STRESS AND ANXIETIES:
We live in a world of stress. Economic forces make it so that we have to have multiple
incomes to sustain ourselves and our families, if we happen to be among the lucky
employed. At the same time, we are under tremendous pressure to spend money we might
not have for things we don’t really need. Large political forces have led to a state
of physical insecurity and distrust, in which we fear to board an airplane or to
visit another country. Violent crime seems to get closer to our lives and neighborhoods
all the time. Depression is nearly epidemic. It seems that the only unstressed
people are those who inhabit our graveyards.
Stress and anxiety may historically have enhanced our chances of defeating an attacking
beast, but the saber-toothed tigers are long-gone. Anxiety does not much help us
to persuade a customer or resolve a relationship problem. There is a better way.
Hundreds of times I have seen clients with overwhelming life issues overcome their
devastating emotions with EFT, then go on to effectively handle the issues in their
lives. A case in point is “Lisa” who came to me for help in finding a job. Lisa
was a divorced mom of a teenage boy, out of work for seven months because she was
laid off from her employment of seventeen years, about to lose her house, currently
engaged in the problem of getting her wheelchair-bound teenager (he recently had
two knee surgeries) back and forth to school. I knew Lisa was fairly intelligent
from our conversations but, when she took a standard interest and aptitude test for
employment, her results were the poorest I had ever seen. She was so filled with
anxiety about her (and her son’s) future and so stunned by her employer’s “betrayal”
of her that she, literally, could not think straight.
Lisa and I did one session which addressed her anxiety about having no money (and
being homeless) and her upset at being laid off. At the end of the session, Lisa
had no emotional charge on either issue. When we met again, a week later, her situation
had not changed but her attitude was now buoyant and positive. Most important, her
thinking had cleared and she was well on her way to dealing “head-on” and effectively
with her problems.
A life without stressors is probably impossible. But, with EFT, stress and anxiety
are now optional.