I have over 10 years of experience in the alternative healing and energy field as a healer and learner of the ancient sciences and arts.
Anxiety and the Mind
How Does Anxiety Start?
The greatest tool that you can have is to understand how anxiety forms and where it begins. Anxiety disorder isn't created overnight and isn't just an adverse reaction to circumstances. It takes place as a fight or flight response in your biological system. Deeper than this, it starts as an energetic response system to circumstances.
Energetically, your auric field will respond to anxiety when it feels that there is an impactful circumstance that is uncomfortable and life threatening. Your energetic field will shut down and react as a protection mechanism.
When this communicates to your biological system, it shows up as a neurological response to the chemistry of your body. The fight or flight response leads to a fear-based response that triggers extra amounts of serotonin. With too much serotonin in your body, it creates an anxious response that you need to change something.
Stress and unwarranted circumstances lead to the energetic, emotional, and biological responses taking place without being in real danger. Because of this, it is essential to finding natural remedies that regulate your response system and continue to balance your mental and emotional health.
#1: Conscious Breath Work
Breathwork is a scientific and energetic mechanism that can directly reduce anxiety. Practicing deeper breathing for 10 - 15 minutes every day and using it as a practiced response to anxiety can dramatically reduce the impact of anxiety.
Breathing will stimulate more oxygen in the body and also reverses the response of fight or flight in which too much cortisol and adrenaline are released. As a result, anxiety will begin to reverse with this practice.
Deep breathing, or diaphragmatic breathing, can stop and reduce anxiety. To practice this, breathe in through the nose for 4 counts. Allow your breath to go to your belly and expand your diaphragm. Hold your breath for another 4 counts. Release through your mouth for another 4 counts. You should see your belly expanding with this exercise. Do this for 15 - 20 minutes as a daily exercise.
Right - Left Breathing
Another balance-based form of breathing is to focus on stimulating different sides of the brain. To do this, hold your hand to your nose. Close one side of your nose with your thumb and breathe in for 4 counts. Hold the other side of your nose with your first finger and exhale through your nose for 4 counts. Do this for a total of 8 rounds then reverse the sides where you inhale and exhale on opposite sides of the nose.
You can practice breathwork as a daily exercise to reduce anxiety. It is also effective if you feel an anxiety attack taking place, allowing you to stop and breathe deeply before reacting.
#2: Herbal Remedies
An effective way to continuously reduce anxiety is to use herbal remedies in teas, aromatherapies, and as a complement to any environment. Herbs have the capacity to rebalance your biological system while releasing extra tension that is building in your body. Using this as preventative medicine and as a way to support relaxation will help with stress and anxiety reduction.
A herbal remedy from Ayurvedic and ancient traditions, Ashwagandha is known to directly impact your body when it has too much stress or anxiety. It has been found that the herb reduces cortisol as well as lorazepam, both of which are directly related to anxiety-related symptoms.
A well-known and effective herb to reduce anxiety is lavender. This herb promotes relaxation and reduces anxiety, specifically by targeting the nervous system and the release of parasympathetic responses, which directly leads to overproduction of stress hormones in the body.
Massage Treatments for Anxiety
#3: Massage and Energy Healing Treatments
Massage and energy healing are often used as luxury or commodity-based treatments. However, they are designed to remove obstacles, blocks, and imbalances in the mind and body.
Energy healing focuses specifically on treating the subtle energies, including emotional energies that root for anxiety. By removing imbalances and blocks, it allows one to stop being anxious and to gain a sense of balance.
Massage has a similar approach, working as a body-based technique that removes imbalances and toxins that would cause the same inharmonious effects of anxiety.
#4: Lifestyle Activities
Reducing anxiety is often related to lifestyle activities designed to alleviate stress. Activity and exercise alone can assist with this by releasing endorphins and decreasing the amount of cortisol that causes anxiety.
Lifestyle activities such as going to nature, hiking, and finding ways to relax away from the regular environment will have the same, lasting impact. Doing this for even 15 minutes a day or having 1 day a week where you get out of your regular environment will assist with both mental and physical health.
#5: Implement Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Techniques
Psychological formulas can assist with controlling your mind and gaining back a sense of relaxation. Using cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) techniques as a foundation for anxiety is one of the common methods to reduce anxiety.
This form of therapy is known to reduce anxiety, specifically by focusing on what you fear, moving past the fear, and implementing practices that cause relaxation. By identifying what causes the anxiety and role-playing, you are able to acknowledge and move beyond the stressful situations that may arise.
While it is recommended to work with a practitioner as a safety net for this practice, you can work with journaling, role playing, and focused activities that allow you to move beyond anxiety and into a balanced state of mental health.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2021 Brooke Hart