Hi everyone –
I just wanted to give a little update on what’s been going on with me! It’s been two weeks since I got my first reiki treatment, and I’ve had another one since. I’m still planning to get two more sessions.
As you may know, I decided to get reiki to see if this form of energy healing could help me to get over my reoccurring anxiety that pops up whenever I break out in mild acne. I wanted to try something new to help me with this problem.
Now, this is the first time I have paid for any kind of energy healing and I will say that both sessions have been a very positive experience. Just talking with the lady who is my practitioner has been amazing, if nothing else. However, I didn’t know if there would be any significant changes in my anxiety and well being until my usual anxiety triggers hit.
Well, it’s now been triggered – I’ve been having a mild acne breakout for the past few days after a good bout of clearness – and at the same time, I’ve also had a bit of a trigger in the form of money, and wondering if we’ll have enough to pay all the bills without getting into debt. Money is another thing that I like to get all anxious about if I don’t feel secure and abundant with it.
Unfortunately, the anxiety did not just magically disappear. It’s still here! And I’ve been very anxious.
Part of me is disappointed, but part of me wonders if I really should have been expecting that anyway – that it was going to magically disappear (also, I should probably wait until after all of my session before I make that call…). Since I’ve never done this before, I don’t know what to expect.
She did say that my cyclical acne is just blocked emotions coming through to the surface and my body purging itself of that – so there is no need to be afraid of the breakouts. They can be used instead to observe my response to them and learn about myself through that.
So that kind of makes me think that his reiki thing isn’t going to just make the anxiety go *POOF*, but it will align my body and mind to deal with it and learn from it better until I have finally learned everything I can from it. And then acne and the fear it brings will finally be a thing of the past.
Either way, as I said – it’s been extremely worthwhile just talking to her. Here are some of the tools she has recommended I use in my day to day struggles with acne, anxiety, and low energy:
1) The Affirmation
As I mentioned in the last article about reiki, I said that she recommended I use a certain affirmation whenever my fear crops up. That affirmation was “Up until this moment, I felt fear and anxiety about my skin. From this moment forward, I do not feel afraid. I choose to allow everything to be easy and effortless”.
Over the past few days, whenever I notice that I’m feeling anxious, I have said the affirmation in my head. And you know what – it does instantly make me feel a lot better. That’s because it reminds me that – oh yeah. This doom I feel over acne (and money) is my imagination simply running out of hand. I CAN choose to make everything easy and effortless by just allowing myself to let it go.
2) Eat Right 4 Your Blood Type
During my second session, we had a long conversation about my low energy levels and sleepiness during the day when I’m home by myself (which I find really frustrating). She asked me if I had figured out maybe if there were certain foods that disagree with me that could be contributing. I said that it seems like concentrated carbs (something like a bowl of oatmeal) in the morning will do it, but over all, I am still a bit confused about exactly which foods work with my body and which ones don’t.
She said that it took her 15 years of trial and error to find the way of eating that made her feel good all of the time. She finally had it all figured out, and then that book “Eat Right 4 Your Blood Type” came out, and it matched exactly with what she had already discovered for herself. So she suggested I could maybe look into that as something to try.
If you don’t know what “Eat Right 4 Your Blood Type” is, it’s a book that theorizes different foods and ways of eating work really well with certain blood types, but not others. Don’t ask me if the science is legit or if it’s really accurate for most people (I haven’t even read it yet), but it is an interesting possible explanation as to why it is that, for example, some people do amazingly well on a paleo style diet, while others thrive on mostly vegetarian diets. Perhaps the difference is in the blood!
Anyway, I’ve heard of this book before and some great success stories with it – but, you see, I don’t know what my blood type is, so I never read it. Now I’m feeling motivated to go to the doctor and ask just so I could try out my recommended blood type diet and see if it actually makes any difference or not.
So if you are like me – you eat a healthy diet, and feel pretty good, but know you could feel even better (either energy wise, skin wise, or else wise) – maybe this is something you could look into as a sort of starting point for exploring which way of eating jives with you best?
