Unfortunately, the stress is “byproduct” of modern society and it seems that everybody is to the certain extent “infected”. Even-though so many people suffer there is no one-for-all solution available and everybody has to find his/her own way of coping and managing the stress.
Reiki is becoming very popular among those suffering from stress due the fact that one of the “side-effects” of practicing Reiki is deep relaxation. This alone coupled with the fact that reiki is safe and easy to practice bring more and more people to Reiki.
Before we look into how Reiki can help in stress management let’s first see what in the world is stress.
What is stress anyway?
Stress is something that we feel. It is a way our body responds to threat (real or even perceived one) and sometimes it is not a bad thing for it keeps us focused and motivated. However, if we stay exposed to stress for extended period of time it might seriously affect our health.
As mentioned above our body responds to real threat as well as to perceived threat the same way. Our nervous system produces more of the so-called stress hormones (adrenaline & cortisol) preparing our body to “fight or flight” response.
We can experience this as:
- Heart Pounding
- Muscle Tensions
- Fast Breathing
- High Blood Pressure etc.
If we are not able to release stress it could lead to many serious health conditions such as:
- Headache, stomachache and/or any other pain
- Heart Disease
- Weak Immune System
- Depression and many more.
What causes stress and how to deal with it?
Unfortunately, many things can cause stress and it is commonly known as a stressor. Some of the most common stressors include:
- Life Style and/or major changes in our life style (getting married etc)
- Death in the family (or dear friend)
- Work related (work too demanding, unreasonable boss etc)
- Relationship related
- Financial Difficulties
- Kids and/or family related
Social related issues (such as being discriminated against for any reason (race, gender, color, sexual orientation etc) being poor and so on.
This list can go on and on and all of these stressors could be called external stressors. As if we don’t have enough to worry about with all these external stressors, we also self-create many more so-called internal stressors such as:
- Negative self-talk
- Inability to let go and so on.
How to Deal With Stress?
If we are looking for a “magic pill” well as much as we do not like it– simple put there is no such thing. Instead medical society teaches us to manage our stress.
Some of the recommendations to manage stress include:
Come up with new way of thinking.
When we discover that we worry to much we should stop that thought and learn to “let go”.
Organize our time better so we can accomplish more in less time.
Find better ways to cope with stress. As always something works and something doesn’t work.
- Get plenty of rest.
- Surround yourself when possible with things that relax you
- calming music (meditation, waterfalls, nature sounds)
- incence (Lavender, Sandalwood, Frankincense, Rosemary)
- teas (Green tea, Valerian, Peppermint, Ginseng, Tumeric)
When it comes how to release the stress out of our system it is recommended to:
- Exercise (walk)
- Express your feelings (talk, laugh, cry-usually with somebody you can trust)
- Get some hobby.
- Learn to relax. (breathing exercise, yoga, tai-chi, massage etc)
- Try to laugh more (read comics, watch funny movies etc).
- Try self hypnosis or meditation.
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How Reiki Can Help with Stress Management and Stress Reduction?
As Albert Einstein and Niels Borh (who is Nobel Price Winner) have discovered that everything is energy including our body and our thoughts and on that premise, it becomes much clearer how reiki can help since Reiki itself is universal life force energy or as many say spirituality guided energy which in very simplified will “scan” and “re-pattern” our energy body. (Here is my article on How Reiki Works
I particularly like to do reiki full body treatment each night when you go in bed and follow up with the chakra balancing in the morning. And here is the challenge for those who are reiki practitioners. Try out this technique for the month and see the difference for yourself.
While above reiki techniques will help reduce and control our stress level in order to move to the next level and be stress free one should apply Reiki Precepts. Reiki Precepts are at the heart of each serious reiki practice. They provide us one of the best recipes for long lasting happiness.
It is important to remind ourselves that when we recite the reiki precepts we should bring some enthusiasm and not do it as if somebody forces us to say it.