Acupuncture is a powerful healing modality for those living with anxiety, panic disorders, and depression. Here are 3 reasons why acupuncture for anxiety works.
A quiet mind
The single greatest benefit of acupuncture is the calm, peaceful energy it stimulates that helps quiet and still the mind. Like so many, the mind races with questions, doubts, negative self talk, and just plain nonsensical chatter that sometimes feels impossible to turn off. The hope is to reach a space of awareness where you are able to acknowledge the chatter and softly and without judgement quiet it. Acupuncture effortlessly brings you into a space of calm and quiet. Once the needles are inserted, you are able to sink into the table and the present moment, and start drinking up the bliss of stillness. Even though the effects of acupuncture eventually wear off, sometimes within hours, with time it will eventually last longer.
Ahhhh, the delicious feeling you get right after a session when your body and mind are connected and flowing, your mind is calm, your muscles relaxed, and for lack of a better term you feel happy, hazy, and a wee bit high. Every muscle that was tight when you entered the room has released, your mind has surrendered the present moment, and you can’t help but smile. It is the best feeling ever and borderline addicting.
When the numbing fog of anxiety and repetition has been lifted, you can finally see clearly again. You might be able to feel the sun against your skin as you enjoy the warmth, or notice the budding plant adjacent to the tire of your parked car that you missed on your walk in. Sounds and smells are more enjoyable than they were before, as you feel your whole body awaken from a deep slumber.
Of all the amazing benefits of acupuncture for anxiety, it serves as a powerful reminder that there IS another way of living. You CAN feel alive, awake, and energized. You CAN enjoy everything around you that is too often dulled by the stress of everyday life.
Have you tried acupuncture yet? What is holding you back? Tell me about it in the comments.