As we think, our body creates corresponding chemicals; this means that every thought we have has a physiological consequence. If you find yourself thinking “I’m irritated”, “I’m worried” or even “it pains me to see this”, you could be setting yourself up for a fall.
Many of us don’t spend time considering our thoughts and the effects they may have – we just allow them to come and go, potentially disrupting our bodies as they do so. Practitioners of Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) believe that we should accept that our thoughts form a major component of our health.
EFT involves a practitioner lightly tapping on specific points of the face and body, which correspond to specific points of the body’s energy meridians, while talking through past issues. By doing this, negative and painful emotions that may be affecting you physically are released.
It may be that when you were younger your mother described you as a ‘pain’ and now the word ‘pain’ has become prevalent in your inner monologue. For some this can lead to physical pain. EFT aims to release negative associations like this to improve both your physical health and your mental well-being.
There are certain ways we can look to promote our own health through the way we think:
- Be more conscious about the language you use when thinking. Choose to think using positive and healthy words to instigate healthy feelings.
- Break negative cycles. Try to shift your attention when you find yourself thinking with a negative tone.
- Practice gratitude and appreciation. Finding things to be thankful for will help you pick yourself up when times get hard.
To find out more about EFT and to find a practitioner near you, please see our Emotional Freedom Technique page.
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