As a teen who has struggled with a Sacral Chakra imbalance, I discovered seven ways to help heal this chakra so that teens can have empowered self-confidence.
My name is Isabelle and I’m a 17-year-old mindfulness coach who’s been traveling the world with my family since I was 11.
In six years I’ve hiked, rock climbed, and explored 26 countries, driven 100,000+ miles, and have flown more red-eye flights than I can remember. I’ve never gone to school; I’ve always been homeschooled. And I started my own, fully operating business at 16.
My high school years have been very different from most teens. Despite this, I faced the same problem that the majority of teens face . . . I struggled with my Sacral Chakra and, chances are, you did too.
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What Causes a Sacral Chakra Imbalance?
Throughout my travels and my career as a coach, I have met a lot of teens and all of them struggle with their Sacral Chakra. To some degree, they all feel inherently unworthy, depressed, insecure, and/or alone.
My Sacral Chakra imbalance occurred when we moved into an RV and started traveling. I wasn’t up to date with trends or gossip and I was living a life so different from my peers that they ostracized me.
I wasn’t accepted and I ended up losing all my friends. And it was hard for me to rebuild my self-worth and self-confidence after that.
When I discovered chakras, it changed my life and brought me back to the person I used to be. I felt confident in myself again.
Okay, Isabelle, what the heck are these chakra things and how are they affecting me?
Just What Are the Chakras Anyway?
Imagine a river with seven pools. Each one is a color of the rainbow. If one of the pools is clogged up by debris, the pools won’t flow, right?
This is what the chakras are. We have seven “pools” of energy in our body, running along the length of our spine from our tailbone to the crown of our head. And if one of these chakras is blocked, our energy doesn’t flow and can cause us serious problems.
Each of the seven chakra points rules different aspects of our lives as well as the physical body surrounding that energy point.
For example, our Root Chakra is our First Chakra. It sits at our tailbone and controls our legs. But it also controls our sense of safety, groundedness, and our immune system!
For now, we’re only going to focus on our Sacral Chakra, also known as Svadhisthana Chakra.
The Majority of Teens Struggle With a Sacral Chakra Imbalance
The Sacral Chakra is the color orange. It is located at our hips/navel and controls our:
This chakra point manifests when we are around 13.
When this chakra is imbalanced, we feel unworthy of love and acceptance, seek validation from peers, feel socially anxious, feel unaccepted, lean toward depression, feel like we have to be someone we’re not, and hide who we truly are.
As teens, our Sacral Chakra is just developing. And it is being shaped by our childhood wounds and programming (we all have them). We ALL have some form of Sacral Chakra blockage that tells us “I’m not good enough.”
So imagine you took all these people into a big building, surrounded by each other all the time, and they all believe that they won’t be liked.
It’s like someone took a bunch of spies, locked them in a room, and said that one of them is a double agent when there’s actually not.
Our Sacral Chakra wants us to connect with each other. And we should!
By healing our Sacral Chakra imbalances, we can rebuild our self-worth, feel confident in our individuality, accept others for theirs, and form deep relationships with everyone. It is something that will liberate us.
Here Are 7 Ways to Heal Your Sacral Chakra Imbalance:
So how do we heal our Sacral Chakra imbalance to feel confident, creative, joyful, worthy, and authentic again? Here are seven things you should be doing.
You’re probably thinking that you have to meditate for hours on end or do something hyper-spiritual to heal your Sacral Chakra. You can, but you don’t have to.
There are many different ways to heal your Sacral Chakra imbalance. Some of which are simple and even a bit childish. Just trust me. These are all practices I’ve used to heal my own Sacral Chakra imbalance.
1. Be Creative
Creativity is a great way to heal your Sacral Chakra! The Svadhisthana rules our creativity. And it’s impossible to judge ourselves when we allow our creativity to flow.
If we practice being creative more often, we’ll build the energy of our Sacral Chakra, and this will, in turn, build our self-worth.
Paint, sing, dance, draw, play an instrument, write a poem, build something, write a song, create in any way you desire without attachment to the result!
2. Embrace Your Inner Child
Playfulness and vulnerability are two important themes in your Sacral Chakra. By embracing our inner child, we allow ourselves to embrace and honor our feelings and stop taking ourselves so seriously.
It brings a level of joy and self-confidence back that you didn’t know you were missing. You can do this by having a dance party, building a fort, doing arts and crafts, climbing a tree, or tumbling.
3. Become More Mindful
Cultivate your mindfulness practice! Mindfulness is the key to becoming aware of our self-limiting beliefs and growing our self-worth. Get into meditating, journaling, or creating mantras.
4. Build Intrinsic Self-Worth
This is the biggest one. We have to have intrinsic self-worth to heal our Sacral Chakra imbalance. We can’t look for it outside of us. Easy peasy, right?
You could do something small like learn a new skill or write the things you love about yourself, but they won’t make big changes. If you want to see permanent changes in your self-worth fast, here are my top three recommendations:
Take down or cover up ALL mirrors you can. I know that sounds silly and extreme but in the RV I travel in, there are no mirrors and it’s crazy to see the psychological difference when there’s nowhere to see your reflection. Whenever we look in a mirror, we are subconsciously always looking for, and noting, our flaws.
Wear no makeup for a week. Again, sounds silly but please do this one. I know a lot of people say that they wear makeup because they like it, not because they feel insecure and that may be partially true.
But by wearing makeup, we are telling ourselves that we are not enough as we are and that makeup makes us pretty. Try just for one week to not wear ANY makeup whatsoever. It will feel vulnerable at first but this will help to heal your Sacral Chakra imbalance.
Delete social media from your phone for a month. If you are an entrepreneur like me and can’t, then work on regulating social media consumption. Social media may say that it’s a platform to connect people but it’s more destructive to our health than beneficial.
It’s a constant comparison game and we use likes, comments, and funny videos as a substitute for intrinsic self-worth.
If you aren’t an entrepreneur, then you have no excuse: delete the apps. Don’t give yourself the option to scroll and I guarantee your self-worth, and overall health will skyrocket!
5. Eat Foods for Your Sacral Chakra
Each chakra has healing foods! For the Sacral Chakra, incorporate more sweet potatoes, salmon, walnuts, oranges, mangoes, papaya, carrots, and maca powder into your day.
6. Get in the Water Often
The Sacral Chakra is also ruled by the element of water so I highly recommend you play in the ocean or any other body of water as often as possible.
7. Do Hip-Opening Yoga Postures
The Svadhisthana controls our hips so try doing yoga to open your hips too. Healing the physical aspect of your Sacral Chakra will help the mental aspects of your Sacral Chakra open too.
The Takeaway on Sacral Chakra Imbalance in Teens
The journey to healing a Sacral Chakra imbalance is a long one. Just remember that great things take time and practice compassion toward yourself.
If you apply these methods to your life then they will help you on your journey to self-worth, connection, and empowered confidence. Just trust the process.