I have to admit that I have not felt like myself lately. To be one that professes the benefits of your thoughts and mindset, I couldn't seem to turn mine around. I had feelings of depression, anxiety and overwhelm. I was frustrated that I couldn't just 'think' differently about things or make the choice to Be Happy.
I felt these things in my body. I knew it was more than surface level thoughts. It was time to dig even deeper. Our bodies can give us clear indication that there is something more to investigate.
A few years ago, I had been introduced to a modality called EFT - Emotional Freedom Technique or 'tapping'. My coach and friend, Kim Salter, Design Thought Studio, really brought this into my life. You can read more about it here. The Tapping Solution says this:
Tapping therapy is based on the combined principles
of ancient Chinese acupressure and modern psychology.
Tapping with the fingertips on specific meridian endpoints
of the body, while focusing on negative emotions or physical
sensations, helps to calm the nervous system, rewire the
brain to respond in healthier ways, and restore the body’s
balance of energy.
Sometimes all the positive thinking, mantras and affirmations will not provide relief. We must look whole-istically... mind, body, spirit.
After about 20 minutes of tapping, I realized some thoughts that had been causing distress AND even had a breakthrough on some resistance I've had.
While EFT is just one tool that can be helpful, do not discount other modalities RET, EMDR, hypnotherapy, coaching and traditional therapy if you are having trouble processing your thoughts and emotions. If you find that you are having feelings of depression or anxiety for prolonged periods of time for sure seek professional assistance. We all have those feelings from time to time and usually they will move on. But sometimes they don't and we need some guidance.
In my case, I believe that I had just 'gotten busy' and as I was feeling things just stuffed them down to keep on going. How many of you do that? "Oh, I'm too busy to deal with my emotions/feelings/fears/etc right now, I have other things to do." Geez, I had done THAT for years. But it eventually comes back up. Now, it just happens extremely faster for me and I am so glad it does. I'm better at recognizing. When I am not feeling good it is time to start looking inward for what needs to be dealt with. Am I speaking up and out when I need to, am I taking care of myself, am I aligned with my truth?
The more you are in tune with yourself the more you know when you are out of sync.
Do you want and need to feel better? Create the space for that.
My hope for you today is that you will take the time to reflect, clear out, speak out, speak up, care for yourself, process emotions... whatever you need to do to feel like the best version of yourself. When you present that version to the world, the world cannot help but respond positively.
Are you ready to start your journey? Schedule your free Discovery Session.