Dealing with Anxiety.
Today I would like to talk about anxiety. I have been struggling with different mental illnesses for a very long time. It was only when I found Buddhism, reiki, yoga and energy healing that I truly found my self returning slowly to better health.
From time to time I still have relapses but they have become fewer. I would like to share a few of the practices that help me through an anxiety attack.
Anxiety is scary and often looked over as an excuse. I often feel like people are always judging me, that they think I’m lazy but in those times I remind myself to be compassionate towards myself. I will seek out my Buddha statue, I will sit in meditation and feel Buddha’s calming presence and in that time, in that silence I will offer myself compassion. I understand how I feel, I don’t need anyone else’s approval but my own.
Compassion is where it all starts. When you feel yourself drowning in fear, sit quietly and turn to your breath. Breathing in, know that you are breathing in, Breathing out, know that you are breathing out.
If at first you are too wound up to breath through your nose, then breath in through the nose and out through the mouth until you feel you can control your breathing. After a while you will feel your heart rate slow. In this time you need to offer yourself understanding. Understand why you got overwhelmed and know that it’s okay to feel that way. This is not a place of judgment. When you have full understanding for yourself, offer yourself compassion. Self love is a big part of healing. You are a strong, beautiful soul and you deserve all the love and safety in the world. When you believe you deserve it, then the Universe will manifest that reality for you.
We are one.
If I am not in a place that I can sit and meditate and it is a specific person that is making me fear or anxious then I practice knowing that we are connected, I am that person and that person is me. I feel deeply for that persons pain, anger or despair. That simple practice makes me realize that there is nothing to fear of that person because I am that person and I am trustworthy.
When we think like that our vibrations are offering that person love and compassion and at the same time you are offering yourself that love and compassion too because you are acknowledging the connection. This practice always relieves my anxiety.
A bit more of a long term remedy is nutrition. What do you eat? How much do you eat and why are you eating?
Nutrition is so very important, we need to eat respectfully to ourselves and the earth. Know that when you eat you are taking in the past experiences and feelings of what you are eating. If you must eat meat then please make sure the animal was kept lovingly and was killed with respect, if the animal was living their life in fear and agony you are taking in those experiences and that can have a long term effect on your mental health.
We must all eat more vegetables and fruit! Plants that grow in the sun, take in Mother Earths love and the rain from Father Sky will nourish you and heal old wounds.
When preparing meals, one must pour love and kindness into the food, you can taste it!
When eating, we mustn’t just think of it as ‘this is necessary to keep me alive.’ you must eat because you love yourself!
If you tend to eat your emotions, then the two previous practices will help you. After a while of non stop self love and respect you wont feel the need to comfort yourself with food.
I’m not telling you to go vegan, I’m just suggesting a pain free, wholesome diet. Look at the foods that agree with you, how do certain foods make you feel? Eliminate what makes you feel bad and only eat what makes you feel good and light.
When eating we must be mindful. Know that the food is creating your future self. Chew every piece slowly and lovingly. Be thankful, feel the nutrition, feel the elements it grew in and take that energy with respect.
Quiet the mind while you are eating, come home to yourself when you are eating. Eating is a sacred time, you must be in the moment when eating. This practice is so worth it! You will fall in love with food and the art of eating. It will bring you joy!
The first two practices is what helps me get through a moment of anxiety. The nutrition is what helps keep the relapses under control. If our nutrition is good then our brains can make the chemicals it needs to make, to keep us happy and healthy. If we continue to eat what is bad for ourselves then the brain struggles to make those chemicals.
Nutrition is very important.
What’s nice about these practices is that one can make it their own. There is no pressure to do it the way I do it. I am not an expert, these are just the things that have helped me tremendously.
Take what resonates with you and leave what doesn’t.
I send love and light to all who suffer with mental illness and I hope they know that they are not alone.
Love and Light,