Depersonalization is a form of anxiety that makes you feel:
- foggy headed
- like a robot
And I had all of these for around two years. I thought I had a headache. I thought I needed glasses. I thought I was tired. But then I realized that some stress I had gone through had taken my low level social anxiety to sky high levels and I spoke with a therapist and it seemed that it could be depersonalization as I was definitely experiencing many of the classic symptoms.
I felt it could have been like a defense mechanism of my brain. “I’ll protect you from stress! Let me disconnect you. You’re welcome!” Well, for someone who has meditated for years, practiced yoga and actually hug trees in fits of total present awareness, this was H O R R I B L E. I was not myself at all. I decided to try and do some different things to help, and this is a list of the stuff I tried and I felt they supported me in finding balance! So I mean, you can try these if you like, but this isn’t a comprehensive list of things that will definitely work – just a disclaimer. But perhaps you’ll find them worth experimenting with?
I tried to manage my blood sugar – and I sorta followed Keto guidelines for a while!
Let me say – that even with all my skills and tools with the work I do here at Eat Happy, I still found structuring my eating kinda triggering! So let that be a warning to you that even with a totally happy relationship with food, just by being way more careful about some foods can cause that balance to tip. If you haven’t got a great relationship with food, changing your diet like this is really not recommended.
I Supported my Gut
Loads of happy brain chemicals are actually produced in the gut. There’s also a ton of significant research out there about the importance of a strong, resilient, diverse colony of healthy gut microbes colonizing our colon. So I upped my microflora and gut support supplements! I favoured Bioglan as my main gut support and I still take it to this day because I feel it makes a huge difference to me. No bloating, no gas, no distended tummy.
I Took Mushrooms!
The mushrooms I am talking about are super duper brain supporting ones. Lion’s mane, chaga and cordyceps are pretty awesome. I listened to The Mushroom Guy – Paul Stamets, talking to Joe Rogan on his podcast and although it is massively in-depth, his experiences of brain cells reconnecting was amazing to me. After feeling so disconnected, anything that could support my brain in reconnecting what felt like broken tendrils floating about in space would be so helpful. I think they helped and I try to take them to this day because I believe them to be superfoods.