3) Jump Rope!
Something else she brought up was that she thought I could benefit from improving my lymphatic system – as skin health has a lot to do with the lymphatic system. I said “hey! Cool! I just wrote a blog post about that!”
She said that one of the best exercises for lymph health was jumping, that I should get a skipping rope, and every hour, get up and skip for a while. Not only will it help to improve my skin, but it will also help me with my energy levels – one reason I’m likely sleepy while at home by myself is because I do spend a lot of time sitting down all day at my computer!!
Not only that – “it’s fun”, she said. “Just like when you were a kid”. She was right – I loved skipping rope as a child.
So, I bought a skipping rope, and I am now getting up to jump along to a favourite song every once in a while throughout my day. And yes – it is fun 🙂
4) Breathing Exercise
She also taught me a breathing exercise. You breathe as deep as you can through your nose into your belly and fill your chest up to the point where your ribs separate. Then you breathe out of your mouth and say a big “Ahhhhh”
Try it! It really makes you feel like you’re just letting go of everything.
Another thing she said was to try the “4 Breath” when I get anxious, which is breathe in for the count of 4. Then you hold the breath for a count of 4. Then you breathe out for the count of 8.
She said that this particular breath was so effective for anxiety because it immediately brings your brain wave from the beta wave to the alpha wave. The beta brain wave is what is going on as you go about your daily business, thinking your usual thoughts. The alpha brain wave is a slower, meditative, and very calm brain state.
5) Accepting the Anxiety
This isn’t something that she told me, but it’s something that I’ve been thinking about a lot lately. I’ve heard numerous times over the years that the one truly effective way to get rid of anxiety naturally is to stop trying to get rid of it and just accept it. Paradoxically, this gets rid of it. I know – sounds crazy, but this coming from people who have suffered from severe anxiety disorders.
Of course, the idea of just accepting something unpleasant makes people squirm. It conjures up images of a lot of horrible things happening if we stop trying to fight our anxieties and fears and just accept them and the uncomfortable feelings they bring. It takes a lot of guts to do that and have faith that by doing so, it will make it better. And this is why it’s something that I tend to push out of my mind and never practice…. ever.
So perhaps this is the reason why the anxiety remains. It’s because I haven’t accepted it. The truth is that I don’t want to accept that I have any problems at all – that I have acne, that I have anxiety, that I don’t feel incredibly energized all day. I guess it goes back to what I discussed with my reiki master – and that is that I want to be perfect and have perfection in my life all the time!
And frankly, we all know perfection isn’t realistic. Everyone has problems, and problems are a part of life. But it’s so easy to forget that a perfect life isn’t just right beyond your little fingertips if you could just eat better, live better, think better, be better….
Recently I read a book called “The Happiness Trap“, which is all about this concept of acceptance as a strategy for well being, and it’s very interesting. I’m going to save this for next post though, because there is a lot to explain on this topic (and you’re probably wondering right now how exactly you practice acceptance! Well I will tell you!)
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I love you too! You probably already know how much I appreciate your blog and I really enjoy the accompanying videos that you have been putting out with all articles as of recently.
I’m starting to realise now how much it takes to do every.little.piece of “health” stuff, and I think it’s just time to start enjoying the one life we have and of course, try to be happy as much as possible. It’s hard though, there’s so much good information out there that entices us into new journeys in our lives to better out health and well-being…
Thank you friend 🙂 (seriously, you are the only person I can relate to and chose to share my time with)
It does take a lot to fit in all the little health things you come across… I think it’s okay to try new things, I just think we need to look at it differently… not so desperately, perhaps?? Not with all of our hopes hinged on a certain thing? Just flow with life, and let things in and let things go…
I forgot to say, Kate bush “Running up that hill” is always a good song to jump to haha. I also tried the jump rope but gave up even though it was good fun and made me feel alive… I think that moving to music is just as good 🙂
I have so much anxiety in me when I’m around people. Makes me so uncomfortable to the point that i’ll just start playing with my hands and scrath my head lol. I won’t be able to sit in one place without having to fiddle about. I hate it and it needs to stop !
