My Top Tips to Reduce Anxiety

Sometimes we don’t even realise we are anxious then something hits us and all of a sudden we are in the midst of panic.  It could be in the middle of the night, we could be sound asleep then all of a sudden we are awake sweating, heart pumping fast, feeling so sick with fear and for no apparent reason.  Cortisol Levels are through the roof and leaves us feeling emotional drained and our energy levels at an all time low.

I have been there more times than I care to remember and it is the reason I am so interested in the how the brain works.  After reading many books and watching some amazing TedTalks, I put into practice ways to rewire my brain.

 

Firstly STOP thinking about Anxiety, start creating the New You.  What you focus on You get more of, so Stop thinking about how scared you feel and start practicing how you would like to feel.  I picked a few people to research, Will Smith was my first personality, he has some amazing interviews of YouTube.  So going to parties or events, I would train myself to adopt a more positive posture whilst going over how Will Smith would act, (sounds silly but really does work)

Secondly, Breathe…Yes simple but its the one thing we feel we are short of when we are feeling anxious.  Start Counting in for 4 hold and out for 4, I also try and visualise a time when I felt confident and happy and breathe in and out from my heart, breathing long and deep sends the signal straight back to help the brain relax.

 

Do core or control based movements (such as yoga, pilates, dancing, tai chi etc). Challenge yourself to fully engage your brain and focus on the activity. Make sure it involves deep core contractions, and has an element of difficulty for your balance.  recommend at least 5-10 minutes of different movements; you could add triangle or tree pose. Focus on your deep core contractions and the control of the movement. Then just switch your mind off and allow your cortex to take over.

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 Go through a series of isolated muscle relaxation exercises. Focus on different groups such as your shoulders, forearms, legs etc and actively let them go. Feel the tension releasing and floating away. Again, because stress makes us tense our muscles, by actively relaxing we are sending a subconscious signal back to the brain that everything is ok.

Perform for at least 5 minutes in a comfortable environment.

It can be quite liberating to know that simply moving your body in certain ways can modulate your internal responses to emotional stress, keeping you healthy and more relaxed!th5US9INIU

Reprogramming the Mind – Adios Negativity

 

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Say Goodbye to Negative Feelings – Reprogramming Your Mind

Your Journey is Your Own No one else can do this for You.

Understanding the Mind – Read first this handout so you understand a little about how your mind works.

I will list all the tips that will help you if You do these on a daily basis to begin with.

Heart Based Breathing

Focus on Your heart area breathe in for 5 hold out for 5 hold and do this for 5 breathes whilst imagining the breathe coming in from the heart and out from the heart. Now recreate a good memory and really feel it from your heart.

Introduction to Mindfulness.

These Mindfulness techniques will help in all areas of your life if you practice them.

A Simple Meditation Practice
1. Sit comfortably. Find a spot that gives you a stable, solid, comfortable seat.
2. Notice what your legs are doing. If on a cushion, cross your legs comfortably in front of you. If on a chair, rest the bottoms of your feet on the floor.
3. Straighten your upper body—but don’t stiffen. Your spine has natural curvature. Let it be there.
4. Notice what your arms are doing. Situate your upper arms parallel to your upper body. Rest the palms of your hands on your legs wherever it feels most natural.
5. Soften your gaze. Drop your chin a little and let your gaze fall gently downward. It’s not necessary to close your eyes. You can simply let what appears before your eyes be there without focusing on it.
6. Feel your breath. Bring your attention to the physical sensation of breathing: the air moving through your nose or mouth, the rising and falling of your belly, or your chest.
7. Notice when your mind wanders from your breath. Inevitably, your attention will leave the breath and wander to other places. Don’t worry. There’s no need to block or eliminate thinking. When you notice your mind wandering gently return your attention to the breath.
8. Be kind about your wandering mind. You may find your mind wandering constantly—that’s normal, too. Instead of wrestling with your thoughts, practice observing them without reacting. Just sit and pay attention. As hard as it is to maintain, that’s all there is. Come back to your breath over and over again, without judgment or expectation.
9. When you’re ready, gently lift your gaze (if your eyes are closed, open them). Take a moment and notice any sounds in the environment. Notice how your body feels right now. Notice your thoughts and emotions.

Thought Journal

Keeping a meditation journal helps us have a more definite sense of what is actually going on. When we sit down after meditation and take a few minutes to journal what we’ve been experiencing, it makes it pretty obvious how effective we’ve really been. If we examine our experience, honestly and with a desire to learn, then we become much more aware of what our meditation practice actually is. We can become more aware of our weaknesses and our strengths, and have a much more penetrating understanding of what we need to be working on.
A journal also allows us to look back at our experience as it has changed over a period of time. We can review several days, weeks, or months of our practice and learn about the patterns that our consciousness follows. Perhaps we’ll discover that we are lazier than we thought, or perhaps that we try too hard, or perhaps even that we fluctuate in our efforts. We may discover that there are particular distractions that are much more common that we had recalled. We commonly also discover – especially when we’re feeling a little down – that our meditation practice has been more effective and enjoyable than we had remembered.
And our journaling can help us to set goals. It’s not that we try to pin down our experience before it happens – that’s rarely if ever going to work and it’s more likely to result in frustration than in any progress in our meditation practice. Instead what we’re trying to do in setting goals is to develop a stronger sense of where we want to go in our meditation practice. Through looking back at our past experience we can see what we need to work on. Perhaps it’s forgiveness or patience that we need to develop. Perhaps it’s more persistence. Or more calmness. Whatever changes we want to make, having clear goals will help us attain them.

