Any kind of change or even imagined change can cause a degree of stress. From the day we are born we are constantly exposed to stressful situations, starting with being separated from our mothers at birth. As we grow our interactions with others and responsibilities are constantly causing us stress. Some of the most common 'stressors' include: work life, finding work, gaining parents and peers approval, pressure to succeed at school, work or in other areas of our lives, forming relationships, relationship breakdowns, bereavements, job promotions, moving house, unemployment, commuting, environmental factors (such as external toxins, tobacco, pollution, alcohol, poor diet), exams, driving, shopping, having children, illnesses and injuries. No one is immune to stress but if we can learn to truly relax we have a greater chance of fostering our own well-being and happiness.
Chronic stress can have a very negative impact on our health. Some conditions which have been linked to stress include:
Depression - thought to be due to a serotonin imbalance provoked by excess cortisol.
Damaged immune system - Stress has been linked with low white blood cell count, inflammation and an overactive immune system leading to autoimmune diseases (where the immune system attacks your own body.)
Cancer - Some studies on animals have cited excessive stress a contributing factor in tumour growth plus stress can lead to self-destructive behaviour such as poor diet, drinking or taking drugs, which could potentially increase the risk of cancer.
Cardiovascular problems - Stress can cause 'sticky blood' elevating the risk of clots.
Reiki heals on all levels: physical, emotional and spiritual to ultimately create ‘oneness' within ourselves and ‘oneness' with the Universe. Reiki cannot only help dramatically with specific physical problems and illnesses but in addition Reiki heals on an emotional level to ensure that any physical problems caused by stress and emotional trauma, do not return. Reiki teaches you how to relax and when you are completely relaxed your stress diminishes. Reiki also helps your body to function at optimum levels, reducing the risk of developing illnesses.
When you either undergo Reiki treatments or learn a Reiki course you begin to see everything from a different perspective. Past emotional traumas are healed so that they can no longer prevent you from self-development and having the freedom to be yourself. Click here for more information on stress.