Aug 29, 2019

jaclyn stokes anxiety pmdd natural

I've been wanting to write this for awhile now and after I recently shared this with a friend and learned it's helped HER too, I knew I had to share it to help others who are also struggling.

I want to first address that I am NOT a doctor, nor is this me giving out "medical advice" - this is simply me sharing what's worked for me. I am also not against medication, but personally just wanted to find a natural solution. This is also not a paid ad and the supplements I used are available at your local vitamin store or Amazon. So talk to your doctor first to learn if this is something that's a good option for you ;)

MY STORY | I've had anxiety as long as I can remember - especially social anxiety. People always thought I was so outgoing meanwhile inside I was so worried about what everyone thought about me that I dreaded meeting new people, attending big parties and events. Then once I had success with my career, I started getting asked to speak at events. The last time I spoke was at our biggest conference of the year, in a room in front of over 8,000 people. I had so much anxiety building up to that moment that I was literally sick for two weeks after I flew home.

Flying was another thing. Almost every time I flew (and I travel pretty often) I would have a full blown panic attack (in tears) the second I felt the slightest bit of turbulence and literally thought the plane was going to crash. It was humiliating.

Then in 2016 when I nearly lost my life from an ectopic pregnancy then was later involved in a 4-car accident where my car was totaled several months later, I started having anxiety on a daily basis that I was going to die. But this past year, it got WORSE. 

On New Years Eve '18, I had an episode that was the worst I've ever experienced. Out of absolutely NOWHERE, I woke up with severe anxiety, I felt so depressed, irritable and irate - for literally NO reason.  We had plans to go to our best friends' NYE party but I felt so emotionally out of control that I told my husband I didn't want to go and that I just wanted to be alone (which is NOT like me). I ended up going and starting drinking once we got there, hoping it would make me "feel better", which only made things 10X worse. Long story short, it was one of the worst nights of my life. I woke up the next day and realized I never wanted to feel that way again and that I HAD to do something about it.

Then I noticed something... I had started to feel this way every month, the week before my cycle (which I always just thought was hormones/PMS and that I couldn't do anything about it). Not only would I get SEVERE anxiety, my cycles would be so heavy & debilitating that I couldn't even leave my house for several days, plus severe bloating, cramping, breast pain and just an emotional mess… Then by the second or third day of my cycle, I noticed I FELT FINE —  NO anxiety, NO mood swings, NO I starting researching and found I had literally every single symptom of PMDD.

Once I talked to my doctor, she confirmed she believed I had PMDD (in addition to general/social anxiety). She then said there are 2 options: birth control or anti-anxiety medication. I told her I didn't want to do either and went home that day to start researching a NATURAL CURE. I told myself I was going to do everything I can to figure this out on my own and if nothing worked, then I was going to start Lexapro.

I started thinking… “Why is it that almost EVERY SINGLE PERSON I KNOW HAS ANXIETY?? I’m 100% not saying medication is bad or wrong, I just thought there HAS to be another solution.” And I was determined to find it. I’m a firm believer that exercise and meditation are extremely helpful to reduce anxiety, and while I’m pretty good about working out every day, I didn’t always make time to meditate. So I started thinking - are we all deficient in something? What’s causing everyone to have anxiety and more importantly HOW can we fix it? 

While researching, I came across two books: (1) The Magnesium Miracle by Carolyn Dean, MD, ND and (2) Period Repair Manual: Natural Treatment for Better Hormones and Better Periods by Lara Briden, ND. I bought these both on Audible and listened to them immediately.

Then I ordered the supplements recommended from the two books for both anxiety & PMDD (you can find the brands I use on my “Amazon Favs” page)



I didn’t notice much of a change at first but I remembered reading that it can take a 4-8 weeks to build up in your system (like most things). Then approximately 3 weeks later, I noticed I couldn’t remember the last time I  had anxiety.  My cycle was approaching and when I’d normally feel like a crazy emotional mess, I felt GREAT! I thought maybe it was just a fluke, but a few weeks later I was traveling again for a work trip I’d earned. We even had turbulence during our flight, and I was 100% FINE. NO  anxiety, NO panic attacks, it was amazing!!! Then I attended a huge company event with over 20,000 people and normally I would have anxiety, I had ZERO anxiety. And I continued to feel better & better. My social anxiety was gone, I felt so much more confident walking up to people, introducing myself, something I honestly never would have done.

That was April 2019.  It's now been almost five months since I started this supplement routine and for the first time in my life I feel NORMAL and for that I am so grateful. My hope is that if this can work for me, maybe it can work for others too are struggling too.

Please share if you found this helpful or send to a friend who is looking for hope ❤️ And if you try this (daily for at least 1-2 months) and find it’s helped you too, I’d love to hear it! 

XO, Jaclyn

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