About Amanda

Amanda Norman
Reiki with Amanda

So, you may be wondering who is behind Gemstone Healing and what their life experience is, so allow me to introduce myself.

My name is Amanda Norman and I was once diagnosed with General Anxiety Disorder and I got myself into a right mess.

You will be pleased to hear though that I have managed to turn myself around and for the better. Gemstone Healing is my journal of how I’ve mastered my anxiety and my adventure to date.

Create your journal

By reading this now, you have started your journey, but for a brief moment in time, you’re sharing it with me by reading my journal. Gemstone Healing is my journal, everything you read here is everything that I have come across that has helped me on my personal journey and I sincerely hope you get something from it.

I highly recommend that you journal your experience as it’s a form of meditation and healing. You will also look back on your own questions and understand how far you have come in your own healing process.

Anxiety Hell

My problem with anxiety didn’t start suddenly out of the blue. I must have been unknowingly struggling for many months, if not years.

It’s when it got to a point that my stomach was physically hurting and I felt that I was mentally losing it, that I looked up the symptoms and I discovered anxiety.

Paranoia, insomnia and negative feelings such as ‘why am I here, why did she look at me like that and what is the point to all of this?‘, were very much constant.

It got to a point where I shut myself off and stayed at home, where I felt alone and safe, but this in turn caused feelings of sadness that I was missing out on life.

In kicked the anxiety again as I knew that I had to get out and do something about it. The merry go round of anxiety struck again!

I had zero respect for my mind, body and spirit.

I paid myself no attention at all.

I never listened or saw the signs that I needed a break otherwise I was going to crack.

Instead, I avoided everything and pushed harder and harder to get more and more work completed. I was out to impress everyone else, but never impress or look after myself as I felt I wasn’t worthy.

My anxiety was destroying my relationships with work colleagues, friends, family and my partner Mark.

I found a NHS group called Talk Liverpool and I self-referred myself after speaking with someone on the phone who, during that conversation diagnosed me with General Anxiety Disorder.

At the same time, I visited my GP and I told him that I don’t feel right and that I’m not myself. I wanted reassurance that it wasn’t my over active thyroid creating the problems, which it wasn’t!

He signed me off work with stress and offered me tablets to assist, but I said no. Luckily for me, I suppose mentally I’ve always been strong and I told myself that I just need help to manage the anxiety and that tablets were not a cure. I bet you’re wondering why, if I am claiming to have always been mentally strong, how did I end up with anxiety and what exactly is mentally strong? – Updated over a year later: The answer is to have a healthy attitude towards my mental health.

Please LIKE ME!

By the way, social media didn’t help me at the time and I’m now aware how soul destroying Facebook can be if you’re not mindful.

A photograph of sunlight on beautiful green fern leaves taken by Amanda Norman
A photograph of sunlight on beautiful green fern leaves taken by Amanda Norman

I’m a passionate Gothic horror photographer and in my spare time, I love creating artwork. Picture this, excuse the pun!

With everything I described above about pushing harder and harder to get more and more work completed in the day, I would then come home from work, edit my photography, upload it to the likes of Twitter and Facebook and then see how many likes I got.

In order to be successful and noticed, you have to work hard on promoting yourself, especially if you have no money. The problem here is that I was continually looking for the LIKES and I really did crave the likes and when I didn’t get any, self doubt and self critical judgement took over. I had formed a very unhealthy habit of chasing likes.

Years of this also contributed to my deterioration. Facebook is bloody annoying when you think about it. How much negativity do you see on your feed a day and how many times have you realised that people have a fake persona or they’re certainly not how you imagined them to be?

I now un-follow negative people on social media and at first I used to feel pained at doing this. When I got into the mindset that I COME FIRST, not anyone else, then it became easier to do!

No, I’m not selfish!

I’m providing myself with some much needed SELF-LOVE!

I’ve also stopped watching the news as it’s negative and probably the majority of it is propaganda.

Managing Mental Health

I’ve been doing a lot of research into mental health and I’ve read things about traumatic childhood, health issues etc. I tick the boxes alright, but I’m here to tell you that you can manage your mental health. I’m also here to tell you not to be afraid of what people think of you for admitting you have mental health issues.

I admitted my anxiety issues where I used to work in Warrington at Golden Square that led to the creation of GSCares. I left their employment in 2019 to advance my career in health and safety.

If I can turn my anxiety around, so can you!

