Treat Anxiety Naturally
Anxiety can be treated naturally. Survivors of sexual assault deal with PTSD and the anxiety associated with it a lot. There is a reason for this. Anxiety is the minds’ reaction or trigger to being re-stimulated by the assault and the trauma associated with it.
The Body Stores All Trauma
The body stores trauma. Our natural state is love, light, peace, joy and abundance. When the body is holding trauma, it will naturally bring up that trauma because it is not part of our natural state.
Medicine Isn’t The Cure-all
Most people aim to push the discomfort of anxiety down with drugs, alcohol, food, sex, etc. This creates addiction. Some will go to a psychiatrist for medication. This can be a short term solution. However, many people stay on these medications for decades and wonder why they aren’t getting better. Never mind the endless process of titrating, which is difficult and sometimes never gets anywhere. The side effects can be worse than the solution. And lastly, over time the meds stop working so more are necessary until you are taking 14 medications a day. That is the pharmaceutical industry getting in your pocket and your head. Don’t be fooled. But that’s for another blog.
Anxiety Can Be Treated Naturally
In the Living Light program, I treat anxiety with various tools. They take practice and a bit of patience, but they work.
Here are a few:
Self-havening is a technique developed by Drs. Ronald and Steve Rudin. There are three methods that engage the delta brain waves which are the sleep/relax waves to move from a distressed to relaxed state. In addition to the movements, you can repeat simple affirmations as you are doing this such as: I am safe. All is well.
Face : Cover the face with hands and rub the tips of your fingers across the forehead and down the side of your face until you begin feeling more relaxed. It should feel like you are caressing your face.
Rub Palms: Rub hands together with palms touching until feeling more relaxed. Feels like you are wiping crumbs from your hands.
Rub Arms: Cross hands over touching the opposite shoulder, gently moving hands down the arm to the elbow. Lift hands up, go back to shoulders and repeat.
You can do these exercises until you feel relaxed. Learn more about self-havening at: https://www.havening.org/about-havening/papers-videos-articles-radio
There are many breathing techniques to relieve anxiety. Here is one:
Box Breathing: Start at the Inhale (for 4 seconds) and follow the arrows.
4. The Peace Process
The Peace Process is a simple, yet powerful tool for transmuting trauma and the distressing feelings and emotions that they stir up.
Step One: Find the feeling
All feelings from every experience you’ve ever had are stored in your body. That includes feelings associated with trauma. When you are anxious, stressed, feeling fear, shame, guilt, etc, notice where you feel it in your body. Perhaps it is in your throat, chest, stomach, but it could be in your hands, head or anywhere in your body.
Step Two: Give it Attention
Instead of distracting yourself from the feeling, or trying to mentally solve the problem, just be present to the physical sensation of it in your body. Ask yourself, what is it’s color or shape. It can be anything. (for example: a fluffy cloud, piece of coal, a tree, etc)? Focus on that.
Step Three: Be Unconditionally Accepting
This feeling is here. It’s a fact. It won’t be here forever, although it may feel that way in the moment. For now, accept it without judgement. If possible, send it love.
Step Four: Focus on the Eye of the Storm
Inside the feeling, there is an area of greatest intensity. Put your attention on it and stay present to it, non-judgmentally observing it in an accepting way.
Step Five: Let It Breathe
As you give the feeling attention, it may shift in some way. It might get more intense, or less intense. It might move to a different part of your body. Stay with it and let it run its course. It’s like an oil candle. The fuel needs oxygen to burn, but once it’s burned out it’s over. Your attention is the oxygen, and the feeling is the fuel. You never know how much fuel is in there. That’s why we never know how long the process will take. Sometimes seconds, sometimes minutes and on rare occasions, you might need sever hours or separate focused sessions.
Step Six: Get to Peace
Stay with the feeling. Let it live and breathe and grow. It may change color or shape. Let it move around if it needs to. It may even move to another part of your body. Just follow it. Keep your attention on the most intense part in a non-judgmental way. At some point, it may collapse or disappear, but don’t force it. This should leave you with a peaceful feeling. Again, this usually happens in 5-10 minutes, sometimes faster, sometimes a bit longer.
Step Seven: Permanent Peace
After the feeling has run its course, you’ll be left with a neutral feeling. That’s peace. You might also be filled with joy or love. That’s fun when that happens, but usually it’s just sort of a neutral feeling of peace. To make sure that you’ve cleared this up completely, think about the situation, problem or fear that was bothering you. On a scale of 1-10 (10 being the strongest) see where you are at. Notice if you are feeling anything other than peace, love or joy. If not, repeat the process over again. Sometimes there are several layers that need to be processed out. However, in most cases you’re free of that feeling and no longer will be triggered by it.
The Peace Process is a simple and very powerful way to transform your life into something quite magical and to reclaim your greatest self.
If you feel that this is too much to handle on your own, I offer it as part of the Living Light program.
We Can Alleviate Anxiety Naturally and Be Empowered
As you can see, there are ways to relieve anxiety naturally. Give any one of these tools a try. You don’t have to suffer any longer. You deserve to live a peaceful life.
A New Age
We are moving into a new age…a new paradigm where we are getting in touch with who we really are…not who our parents and those around us told us we had to be. And being asked to make decisions that are right for us, not what the government or anyone says is right for us.
We’re being called to develop our own inner knowing that isn’t clouded by the past. One that takes you out of your head and into your heart where Truth is found. We get closer to this as we release anxiety so we can see our life and things happening around us more clearly. Will you answer this call?
When we step out of our comfort zones, we become empowered. It may be scary at first, but we’re not alone. There are plenty of people already on this path who can help. Seek them out.