Drives me nuts ! i’m gonna take your advice Tracy and ACT upon it 😉
Sorry spelling mistake – *scratch* always make a mistake.
Yeah, I know that feeling! I think you’ll enjoy my next post about acceptance… stay tuned for it Sufyan!
I also get tired easily during the day as well! if I don’t get enough sleep, then I just feel like crap the next day. I just went to see a TCM doctor in China, and she said that it was a “qi deficency” and one other thing which I forgot (i’ll post it later) …
she basically said that from looking at my tongue, she could tell that my quality of sleep was poor. In other words, even though I got enough sleep quantity wise, my quality was still bad. I got some chinese herbs for a week — I’ll see how I feel after this week!
Hmm… if it’s a qi deficiency, maybe the reiki will help me with it… I had my third session today and she said that only now she is starting to feel my energy begin to flow… so maybe that’s why I haven’t seen or felt a huge difference yet!
Anyway, hope your herbs help you with your sleep! 🙂
Haha thats funny.. I also have that book eat right for your blood type, but dont even know my blood type to start off..lol
I also get very sluggish around midday lately.. So im gonna try the jump rope thingy..
Love you too Tracy:)
So far I’m liking the jump rope thing!!
That’s so true, what you said about accepting anxiety. I’m in an OCD group and that comes up all the time, just acknowledging what’s happening so you can stave off even more freaking out. A therapist I spoke to about OCD recommended that book, The Happiness Trap. Was reading it earlier this summer.
I’m also very grateful for a certain other book I recently received in the mail! 😉
Oh yay, you got the book 😀
There’s a good chance you might be a Type-O. I’m a Type-O. People with this blood type have the tendency to be anxious when out of balance. Think about the hunter gatherer types. We need animal protein in some form and great physical extertion everyday to feel the best. I don’t follow the diet to a T but I do feel better incorporating fish, eggs and cutting back on overdoing it on nuts or melons and other foods on the try to avoid list. Good news…FIGS are great for Type O’s and they are my favorite! haahaha 😀 You don’t have to read the book to understand the principles in the book…and I don’t think the diet is truly comprehensive. Every body is different-just like you said!
Keep breathing/meditating. That is the best thing you can do for yourself 🙂
I also think it’s likely that I would be an O… hmm… I saw this book in a second hand store the other day… I think I should go pick it up and give it a read!
I know my blood type already, but I want to say that maybe when you donate blood, you will find out your blood type? Worth looking into. Because its free and you are helping someone in the process.
Hi Kimmie – Yes, you are right! I’ve actually looked into this before, and it turns out you have to weigh a certain amount in order to donate the amount of blood they want… it’s like 100 lbs. I am so tiny I don’t even weigh that! So I don’t think I can donate blood!
However, I have had blood taken for tests with the doctor before… I would imagine she must have it on file. It just means I have to go to the doctor though! I hate going to the doctor!
Hey Tracy! I have been using the “trial and error” method for a while. The blood type thing sparked my curiosity. I am type “O” and now that I am looking at the food list it is REALLY making sense. I have been trying the Paleo diet lately and it has been working really well for me and wouldn’t you know type O eating is pretty spot on with Paleo +/- a few details. It’s really interesting! Thanks for this article.
