These stress relief methods offer natural solutions to the problem of how to handle stress. The following are some stress relief resources for mental stress:

Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT): Founded by Gary Craig, EFT Universe is based on his teachings and is supported by some major healing experts. EFT may be helpful to those HSPs who suffer from the stress of negative memories. EFT Universe

Acupuncture is an old, well established health modality, with many practitioners in the United States. Acupuncture is well known as a treatment for pain and fibromyalgia which may make it in some instances a great choice for HSPs seeking pain relief. State Associations as well as accredited acupuncture schools can be sources of competent acupuncture practitioners. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at NIH offers a good introduction of acupuncture. Acupuncture Information from NIH

Acupressure is similar to acupuncture in some ways.  It focuses on the energy systems of the body. Healthline offers a good introduction. Healthline on acupressure

Empaths

Dr. Judith Orloff is a board-certified psychiatrist and an assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of California, Los Angeles. She has been writing and teaching about energy, health, and the mind-body connection for decades. She has written the bestseller The Ecstasy of Surrender: 12 Surprising Ways Letting Go Can Empower Your Life and Emotional Freedom. She also offers courses on her website. She has written in most major publications and appeared on Oprah and other shows. She is a popular teacher and was voted “Most Inspirational Person” for the Readers’ Choice 2012 awards on About.com. http://www.drjudithorloff.com

Meditation

Transcendental Meditation can be learned throughout the United States through teachers trained in TM and TM education. Their website offers information and assistance. Transcendental Meditation Organization

Research shows that the Transcendental Meditation program is effective in reducing stress, anxiety, and depression, and even symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. You could think of stress as a continuum—from the lowest level of stress to post-traumatic stress disorder at the high end.  The Transcendental Meditation technique has been shown to be effective across the spectrum.

Sarina Grosswald, Ed.D 

Fragrant Heart offers meditation tracks by categories, with lots of different styles. Each meditation is available with or without background music. Some tracks are for beginners, and they also provide a free five-day guided meditation course, daily meditations, and an app. http://www.fragrantheart.com/

Tara Brach has a large number of audio meditations covering a wide variety of topics. She has an e-book on how to meditate and offers meditations in Spanish and other languages. http://www.tarabrach.com/audioarchives-guided-meditations.html

Meditation Oasis offers a large number of guided meditations and music for meditating, an online course on how to meditate, and apps for most handheld devices. http://www.meditationoasis.com/

The Daily OM was co-founded by Madisyn Taylor who is its editor-in-chief; she is responsible for all its content. Madisyn is a highly sensitive person featured in Sensitive The Movie. Madisyn has more than fifteen years experience in alternative healing methods. She features many well-known healers on her website, which offers numerous affordable healing courses and meditation. http://www.dailyom.com

Reiki

Reiki is becoming one of the most popular forms of energy healing. A good introduction is available from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD.

Reiki Background Information from NIH

When looking for a practitioner, lineage is important. The lineage for all US practitioners will start with

Mikao Usui (founder)

Chujiro Hayashi

Hawayo Takata

Mrs. Takata was the American woman who brought Reiki to the United States. Her master students are the individuals who brought reiki into greater awareness in the United States and trained additional Reiki masters.

There are many variations on the foundational Usui Reiki. The most well known is William Rand’s Karuna Reiki. His website offers this introduction: Karuna Reiki Introduction