Reiki for Anxiety and Depression

Mental and emotional pain is the most common and least discussed problem in the modern world. The corona pandemic has further exacerbated this problem with the new norm of social distancing impacting our lives at multiple levels. It is affecting our finances, our relationships, our travel plans and this has set the perfect storm for anxiety and depression.

Normal anxiety is part of the body’s natural defense system to safeguard us in situations of exigency (fight or flight response). The trigger could be anything like job loss, loss of a loved one, heartbreak, trauma, accident or anything else. People with anxiety may have varied symptoms including but not limited to dizziness, muscle tension, restlessness, difficulty falling sleep or staying asleep, racing heartbeat, a pittish feeling in the stomach, chest pain, dry mouth, loss of energy or stamina, cold or clammy hands, etc. Anxiety becomes a problem when the individual response is way more exaggerated in proportion to the threat or it occurs even when there is not a trigger. That happens because the mind simply becomes habituated of worrying over trivial things and responds the way it should have responded to a bigger threat. Unresolved anxiety and chronic stress result in depression and also increase the risk of other ailments.

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At the energetic level, anxiety and depression arise from a lack of overall balance in our energy system, affecting several chakras. The best way to banish this habit of overthinking and the consequent anxiety is to balance the first chakra i.e. the Root chakra. The Root chakra connects us to the earth and grounds us in the reality of the present moment. This chakra is related to our survival and basic needs of life as well as to our sense of worth. With the dramatic escalation of our involvement in the digital world, one tends to question his sense of self-worth and the ability to trust the Universe. With the lack of trust and insecurities about our finances, relationships and self-worth, comes the habit of overactivity of the Third Eye chakra i.e. overthinking. Overthinking clouds our ability to discern, and think clearly. One tends to become more judgemental, paranoid and agitated with such energetic blockages in the Third Eye chakra. This further compounds one’s anxiety levels and the vicious cycle between overthinking and stress continues.

The third chakra, Solar Plexus chakra also plays a key role in anxiety and depression because it is the foundation of your ego and self-identity. An imbalance in Solar Plexus chakra results in self-doubt issues and inability to set boundaries in social interactions. With the loss of confidence and mastery over your own emotions, anxiety is bound to follow.

Let us understand this from the elements point of view. The human body just like the entire universe is made up of five elements including, Earth, Water, Fire,…

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