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It's been a while since we sent out our last newsletter. In the time between we have gone through a very rainy winter and we are now just entering into spring. We hope it's going to bring us more sunny days.
It's always amazing how the weather has such an effect on us.
 
That brings us to the topic today. We find that this is common in all ages and the sooner it can be addressed the better........
ANXIETY - has it become a part of your daily life?

 “Anxiety has become part of my life and affects me both physically and mentally. To have this constant worrying that seems to hang over my head makes me feel exhausted. My worries about today, tomorrow, next week, keeps me on the edge. This has taken a toll on me, my relationship with my family, my life at work, my social life.” Anna
What is Anxiety?

While it is normal to worry about aspects of everyday life, if we are constantly feeling apprehensive and worrying about everything, then we are suffering anxiety. Everything is perceived as a threat and we may fear the worst will happen. Our concerns become exaggerated and our thoughts irrational. Even our dreams may become fearful. When we feel this way it really affects our ability to function in day-to-day life.
 
Anxiety can be experienced in different ways from individual acute episodes, which may escalate into full blown panic attacks, to General Anxiety Disorder (GAD) in which anxiety manifests as a chronic state of constant worrying.  Anxiety may be brought on by certain situations resulting in phobias or by past traumatic events resulting in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). 
 
When we feel anxious, particularly for extended periods of time, we can experience a variety of symptoms including increased pulse rate, palpitations, trembling, clammy skin, feeling hot or cold, nausea, diarrhea, restlessness, irritability and anger. Skin rashes may appear and we may notice a disturbance in our appetite and in our sleep.  Some of us may find it difficult to remember things, experience repetitive thoughts and an inability to concentrate. Headaches or digestive problems are also common in this state. We may feel quite exhausted.  The exact symptoms and experience of anxiety vary from person to person.
What are the reasons behind anxiety?

There are many reasons why we may suffer from anxiety. Some of us are by nature more anxious and tend to worry about big and little things in life. We may have had a parent who was similarly anxious and so we may have spent much of our childhood and adolescence in this state. We have learned particular thought patterns and ideas due to being immersed in this type of environment. These thought patterns are often difficult to overcome. Similarly, our pre-birth environment may have been less than peaceful or we may have had a particular traumatic birth experience.
 
For some people, anxiety may have developed due to pressures and expectations at school, at work or in personal relationships. Grief due to a relationship break up or the death of a loved one can bring on anxiety as can stress from serious medical illness, accidents and bad news. Financial stress can be an obvious cause of anxiety.
 
For others, anxiety is brought on by certain circumstances such as being in the dark, in a crowd or being alone. This can result in phobias and we then try to avoid these situations.  Anticipatory anxiety may be due to a fear of new situations, of travelling on an airplane, of performance including before an examination. Psychological, physical or sexual abuse, eroding feelings of safety, can result in long term anxiety. Anxiety can also be the result of side effects of medications or illicit drug use.
 

How do we cope with anxiety?

Some of us try to deal with this by developing behaviors to counter the anxiety and distract ourselves from feeling anxious such as smoking, overeating or developing a dependency on alcohol, prescription or recreational drugs. Some of us may try to lessen the perceived threat and gain some sense of security by taking control of our environment.  This may manifest as OCD (known as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder,) such as adhering to strict, inflexible routines, order and organisation, unnecessary cleaning and tidying, or excessive exercise routines. 
How can Mind Body and Me help with anxiety?

We see various manifestations of anxiety on a regular basis in our practice. We offer Homeopathy and Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy (BCST)  and Ayurvedic Massage as individual sessions, often alongside each other, to help address anxiety experienced acutely or chronically.
 

Homeopathy

Trudi uses Homeopathy to help address anxiety at different levels according to what is needed by the client at the time.

Appropriate remedies can be used which have an affinity for particular acute situations of anxiety such as anticipatory or performance anxiety, grief, or emotional shock. A deeper constitutional prescription may be required via in depth consultation, looking at the chronic mental/emotional and physical symptoms of anxiety experienced by the individual in relation to the overall mental/emotional/physical symptom picture of the person. This takes into account birth and pre-birth experience, childhood and relationship with caregivers, personal and family medical history and current concerns. Homeopathy can help address phobias and addictive behaviours as well as issues concerning self confidence, undue timidity or anger.

Homeopathy helps us become calmer, better able to concentrate and to deal with day to day stresses.  We become more open to change, to achieve clarity and feel more ‘balanced.’ An improvement in our quality of sleep is often noted.
The homeopathic consultation creates a safe space for us to be heard without judgement.


www.mindbodyandme.co.nz/services/homeopathy

Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy (BCST)

Sandra offers BCST to help support people who are experiencing anxiety, be it from a recent event or long term. BCST can help to slow down the nervous system and soften the tightness often felt around the chest, relaxing the breathing. Irregular bowel motions, constipation and cramping, often experienced as part of anxiety, can be eased. BCST creates a comfortable and relaxed environment for the body system to gently settle. It can also help to bring awareness into the body and allows us to feel calmer, more relaxed and able to manage better.


www.mindbodyandme.co.nz/services/craniosacral-therapy
Ayurvedic Massage    
 

In Ayurveda, there are three main Doshas derived from the five elements.  The main Dosha that is aggravated when anxiety is experienced is the Vata Dosha. One way to support and rebalance the Vata Dosha is through oil massage. This can help to calm down the nervous system. Massage with warm oil promotes greater circulation throughout the body while softening and rejuvenating the tissues. Ayurvedic massage can be a soothing and calming way to settle a racing mind.

 www.mindbodyandme.co.nz/services/ayurvedic-massage
The oils may vary depending on your dosha (body type) and the season.

Clients may feel drawn towards a particular therapy initially but we have found that it is often beneficial to use an integrated approach. A broader insight may be obtained by confidential consultation between the therapists and by using the therapies that complement each other well. 
The number of therapy sessions differs from client to client and is dependent upon each individual situation as well as the length of time symptoms have been experienced.

Lavender Oil
Lavender has a sweet floral aroma as well as antiseptic properties. It is known to be the most common essential oil. It has been shown to have benefits with regards to easing nervous tension, signs of anxiety, as well as calming and soothing the emotion. It also helps with irritability, restlessness and sleep.

World Organics offer a beautiful single note essential oil that is originated from Bulgaria.

For effective use:
1. 6–10 drops to your bath or vaporizer 
2. 2 drops to 10ml of carrier oil for a healing chest rub or for muscle pain 
3. 3-5 drops for steam inhalation therapy.

Visit World Organics below and find out how to get your own diffuser and oil

World Organics
This month World Organics announced that they are now in collaboration with the Eden Projects, a non-profit organization. This means that one tree gets planted for every product you purchase in The Organic Skin Co range (includes the essential oils, skin care and make up). Each purchase goes towards  helping over 3000 people in parts of Africa and Madagascar. Find out how to get these high quality organic products from this New Zealand owned company.  These products are great as gifts and Christmas is just around the corner. 


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