by Andrew Pacholyk MS L.Ac

Worry and pensiveness are emotions most associated with the late Summer, early Fall season, according to the Traditional Chinese Medicine paradigm. Worry can only serve you well if you worry and recognize that a plan of action is needed, in a stressful situation and then you act on it.

Sympathy and nurturing are traits that make up an earth personality, but excessive worry becomes a state of restlessness and agitation, producing mental uneasiness, foreshadowing, anxiety, and painful uncertainty. The “what if” syndrome is a constant pattern that is played out in the mind of someone who worries too much. The emotional aspect of earth can carry a deep sense of emptiness. This tends to make worry or over thinking even worse. This downward spiral creates a destructive behavior that makes the earth personality seek out constant reassurance and a sense of neediness. Worry is a destroyer of the soul. Left unchecked, worry lends itself to hysteria.

Every system in your body is affected by worry. It affects the respiratory system and aggravates asthma. Since the lungs are related to the skin, it affects the skin by causing rash, itching or hives. It affects the circulatory system raising blood pressure, increasing blood clotting and your risk of heart attack and stroke. Muscle tension can lend itself to headaches, back and body aches. Of course, the related organ, the spleen and stomach, will increase stomach acid, affects your intestines and can lead to stomach pain, constipation, diarrhea, gas or heartburn. Since much of the immune system is apart of the digestive tract, there is growing evidence that suggests chronic worry can compromise your immune system, making you more vulnerable to bacteria, viruses, and perhaps even cancer.

Worry is a vicious cycle that you create. Getting active in something else such as volunteer work, cleaning the house, interacting with a charity, church or community group.can refocus your mind and intention.

Work with those less fortunate shows you how lucky and grateful you should really be. We often have issues of control: that we need to let go of.

“I trust that everything will work itself out the way it should be”.  Trust can be a powerful and giving action. “Everything will be okay“!

Whether it is with your best friend, a therapist of a perfect stranger, sometimes expressing your concerns is all you need to get it out and on the table. By doing something you enjoy, preferably with a friend.,a friend can ground you and show you the fun you are lacking and the worry, which consumes you.

Pushing through stress, anxiety with exercise will make you sweat, burn calories and improve feelings of depression. This can also help to calm your mind: by doing some deep breathing, yoga or meditation. Close your eyes and put your mind into a tranquil, peaceful setting that allows you to wander and invite a sense of serenity.

Let go is your ultimate goal: If you have done all that you can do to rectify your situation, it is time to leave it in greater hands. The Universe truly takes care of your needs. You simply have to ALLOW this to happen. This is called trust.  It can be very helpful to start a journal. Journaling is very cathartic and a great way to look at your thoughts on paper, in order to find a solution! Start your Worry Free Journal here.

Crystals for Worry

Pensiveness precedes worry. Any activity that involves a lot of mental effort will run the risk of causing disharmony, in turn causing worry and resulting in fatigue, lethargy, and inability to concentrate. Worry can only serve you well if you worry and recognize that a plan of action is needed, in a stressful situation and then you act on it. If you have trouble acting on it, consider these crystals for assistance:

Amber is a valuable resin, useful in treating pensiveness, which leads to excessive worry. It is for those who physically manifest worry into stomach anxiety and central nervous system disorders.

Citrine reduces anxiety, fear and depression. It is invigorating and positive. Develops inner calm and security and makes us less sensitive and more open to constructive criticism. Can dispel negative feelings and help us to accept the flow of events. Eases digestion and stomach tension from worry.

Hematite is a grounding stone which clears the mental stress, distractions and nervous energies surrounding your situation.

Heulandite is a stone used when dealing with small, annoying worries or troublesome details that agitate you. It helps to neutralize distressing thoughts.

Smoky Quartz helps to alleviate fear, anxiety and associated emotional depression. This “anchor stone” moderates worry, exhaustion and mood swings.

Learn more about the emotions and crystals of summer…