Stress-Busting Strategies From a Reiki Practitioner
By Eve Marx
Life, as we know it, is filled with stress. In our younger days, like when we were in our 30s, we imagined that when we (and our children) got older, the things that caused us the most stress – personal relationships, work issues, money – would be go away once we (and our children) reached a certain age and stage.
Instead, reasons why we feel tense and anxious continue to abound. Our adult children may be struggling. We may be caring for our more quickly aging spouse or our parents. We might be selling our too-large-for-us- now house. We might be getting divorced. We could be widowed. Even more frustrating, retirement, despite the hype, isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be. If we even can retire.
Reiki, an ancient tool for energy healing, is an excellent way to reduce stress in situations like these. The word Reiki itself is made up of two Japanese words – Rei, which means “God’s Wisdom or the Higher Power”, and Ki, which translates as “Life force energy.” Although Reiki techniques and symbols have been around for centuries, it wasn’t until the 1940s when a Japanese healer named Mikao Usui popularized and named the Reiki system and spread the word in Japan. Usui’s attuned students went on to spread the power throughout the world. Today millions of people turn to Reiki practitioners to aid their body’s natural healing process and to release stress.
While it’s optimal to experience Reiki firsthand by a trained professional, there are quite a few Reiki inspired things anyone can do specifically to release stress. Stress is a silent killer and yet at the same time there’s no avoiding it completely. Nearly every living, sentient being experiences some degree of stress almost every day of their lives! Even doing supposedly stress-reducing things like planning and taking a vacation can be stressful.
A person would have to have zero interaction or contact with the world to avoid stress, and even then, many people find being alone extremely stressful. The trick to dealing with stress is to recognize when we’re stressed and then do things to contain the stress at a comfortable level. You’ll never get rid of stress entirely or be able to completely avoid it, but by using these Reiki-inspired tips you can stop or prevent scary panic attacks and stress-induced depression and anxiety. Using these Reiki-inspired tips, you can create your own sense of calm and lower your blood pressure to smooth out the jagged edges.