I wrote about Anxiety last week but felt there is more to say so I decided to write more about Anxiety.
However, first I want to share some experiences that I have personally had struggling with Anxiety. There have been many times in my life when I have felt or do feel anxious. I still get anxious when I’m speaking in front of a group or traveling by myself. In the past I suffered from intense anxiety when my sister, Auntie, Mom, and Dad died. There were times when I felt that an elephant was sitting on my chest and I didn’t know what was going on. I have felt anxious in jobs where I wasn’t happy, and with relationships that drained me. I believe that we all suffer from anxiety at different times in our life and sometimes it is more intense than others.
After the deaths of my family I knew deep in my core that I was responsible for my own health. Because of what my family had been through I knew that the traditional medical model was not for me so I explored the holistic field and choose modalities that resonated with me. In general I’m all about prevention, reducing stress, and achieving my “Platform of Well-being.” The components of my Platform are my physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health.
This week I’m sharing three additional holistic modalities from my toolbox. The first is a beautiful Mudra that I was taught many years ago that I use and that I share with my clients to relieve emotions such as Anxiety. I was taught this Mudra by my Kundalini Yoga teacher Marie Chang www.insighttowellness.com.
Mudras are defined as symbolic or ritual gestures in Hinduism and Buddhism. Most are performed with the hands and fingers. Regular practice of Mudras can decrease and even eliminate psychological disorders like anger, depression, stress and Anxiety.
I have used this Mudra and breath work more times than I can count since the day I was taught it. Within four to five cycles of breath, I can feel my body relaxing and a sense of calm washing over me. This is so easy to do and can be done anywhere. Believe me I have done it on planes, in the jungle in Peru, and in bathrooms to name a few places!
Oh yeah, my favourite is at night when my mind loops in a repetitive thought. I love it for that one because it works! My hope is that this Mudra may give you a tool to bring you back into a calm balanced state.
This is a practice and it may take some time to notice what you are feeling. I encourage you to do this exercise daily and/or whenever you feel anxious – it only takes a few minutes. It takes 21 days to form a habit, so commit to yourself and watch what happens.
I will be sharing two more of my tools/techniques that I love to use to help with anxiety later this week. My hope is that one or all of the tools will help you. Give them a try and then notice what happens. You are the master of yourself so take ownership in your healing.
I know that Anxiety can be scary. Believe me, I’ve been there and I get it. Through my own personal journey and helping countless other people, I have developed my signature Platform for Well-Being system that is a proven holistic path for moving through grief with ease and reaching a balanced and happy life gracefully. If you need support during this process from someone who’s been there and come out the other side, reach out to me for a (no obligation) Discovery Session. I am here to support you.