Anxiety and overwhelm are common.

Let’s say you’re giving a big presentation at work. You apply extra deodorant and notice butterflies in your stomach. Maybe your hands tremble a bit. After the presentation is over, your body quickly returns to normal. But if you’re one of the 40 million adults in the United States affected by an anxiety disorder, uncontrollable worry, fear, and intense physical symptoms impact your everyday life. From personal experience, I know it’s no fun, but you don’t have to live with it forever.

You can shift your anxiety and thrive.

I met with Cori Stuart, Reiki Master at Cori Stuart Holistic Healing in Huntersville, on a rainy January day for some insights. Her battle with anxiety began at an early age, but incorporating balancing holistic approaches helped her thrive. Now, she compassionately assists others as they shift from anxious and overwhelmed to thriving. Cori and I discussed helpful tips over hot chai tea while her adorable beagle snored gently under the desk.

Cori and Chloe provided healing sessions, Usui Reiki training, and holistic teachings on managing anxiety, energy work, chakras, crystals, essential oils, and thriving after toxic relationships.

Own what you can control.

Anxiety often shows up when we try to control everything. Instead of expecting the impossible from yourself, focus on things you can control, like how you spend your time. Create a detailed schedule and stick with it. Include work, downtime, and playtime. Give rest and play the same importance as work. If you have workaholic tendencies, remember that a balanced life and mind leads to more productive (and enjoyable) work hours.

Practice self-care.

Self-care isn’t selfish. A regular self-care routine is vital for stress reduction and balance. Start with something simple like a relaxing bath with a few drops of lavender essential oil and bath salts. Cori offers Reiki, a Japanese energy-balancing and active meditation technique that can be done in person or over Zoom and phone calls. You could also incorporate massage, chiropractic adjustments, acupuncture, yoga, and sound or aromatherapy.

Live in the present moment.

How often do you focus on the past or future instead of living in the moment? Being present is another active form of meditation that keeps anxiety at bay. Go for a walk and focus on how your body feels while taking in the sights, sounds, and smells around you. Dance or sing to your favorite song. Cori said, “One of my favorites (besides reiki) is to laugh. It’s darn near impossible to worry while laughing.”

Clean your physical and mental space.

Unless you’re one of the rare personalities who loves chaos (like artists), a clean environment can help you thrive. Time block cleaning like you schedule the rest of your day. Only focus on one area at a time. For instance, clean the kitchen instead of tackling the entire house. The same goes for your mindset. Set aside time to journal — purge your thoughts and let yourself dream with pen and paper.

Remember, you aren’t alone..

If you’re experiencing anxiety or feeling overwhelmed, know that you aren’t alone. It’s a common struggle. Luckily, there are various treatment options and people like Cori who can help.

Not quite ready for energy healing? I’m happy to provide recommendations for vetted Lake Norman counselors, holistic professionals, and medical providers. All it takes is a quick email or message, so don’t hesitate to reach out.

Cori working her magic!
Feature image courtesy of Jill Wellington from Pixabay
Photos courtesy of Cori Stuart Holistic Healing, LLC
By Danielle Ratliff, Creative Marketing Professional

Danielle Ratliff is your go-to guru for stress-free marketing solutions. As the creative mind behind Joyful Rising Writing & Marketing, she specializes in crafting compelling brand messaging, user-friendly websites, and digital campaigns for overwhelmed small business owners. Danielle was an empowering wellness guide during her earlier chapters as a Registered Dietitian, owner of Serenity Now Massage Therapy, and holistic health radio show host. Beyond the small business realm, she enjoys exploring nature and creating joyful memories with her wife, bonus son, and furkids. Connect with her on LinkedIn or reach out at

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