While the start of our Age of Anxiety predates the pandemic, it hasn’t done it any favors. According to the Anxiety & Depression Association of America, 19% of American adults suffer from an anxiety disorder. That’s nearly one in five people!
However, no matter if you specifically suffer from an anxiety disorder, you can still suffer from living in an Age such as this, where mental unwellness is as contagious as COVID. Some people may experience panic attacks, while others may have reoccurring episodes that interfere with their daily lives. Regardless of its severity, it is important to find ways to deal with it.
We at Medicine Box occupy the lane of relieving stress and pushing us further away from the Age of Anxiety and towards better mental resilience, through products that bestow improved sleep, gut health, mental acuity, and energy maintenance. And that work starts NOW, in the present, not some imagined future, because now is all we’ve got.
So how do you wage a Mindful Revolution against all of this coming our way? Here are the commandments:
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We are not to judge
Because what we’re working with is so unprecedented, it’s going to be impossible to get everyone to agree on the right plan of action. And when you’re talking about issues around personal liberty and identity, especially in America, that’s inevitably going to cause a fight.
Perhaps the biggest mistake in this is applying ill will to the other side, since each side is operating from deeply held convictions. Pulling back from this and instead going “How can I be of service?” makes the most sense, rather than making others bend to one’s will. Whenever we’re dealing with feelings of frustration and fear, it’s easy to lash out at each other. But there is a better way, always.
Take responsibility for one's own health
Medicine Box has always maintained that individuals should be sovereign in their health choices. For us, this means keeping mentally fit, rather than waiting to repair when the next health crisis hits.
This is pretty relative, since many who are doing the work, such as those in recovery or beating back suicidal ideations, can find themselves uniquely challenged at times like these through no fault of their own. And they should be able to choose whatever works best for them, period.
Mind’s Eye nootropics and our 1CaB Healing Suite of Botanical Formulations utilize herbs, mushrooms and whole-plant cannabinoids. These solutions are specifically optimized for the Medicine Box Seven-Pillar lifestyle which emphasizes food, music, mindfulness, collaboration, community, recovery and nature. Others should have that same choice, too. Dealing with an ongoing physical and mental health emergency our health care system is improvising its way through, WE have been forced to fend for themselves. To all of you I say this: you have been set free. Choose wisely, and choose for yourself and others.
Make more of your 24
1CaB and Mind’s Eye can only set the foundation for your day. After that, it’s all about what you do to elevate oneself with the Seven Pillars to keep oneself from forgetting the overall gift of life. So for all of those cultivating themselves, rather than fighting endless, pointless battles with strangers online — we salute you. We’ve been given a brief span of time on earth to make our points. What are we going to do with it?
Know what you're fighting for
Simply put, the Age of Anxiety’s aftermath is the Great Unnerving of ALL of our Nervous Systems. And that’s not just in our minds — it’s in our politics, culture and everything else that makes us fearful of what hasn’t even happened yet. And 1CaB/Mind’s Eye is purpose-built to enable a Better Present for us all. When others see that you’ve successfully done it, then the Mindful Revolution starts being won, one mind at a time.
We hope you’ve found these tips helpful in your journey to overcome anxiety. If you’d like more information on how to use our products or would like help implementing these techniques, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We want to help you live a life free from the grips of anxiety and fear. Together, we can achieve equanimity. We can all help create a more peaceful and anxiety-free world, one mind at a time. Thank you for reading!