The ancient Sanskrit word “chakra” literally translates to mean “wheel.” But in this case, we are not talking about a wheel on a car but rather a wheel of energy.
Imagine you drive over a big speed bump with your car. Afterwards, your car starts pulling to the left and you have to keep a tight grip on the steering wheel to make your car drive straight ahead. This is because your wheels are out of alignment. Now you have to take your car to the mechanic to get the wheels aligned.
Chakras can fall out of balance in a similar way when you hit physical, emotional or mental “speed bumps” in life. Often more than one body system is involved when you start to feel unwell. So you have to receive healing for your body, mind and emotions before you are fully well again.
In this article, learn specific chakra healing techniques to relieve stress and anxiety in seven easy steps.
Understand each chakra’s role in producing or easing anxiety and stress.
Before you can heal from anxiety and stress, you first must develop a basic understanding of how each of the seven chakras can contribute to your stressful or anxious state.
The root chakra is connected to your ancient fight-or-flight survival system. Both the root and the sacral chakra are associated with the adrenal system, which regulates fight-or-flight hormones like cortisol, aka “the stress hormone.”
The solar plexus chakra is connected with your gut and your intuition, while the heart chakra’s connection is with the endocrine system which regulates your hormones and neurotransmitters, including mood-altering hormones like serotonin.
The throat chakra is connected with your thyroid gland which regulates energy, metabolism and certain hormones. The third eye chakra is connected to the pineal gland which has the important job of producing melatonin to help you sleep. Finally, the crown chakra has a connection to the pituitary gland and your entire central nervous system.
Each chakra plays an important role in regulating the hormones that can heighten or ease your feelings of anxiety and stress.
Learn the warning signs that your chakras are out of alignment.
Anxiety and stress can manifest in so many different ways. While it can be challenging to pinpoint the exact quality of the stress or anxiety you feel at the moment you are feeling it, the better you get at this, the better you will be able to use chakra healing to re-establish balance and calm.
As you learned in number one here, each chakra is associated with a certain aspect of your body system. Paying attention to how your stress or anxiety manifests can clue you in to which chakra(s) may be involved.
If you have to give a speech and are feeling dizzy and panicked, you know that the throat chakra is the speech center so that is where you need to target some immediate chakra healing.
In contrast, if your anxiety and stress is keeping you awake at night, you know that your third eye chakra regulates the production of the hormone melatonin to help you fall asleep. So focusing some chakra healing on your third eye chakra can help you ease back into a regular sleep pattern again.
Make choices that help your chakras self-regulate.
The more you learn about each chakra’s role and what it needs to do its job well, the more you can do to help your chakra system self-regulate through moments of upheaval, stress or upset.
For example, if you feel shaky or anxious and ungrounded, you can refer to your Evolve Healing chakra healing course material to remind yourself that the root chakra is responsible for keeping you grounded.
The root chakra’s color is red. Eating red foods and root vegetables can help strengthen your root chakra. Using grounding essential oils like patchouli and wearing red jewelry or clothing can further aid your root chakra in rebalancing and regrounding itself.
Learn how to alleviate anxiety-producing chakra imbalance in a hurry.
Anxiety and stress usually doesn’t crop up at a convenient time when you have hours or days to stop what you are doing and focus on chakra healing.
Often, anxiety and stress appears precisely because you are feeling rushed, overwhelmed, overburdened, ill-equipped for the challenges of daily life.
Here, you need to keep some remedies on hand to do some emergency chakra healing when the need arises (and it will arise).
For example, lavender essential oil is associated with producing feelings of calm. It is also associated with the throat chakra, so carrying a small vial of lavender oil in your bag or briefcase that you can reach for as needed can nip a brewing panic attack in the bud until you have more time to tend to that chakra at your leisure.
Crystal healing is a great complement to chakra healing for anxiety.
Crystals have their own healing and therapeutic properties that correspond directly to the energy of each of your primary chakras.
Another great tool for handling chakra imbalance that creates anxiety on the go is to keep selected crystals with you in your bag or briefcase.
For example, if you have just experienced a breakup and you have to go to a place that reminds you of your ex, keeping a piece of rose quartz in your palm can help balance and quiet your heart chakra.
Repeat a chakra balancing affirmation.
Once you have learned about each chakra’s purpose and life lesson, you can create affirmations to rebalance individual chakras as needed.
For example, the heart chakra’s life lesson affirmation is to love.
Don’t forget to breathe.
When you feel stressed or anxious, it is a natural response to hold your breath. But this also blocks your prana, or life force, depriving your chakras of the energy they need to function properly.
When all else fails, remembering to breathe can restore calm and balance to your chakras.