Not to blow up your blog but I just noticed the comment above mine. It was actually really easy to get my blood type and I didn’t have to go in. I just calle my Dr. and they had it in the system. 🙂
Cool! Interesting to know that what you’re doing links up with your blood type! Okay, I’ll have to try calling my doctor… I just assumed they wouldn’t tell me anything over the phone… the last time I had a blood test, they wouldn’t tell me the results and made me go in to get them… annoyying
I read up on the blood type diet at one stage, and it was pretty spot on. I’m A positive and it recommends a vegetarian diet and gentle exercise like yoga. If I don’t get enough plant food in my diet I definitely feel it. And this past year I tried my hand at women’s rugby, and although it was so much fun I never quite felt as euphoric after it as I did after a session of yoga. Also, I can drink coffee and wine – two of my vices. Bonus! The reiki sounds cool too. Maybe I’ll try it out when my finances are smiling! Thanks for always pioneering for the good of us health-conscious folk. It means so much to have your blog to turn to for advice and a decent read every week. Much love from Eire xx
Hi Tina – that’s cool that it matched up for you! Lol and that you can have your favourite drinks too 😉
Anyway – thanks for being a reader! Blessings
I’ve heard about the blood type diet too, and I actually think it’s bogus, and if what works for you matches up with the recommendations, then it’s most likely coincidental. I’m A positive and was a vegetarian for 15 years and now that I’m eating meat and less grains, I feel much better. Also, the guy claims O was the first blood type to evolve, but it was actually A. All of this and more is in wiki:
It kind of seems like the guy just made this stuff up. He has absolutely no scientific evidence.
Yep, I’ve heard many times that it’s bogus and not factual in the slightest, so I don’t know. I just figure if someone’s started to do a trial and error thing to see what works for them, it might be a good starting point – but not to take it as the gospel
Tracy I really think you should get checked for H. pylori. It can cause anxiety and depression and weird stomach issues. My doctor gave me a stool test and it showed high levels of H. Pylori. I havent had any bouts of anxiety since I started my treatment either.
Hey Mark – I’ve thought about H Pylori – sounds like it’s pretty common and might be a strong possibility … ahhh there’s so many possibilities though, it’s overwhelming. So what are you treating the H Pylori with?
Has anyone heard of FODMAPS before? I’m reading ‘Practical Paleo’ and they are quite in-depth in there. The same goes for Nightshades. FODMAPs stands for Fermentable Oligo-, Di- and Mono-saccharides, and Polyols – A theory that consuming foods high in FODMAPs results in increased volume of liquid and gas in the small and large intestine, resulting in distention and symptoms such as IBS and other stomach/digestive issues. Nightshades are a family of plants that contain specific alkaloid compounds that can be irritating for those suffering joint pain and inflammation. I’m thinking of reduce Tomatoes and Peppers which are the most common due to lower back pain that I haven’t been able to shift for years.
Hi Nathan – Check out Seppo’s article he wrote for me about FODMAPS a little while back: https://thelovevitamin.com/4470/acne-fodmaps/
Sorry about the shameless self-promotion, but I’ve been experimenting with this weird old-new theory about emotion. It all started when I read a book called Rip It Up. As you probably know by now, I have very limited tolerance to BS and nonsense that saturated lot of the self-help and alt-med websites. Anyway, this book was quite different. Based on actual scientific research, imagine that 🙂
Anyway, the book puts forward this theory of emotion from early part of the last century. Basically our emotions are not caused so much by what we think but how we act. It’s a bit more complicated than that, but that’s how I would summarize it with one sentence.
So if you want to get rid of anxiety you need to learn to relax (antidote to anxiety) and change your body languge. And as if by magic the anxiety fades away.
I wrote a post that talks how to use this for acne anxiety:
This short comment or my post about it doesn’t really do justice to the idea. So I really recommend you check out the book.
Hi Seppo – I read the article you wrote about that – it was really good!
I had actually heard of this before. I think it was from.. hm.. that book called The Happiness Project? Or I just heard the author talking on the radio, and she mentioned that your emotions actually follow your body language and not the reverse. It stuck in my mind. Unfortunately the idea got lost and I never looked further into it… so I’m glad you’re looking into this interesting area 🙂
Glad to hear you liked the post Tracy. As I was reading the book I got so excited I had to write about it. I had also heard the idea before, I think mostly from NLP. But I never took it seriously before. Not until Prof. Wiseman put it all so well in Rip It Up.
