Energy Medicine for Stress Relief

It is rare to find a person who is not experiencing some stress in their lives.  The key is differientiating “normal” stress versus a constant cycle of stress that is creating physical and emotional distress.  Many people have become accustomed to living in “stress mode” and don’t even realize it.  Energy Medicine techniques are excellent for stress relief at all levels whether you are experiencing a so called “bump in the road” or you are stuck in stress overload.  The most important part of stress is being aware of how stressed you really are and taking steps to reduce your stress.

Energy Medicine Stress Relief Quick Tips

The Stress Response
A Stress Response can actually be quite helpful for certain life threatening situations.  When one senses “danger” the body automatically kicks into the “fight-or-flight,” reaction or stress response.  This is helpful if you are in real, imminent danger such as being mugged or in the midst of a natural disaster.  In these types of situations the stress response is just what you need and can ultimately save your life.  Problems occur when you stay stuck in the stress response for situations that are not life threatening.  You may not be aware of the impact stress is having on your life and your loved ones.  In the case of chronic stress, you may have created an energetic stress pattern that kicks in even with minor situations.

Some signs that you are on Stress Overload and may need help undoing the energetic stress pattern that has been created include:

  • repeated bouts of colds and flu
  • chest pain, rapid heart beat
  • consistently feeling overwhelmed
  • inability to focus or concentrate
  • negativity, negative thoughts and negative talk
  • racing thoughts
  • general feeling of anxiousness or nervousness
  • feeling depressed or sad
  • using food, alcohol, drugs, shopping, gambling, etc. as a means to relieve your stress
  • Irritability, moodiness, anger
  • always worrying
  • gaining or losing weight
  • sleep problems either too much or not enough

It is important to note that these may be signs of other issues as well and that each person’s response to stress is different.

How Do You Respond to Stress?
1.  Well Adjusted Responder  – They understand that stress and difficult situations are a part of life.  While they may not be thrilled with the stressor, they don’t exaggerate or over react to the situation.  They view the stressor as a potential opportunity to better understand themselves, a “growth opportunity.”  They will look at the stressor and determine if this is an issue that continues to show up in their life and seek to learn the  deeper lesson and to work toward  healing.  The Well Adjusted Responder takes responsibility for their part in creating the stress.  They don’t blame other people and situations.  Instead, they focus more on forgiveness and self-understanding.  They take healthy action steps to address stress such as incorporating energy medicine and meditation into their daily life.

2.   Angry Responder –  When stress happens, their response will be one of anger, agitation and irritability.  Generally the Angry Responder wants an immediate fix and may end up saying or doing things they later regret.  They can be impulsive in their response and don’t hold back in sharing what they think with the world.  The response might be exaggerated and require lots of their energy and others.

3.  Passive Responder – These folks may feel a sense of isolation with their situation and/or become withdrawn, sad or depressed.  They lack energy to handle the situation.  The situation may go on for sometime as they can tend to procrastinate.

4.  Frozen Responder –  They appear tense and underneath they are paralyzed with fear, worry, confusion, and anger, but they don’t tend to show it the way the Angry Responder does.  The Frozen Responder literally has difficulty moving forward at all.  They do not know what to do and can get stuck in confusion which will stop them from taking  action.  They think about the stressor continually and can quickly lose perspective.

We all have moments of the various emotions described above in response to stress.  The important thing to recognize is whether you are stuck in a pattern that is not serving you.  Sometimes we are the last one to see our patterns.  A great way to get to the root of managing your stress is to ask a trusted friend or family member, one that will be truly honest with you, which type of responder you are.  You may also be a combination of “Responders,”

We have all had the experience of two people witnessing the same traumatic or stressful situation and handling it very differently.  Our perspective on life is a huge factor in how we respond to stress.  I believe that perspective is something that we accumulate during our past life times as well as this life time.  I also believe that we can shift our perspective whenever we choose.  It is not uncommon that we tend to handle stress the same way our parents and family did.  Emotional and Physical Energetic Patterns can stay in our bodies unless we have done healing work to change them.  Sometimes I fall in the category of the Well Adjusted Responder, but I still have to work on those triggers that put me into the Angry Responder.  As I work with this old energy pattern, it continues to dissolve and I am less likely to “take the bait,” as Pema Chodron so eloquently describes.  Knowing what triggers us and then not taking the bait is a difficult at first, but as we practice it becomes a new habit.

Watching our thoughts as a way of reducing stress
Everything, including our thoughts carry an energetic and vibrational frequency that go out to the universe.  Positive, loving thoughts really do create a better life for ourselves.  Stress in general creates a negative vibration because it is usually associated with fear at some level.  A quick fix to this is to be very mindful of your thoughts.  Literally watch your thoughts.  Observe what you say about yourself, others and situations in your life.  Don’t judge yourself, because that is only an additional negative vibration.  Be gentle with yourself, gradually transforming your thought patterns rather than trying to control or fix them.  I have found the more I try to change my thoughts, the more energy I am creating to change that negative pattern.  Patiently, lovingly release them knowing they no longer serve you.  Treat them as an old pair of shoes that no longer serve you.  The essence of meditation is about becoming more aware of our thoughts and the emotions they generate.  Meditating is about learning to be with those emotions so when a similar situation comes up in life, we have practiced being with the emotion and we are less likely to react.  Being mindful of our thoughts is one of the most powerful ways to reduce stress.  Letting negative thinking run wild will create havoc on us emotionally, spiritually and physically.    

To Meditate:

Create a quiet, relaxing environment sitting upright in a chair with your feet firmly planted on the ground, allowing for free and easy breathing.

Relax your shoulders and gently place your hands on your knees or in your lap.  Tuck your chin in slightly and keep your eyes half open, gaze softly focused downward about four to six feet in front, your mouth slightly open.

Observe your breath. Don’t accentuate or alter the way you breathe, just let your attention rest on the flow of your breath.

Allow the “chattering” in your mind to gradually fade away.  If distracted by a thought, gently refocus on your breathing.

Focus on your breathing for 10 or 15 minutes.  Stay relaxed, yet awake and attentive.

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