This one's going to be a nail biter!

anx·i·e·ty
aNGˈzīədē/
noun

  1. a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome

Can you guess what this week's self-help is for? Did I make it that obvious?

Well the spotlight is on ANXIETY.

So many of you that I have spoken with recently have told me that you experience anxiety regularly. I am so grateful for my ability to share Jin Shin Jyutsu because it has allowed me to connect to you and others in ways I would have never expected. My awareness has grown immensely with regards to theDIS-eases and DIS-orders that can affect people daily. 

Knowledge is always better when you are informed, sooooo... I did a little research into this matter. When I looked at the data, it was no surprise why so many of you report experiencing bouts of anxiety. 

      "Anxiety has become the number one mental health issue in North America. It's estimated that one third of the North American adult population experiences anxiety unwellness issues."
 

Anxiety by the numbers (information obtain from Anxiety and Depression Assoc. of America):

  • 18.1% of the U.S. adult population experiences anxiety year round
  • 22.8% of these cases are classified as severe which affects 4.1% of U.S. population
  • Women are 60% more likely than men to experience an anxiety disorder over their lifetime
  • Average age of onset is 11 
  • Largest age demographic affected is 30-44 years old.
  • Cost U.S. government more than 42 billion dollars a year to treat

When you look at the numbers, this DIS-order truly affects such a wide population of people.

The trend in current lifestyles creates and supports environments for anxiety. People are working longer hours with more pressure on work performance, with many not having an outlet to relieve their stress. In addition, today's technology provides 24-hour access to information and others; making the boundary between work life and home life blur. Talk about over load!

Not to worry though, haha no pun intended. There are many ways to help yourself relax and decrease the triggers for anxiety. 

Many of the sensations or emotions that arise while experiencing anxiety can be: quickness of breath, inability to focus, anticipation, upset stomach, dizziness, surge of overwhelming panic, increased heart beat and feeling detached, to name a few. 

The self-help shown below is wonderful to use if you are experiencing the beginning stages of anxiety or if you are already in the midst of it. It helps to ground your body (by that I mean it allows your body to feel a connection to the earth beneath you), while calming the mind. 

As you are doing this hold bring your focus to your breath, slowing the tempo down so it becomes even and smooth. Close your eyes and feel all the worries, anxiousness and tension begin to melt. The beauty of this hold is that it's so discrete, allowing you to utilize it at any time or place, for any length of time. 

1. Wrap RIGHT hand around LEFT wrist. There is no need to grip tightly or squeeze.  2. Release hold and swap sides, LEFT hand wraps around RIGHT wrist  3. Hold for at least 5 conscious breaths or till symptoms subside  4. Create a nice SLOW tempo of breath, with smooth inhales and exhales. Send the breath deep into the belly and allow the shoulders to relax down the back.

1. Wrap RIGHT hand around LEFT wrist. There is no need to grip tightly or squeeze.

2. Release hold and swap sides, LEFT hand wraps around RIGHT wrist

3. Hold for at least 5 conscious breaths or till symptoms subside

4. Create a nice SLOW tempo of breath, with smooth inhales and exhales. Send the breath deep into the belly and allow the shoulders to relax down the back.