If you want to overcome stress and anxiety naturally, without the use of medication, then you have come to the right place.
The current change of events in the world has taken its toll on all of us, and it is not uncommon to feel stressed, or overly anxious. Yet, nothing good comes out of a state of fear, and panic.
Now, more than ever, it is important for us to take responsibility for our physical, mental, and emotional well-being.
In this guide, I am going to share with you, how to reduce stress and anxiety naturally. But before we dive in, it is important to clearly understand the difference between normal stress, and anxiety as a disorder.
Stress vs. Anxiety Disorder
People often use the words stress and anxiety interchangeably. However, there is a huge difference between the two.
Here’s What Stress Is
You go to a shopping mall, and pay with your credit card. You walk out to the parking lot, and then realize you left the card at the billing counter. What is your immediate reaction? You get worried, that by now it is possible someone has stolen your card.
You rush back to the counter, and before you mention anything, the lady at the counter says, “Sir, I was looking for you, you forgot to take your card back.” You breathe a sigh of relief, and just as she is handing you the card, you smile at her, and say thank you from the bottom of your heart.
Since you got your card back, the stress has vanished, and you’ve totally forgotten about the incident.
This is more or less, the kind of situation we run into, in our day to day lives, which is quite normal, and not much of an issue.
Here’s What is an Anxiety Disorder
Now here’s what happens in an Anxiety Disorder.
You are out taking a stroll on the street, just enjoying yourself. When suddenly you have an unpleasant thought, and you go like, “What? What in the world did I just think? How can I think like that!” From this point on, you are no longer enjoying your walk, but are busy analyzing why you had the thought.
All of a sudden you are no longer present in life, but preoccupied with the thought.
Even when you are back home, and have other things to attend to, once you’ve taken care of them, you get back to that thought, further trying to understand the thought, so it can go away. But in spite of all your efforts, you are unable to understand it, but are only getting entangled with it.
Before you know it, the thought is creating an emotional response. You are now starting to feel the thought, and have gotten to a point that you are ruminating over it for extended periods of time.
Next time you are out taking a walk, you are wondering if that thought is gone yet, or if it’s still there. Which means, you are again, thinking, instead of enjoying your walk.
Soon you realize you are stuck with it, and the mind brings up more scenarios, that are similar to the first unpleasant thought. Now you have not one, but many unpleasant thoughts to deal with.
By now, you find yourself living in a jungle of punishing thoughts, and have no idea how to make them go away. Causing you frustration, and inhibiting your ability to lead a normal life.
This state of living in a vicious circle of dark thoughts, and painful emotions, is what we call anxiety, or an anxiety based disorder.
People with anxiety, live with anxiety. It becomes their way of life. Often getting an impression, that perhaps, they will have to live with it for the rest of their lives.
But here’s good news! They don’t have to!
You can totally undo anxiety, and lead a normal life.
That is exactly what we will look at from this point forward.
Ready? Let’s get started!
As we looked in the previous example, where a single thought caused a whole chain of different reactions, leading to an anxiety disorder, it could have been prevented by knowing just one simple thing — you are not your thoughts!
Why do you think other people are able to lead normal lives? You might be under the impression that they don’t get weird thoughts. But the fact is, everyone gets these funny thoughts, but most people simply disregard them, and just move on with their life. And hence have no anxiety issues.
If you have anxiety, know that the root of it is falsely identifying with the thought as yourself. Only because you have been misled into thinking that you are what you think! Which is nothing but a big lie. But you have mistaken it to be the truth.
The fact is, you are beyond thought. So there is no need to change any thought, because thoughts don’t have any intelligence. All you need to do is not cling to a thought, and see that it does not define you as a person.
The whole concept or idea that good people don’t have bad thoughts, is at the root of anxiety.
You might now say, that fine, if I am not my thoughts, why do I feel so miserable. It’s because anxious thoughts have become hardened in your mind through repetition. Which is why they generate all these anxious feelings. So here’s another important fact – you are not your feelings!
What are feelings, but the juicy part of thoughts. Just as you are not your thoughts, you are not your feelings. Now isn’t that liberating? Your thoughts and feelings both do not define you as a person.
Now this one might probably make you uncomfortable, because your sense of self has been derived through thoughts and feelings. And now here I am, telling you, you are not your thoughts and feelings. But that’s the truth.
Because your thoughts and feelings both change all the time. So if you have 10 different thoughts, does that mean there are 10 different people within you? That’s insane isn’t it?
The breathlessness that you feel, as an effect of panic, caused due to anxiety, is also not you. We’re going a layer deep in de-identification with what you are not. It is not just the thought and emotion, but also the feeling of being choked up, it’s not you. It is only an effect of the panic.
Whenever you feel a state of unease, simply notice if you are having any difficulty breathing, this is mostly unconscious. Once you become aware of your breath, take a few deep breaths, and you will immediately feel much better.
There could be other bodily sensations. Again, none of it is you. Notice if you are unconsciously freezing. It’s like you are closed to life, not open to it. Consciously let this go.
