Paul Rosch, M.D., President for the American Institute of Stress claims that 75% to 90% of all visits to primary care physicians result from stress-related disorders.
As tappers we already intuitively know this however many still don’t understand that emotional health happens on a day to day basis. Our ability to be aware of what is happening at any given moment emotionally, being able to process them in a healthy way (through EFT or something else), having an ability to be compassionate when we sense others feelings, and building strong relationships as a result are all crucial to a healthy state of being.
Taking care of your emotions has been shown to be better for your heart, your brain, your longevity, and the quality of your relationships and your connection to God. In my practice I routinely hear clients say they’ve been under stress. The general sense of amorphous stress won’t provide you with good strong tapping statement. In order to get the most from tapping you want to ask yourself if stress is just another word for an emotion attached to an event then what would that emotion be? Is it really anger sadness, fear, shame, guilt or embarrassment. Once you have discovered that it’s time to tap.
The following test is from Lessons for Living and is not meant to replace a psychological evaluation but if your number is high you should seek some professional assistance.
Answer these twenty questions: Yes or No.
1. Do you frequently neglect your diet?
2. Do you frequently try to do everything yourself?
3. Do you frequently blow up easily?
4. Do you frequently seek unrealistic goals?
5. Do you frequently fail to see the humor in situations others find funny?
6. Do you frequently get easily irritated?
7. Do you frequently make a “big deal” of everything?
8. Do you frequently complain that you are disorganized?
9. Do you frequently keep everything inside?
10. Do you frequently neglect exercise?
11. Do you frequently have few supportive relationships?
12. Do you frequently get too little rest?
13. Do you frequently get angry when you are kept waiting?
14. Do you frequently ignore stress symptoms?
15. Do you frequently put things off until later?
16. Do you frequently think there is only one right way to do something?
17. Do you frequently fail to build relaxation into every day?
18. Do you frequently spend a lot of time complaining about the past?
19. Do you frequently race through the day?
20. Do you frequently feel unable to cope with all you have to do.
Now go back and give yourself 1 point for every yes answer.
Your score is = 0
Scores of 1-6 Few Hassles
Scores of 7-12 Pretty Good Control
Scores of 13-17 Danger Zone. Watch out!
Scores of 18+ Stressed Out. You may need help.