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WTF Friday: EFT

{WTF Friday is a weekly segment giving you quick tips for your wellbeing}

EFT = Emotional Freedom Technique

Otherwise known as ‘tapping’, EFT is based on the idea that gently tapping on certain acupressure points on the body, whilst vocalising your feelings - enables you to release the issues you feel blocked on.

Lemme tell ya - it’s weird. But it works.

There’s something very powerful about this process. I mean, you have an ongoing monologue about things that stress you out anyway.

So EFT is a way of expressing and moving through those thought patterns. Moreover, it helps you get out of your head and back into your body.

It doesn’t take long to reduce feelings of anxiety as you move through a few ‘negative’ rounds then a ‘positive’ round. What’s important is to pay attention to any other thoughts that want to be expressed. Sometimes other things bubble up to the surface of your consciousness that you didn’t even know were there.

Because it’s a physical process - it’s much easier to explain via visuals.

So here are some of my favourite videos that contain super easy tapping scripts that you can follow.

Jessica Ortner from The Tapping Solution shows you how to ‘tap’

Gabby B shows you how to release sugar addiction through EFT.
Top of my list at the moment!

Money blocks? Here’s an excellent one.
Skip to 18:30 if you don’t have time for the whole vid


WTF Friday: CBT

CBT = Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

As the name implies, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is a type of psychotherapy that helps you change unhelpful thoughts, habits, feelings and behaviours. It’s a way of reality checking yourself to see if what you’re really thinking is helping you view a situation in the most real way.

I’ve found CBT particularly useful in overcoming panic attacks and anxiety. Sometimes in anxious moments, your thoughts can run amok causing a cascade of stressful hormones and neurotransmitters to flow through your body. It’s a feedback loop that amplifies anxiety.

When you can catch those streams of stressful thoughts and instead use curiosity and kindness to see if what you’re thinking really matches up to the situation, and then adjust your behaviour accordingly - that’s the power of CBT.

For example - I used to really struggle catching public transport. I was always worried I’d be late so on the occasions the bus was running late or caught in traffic, it unleashed a wave of panic.

CBT taught me to realise that sometimes the bus is late and that’s ok. Lots of people are sometimes late due to traffic and most people are understanding when you are. The best option is to notify the person you’re meeting as soon as possible that you’re running late and then sit back and relax. Worrying isn’t going to make the bus less late.

Obviously this is a really simplified version of CBT. For more reading, there’s lots of books on Amazon.

My favourites include The Anxiety and Worry Workbook: The Cognitive Behavioral Solution and The Beck Diet Solution: Train Your Brain to Think Like a Thin Person


WTF Friday: ACT

{WTF Friday is a weekly segment giving you quick tips for your wellbeing}

ACT = Acceptance & Commitment Therapy

It’s pronounced ‘act’ and really encompasses what living a mindful life is all about.

Accept what is (particularly what is in and out of your control) + Commit to taking action to live a life of awesomeness.

I love it because it isn’t about denying how you’re really feeling while blindly chanting affirmations (<- gotta love Bill Murray!). It isn’t about blind optimism or striving for perfection.

It’s about recognising that life can be full of joy and suffering. It’s about skillfully moving through a spectrum of emotions. It’s about building resilience.

And when you have that resilience, it’s much easier to commit to living in alignment with your values, even when it becomes difficult or uncomfortable.

The age old ‘Serenity Prayer’ is a great example of ACT.


WTF Friday: FOMO

{WTF Friday is a new weekly segment giving you quick tips for your physical & mental health}

FOMO = Fear Of Missing Out

Ever gone along with the crowd, even though you didn’t really want to?

Wanting to ‘fit in’ is a primal drive that we all have. We’ve survived for millennia based on our tribal support networks. If you lost the tribe, you pretty much lost your life. These days, not so much. It’s more likely that when you follow the crowd, you lose yourself.

FOMO is the sinking feeling you get when your desires are in conflict with the desires of your friends or family.

It’s the social pressure you feel, particularly if you think everyone else is going to have fun without you.

So how do you honour yourself, without pissing off your peers?

Well - you can’t. If you have the courage to stand up for what you want, it might make people angry, or sad or they may even mock you.

And that’s ok.

Don’t shrink in response to their reaction.

Get comfortable saying yes to yourself, even if it means saying no to someone else.

  1. Recognise when FOMO comes up for you. What are your triggers? How does it feel in your body?
  2. Breathe through the strong feelings of rejection, fear or sadness (whatever comes up for you)
  3. Remember that you were born worthy so you’re allowed to want what you want.

How does FOMO show up in your life? Let’s discuss on the Facebook page!