Anxiety is an automatic, unconscious and natural response that we all experience at some point in our life. You may be worried or fearful about something, stressed or experiencing trauma. You may be anxious about a particular event, such as an exam or job interview. This is normal. It is your body’s way of keeping you alert and ready for anything.
However when anxiety, worry or fear start to control you and your life, and it doesn’t go away, then you know it’s time to do something about it. At this point anxiety can snowball, starting as something small and manageable, to being out of control and debilitating. If left unaddressed, it can lead to depression, phobias and the inability to function in day to day life.
What are some of the symptoms of anxiety?
- Over the top fear or worry, about past, or future things.
- Racing thoughts, impaired concentration and memory.
- Restlessness, impatience and often confused.
- Disturbed sleep or insomnia.
- Feeling on edge or nervous most of the time.
- Difficulty multitasking, socialising and withdrawal.
- Avoidance of situations, places and opportunities.
- Heart palpitations, hyperventilation, nausea, chest pain or headaches
- Fast, shallow breathing – feeling short of breath
- Choking, dry mouth, stomach pain.
- In severe cases vomiting, diarrhoea, dizzy, sweating and panic attacks.
How can I heal my anxiety naturally?
There are many tools and techniques that you can do naturally to help manage and overcome your anxiety. Such as exercising, getting outdoors and spending time in nature. Doing something that you love. Something that brings you joy and happiness. It may be taking a bath, listening to your favourite music, singing, cooking or painting. Whatever it is, just do it! This will kindle your spirit and connect you into those wonderful positive feelings. Here are some other suggestions.
Clearing your Subconscious
Clear your subconscious habits, fears and blocks that are keeping you locked into that anxiety. The anxiety is not you and it is not your true self. It is something that you may be experiencing right now, but it is not who you actually are.
By working through the unconscious blocks which are keeping you in that anxiety, worry or fear, you can finally break free. By understanding why it came about in the first place and releasing the triggers, healing and change take place. When this is cleared at a subconscious level, your life changes.
Hypnotherapy is a powerful tool to help you discover and heal yourself with profound results. It gives you the power to take back control of your life and be free. Hypnotherapy allows you to move into your subconscious mind to discover what is holding you back and what you need to do to heal yourself once and for all. Having a hypnotherapy session can literally change your life. To learn more click here.
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is also a powerful and simple tool that you can use anytime, anywhere to help you with any negative emotion that you may be experiencing. It also gets to the subconscious layers to create permanent changes within your being. Click here to learn more about EFT.
Diet is very important in managing how you feel. Changing your eating to wholesome and fresh can make a huge difference in working with anxiety. I know from experience that when I have eaten dead foods high in fats and sugars, my energy levels drop and my anxious feelings increase. Avoid all stimulants such as caffeine, chocolate and alcohol. These can stimulate your anxiety and send it out of control unnecessarily.
Look at your environment and the people you spend time with. Do you surround yourself with fear based negative environments? This may be friends, family or your own home. Do you watch negative fear based television programs? Your subconscious does not know the different between make believe and real. If you surround yourself in negative environments your mood, emotions and energy levels will be affected.
Managing your Energy
You are a sensitive energetic being. Honour yourself and your uniqueness. Learning how to energetically clear and protect yourself can make a profound difference in managing your anxiety. I know from personal experience how this can help and have seen amazing results with many of my clients.
Clearing the aura, cutting your cords and keeping your chakras clean, can create huge shifts in your anxiety. You need to understand that you may be carrying around energy with you that is not even yours. Keeping yourself energetically clean and protected can make a huge difference in how you feel. Doing this can also open up a space of stillness within you, as you begin to clear the clutter of your energy field.
There will be more on how to do this in blogs to come.
Learning to breathe deeply and powerful
Observe your breath. When you have worrying thoughts and anxiety, your breath will be erratic, quick and shallow. This in turns affects the way you feel. By focusing your attention on your breath and slowing it down, you can instantly change the way you feel. It is super powerful and effective. Take a moment to just focus on your breath. Watch the inflow and the outflow and become consciously aware of this movement. Then begin to slow the breath down. Take 10 or more long, slow breaths. Slowing the breath down more and more each time. Then see how this changes the way you feel. You must learn to breathe deeply into the diaphragm rather than the upper chest.
Meditation helps to calm the mind and emotions. It releases reactions and unconscious habits, fears and blocks that are holding you back from experiencing your true self. Meditation develops the neutral mind, your intuition and true nature. It helps to bring clarity of the mind, mental awareness and the ability to be fully present in the moment
Any form of meditation will work, the key is to explore and find what works for you. People with anxiety often need a focus point when meditating. For example sitting with your eyes closed and trying to quieten your mind, will be very difficult. Your mind will just keep racing and you may feel even more frustrated than when you began.
Your mind needs something to focus on, whether it is the breath, counting, a symbol or a mantra. Having a focal point keeps your mind in check, bringing stillness and awareness.
Using a mantra is a wonderful tool to use when meditating. Mantras not only give the mind something to focus on, they alter the brain patterns and the chemistry of the brain. Chanting mantras either silently or out loud is a conscious method of controlling and directing the mind. They cut off the negative train of thought and replace them with positive uplifting vibrations.
Try this wonderful and simple Anti-Anxiety meditation.
Anti- Anxiety Meditation
This meditation as an antidote to stress and anxiety. Tune in with the mantra Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo, 3 times before you begin.
The ‘r’ in the first three words of the mantra almost sounds like a ‘d.’ You flick your tongue up to the roof of the mouth. This is also true of the sound ‘r’ in Guru.
Posture: Sitting calmly in any comfortable position with a straight spine and neck lock (Jalandhar Bandh).
Focus: The eyes are closed, looking upwards into the third eye point.
Breath: The breath will come naturally.
Mantra: Har Haray Haree, Wahay Guru (translated as “The Creative aspect of God, God projected out, God in Action, WOW! The indescribable joy of going from the darkness to the light.)
In a soft monotone, recite out loud each of the sounds at each chakra starting at the navel point and working up to the crown of the head.
Chant “Har” and concentrate mentally at the belly button.
Chant “Haray” and concentrate mentally at the heart center (sternum).
Chant “Haree” and concentrate mentally at your throat center.
Chant “Wahay” and concentrate mentally at your brow center (mid-point between your eyebrows).
Chant “Guru” and mentally concentrate at the top center of the head.
Mudra: Your hands can be folded in your lap or in Gyan Mudra (thumb tip pressed to index finger).
Time: 3 to 31 minutes.
End: Inhale deeply and stretch the arms overhead. Then shake the hands vigorously.
Remember anxiety is something you are doing right now, but it is not who you are. You can work on freeing yourself from this. I know from personal experience that it is possible. Coming from a background of anxiety and panic attacks, I understand what you may be experiencing. I can share with you what I have learnt to help you restore balance within yourself.