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There are too many mornings that I wake up and think about how I manage to get EVERYTHING I do done within the day.  Like many women I wear multiple hats … wife, mother, student, teacher, cook, therapist, nurse, event planner, receptionist, I can go on and on. It’s never a dull moment, however the difference is, stress and lack of sleep are the two major triggers for my seizures. Here is a glance at my weekly schedule:

Week Days

  • Awake @ 5 am
  • Prayer @ 5:30 am
  • Shower & dress @ 5:45 am
  • Leave for work @ 6:15 am
  • Arrive to work @ 7:15 am {Teach 11th grade, complete lesson plans, attend meetings, decorate bulletin boards etc.}
  • Leave work @ 4:15 pm
  • Pick my son up from after school @ 5:45 pm {Tuesday, Thursday & Friday} 
    • Arrive back home @ 6:30 pm
    • Cook dinner
    • Help my son with his homework
    • Review lesson plans for next day
    • Read for class
    • Prepare clothes for the next day
    • Shower and hit the bed @ 10 pm
  • Arrive for class at Grad school @ 6 pm – 8:20 pm {Monday & Wednesday}
    • Pick son up from my mom’s @ 8:45 pm
    • Arrive back home @ 9:15 pm
    • Double check son’s homework
    • Prepare clothes for the next day
    • Shower and hit the bed @ 10:30 / 11 pm

Saturday 

  • Awake @ 9 am
  • Pick up groceries from the market @ 10 am
  • Laundry @ 11:30 am
  • Clean the apartment @ 2 pm
  • Read for grad school @ 3 pm
  • Prep for Sunday dinner @ 4pm

** If there are no personal or church related events to attend Im home for the remainder of the day

Sunday

  • Awake @ 7:00 am
  • Attend  Morning worship @ 9 am – 10:15 am
    • Youth ministry @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am {my husband and I are youth leaders} 
  • Brunch with my hubby and son @ 12 noon {sometimes with friends and family}
  • Arrive back home @ 3pm

** If there are no personal or church related events to attend Im home for the remainder of the day

Now that you know what I do on a weekly basis let’s talk about how this busy bee mommy juggles the many different hats while attempting to stay seizure-free.

It’s Simple!

I began taking my health a little more seriously.  Its impossible to be super mom when your not feeling your best. In order to ensure I could be there for my family, my students, and the youth I work with I had to take care of myself FIRST!

I started this journey by adapting the Paleo diet.   The diet is based on what Paleolithic ancestors did and didn’t eat. In a sense, the diet is suppose to replicate the way of life and eating habits which helped successfully evolve our ancestors over time, in contrast to the complications our body’s experience digesting foods in the 20th century. Most of what we eat and don’t eat are directly tied to what our body feels and how it responds in distress. Adapting this diet has helped restore my body’s over all well being and increased my seizure threshold.  Building a healthy diet composed of lean proteins, fruits and vegetables, healthy fats from nuts, seeds, avocados, olive oil, fish oil and grass-fed meat is just one of the ways I limited the number of seizures I experienced. Along with the diet helping with stabilizing my blood sugar, burning off stored fat, reducing allergies, clearing my skin, protecting my teeth, balancing my energy throughout the day and improving my sleeping patterns are also a tremendous help in staying healthy.

Later, I learned that being healthy couldn’t just stop at food. It had to come full circle with whipping my body into shape. I began taking classes at Yoga Works, which was the beginning of the best physical practices I could implement into my lifestyle. Yoga and Meditation have known effects on positively effecting seizures. Yoga is used to re – establish a balance within your body while meditation soothes and calms the mind. Studies have shown that these ancient practices can reduce the number of seizures by 86% within 6 months of people who practiced mediation.

A well known meditation exercise, Nadi Shodhan, alternate nostril breathing, helps keep the mind calm, happy and peaceful. It helps relieves stress, accumulated tension and fatigue. The following are benefits of its practice.

  • Works therapeutically for most circulatory and respiratory problems.
  • Releases accumulated stress in the mind and body effectively and helps relax.
  • Helps harmonize the left and right hemispheres of the brain, which correlate to the logical and emotional sides of our personality.
  • Helps purify and balance the nadis, the subtle energy channels, thereby ensuring smooth flow of energy through the body.
  • Maintains body temperature.

Here is a video to help you learn how to practice this exercise at your leisure Nadi Shodhana Video

Asanas “to be seated in a position that is firm, but relaxed” Yogaaids in restoring balance to the body and its metabolic systems. Practicing asanas will increase physical stamina and calm the nervous system. This practice alone helps improve circulation, respiration, and concentration which can have major effects on the number of seizures you experience. Here are a few of my favorite poses:

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Child’s Pose 

  • Gently stretches the hips, thighs, and ankles
  • Calms the brain and helps relieve stress and fatigue
  • Relieves back and neck pain when done with head and torso supported

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Chair Pose 

 

  • Strengthens the ankles, thighs, calves, and spine
  • Stretches shoulders and chest
  • Stimulates the abdominal organs, diaphragm, and heart
  • Reduces flat feet 

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Boat Pose

  • Strengthens the abdomen, hip flexors, and spine
  • Stimulates the kidneys, thyroid and prostate glands, and intestines
  • Helps relieve stress
  • Improves digest
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There are plenty of additional poses you can try to help relax and realign your body. The following link provides an A- Z link of Asanas Yoga poses for you to try. Yoga Poses

Once implementing these practices in my daily routine (which isn’t listed, because I fit them in where I can) I began to feel a lot better at managing life and the many hats without worrying about my seizures, which has its own set of challenges. Although, there are days when I am tired and find it tough to juggle the many responsibilities on my plate, one thing is for sure … I am a healthier me!

References:

http://theyogadr.com/yoga-seizures/

http://www.artofliving.org/yoga/breathing-techniques/alternate-nostril-breathing-nadi-shodhan

http://www.yogajournal.com/pose-finder/

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2 thoughts on “Balancing Life and Managing My Seizures”

  1. I have heard about how meditation can go a long way in helping with epileptic seizures. I have a friend who as epilepsy and I was well informed about it so when he had a seizure at our house once, I knew exactly what to do. Love that there is awareness being brought.

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