I have S.A.D. (Seasonal Affective Disorder). Autumn and Winter are always hard seasons for me. The weather cools down and I can’t be outside as much. The days get shorter. It gets darker earlier. Autumn and Winter are always a time when my anxiety/depression gets a little worse. It’s also at this time of year when I make sure to use my essential oil diffuser daily with uplifting scents, make sure I use my Happy Lite, and the most interesting thing of all, use my Lava Lamp to help me relax.
Last winter, while I was struggling, it somehow hit me that I should look into a Lava Lamp. I had one when I was a kid, and I loved it, but it had never occurred to me that it could help me relax and help with my anxiety. The more I thought about it, the more it made sense. There is something so calming, so magical about watching a Lava Lamp as wax blobs dance around in the glass dome. I decided to buy myself a Lava Lamp with blue liquid and yellow wax and see if it really could help with my anxiety.
I set my Lava Lamp up in my bedroom on top of my dresser and started using it nightly. If I couldn’t fall asleep right away, I would look at it, and watch the wax change shapes. It would help me calm down my mind enough that I found I would quickly fall asleep. There was one particular time last winter that really stands out in my mind.
I had a really bad cold. Usually, if I get sick, my anxiety gets really bad because I don’t like not being able to control how I am feeling. That lack of control sets my anxiety sky rocketing. Early one morning my husband left for work, and I was lying in bed with my girls. All of a sudden, because I felt so sick, my heart started racing. I felt like I was going to faint. I felt like I couldn’t breathe. Just as I was about to pick up my phone and call my husband, a little voice said to me, “Look at the Lava Lamp.” So I did. I laid there, watching the wax magically dance. Up and down. Breathe in. Breathe out. And within a few seconds, I started to feel calmer. I just focused on the Lava Lamp and it was amazing how quickly it helped to diffuse my anxious feelings.
It’s really amazing how a Lava Lamp isn’t just a novelty item. It can also be used as a meditation/anxiety reliever. They aren’t expensive. They are beautiful. And they are easy to set up. Sometimes it’s the smallest little thing that can make a huge difference.
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