It is more common to have anxiety now than ever before. It is a word that comes up almost daily in our conversations surrounding life. Even if we do not admit it externally, we can admit to ourselves that we all get a bit anxious from time to time. Now especially, the pandemic has brought an extra layer of low-grade anxiety to our lives.
The human body and mind are overly sensitive to all outside influences and internal emotions. We can make ourselves sick with worry, it is a colloquialism for a reason! When we do not have healthy coping mechanisms for the ups and downs of life, we can make choices that lead us astray. These poor choices contribute to negative and self sabotaging cycles we can all relate to. Life can be messy! When our thoughts are a mess, it leads to even more anxiety if we do not take specific actions that bring us back into an optimal range of wellness. A little resourceful and resilient thinking and good habits go a long way for both the mind and body. We cannot separate the mind from the body. Mental health is physical health!
We feel it in our bodies most, this low-grade stress that an anxious mind cause. Tense shoulders, clenching jaws, restless legs, headaches…the list can go on and on. Everyone experiences anxiety a little differently, we all have different things that can trigger it. It is important to learn about yourself and what your personal needs and triggers are, so you can better manage your awareness around them. Always remember that the way you are feeling affects those around you too! The people around you are sensitive to your anxiety, even if they themselves do not admit it, we can often feel when something is “off” with a person that we love.
Adults and kids both suffer from anxious behavior. Anxiety can express itself differently in each age group, and so we must be on the lookout and check in with ourselves and each other to notice our feelings. A good way of doing that is rating our feelings of peace and ease versus our feelings of worry and anxiety. How peaceful do you feel today? How anxious do you feel today? It is helpful to think about a score on a scale of 1-10: quantifying ambiguous feelings like anxiety helps make them feel more tangible. Comparing our feelings of peace brings our minds closer to our goal of moving through life lightly and peacefully, come what may. This scaling system makes it much easier to see how quickly you can make progress to move through your anxiety and into a state of peacefulness.
Anxiety is a silent and deceptive beast; it lays dormant whilst we think we are doing well. It can rear its ugly head by making us think of the past or the future. It builds without much notice and spills over in our thoughts, mostly it feels negative and self defeating. Throwing pity-parties is an example and living in the clouds. Unhealthy coping mechanisms like obsessive thinking, excessive eating, drinking, or smoking, are a good indicator of an anxious mind. Anxiety keeps you out of the present moment, and distracts us from our actual realities, keeping us from getting important things done.
We can all suffer from avoidant behavior, being too worried about the commitments we have made, leading us to less virtuous and avoidant behavior. From skipping practice, chats with friends to skipping healthy meals and self care, anxiety creates a whirlwind for our daily life.
A really good tool to use for anxiety is mindfulness. But how do we stay mindful of the present moment? Everyone is a little different, but we all share the same struggles internally when we are anxious. A good way of attaining a more peaceful state is simply lying down. Grounding is an old school technique used where we can lay on the bare earth to help us offload our anxiety onto the earth. It can be a little problematic and impractical, and too quirky in our everyday lives to do that. People with various health conditions and movement impairments may not even be able to. Good thing we live in the modern world! A great tool to use is a low intensity PEMF system that mimics the earth's electromagnetic field. We can bring nature back into our homes in many ways. Laying on The Omnium 1 is a super easy way of bringing us back into the earth's magnetic field, and we do not have to risk getting any dirt on our clothes! Even renting the mat to try it out is a great idea. Anxiety is hard to deal with and when we need to take care of our thoughts in unconventional and modern ways. Adding new tools for wellness and routines to help ourselves get back on track in our ever-changing world is not only important but also necessary.
As a PEMF Practitioner I have worked with many clients with Anxiety disorders from mild to severe. With consistent sessions (3/week), these clients reported improvements through a rating scale done before and after their sessions. They were asked to rate their anxiety from 1-10, 10 being the most anxious. Almost every client reported improvement within the first three sessions. The others reported improvement by the second week. These improvements on the scale were seen as a decrease in anxious feelings by an average of 2-5 points, always with at least some change from the before to the after-session rating. To date, no clients have reported zero change after two weeks of sessions. The biggest shift has been for the clients who purchased an Omnium1 or iMRS for home use and increased their sessions up to 2/day. The ratings shared post purchase were and are often a reduction to 3 out of 10, right down to a 0 out of 10. These home users were giving this feedback between 1-3 months after using their Omnium1 or iMRS at home at least 2/day.