Having an employer who puts well-being as a priority for their workforce is wonderful and for me to admit my anxiety back then was a massive step in the right direction, but I don’t mind admitting how bloody scary it was!

With the support of centre management and under the banner of GS Cares, I setup daily meditations for staff to attend, put on some mindfulness and meditation courses to share the benefit and knowledge I had learned and I even provided Reiki.

I was also available for colleagues if they needed someone to talk to as talking does help. I wasn’t alone with providing assistance to colleagues as one of my other ex-colleagues is trained in the basics of NLP and fitness and nutrition and between us, we were providing a positive mental health and well-being culture. Golden Square has since been recognised for their continued development and I wish them lots of continued success.

Life IS what you make it!

Amanda

Here’s what I’ve discovered so far that has helped me turn my life around!

Meditation and Mindfulness

I’ll be totally honest with you. If someone had advised me to do meditation and mindfulness prior to anxiety, I would have laughed at them and told them that I’m not a hippy. I’m glad that didn’t happen as I would have just shown myself up, BIG TIME!

Meditation and mindfulness is a massive step in my personal journey that has helped me to manage my anxiety.

I was told once on a meditation and mindfulness course in Warrington to…

STEP OFF THE DRAMA ROUNDABOUT!

Nicky Price Coaching Therapist in Warrington

This one sentence is so life changing! Thanks Nicky Price!

Becoming Mindful

I have become MINDFUL to all of this and my biggest lesson is that I never took time out for myself. I was on auto-pilot and I never appreciated anything positive in my life.

I never appreciated ME and I didn’t appreciate the natural beauty of life that positively surrounds me at all times.

In April 2020 during furlough because of the COVID-19 pandemic, I took the opportunity to advance my skills and I’ve gained a distinction for completing a mindfulness Diploma. At the same time I’m waiting for results for completing a meditation diploma and I can’t wait to put into practice what I have learned. Mindfulness can be summed up with the following points: –

  • Be in the present moment. Don’t spend time reflecting on events that you cannot change and don’t spend time in the future worrying about events that may not happen
  • Don’t be judgemental – The first step to loving who you are is to stop being judgemental, especially to yourself and fill your heart with kindness and compassion
  • Actively listen to the people you speak to. Don’t be off somewhere else in your mind
  • Gratitude should be practised on a regular basis
  • Meditate – taking time out to quieten your mind can be likened to a spa treatment for your mental health. There are different types of meditations to try, but you need to know that it is not a quick fix. Meditation is a practice, it takes time to quieten your mind.

All of the information I continue to learn to assist with my practice of mindfulness and meditation is listed in my A to Z that you should check out.

Reiki and Chakra Balancing

I will be offering reiki courses in the future as I am insured and certified to train you.

I’m not rushing into the setup of reiki training courses as I want to grow my knowledge and experience of providing reiki to clients. When I’m ready, I will then train others. You can keep up to date by reading my reiki journal and if you would like reiki, please get in touch.

Crystal Gemstones

I remember as a child being drawn to odd looking rocks and then being dazzled by crystal gemstones, so it’s no surprise that this interest blossomed into finding out more about the meaning of crystal gemstones. I find it very therapeutic to relax and design beautiful looking gemstone healing bracelets that make people feel better. You can read more about them on my gemstone healing bracelets page and if you would like one designing for you, please get in touch.

Tarot Card Readings

For years I’ve performed tarot readings for family, friends and friends of friends and I’ve always enjoyed bringing positivity into someone’s life.

As a form of self-therapy, I started performing daily self-readings and recording them in my tarot journal. It has helped me to manage my anxiety and I continue to get stronger by the day.

When performing a tarot reading, I’ve always thought of myself harnessing negative energy and replacing it with clean, positive energy and funnily enough, this is energy healing. I was energy healing long before I discovered reiki.

So my journey has lead me back to energy healing and it has done so for a purpose and I’m thankful that I’ve realised this and that I’m now doing my bit for the universe.

For further information, please visit the chakra card readings page.

What does the future hold?

I’m currently studying for a diploma in the Law of Attraction, I also intend on enhancing my current skill set so that I can deliver more in the way of services.

More workshops are on the horizon, but in the current climate of the COVID-19 pandemic, these will be online. I’m currently working on growing my online network and presence, so please join me on social media and keep up to date with my latest events.

Facebook and Instagram: @amandanormangemstones

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