EFT, Stress Relief, and Tapping for Success

EFT Tapping Points

EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques, a.k.a. “Tapping”) is one of the many energy psychology  methods that can be used to shift emotional and cognitive states and often clear emotional intensity. In some clinical circles, especially in working with trauma, EFT is accurately being described as “acupressure-assisted exposure therapy.” Increasingly, EFT is being used in many areas…

Stress, placebo, and the power of the mind

Stress, beliefs, placebo effect

While some stress is needed for us to function at all, when we are feeling overwhelmed or exhausted from too much stress, chronic or toxic stress has built up, or even taken over. Understanding high, toxic stress calls for a change in where we focus our attention to deal with stress. Instead of focusing on…

Conscious Calm now available as ebook

Conscious Calm: Keys to Freedom from Stress and Worry

Conscious Calm: Keys to Freedom from Stress and Worry is now available as an ebook on Amazon Kindle! “Conscious Calm distills an amazing breadth of information into a readable, practical mini-manual. This is the must-read book if you want to bust stress and experience lasting calm and peace in your life.” – Marci Shimoff, NY…

High stress, helplessness and control

Car and hands and road and 2(10).jpg

High chronic stress and trauma share an important feature: both can include a feeling of helplessness. A sudden, traumatic external event is by definition out of our control. Something terrible happens to us, around us, or to someone we know. The intensity of the emotions is strong, while the feeling of being in control disappears….

Effects of Chronic Stress in Childhood: Spreading the word

Girl being abused, in fight or flight mode

Understanding the effects of childhood stress and trauma took a huge jump around fifteen years ago. 1997 marked the completion of one of the largest studies of childhood stress ever done. The ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences) study examined the reports from over 17,000 adults about stressful or traumatic childhood experiences, and looked at connections between…

Stress Symptoms Can be the Tip of the Iceberg

Stress Symptoms can be the tip of the iceberg

As busy people, most of us only begin to pay attention to our bodies when they are doing something dramatic to get our attention. Like a three year old feeling the need to be noticed, our bodies often start out quietly asking, then end up screaming some version of “Listen to me!!!” In our bodies,…

Work Stress and Anticipatory Anxiety

Anticipatory anxiety at work

How do work stress and anxiety connect? What is happening when “anticipatory anxiety” takes over, when we are nervous about something that is not even happening yet? And how can we begin to get free from this destructive, upsetting pattern that can keep us feeling trapped? Here’s one example of this common problem and how…

Conscious Calm – Finalist, Hoffer Book Award 2012

Finalist Eric Hoffer Award 2012

Conscious Calm: Keys to Freedom from Stress and Worry was a Finalist for the 2012 Eric Hoffer Book Awards. The Eric Hoffer Book Award competition is for excellence in independent book publishing. The Hoffer Book Award site states: “After our rigorous first round of judging, less than 10% of the titles become category finalists… Finalists…

Conscious Calm virtual book tour – the final week

Conscious Calm: Keys to Freedom from Stress and Worry

It’s the final week of the Conscious Calm Virtual Book Tour! Until Thursday, April 12th, you can still enter the Conscious Calm Book Giveaway at Darlene’s Book Nook. Enter and get Conscious Calm for yourself or a stressed out friend! Here’s the schedule for this final week of the tour: Monday, April 9 Guest Post…

Stress Symptoms: The Inside Story

Stress as road rage

Among other things, April is National Stress Awareness Month. With stress so prevalent, that’s a good thing. The latest research concludes that stress is bad enough to be considered a public health crisis. Although it may seem like everyone is aware of stress and is already searching for stress relief, this month we have the…