Gratitude
Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” – Oprah Winfrey
Taking a few minutes a day to write down what do have will change your life.
Use gratitude to restart your life by appreciating what you have in life.
The more you realize and appreciate all that you already have and all that you already are, the more that you will get.
When you wake up in the morning, this is what you should ask yourself.
“What am I truly grateful for in my life?” pick 3 – 5 things that you are grateful and really apprecate and feel the emotions.
So for example I am grateful for my children, I visualize them and really appreciate every thing about them I can smell their little hot heads and feel their cute little cheeks whilst I kiss them and just feel so lucky that they are healthy and happy little children.
Really feel with every sense in your body how truly grateful you are, even if it is for a simple cup of coffee or a stranger who has opened a door for you.

Incantations
How To Use Incantations
Once you’ve created it, recite your incantation to yourself loudly and with passion, placing emphasis on different words. Engage your emotions and physiology. When saying your incantation be sure it is congruent to how you want to feel in that moment.
As you’re repeating your incantation, allow your mind to see or imagine that which you are incanting. What does that mean?
Let’s say you’re using the example above as your incantation – “I’m so happy I can’t stop smiling”.
Allow you mind’s eye to see images of yourself radiating a beautiful and happy smile. And having said that, it would make sense for you to put a smile on your face while you’re actually repeating the incantation.
You Must Condition Incantations Into Your Nervous System
You will want to condition your incantations into your nervous system so that it becomes part of you, helping you to transform your life. How do you “condition them into your nervous system”? Repetition!
Tony Robbins has been doing his incantations for three decades or more. Reciting incantations helps move you to create the emotional intensity you need to have an outstanding quality of life!

Techniques to Overcome Fear based emotions

Tips of Reprogramming the Mind –
Put Positive affirmations around your house especially on the mirror and repeat them whilst looking in the mirror. May seem silly at first but they will reinforce good feelings.

Complementary Therapies can help in relaxing the body and mind.
I offer these from my home
Massage
Reiki
Reflexology
I will soon be offering HeartMath Meditation sessions.

 

 

 

 

Discovering New People!

 

The more I research into Energy Healing  the more people I discover amazing new techniques to learn and practice.  I am finding that there is a theme that seems to underly most of them.  Meditation, Forgiveness, Love and Compassion, to be aware of thoughts and emotions, breathing practices and a presence in the moment.

I do love how many of these people were scientists, quantum physicists, chiropractors, doctors.  I think I like this as it proves what I have been practicing with Reiki and also for the mainstream people who may be put of by Reiki and energy healing as they think its just for hippies and New age People…

Eckhart Tolle – The power of Now and A New Earth

Dr Joe Dispenza – Breaking the habit of being Yourself.

Bruce Lipton – The Biology of Belief

Dr David Hamiliton – I love Me

Gregg Braden – The Divine Matrix

HeartMath

Frans Steine – Reiki

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Bradley Nelson – the emotion code

Byron Katie – it works

Wow these are just some of the people that I have discovered over the years who are making such a difference to peoples mental health.  There is such a shift happening Now, and it is so desperately needed at this point in time.

Let me know what books have really changed your mental health, I love reading and finding out new techniques

Cut Thru Technique – Heart Math

I have been using the HearthMath tools for sometime now and I find them to be beneficial in regards to my emotional wellbeing.  I also bought some of their books and find their techniques really useful.

Below is the Cut – Thru technique, I found it most useful when thinking about a problem I have, then imagining my close friend having this dilemma and what advise I would give them.  I always think we are so good and advising others but never too great at taking our own advise.

A HeartMath TIP:

Cut-Thru: Here’s a simple exercise adapted from the HeartMath Cut-Thru technique to help you achieve emotional coherence, which has been shown to improve the efficiency of the immune system.

  • Be aware of how you feel about an issue at hand.
  • Breathe a positive feeling or attitude.
  • Be objective, as if the issue or problem is someone else’s.
  • Rest peacefully in this neutral state, allowing your heart intelligence new perspectives and possibilities.
  • Soak and relax all resistances and disturbing or perplexing feelings in your heart’s compassion.
  • Ask for guidance, then be patient and receptive. While awaiting an answer from the heart find something or someone to genuinely appreciate.

Heavenly Energy

Once connected to the Earths Energy, the next on to practice is connecting to the Heavenly Energy.  Just the same way we connected to the Earths Energy we use the same process to connect to the Heavenly Energy.  The symbolic body part that holds the Heavenly energy is the head.  Emanating from the Heavens is a light and this is Heaven energy, it is less physical than Earth energy.  The clarity of this energy aids the practice of stillness within which we remember our spiritual connection.

This is an Active Meditation.

  1. Stand up feet hip width apart, gaze gently at the floor whilst spine is erect and arms comfortably positioned at the side of your body.
  2. Visualise above your head a bright ball of energy.  This beautiful ball is drawing on the energy of heaven, it is light and bright and the ball is filled with a magnificent ethereal energy.
  3. Breathe in, and as you do so raise your hands and clasp the ball of bright light and then bring the ball of heavenly energy down the centre of the body to the Hara, hold it there as you pause and feel yourself filling with heavenly energy, then as you breathe out through the crown to rest above your head.. Do this 4 more times.
  4. Stand in the space of Heavenly energy, its brightness and lightness, its clarity, and when you are ready seat yourself back down and stay in your meditative place whilst you reflect of you experience of this Heavenly Energy.th2U7GJZ1D

 

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