So for my birthday Year in Review I mentioned my battle with anxiety and I thought that I would write a couple of posts detailing what worked for me in my battle against anxiety and panic attacks.
Here is the first post of probably about four or five because I truly believe that we need to de-stigmatize anxiety and other mental health issues because SO many people deal with them.
Also if you can train your brain to better understand that a feeling you are having is just anxiety and nothing more, it’s not life threatening or a situation to warrant panicking you will be able to cope life a lot more easily.
One thing that is slowly gaining recognition is sound therapy, which focuses on using sound as a tool for healing your mind and dealing with anxious thoughts.
I first learned about the healing powers of sound while I was in music school at the Berklee College of Music.
The purpose of sound healing is to move our minds and bodies from a place of imbalance to a place of balance.
This says “Sound helps to facilitate shifts in our brainwave state by using entrainment.
Entrainment synchronizes our fluctuating brainwaves by providing a stable frequency, which the brainwave can attune to.
By using rhythm and frequency, we can entrain our brainwaves and it then becomes possible to down-shift our normal beta state (normal waking consciousness) to alpha (relaxed consciousness), and even reach theta (meditative state) and delta (sleep; where internal healing can occur)”
Sound Therapy Research
According to this site
The human body is wired to be extremely sensitive to sound. The ability to hear is one of the first senses to develop in when we are babies in utero, and the last sense to leave before we die.
Music has been recognized for a long time as an effective form of therapy to provide an outlet for emotions. However the notion of using song, sound frequencies and rhythm to treat physical ailments is a relatively new field of study.
A large amount of new studies that have been conducted show the amazing benefits of music and sound vibrations on our mental and physical health
Why Use Sound Therapy?
It has been found to be improve the bodies immune system
Helps Reduce Anxiety More Than Prescription Medications That People Might Feel Before Undergoing Surgery
Sound Therapy Healing Benefits Have Been Proven to Help Treat Depression, Pain Management, PTSD, and Sleep Disorders
One of my favorite types of sound therapy that has helped my anxiety is utilizing the Tibetan Singing Bowl, which I was introduced to during my Yoga Teacher Training.
Why Use a Tibetan Singing Bowl?
Tibetan Singing Bowls have been used for thousands of years to help with healing and for meditation purposed.
I love the fact they create such a wide range of sounds that help to restore the normal vibrational frequencies of areas of our mind and body that as well as aspects of ourselves that might be out of harmony.
These sounds help to heal parts of the mind, body, and soul that that we didn’t even know we were capable of healing.
I truly believe in the power of sound therapy and it has been so beneficial in my life I want to share it with everybody I know. It sounds a bit cooky at first and I totally get it.
However I am a huge proponent of “don’t know it till you’ve tried it”, so consider giving it a go!
The sounds generated by Tibetan Singing Bowls are a type of energy medicine that promote healing from stress disorders, pain, depression, and most forms of dis-ease.
Healing processes are initiated through entraining our brainwaves to synchronize with the perfect resonance of the bowls. Unique tones create the perfect state for deep meditation, creative thinking and intuitive messages.
The pure sonic waves that come from using the Tibetan Singing Bowls wake up our ability to hear with more than just our ears.
How Does a Tibetan Singing Bowl Help Us Heal
We feel the sound that the Tibetan Singing Bowls produce all throughout our being, just as much if not more than we do with our ears alone.
Sound vibrations reach every part of our physical and mental being. The ears do not purely hear sound, but it is felt and can help to heal every cell in our bodies.
Sound Therapy can help to correct mental imbalances and physical on almost every mental disorder. I used it to help with my anxiety.
Our body, mind and spirit always want to be moving towards balance and harmony. However due to the constant outside stimulus, we are not dedicating enough time to ourselves which prevents us from reaching a level of peace and calm.
Sound has a way of helping us get to the source of this inner peace we all desire.
This says “it can be said that illness is a manifestation of dis-harmony within the body—an imbalance in the cells or a given organ.
Since all matter is energy vibrating at different rates, by altering the rate of vibration we can change the structure of matter.
Sound from Tibetan Singing Bowls entrain the brain to move into the Theta brain wave frequencies that induce deep meditative and peaceful states, clarity of mind, and intuition.
The sound vibrations impact our nervous system, engaging our relaxation reflex and inhibiting the stress or pain response”
Why You Should Also Try Sound Meditation
Another technique I have found to be extremely helpful is sound meditation.
I keep my sound machine with me everywhere I go, this little guy is portable to travel with so I have two of these, and anytime I am feeling overwhelmed I simply push the Ocean or Summer Night sound button and listen to the sounds of nature ground me and make me feel relaxed.
I am trying my hardest to get into meditation without the need of sound or external stimuli of any kind but this is what has worked best for me and I am willing to try anything to help relieve my anxiety.
I might be that weirdo who when they feel an anxiety attack coming on breaths in for four, holds it for seven, and then exhales for eight because it stops me from hyperventilating.
I also might be considered a weirdo who runs to her Tibetan Sound Bowl or Sound Machine in times of intense stress, but whatever works right?
Ok guys, these are just a few of the ways I deal with anxiety, next to taking my nightly cup of Natural Calm tea which I talked about here.
How do you guys cope with stress? I am willing to try everything and anything!