Are you having difficulty falling asleep due to running thoughts or fears? Feeling mentally stressed? Do you have a lingering sense of being anxious and overwhelmed?
Passionflower is one of the most powerful herbs used to treat anxiety, restlessness/agitation, and to improve sleep. It is also one of the best-studied herbs with a long history of clinical use and has an exceptional safety record.
Passionflower acts on GABA receptors in the brain, an important system in many common nervous system disorders, including anxiety. It is not a sedative and therefore allows individuals to maintain alertness with its use.
Recently, one of my patients was suffering from a great deal of mental stress and exhaustion from a lack of restful periods of sleep. The daily demands of running her own business, caring for her two young children, as well as an ailing parent, were beginning to feel like too much for her and had started to take its toll on her peace of mind.
As I drove my son to school, the tension in the Dodge Minivan was tangible. Lars was in a foul mood because I was not able to find a babysitter for his sister, making me unable to attend his ‘Spaghetti and Meatballs’ party at playschool that day. What kind of a party is a spaghetti and meatballs bash anyway?
As much as I apologized, the boy was still dropped off at the school function in a stinking mood and unwilling to smile. As I looked around and saw the other moms taking off their jackets and getting ready to hunker down for a day of fun-filled meatball constructing, my heart broke a little for Lars’ parental absence. And I wondered how many other moments there would be when I would have to see his disappointed face wander off into the abyss of his classroom- unhappy and dejected.
As Sophie and I made our way to the grocery store to pick up some last minute items for the kids’ birthday party, my mind continued to reel. The guilt of the noodle and meat party was taking over and I began to wonder if I had really tried my hardest to get that babysitter I was in need of.
If you are a parent, it is no secret that these school parties, or special days, or really any occasion when you must visit the classroom for an extended period of time, is no picnic.
“I really need one hundred dollars, otherwise I’ll lose my place, and it’s far too cold to not have one. I’ll have it back to you tomorrow but it’s just a little slow in this weather.”
Explaining that I just did not have the cash with me, she asked if I just couldn’t go to the bank and draw it out.
It can be hard resisting the begging pleas of a cute, tiny young woman, but then I also know that that is how they operate.
She did not offer her services to me because she knows that I would shut her down quickly and would have walked away. Instead, the amount of the request lowered several times until she realized that she had exhausted her options and we parted company.
The Oxford Dictionary made “selfie” the word of the year this year, in recognition of, well, self-recognition. Thus, for a few days at least, Canada’s news feeds were able to look away from the twin headlights of Rob Ford and Nigel Wright/Mike Duffy, and glimpse the current shiny thing: our obsession with ourselves.
What technology makes possible, people make cultural. In just one year, we are told, the word “selfie” — the act of using cellphones to take arms-length pictures of ourselves to share with a largely uncaring world — has increased in usage by 17,000 per cent.
Wouldn’t you like copyright licensing power on something like that?
I don’t believe that the explosion of selfies posted on boards around the world is evidence that society is becoming yet more self-obsessed. I think we reached the psychological limits of that some time ago.
When Lester B. Pearson became prime minister of Canada, little did anyone realize that he would eventually give Canada an enviable image in the world. In his efforts to make us a peacekeeping nation, I think in a way he was trying to make Canada the non-European Switzerland.
Pearson’s government made a lot of questionable and controversial decisions, but eventually Canada’s image became one of a country where peace and prosperity were paramount, making it very desirable to wartorn countries where people were constantly in a state of upheaval.
In the ensuing years, even though we were forced to go from a peacekeeping to a peace-forcing nation, the world continued to look to Canada as a desirable place in which to raise a family and live in comparative peace.
But we fell asleep!