What keeps you up at night? Literally, what are the exact thoughts that go through your head? You already know that no matter what’s going on in the world, and at home, as bad as things might be, you would be sleeping if those thoughts were not also going on in your mind. This includes your pain and discomfort as well as worries and problems, including the problem of not being able to sleep!
Insomnia, the second most common health complaint after pain, affects 15% to 30% of the adult population. People who can’t sleep are often exhausted during the day and have problems learning, remembering and concentrating. EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) can help just about anyone to release all types of stress and pain, and that includes not being able to sleep. One can tap on acupressure points (no needles) while thinking about their stress, and get relief. You can use EFT to get quick relief from whatever kind of stress you may be feeling. EFT can work if you want it to work. You don’t have to believe in it.
So what can you do about those pesky thoughts that keep you up at night? Here are a few suggestions:
1. Let yourself think about one problem, and only one problem. Break the problem down into individual parts, and think about only one part of the problem. Instead of money problems, think about a specific amount that you owe one person, or your empty wallet. Or for a pain, think about only one dimension of the pain; the location, size or severity, or how the mattress is making it worse, just one aspect.
2. Age-old Chinese medicine uses meridian points for healing and we can use the same points to help us sleep. While you are in bed, the easiest point to reach and stay relaxed is the point under your arm, about 5 inches beneath your armpit (the ribcage at the side of your body). With your fingers, tap or massage, or just touch that part of your body, and continue to do that throughout this exercise.
3. As you tap and think about the one aspect of your problem, let yourself smile (if you can) and think a pleasant thought, just for a second or two. You can do this, Think, -I am OK-ˇ, or -I accept myself-ˇ, or -The sun will come out tomorrow-, or any pleasant thought. You don’t have to believe it.
4. Allow your mind to stay with the one negative aspect that you chose. This is the time to focus your mind on a small piece of your problem. As you tap under you arm, let yourself wallow in that one limited aspect.
5. You may find that your thought has lost its hold on you and now seems less important. You may find yourself ready to sleep. Or try the exercise again with another small aspect of your issue.
1. Choose one small negative thought
3. Say ~I’m OK”
4. Tap and think your one thought
5. Relax or Repeat
This is going to work for a good number of people who try it. Why don’t you give it a try and share your experiences with friends.
I shared this blog with my friend Kathryn Watson at http://www.having-trouble-sleeping.com/stop-insomnia-blog.html Her blog has a wealth of sleeping tips and more.
BIO: Ruthi Backenroth, uses results oriented EFT techniques to clear a path to creativity and resourcefulness for people, who want effective relief from chronic pain so that they can make focused decisions and regain their active lifestyle.
Ruthi discovered her passion for EFT while searching for a ‘Sarno’ type of solution for her own back pain. She became hooked on the process, and the art, of EFT after trying EFT for her pain and finding herself facing work deadlines as well as family and social interactions with a newfound sense of openness, serenity, and creativity. Ruthi has an M.B.A. in Finance, and is certified as an EFT practitioner, by AAMET.
Email Ruthi at Ruthi@eftaction.com, or visit her website.