Reduce Anxiety

Overwhelmed cat Too much energy in the head can result in feeling anxious, overwhelmed, distracted, hyperactive, and unable to sleep.

Every part of our body from head to toe requires energy. This energy, known as Qi (“chee”) in Chinese medicine, can get out of balance. An excess amount of energy in the upper part of the body and head can give rise to any number of sensations such as a rapid heart beat, mental distraction, anxiety, insomnia, headaches and more.

Let’s consider anxiety.

Rather than trying to figure out all of the reasons we might be feeling anxious, this perspective tells us that the real issue is that there is too much energy in the upper part of the body compared to the lower. So, the resolution is to even out the energy. We need only to reallocate the excess energy in the head back down to the lower areas of the body. Simple!

How to bring excess energy down.

There are a number of different methods to choose from. Regardless of the method, the intention is the same – bring excess energy that has built up in the upper part of the body down to the lower. You could use acupuncture, herbs, food, massage, exercise, meditation, art therapy, yoga – any method that resonates with you.

Here a few simple things you can try on your own:

1. If you have a garden – go pull weeds.  Why? Because the ground is the lowest place we can go. So, getting low to the ground literally brings your energy down. Let gravity help bring your energy down. The closer you get to the ground, the lower your energy is. Getting your hands in the dirt is literally “grounding,” which is the opposite of too much energy toward the sky, or the upper part of your body.
2. Lie comfortably on the floor and feel your breath. Keep count of your inhales up to 10. Why do this? The floor or the ground is the lowest place we can go. By getting yourself physically lower you will be supporting the downward direction of energy flow that we are looking for. Placing awareness on the breath brings it out of the head.
3. Actually do one of the above two options. Just sitting there, reading it and imagining how it might or might not be of benefit will not give you the experience of actually doing it. Only through your experience of trying things will you be able to notice if anything changes.

When there is too much energy up in the head, there is a tendency to just think or imagine things rather than actually experiencing them.

Thinking, imagining, and projecting without taking any physical action is another way that excess energy in the head shows itself. It can be a tricky path out of this pattern, but taking action is one sure way to change the energy. When we move our body, or just change its position, we awaken our entire muscular system. In order to bring energy to these muscles, the body must take some energy from the head and send it down to the muscles.
This simple notion of bringing excess energy down from the upper parts of the body is not necessarily easy, but it does offer great benefits. And for those suffering with anxiety, changing this energetic pattern brings relief.

Point combination to relieve anxiety:

Here is the post that will explain how to use acupressure points to relieve anxiety: Balancing Fire and Water

Cindy Black

Cindy Black is the Founder of Big Tree School of Natural Healing and the author of Meridian Massage, Pathways to Vitality. She is appreciated for her ability to make the complex accessible, fun, and practical.


  1. Janette on June 25, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    Pulling weeds or gardening…best advice works like a charm….

    • Cindy Black, L.Ac., LMT on June 25, 2016 at 12:33 pm


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