Ways to ease Anxiety according to the principles of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture
One of the things that you can do that is essential with water, kidney imbalance, nervous system imbalance, is being in stillness. If you’re the kind of person, I need to say this just to be responsible, because this is not medical advice by any means, these are just general themes within Chinese medicine so we can start to understand Chinese medicine in a deeper way and how it is that it can affect our lives, and we can start thinking in metaphor. If you are not able to sit without having a panic attack, please seek help, if medication is necessary, go get medication.
Be really radically honest with yourself. And in that same vein, be radically honest with yourself if you are capable of sitting, but it’s just really uncomfortable. I hear all the time if I ask people if they meditate, they’re like, oh no, I just can’t, my brain, I’m not the kind of person that can meditate, my brain just won’t shut off. But, just so you know, that’s the function of the mind, we all feel that way, it’s just a practice that you want to take into your life because it will make your life so much better, because it will help to create space in those moments.
So, as we are sitting and our nervous is kind of going off and going off, the brain is getting into all sorts of things, and we’re thinking oh my god, I’ve got to do this, or oh my god, I’ve got to go do that, go do this, the brain will tell us all these different things that we need to do, maybe it will bring up fearful scenarios, maybe it will get you into that conversation with that person that makes you feel anxious, it will do all sorts of things to take you out of being in stillness.
What we want to do, that’s the nervous system ramping up, that’s those anxious feelings that are ramping up. If you can just sit with them and say to yourself, I’m safe, or just breathe through it, however it is that you can cope the best in that moment, if you can be with that, eventually that response is going to start to come down. And so what you do by sitting in stillness and meditation is that we essentially train our nervous system to be in less polarized states and more in the state of flow, where it’s like, oh, interesting, I can notice that happening and I’m feeling a little bit heightened right now.
Another thing is language, using words like I notice anxiety arising, as opposed to saying I’m anxious, I’m anxious, because identifying with something is going to make you feel like you’re broken and you need to be fixed, and that’s definitely not the case. So, saying I’m noticing anxiety arising, being with those feelings in your body is so important, so as you’re noticing it, tune into where you’re feeling that in your body, it’s called interoception. It’s literally how are we feeling on the inside, and this is hyper, hyper important. It can become dysfunctional and interoception is a huge part of the nervous system, and it can become dysfunctional in the sense where we maybe are intuiting things that aren’t totally accurate. What we want to do is we want to be with our body because our body will tell us what is going on, through physical sensation.
Often times we get so afraid of that physical sensation that we want to run away from it, we want to distract ourselves from it, so we start to clean our house or we have a drink, or we go and we talk on the phone with somebody. But if you can just be with them and know that your body is your friend, it’s definitely not out to get you, all it’s really trying to do is keep you safe, if you can be with those sensations and really breathe into those sensations, what happens is there is beautiful opportunity for the nervous system to integrate those physical sensations into the nervous system so that they can actually be processed and your nervous system can again start to rebalance itself. It’s so important, and if you can only sit for 5 minutes, sit for 5 minutes, if you can sit for 30, sit for 30, that’s great.
If you also have a hard time getting into your body, there’s nothing wrong at all when you’re starting meditation to start with guided meditation, something that will help you tune into your body because as much as some people feel everything, some people feel absolutely nothing. That’s kind of actually more of that freeze response, the not feeling anything. We want to feel things, we’re meant to feel things, that is life.
These are the people I find that have a tendency to get frustrated, because they’re like, I don’t feel anything, am I supposed to be feeling something? You don’t want to make things up, obviously, but just slowly start to tune in. This would be a great opportunity for the guided meditation, you might even want to do some of the tapping that we did at the beginning of the video, something to kind of wake your body up, even if it’s just feeling your baby toe, who cares, but start somewhere, start tuning into how you’re actually feeling and working with your body and knowing that your body is your friend and it is definitely not out to hurt you.