thoughts & ponderings
Wake up to a noisy alarm after too little sleep, chug the coffee, rush the kids to the bus, leave for work, get pressured by the boss, there’s roadworks on your way home (yes Adelaide, you know what I mean), run the errands, pick the kids up from soccer, grab take away for dinner, get to bed late again
How many times have we gone through similar cycles in our life? We’re constantly getting too little sleep, and dealing with more stress in one day than earlier generations dealt with in months. Our nerves are fried, and we’re in a perpetual state of fight-flight-freeze, where all of our decisions are hard and every little thing sets off our already short fuse. Our bodies stay flooded with adrenaline and cortisol, which are both produced excessively when we’re under stress, and we have a difficult time finding our emotional balance.
Without enough time to allow this hormonal unbalancing to resolve itself, we can ride down the road of chronic stress, including adrenal exhaustion, weight gain, joint and muscle pain, fatigue, slow thinking, and even mental illnesses like anxiety and depression. We can sabotage ourselves because we aren’t thinking clearly.
Good thing we have ways to break this cycle! The first step towards breaking this pattern is recognizing it and taking time out to rest. It’s best to add therapy to your resting period, since this will help your body to recover faster. You can restore hormonal balance, reduce your health risks, and reset your frazzled emotions. You don’t need to stay trapped in these feelings of anger, fear, or frustration.
An excellent therapy to add is Reiki. Reiki is able to soothe our nervous system so that we can calm our bodies’ production of stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol, and begin to cultivate the peace that has been escaping us. Reiki sessions can short-circuit the fight-flight-freeze response so that we can process challenging situations more rationally, and we don’t have to drag around excess anxiety.
Reiki healing is able to act on our central nervous system, which is what controls all of our unconscious processes, such as when your heart beats faster when you see your boss looking angry, or how your mouth dries out when your spouse says “We need to talk.” It controls the amount of stress hormones we pump out, and since we constantly are perceiving stress, we get bombarded with these inflammatory hormones non-stop. Reiki comes in to play here because this healing therapy communicates with your nervous system with a reminder that all is well, and helps to create a more calm internal environment.
Being able to release these stress patterns can be an important step not only in maintaining good health, but also in pursuing goals in life. When we’re inundated with stress, everything can be a challenge, from simply driving to work, to having a conversation with your spouse. You’re just always on edge! Reiki is a gentle way to help bring your body and your mind back to center, so that you can face your normal, daily situations with calmness and clarity. Using reiki to decrease your stress responses is an enjoyable way to regain your inner calm and take back control of your life.
© White Sage Wellbeing & contributors. 2017