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Anxiety Level Has Really Shot Up

If you find yourself becoming more anxious lately, please know that you are not alone. In fact, anxiety seems to be a national epidemic or a global pandemic.

More Americans suffering from stress, anxiety and depression, study finds–CBS News, April 17, 2017

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Citing a recent study conducted by NYU Langone Medical Center, CBS reported that more Americans than ever before are stressed, depressed, and anxiety-ridden. The lead manager of the study said: “Mental illness is on the rise. Suicide is on the rise. And access to care for the mentally ill is getting worse.” http://www.cbsnews.com/news/stress-anxiety-depression-mental-illness-increases-study-finds/   This news story attributed the major reason for increasing anxiety to economic/financial worries. Even though financial issues are certainly one of the biggest concerns in anxiety, I think their conclusions are shallow and limiting.

Another interesting story on high level of anxiety was published by The Guardian on April 16, 2017. Will Hutton, principal of Hertford College and Oxford, wrote: We live with an epidemic of anxiety. In 1980, 4% of Americans suffered a mental disorder associated with anxiety. Today half do. The trends in Britain are similar. A third of Britons will experience anxiety disorder  at some stage in their life, with an explosion of reported anxiety among teenagers and young adults. Anxiety, depression, self-harm, attention deficit disorder and profound eating problems afflict our young as never before. Hutton concluded that only fundamental social change can defeat the anxiety epidemic. I can’t agree with him more.

If you believe that anxiety is prevalent only in western countries, think again. The Times of India said one out of every four Indians suffer from anxiety disorders, while 10% of the  Indian populations are clinically depressed (Oct 6, 2013). The rest of the world may not be that much different from these statistics.

How can we not be trapped in anxiety in the midst of increasing terror-attacks, social unrest, economic uncertainties, political shenanigans, information overloads, and crazy weather patterns? Clearly, all of us are being challenged at many different levels.

 

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Why You Need to Squeeze Your Pelvic Floor Muscles

The biggest benefit of squeezing your pelvic floor muscles is to combat annoying, embarrassing and sometimes even depressing urinary incontinence (unintentional leaking of urine). If you follow the protocols given in earlier blog, there’s a good chance incontinence to be cured permanently. Even if you don’t have incontinence, these exercises are extremely useful to prevent it.

For those who are familiar with Kundalini Yoga practices, these exercises are same as chanting Saaattt… while inhaling through your lower abdomen, and Naaammm… while exhaling and squeezing your perineum muscles simultaneously. 

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Now, let’s talk about many other benefits of “squeezing your butt.” This is excellent to:

 

  • strengthen your bladder and kidney functions
  • support your lower back, actually the entire spine
  • helps your posture
  • lose your belly fat and reduce the waistline (seriously)
  • balance your metabolism
  • increase your energy level substantially
  • possibly fix erectile dysfunctions
  • enhance sexual pleasure 

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This may lead to an extraordinary spiritual experience.

 

Ways Acupuncture Can Help You Achieve Your Goals

This period of reflection and renewed resolve may be challenging, but it can also be productive and rewarding. If health is a big issue, try to give a shot at acupuncture and Chinese medicine. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine can help achieve the change you seek as it assists in illness prevention, stress relief, minimize aches and pains, improve energy, and you find yourself in better balance. Seasonal acupuncture treatments serve to nurture and nourish your kidney Qi, which can greatly enhance the body’s ability to thrive in times of stress and aid in healing, preventing illness, and increasing vitality.

Here are a few ways that acupuncture can help you achieve your goals:

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Eliminate Stress

Stress reduction is always on the top 10 list for New Year’s resolutions, and for a good reason–it is often the cause of illness and deterioration of health. Numerous studies have demonstrated the substantial benefits of acupuncture in the treatment of stress, anxiety, and lowering blood pressure.
Improved Quality of Life

If pain is keeping you from living life to the fullest, acupuncture can help and can be helpful for all types of pain, regardless of the cause or where it is located. Increasingly, people are looking for more natural approaches to help relieve painful conditions instead of relying on medication. In addition to reducing pain, acupuncture also hastens the healing process by increasing circulation and attracting white blood cells to an injured area.

Get in Shape

Renewed enthusiasm to exercise in order to enhance fitness levels, train for a competition, or lose weight can come at a painful price for those who try to do too much too quickly. Recent studies show that acupuncture effectively treats sports injuries such as strains, sprains, musculoskeletal pain, swollen muscles, and shin splints.

Lose Weight

Losing weight is the most common New Year’s resolution. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine can help you reach your goal weight and maintain it by promoting better digestion, smoothing emotions, reducing appetite, improving metabolism, and eliminating food cravings–all of which can help energize the body, maximize absorption of nutrients, regulate elimination, control overeating, and reduce anxiety.

Strengthen Your Resolve

This period of reflection and renewed resolve may be challenging, but it can also be productive and rewarding. If health is a big issue, try to give a shot at acupuncture and Chinese medicine. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine can help achieve the change you seek as it assists in illness prevention, stress relief, minimize aches and pains, improve energy, and you find yourself in better balance. Seasonal acupuncture treatments serve to nurture and nourish your kidney Qi, which can greatly enhance the body’s ability to thrive in times of stress and aid in healing, preventing illness, and increasing vitality.

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Here are a few ways that acupuncture can help you achieve your goals:

Eliminate Stress

Stress reduction is always on the top 10 list for New Year’s resolutions, and for a good reason–it is often the cause of illness and deterioration of health. Numerous studies have demonstrated the substantial benefits of acupuncture in the treatment of stress, anxiety, and lowering blood pressure.

Improved Quality of Life

If pain is keeping you from living life to the fullest, acupuncture can help and can be helpful for all types of pain, regardless of the cause or where it is located. Increasingly, people are looking for more natural approaches to help relieve painful conditions instead of relying on medication. In addition to reducing pain, acupuncture also hastens the healing process by increasing circulation and attracting white blood cells to an injured area.

Get in Shape

Renewed enthusiasm to exercise in order to enhance fitness levels, train for a competition, or lose weight can come at a painful price for those who try to do too much too quickly. Recent studies show that acupuncture effectively treats sports injuries such as strains, sprains, musculoskeletal pain, swollen muscles, and shin splints.

Lose Weight

Losing weight is the most common New Year’s resolution. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine can help you reach your goal weight and maintain it by promoting better digestion, smoothing emotions, reducing appetite, improving metabolism, and eliminating food cravings–all of which can help energize the body, maximize absorption of nutrients, regulate elimination, control overeating, and reduce anxiety.

Reflect on Your Self

The new year is a perfect opportunity to reflect and use that knowledge as a catalyst for change. How about setting a goal to become the best possible person you can ever be this year? All of us have a lot to improve, strengthen, and resolve physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

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In Chinese medicine, outer appearances are believed to reflect inner health. Inner health means balance, free flow of energy, and most importantly, peace with one self. Are you OK with yourself? If not, which part of you bothers you? Is it your health? Or is it your career? Or is it related to human relationship? What happened to the dream you used to have? Are you still pursuing those dreams with zeal, or have you been succumbed to the weight of life challenges?

It’s so important to remember that you CAN change any aspect of yourself, anytime, anywhere. It truly is up to YOU.