A few weeks ago I attended an engagement where I had to give a speech.
As the day grew closer, I could feel my nervousness mounting; the dry mouth, the deer in the headlights look in my eyes, the butterflies in the gut. Try as I did to meditate my way through that, I still had an overwhelming fear of facing my audience. Now I know I am not alone in having anxiety about public speaking, so I thought I’d look at this scenario with best self-care strategies in mind.
As I contemplated how ill I was feeling about my speech, I spent extra time preparing my material and considering questions that might arise. Organizing myself by rehearsing, making cue cards and timing my presentation had a way of reassuring me that I was doing all that I could towards reaching a positive outcome.
But that wasn’t enough and the jitters persisted. Know that this is when we are most vulnerable in seeking relief by turning to unhealthy, non-therapeutic ways like taking a swig of something strong to take the edge off, or taking prescription anti-anxiety agents like Valium or Ativan. So instead, I headed off to my local health food store and found myself in front of a display case of homeopathic remedies.
Homeopathic medicine has been around for over 200 years. It is recognized by the World Health Organization and is popular in India, South America and Europe. Based on the principle that ‘like cures like’, various remedies are made with ingredients that actually cause the condition, but are extremely diluted so their toxic effects are eliminated. Taking the remedy stimulates your own body’s healing powers to restore health and well being.
I found a remedy that was listed to help with ‘stage fright’. Five miniscule tablets under the tongue, three times a day and I immediately felt more relaxed and back in control of things. Considering the options, I found this approach to be very helpful in coping with my anxiety. No side effects, no chance of dependency.
In choosing a homeopathic remedy, it is always best to seek the help of a Homeopathic Doctor. But there are somewhat standard remedies for a variety of ailments such as muscle soreness, cold symptoms and even acute grief. As with any alternative medicine, care should be taken and seek the advice of a medical doctor if you are already taking prescription medications for other conditions.
But if you are not, and are looking for a way to battle the nerves before a presentation or speech, a homeopathic remedy might be an approach to try.