’t help, thankfully I do enjoy the smell. I’ve never thought of peppermint as a relaxant I know it’s good for digestion, perhaps I will try that as well. Thanks lovely xx

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