I’m sharing 3 powerful ways Reiki helps anxiety today. I confess this is a bit of a personal post. As someone who lived with crippling, undiagnosed anxiety for over 20+ years I know only too well the devastating toll it takes on life, work and relationships. Sometimes it’s hard to engage with self-help strategies but Reiki is totally different.
Anxiety is a truly insidious beast. Unlike depression, which typically manifests as low mood, lack of motivation and feelings of hopelessness, anxiety can fuel far too much of the most destructive kind of energy. Our friendships, relationships and career paths are in serious jeopardy when anxiety takes hold.
The vicious circle of anxiety
There was a time when my anxiety crowned me the ‘Queen of Self-Sabotage’. I often missed out on opportunities and only lived half a life when it got the better of me. There also were times when my anxiety motivated me to over work and over-achieve, meaning success was usually at my own personal expense. I paid the emotional price of overwhelm, exhaustion and burn out.
This vicious circle means you struggle to be consistent and stable. In my case, when I became more aware of what was happening I simply had to find a way to restore balance or I knew I’d continue to be trapped by my own inner demons.
The mind-body connection
When I started to recognise that my issue was anxiety and began my journey of Reiki healing I learnt that the physical symptoms of anxiety mirror the intense emotions we feel. An unsettled stomach, tension headaches, dizzy spells – eventually you just want to collapse in an exhausted heap in a dark room somewhere away from the World. And even then, you may be so restless that sleep is elusive.
The mind starts racing with unhelpful, untrue, painful thoughts. We catastrophise and develop fears about the future that paralyse us with dread. As a consequence we struggle to be present with the people around us and we avoid situations that we tell ourselves we just can’t face. We talk ourselves out of taking the inspired action that manifests well being, joy and success in our lives.
The correlation between the many physical and emotional symptoms of anxiety is one reason why, in my experience, Reiki is the number one self-help strategy for so many anxious people.
Here’s 3 more powerful reasons why Reiki helps anxiety.
Reiki teaches you how to breathe
Conventional approaches to managing anxiety will often recommend ‘deep’ or ‘slower’ breathing but believe me, when you’re in the throws of a full-blown anxious episode your brain struggles to send this message to your constricted, stress-filled heart and lungs!
As a Reiki Master, I always teach my students exactly how to harness the healing power of breath so that they can become clearer channels for Reiki healing. Reiki breathing helps you maximise your inner stability and regulate the flow of emotion and energy through your body. The resulting effect is a natural slowing and deepening of the breath, which opens the chest and lungs, maximising the amount of oxygen accessible to the bloodstream.
You’ll finally let go of nervous and muscular tension to experience deep peace and relaxation. You’ll experience true vitality rather than spiky, anxious energy pulsing through your system.
These are the best possible conditions you can create for physical and mental healing to begin. Mind and body can finally find balance. My debilitating physical symptoms cleared up when I learned Reiki which made a huge difference to my capacity to enjoy an active, productive life.
Reiki promotes self compassion
Anxious people are often not very compassionate to themselves. We’re strivers, over-achievers. We care deeply about the outcomes in our situations. We fear failure and we crave control.
We’re often sensitive, empathic people with beautiful intentions. But we misdirect our desire for things to go well because our anxiety is completely counter-productive.
When I consider how Reiki helps anxiety, I think the principle of self compassion is at the core of the magic.
Reiki teaches us so many valuable lessons that help us stop beating ourselves up, berating ourselves and telling ourselves that we’re not good enough.
Reiki teaches us to listen to the song of our souls and make more joyful choices in our lives, careers and relationships. Learning Reiki helped me develop the resilience and trust that my anxiety robbed from me so many times.
We don’t need to hold on so tightly to situations in our lives because anxiety’s telling us a lie that we’re not safe. We don’t need to over think our problems because anxiety’s telling us the clock is ticking on finding a solution. We don’t need to fear connecting with people because anxiety’s telling us we’re going to be judged for our sensitivity or vulnerability.
My Reiki practice helped me find the places within where all kinds of harsh beliefs, fears and unmet needs were resonating. It helped me tackle all that with a huge down-pouring of self love and acceptance of each moment that created release and freedom.
Reiki helps you reach the root of your anxiety
Reiki teaches you how to connect with yourself as a mindful observer. It’s so much easier to understand the triggers to your anxiety and engage in self-inquiry to acknowledge the root cause when you’ve implemented Reiki-based strategies to relax and tune in to your own emotions.
I know many anxious people would struggle to believe this is even possible but I’ve experienced it myself and seen it happen with my clients and students so many times. Not every anxious person is a trauma survivor, but in my own situation, understanding the impact of my childhood experiences was a powerful aspect of my healing process. Reiki completely supported me with this.
When you arrive at the root cause of your anxiety, you know exactly where to focus to heal and change. So when I say that Reiki helps anxiety, I’m not talking about using a sticking plaster or managing symptoms. And even if you do need medication (no judgement there), Reiki is super supportive and non-invasive so it complements all the other ways you engage with to help yourself.
For me, Reiki really heals body and mind – which makes learning Reiki a priceless investment.
If you enjoyed reading this and you’re curious about the Reiki path check out my article ‘6 Reasons Why You Need To Learn Reiki Healing’.
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