How to Remain Grounded in the Face of Anxiety and Fear
Updated: Jan 3
How can we remain grounded when our minds are frazzled with anxiety? Our consciousness is being dispersed due to fear?
Generalized Anxiety Disorder GAD is characterized by excessive worry and a feeling of anxiousness.
Symptoms include the inability to relax, difficulty concentrating, startling easily, insomnia, headaches, exhaustion, muscle tension, nausea, and irritability. There may be concomitant excessive sweating, difficulty swallowing, twitching, frequent urination, palpitations, and lightheadedness.
'Acupuncture effectively reduces anxiety levels' was the outcome of a Research from Heilongjiang University of Chinese Medicine.
In a related study, researchers from Hebei United University conclude that acupuncture relieves test anxiety: anxiety related to taking exams.
According to Chinese medicine Fear is the emotional aspect related to the Water Element and Winter Season. Water is associated to the Kidneys and Bladder organs.
Truly, the cure has come before the illness. Traditional Chinese medical principals are built on balance. Let us look deeper into the water element. Every element has 2 main aspects. These aspects are called yin and yang. Yin and yang have opposite yet balancing qualities. Therefore when calling upon the emotions of Water it is not fear alone we can tap into but to the opposing emotion of the Water element which are reassurance and trust.
TRUST <--------------------> FEAR
Moving on to a more physical manifestation, we can look at the organs and the acupuncture meridians of the body that represent the movement and function of water. These are the kidneys and the Urinary Bladder.
Kidney Channel starts on the bottom of the feet. If you look carefully at the charts of channels, an idea starts to take shape. The ability to assuage fear and stay rest assured, begins at your feet. Kidney 1 (KD1), the very first point on the kidney channel is located on the sole of your foot. The channel rises upward on the front of the torso and stops just under the collar bone. In addition to other uses, Kidney 1 is clinically used for cases of shock and restores consciousness. This point is the most emotionally and physically grounding point of the body.
Urinary Bladder (UB) Channel, wrapping the back and head.
Taking a look at the Urinary Bladder channel, we see it literally strengthens the "back bone". Using this channel in treatment builds feelings of reassurance. A savings account, if you will, of energy is stored here. Nourishing this organ helps to avoid a lack of trust.
So in winter time, the most vulnerable time for our bodies, we withdraw. The streets are emptier, people try to stay home. Why? Is it for fear of getting sick, slipping on ice or being caught in the early darkness? Or have they retreated into themselves to draw strength?
How can we transform fear and anxiety ?
It starts with one step. Planting your foot firmly on the ground. Walking erect, so sure of your spine that you do not fear falling down. In other words, move on. Trust that the rest of the world will follow.
Often after tragedy, we want to linger. It is sometimes horrifying to see folks pretending it's "business as usual" after the unspeakable event had happened. We need to and we should grieve, but in order to maintain balance, we must draw the strength from within and carry on.
That is the transformation from Autumn to Winter. Yes, it's cold, yes, it's dark, yes, things are dying. And it will stay that way, unless we continue to move forward.
The unwavering people of the streets are not moving on because they are numb to whatever has just happened. They are moving on because they trust. They are guided and strengthened by Something that nourishes the water that says, "I must keep flowing". Standing stock still due to fear is counter-productive to life.
If you are having trouble taking that first step, acupuncture, which works on many levels, can help you overcome feelings of sadness, anxiety or shock.
A simple 5 point treatment in the ear is proven to help with post traumatic stress and other emotional disorders.
Research has shown that Acupuncture effectively reduces general anxiety levels and anxiety related to taking exams in comparison to drug therapy.
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Esther Hornstein is a New York State licensed acupuncturist and diplomat in acupuncture.
In her Therapeutic Holistic approach, she addresses Pediatric ailments, Men & Women’s health, Pain management and overall Wellness.
Her private practice is in Ramat Beit Shemesh, Israel. 2nd nature Healing Center
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