I guess I always had the impression that negative emotions arise from some repressed memory or something like that. So the fact that I could change my feelings simply by changing my posture and behavior always felt like cheating, or just trying to fix a symptom instead of the real problem.
Agreed – it does sound just like masking something, so it’s very interesting that it’s not that way. Have you put it to the test and noticed any improvements?
Hey Tracy. I just wanted to stop by and share some love. I approached your blog with all due cynicism, because when you’ve had acne, you’ve heard all the miracle treatments (you know the drill.). But, I’ve been doing the lemon juice, raw honey and cinnamon mask (just added tea tree oil to the mix this past two days) and I just gotta say: My skin loves me right now! The hyper-pigmentation from this crazy cyst I had was nearly purple and had been that way for months. It’s just slightly pink now. I think the lemon juice works. And cysts that come up go away faster (it seems so, anyways.). My skin complexion had been awful and uneven because the creams dried my skin out and the moisturizers all made my skin oily, but my tone is evening out now. I still get a few whiteheads but they clear up and I’ve been able to not obsess over this, which leads to less picking. So, anyone dubious about rubbing honey on your face, I’d say try it 🙂
I’ve been eating clean anyways this past year as I’ve gotten into exercise more, so all in all, a clean lifestyle and clean ways of keeping your skin healthy seem to have done for me what loads of money at dermatologists and creams never could achieve.
Thanks much for starting this little skin revolution!
Hi there Lisbeth 🙂
Yay! I’m stoked my advice has helped you. Great to hear! And thanks for being an L vitamin reader.. despite any initial hesitation!
Hi Tracy, I was wondering if you have tried the product Colostrum for acne? I’ve read good reports about it helping such problems – apparently it helps re-build the immune system.
It’s hard to tell if it’s a load of marketing woo or not, but I’m thinking of giving it a try.
Hi there – I have never tried it, but I’ve heard of colostrum being a fantastic supplement for overall health. Whether it works for acne or not – I think it’s just one of those things. People respond so differently to everything, that it’s really a gamble. In some cases, it probably does work very well, especially if it heals leaky gut, and that is the root of your acne. Leaky gut can lead to acne because that’s when you get food allergies. So… I don’t know! All you can do is try it. Please let us know how it goes if you do try it.
Omg the skipping rope thing works SO WELL!
Litrally feel so ALIVE and energized after i do it..esspecially if its to a good song I love. Sometimes i just end up dancing and jumping instead, its such a good release as well. It reminds me of the book ‘the power of now’ when he is describing 2 birds flapping their wings after a conflict about space to release that negative energy that they don’t need stored in their bodies.
I know, it’s awesome! I like it so much I’ve written a whole article about jumping rope, that I’ll post sometime soon
Hey Tracy! What’s up sister?! I just want to say God bless you for sharing all of these information to us acne suffers! I have read,”Roadmap to Clear Skin” and honestly, it really really truly help me with my skin. And wow, after one week, literally, over 90% of my acne is going away and staying away! And this was like a month ago! Anyway, I tried the jump rope and it was craaazzy fun! I know it might sound funny but I honestly was having fun. Especially when you do it with someone. Well Tracy, thank you again for helping me and thousand of other acne suffers. You have my prayers. Have an faaaanntastic day! 🙂
Wahoo, I love notes like this! 😀 Stoked to hear things are going so well for you and your skin Zach!
Thank you so much Tracy and i love your posts! 🙂 I just gave birth with a 2 months old baby and you can imaging how the life changed after that. I feel lack of confident of my body and so tired! I feel so depressed and fight with my husband frequently!
after spending some time to read your words I feel much positive now! Im going to follow your advice and note down in my new year resolution!
Congratulations on the new baby Melvina! I think it’s pretty normal to be a bit frazzled, stressed and tired after you have a baby – go easy on yourself – remind yourself often that it’s normal and you’ll get through it. 🙂