Mr Angry gets a cough!

There’s some interesting research just published that demonstrates how being angry and hostile can speed the process of declining lung power.

In a study of 670 men ranging in age from 45 to 86, they found that males who had higher levels of long-standing anger at the start of the eight-year project had significantly poorer lung function at the end of it.

“This study is one of the first to show prospectively that hostility is associated with poorer pulmonary function and more rapid rates of decline among older men,” said Dr Rosalind Wright, of Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts, in a report online in the journal Thorax.

Another good reason for dealing with anger. So if this, or anything else, makes you cross: take a deep breath (while you still can) and relax. Or take up meditation or EFT to reduce your anger levels.

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A client's account of EFT therapy (Part 2)

Here’s the concluding part of my client’s account of our sessions

Cynicism hadn’t deserted me completely however and, after our first session ( all sessions are conducted in comfortable, private surroundings, on a one to one basis and confidentiality is clearly something very important to Andy), I reflected that what I had felt was just the psychology of the situation. I had gone to meet Andy expecting to get something from the session – although I wasn’t sure what this would be – he had offered me something and I had said it worked so as not to disappoint him. The positive effects of the tapping probably weren’t something that would last.

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Is (in)dependence slowing you down?

Dependent (de-pen-dent)
– adjective

  1. Relying on someone or something else for aid, support, etc
  2. conditioned or determined by something else; contingent;
  3. subordinate; subject: a dependent territory.

I’ve been avoiding sending some business letters for the past couple of weeks, and I couldn’t figure out why. I want what the new business may provide, and I have no problems offering what I’m offering. I’d drafted the letters, they were ready to print and send. So what’s been the hold up? Why did I keep putting off sending them?

I was mulling this over in a coffee shop (a good place to avoid sending the letters), when the thought went through my mind that I would be dependent on what the recipient did when they got the letters.

There was something not quite right about that thought. In fact there were two things not quite right with it!

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Fingertip EFT

hand pointsEFT works by tapping on various points on the face, body and hand. You can use this cut down version of EFT to stimulate your meridian system by tapping on the points on the fingers. This is an effective and discrete way to get relief from stressful feelings. With practice this can be done discretely with one hand.

Two Handed Method

  1. Become aware of the feeling you want to relieve. For the tapping to work, your awareness has to be on what it is you want to relieve. With most negative emotions that’s not usually a problem, they are usually very much in your awareness!
  2. Using the index and middle fingers of your dominant hand, tap the outside edge of the nail beds of the thumb, fore, middle, ring and little fingers.
  3. Continue tapping on each of the points in turn, until the negative feeling diminishes in strength. You may need to do several rounds.

Single Handed Method

This takes a little more practice and dexterity, but it’s a more discrete way using this technique in public situations.

  1. With the thumb of your writing hand, tap about six times, the outer edge of the nail beds of your index, middle, ring and little fingers.
  2. Use the index finger of the same hand to tap, six times, the outer edge of the thumb nail bed.
  3. Repeat until negative feelings are reduced.

This is rather unfamiliar process, and most people need a little practice to become comfortable with it.

Perseverance will pay off because you can use it in a variety of everyday situations.

  • Standing in queues
  • Watching TV
  • Taking a walk
  • Before, during and after stressful events.

A client's account of EFT therapy (Part 1)

Most people haven’t a clue what goes on in EFT sessions, so it’s very nice to be able to present an client’s eye view. This client very kindly offered to write up her experience of four EFT sessions we had around the theme of caring for a cancer patient. It’s quite a long letter so I’ve split into into two posts.

“I wasn’t sure quite what to expect when I first met Andy Hunt. A friend had passed on his details to me as she knew my father had sadly been diagnosed with terminal cancer and it was clear our family was in for a rough few weeks. I just saw the title of the sessions he was offering – ‘Cancer: Softening the Blow’ – and thought that it wouldn’t harm anything to see what it was all about.

He is a very personable man who is quiet and extremely good at really listening to what you say. At first, I thought we would spend the time in traditional counselling mode – e.g. me talking and him listening and asking occasional questions. Nothing could have been further from what actually happened!

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