Mental and Emotional Health are often used interchangeably when describing inner feelings.
The World Health Organisation define ‘mental health as a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community’.
Emotional health is how we think and feel and the ability to express what we are feeling.
Recently, there are news reports about many people suffering from their mental health since the Covid Pandemic. This not only affects that individual as they continue to try and cope with their day to day tasks, but it can also eventually affect their work, family life and their health mentally, physically and emotionally. Stress can affect you both emotionally and physically, and it can affect the way you behave. You may recognise that you are feeling under stress or, often, you keep going without acknowledging the signs.
EFT stands for Emotional Freedom Techniques it’s unique in that it focuses on the negative emotions underlying an issue. Emotional stress can stop us in our tracks and you may start noticing that you are not managing with day to day life. If you click here EFT is explained. It can be used on a variety of issues and Gary Craig that developed what I call traditional EFT would encourage EFT to be used on everything. From a Chinese Medicine perspective, which EFT is based on, everything starts in the energy system and emotional upset over time can obstruct the vital energy called Qi. Under any issue, there are negative emotions and the objective of EFT is to decrease and eliminate these allowing a person to able to manage an issue, to have clarity of thought and have positive changes that will become apparent to them.
The Mind and Body Connection
Over the past few years, it has become evident, that if there is emotional pain that has been suppressed then what may appear is physical pain. During my time as a Zen Shiatsu Practitioner, psychosomatic disorders were part of the study – internal conflict or stress. Mind and Body are not separate. I have helped people work through their emotional pain and for them to notice enhanced health. By working together, in the first instance, change is possible. EFT can then become a self-help technique.