I will be sharing a few practices in this guide, so you can undo the damage that has been done to your body and mind due to anxiety.
Anxiety is a Habit
I’ve already given plenty of hints to suggest that anxiety is nothing but a habit. You think that it is your thoughts that don’t wish to leave you alone, but the truth is, you are deriving a constant sense of self from them. Which is why you allow them to perpetuate.
Yes, by now they have probably become automatic. You don’t even have to think about them, they just pop up. And even when you truly wish to have nothing to do with them, they appear to demand your attention.
Do you know why this is so? It is because all those thoughts have false identities attached to them. So they all bubble up seeking your attention, for it is your attention that feeds them, and keeps them alive. Without your attention, they’d have no life, and would simply begin to melt away, and at one point totally disappear.
So here’s what people with anxiety normally do. A dark thought pops up, and they just sink into thinking about it. Being under the wrong notion, that thinking about the thought, will make it go away.
Not realizing that the very thinking of it is at the root of the problem.
So from this point on, I want you to become aware of the power button.
Don’t you yearn for a power button that you can use to totally switch off anxiety? I know you do.
Here’s the button — Attention.
Your attention is the power button. Next time you run into anxious thoughts, do your best to give them no attention whatsoever.
Yes, the thoughts will demand it. They will jump up and down like silly clowns to have it. They will do all in their power to get you to engage with them. But you must remain wise, and simply say, “Good-bye! I know who I am, I am not my thoughts!”
Do this hundreds and thousands of times a day if required.
We want to undo anxiety, we want to break the habit of identifying with thoughts.
Do not be afraid to lose your anxiety
You are probably thinking, why would I ever be afraid of losing my anxiety? It’s because you get a false sense of security from it.
You try to use fear, to keep yourself safe. As silly as it may sound, it is a fact.
So when you start to see anxiety melt away, it is possible you may feel worried. You think all those anxious thoughts are useful, and you fear losing them.
What would happen if you lost them? The thoughts tell you, something bad would happen. But I can assure you, nothing bad can come off it. Only goodness, and cheer will follow.
Keep losing your anxious thoughts, all day long.
Now that we have understood how anxiety works, let us move on to the practice stage. The practices that you are about to uncover are extremely effective in releasing mental and emotional blocks, and helping you heal and recover from anxiety, and false identification with thoughts.
Practices to Overcome Stress and Anxiety
1. Six Healing Sounds
You cannot use the mind to solve the problems of the mind. This is why, we will need to employ a totally different tool to tackle it. And the tool is to use healing sounds.
This practice of Six Healing Sounds, will help you transmute and release the energy that is stuck in your body. As such, anxious thoughts bother you because they have an emotional charge to them. If you remove the emotional charge, the thought becomes powerless.
This is what you can do by practicing these six healing sounds.
If you’d like to read further on how the vibration of sounds really help, you can read this.
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, these six healing sounds are connected to the six major organs of the body: Lungs, kidneys, liver, heart, stomach, and pancreas.
For each organ, there is a healing sound associated to it. Focusing your attention on the organ, and making the associated sound can bring about the required healing.
You are releasing energy that is stuck in the body. You feel stuck don’t you? This is how you get unstuck!
When energy flows freely, healing occurs naturally. You start to release these trapped emotions, and begin to feel lighter.
Follow this video by Qigong Master Mantak Chia, demonstrating Six Healing Sounds:
The video is an hour long, so you may want to revisit this article if you can’t watch it right now. Bookmark this page if needed.
Do this practice daily, and in case you notice increased levels of agitation at the beginning, do not worry!
Drink lots of water, as you will be flushing out a lot of toxins from the body.
It is best to do this practice before going to bed. This will give your body enough time to process the emotions, and heal.
When to expect results:
I’d say, almost immediately you will notice a difference.
Within 3 days, you will notice more changes.
As you progress, over a period of 30 days, you can expect visible results.
No matter how long it takes, keep practicing, you will see results.
2. Isha Kriya
Isha Kriya is a meditation designed by Sadhguru – the man behind the Isha Foundation.
This kriya is simple, yet highly potent in helping you release your identification with the body and the mind.
All it takes is 12-20 minutes, and it can be done at any time of the day, although I suggest you do this, first thing after waking up.
The practice duration is twice a day for 48 days, or once a day for 90 days. As such, I recommend doing it once every day, for the rest of your life.
Why? Because it is truly amazing. I have even documented my experience, which you can read by clicking here.
We have covered a lot of ground. Now it is time for you to say good-bye to anxiety, and get your life back.
I suggest you bookmark this page, and use it every day for reference, until anxiety becomes irrelevant in your life.
I’d be very happy to learn about your progress. And if you have any questions, feel free to contact me.
Wishing you total recovery from stress and anxiety.
Note: If you are taking any medication for anxiety, please do not discontinue without first consulting with your doctor. These medications need to be discontinued under the supervision of your physician, and not done abruptly.
Disclaimer: This article does not constitute medical advice, and is intended for informational purposes only. Please do your due diligence before following anything that concerns your health, and well-being.