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Peta Stapleton

Inherited Stress?

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The Swedish idiom maskrosbarn, a “dandelion child”, and orkidebarn, an “orchid child” has been used by developmental specialists to describe a new genetic concept in child development. A dandelion as a flower can survive and flourish in most environments (you may have seen them growing from concrete!). The orchid, however, is far more vulnerable and needs protection and shelter to allow it to thrive and flower. 🌸⁠

There appears to be a connection with the NR3C1 gene variant that links increased vulnerability to stress and environmental sensitivity, to these “orchid” children. The NR3C1 gene variant influences the activity of a receptor to which cortisol binds. Increase an individual’s exposure to stress and you increase their levels of cortisol. As this genetic marker is activated in an individual, it can remain ‘switched on’ for future generations . This means if your parents or grandparents were in particularly stressful or difficult circumstances in their own life, they could pass this genetic information onto you. ⁠

How this then looks is that your stress coping threshold may not be naturally as high as other people, and your stress response may be activated with seemingly less stressful events. ⁠

Something to ponder.⁠

Loneliness in our Eldery

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In these very different times, we are being reminded to reach out to others – every day is an R U OK Day.⁠

The COVID-19 pandemic has put many older adults’ social lives on hold, leaving them at greater risk for loneliness. ⁠

Loneliness affects between 19% and 43% of adults ages 60 and older, and many adults ages 50 and over are at risk of poor health from prolonged loneliness.⁠

Research has shown that prolonged loneliness is associated with increased risk for premature death, similar to smoking, alcohol consumption and obesity. Other health consequences are also associated with loneliness, including elevated risk for heart disease and stroke, and it is associated with increased physician visits and emergency room visits.⁠

Older adults who are socially isolated or feel lonely also tend to perform worse on tests of thinking abilities, especially when required to process information rapidly. And those who feel lonely show more rapid decline in performance on these same tests over several years of follow-up testing.⁠

Can you reach out to someone today?⁠

🧡⁠

Ref – https://theconversation.com/the-loneliness-of-social-isolation-can-affect-your-brain-and-raise-dementia-risk-in-older-adults-141752

Stress and Adverse Childhood Experiences

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Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) that have been linked to a myriad of poor behavioral and health outcomes in adulthood. The original ACE study showed a link between childhood trauma and the chronic diseases people develop as adults, as well as social and emotional problems. A complex interplay exists between early life stress, socioeconomic status and later life adversity including chronic pain. ⁠

The connection between chronic pain in adulthood and high number of ACEs from the first 18 years of life is established in the literature. Studies also demonstrate the importance in including a history of adverse childhood experiences in the care and management of chronic pain patients. ⁠

We have been exploring all of this in our latest EFT Tapping trials. ⁠

You can read more here and also complete the ACE measure.

I feel a new book coming on too – shhhhhhhhh.⁠

What is Important after a Stressful Event?

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Research indicates individuals exposed to extreme stress and trauma may have a more intense physiological response to all stress. Each time such an individual is re-stressed, the sensitivity of the response is increased, as is the individual’s vulnerability to anxiety and depression.⁠

Research has also identified a 10 day window of time that exists immediately after a traumatic stressful event before significant neuron and synaptic changes happen – that can turn a single trauma into an event that can alter a lifetime and potentially result in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).⁠

A meta-analysis of 77 studies about risk factors for PTSD has also found that factors during or after trauma (such as trauma severity, lack of social support, and additional life stressors) had a stronger influence than pre-trauma factors.⁠

That’s why we are so passionate about techniques such as EFT Tapping to assist with the brain changes that can and do happen for people – and we have a way to help the brain heal.⁠

Media Source: https://unsplash.com/photos/wuo8KnyCm4I⁠
Photo by Francisco Moreno on Unsplash

You can change the Ending!

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Although the traditional and typical way of saying the Setup Statement in EFT Tapping is “Even though I …, I deeply and completely love and accept myself,” we acknowledge that not everyone actually feels this way about themselves. The good news is that you can modify the end of the Setup Statement. ⁠

What is really important here is that you state or acknowledge your problem (Even though…) and then accept that this is your current reality. Tapping may change that reality, but first accepting it is integral to it changing. ⁠

You may want to try other endings to the Setup statement in place of the phrase “I deeply and completely love and accept myself,” such as:⁠

• Even though _____, I am okay.⁠
• Even though _____, right here, right now, I am safe and secure.⁠
• Even though _____, I am opening to accepting myself.⁠
• Even though _____, this is my current reality.⁠

Any of these are OK to say – the most important thing is to acknowledge what is happening in the moment and tap on that.

Do you know your stress signs?

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Stress is often described as a feeling of being overloaded, wound up, tight, tense, and worried. Associated with this state are low energy, upset stomach, headaches, tense muscles, insomnia, and even frequent colds, among other physical consequences. ⁠

Of course, we all experience stress at times. Most people don’t realize that we actually need some stress to motivate us to get a task finished, or to perform well.⁠

One thing I am passionate about with my children, my clients, my students – is that they learn their own stress signs and warnings. We’re not all the same.⁠

Do you know yourself well enough that you know the FIRST sign the wheels are getting wobbly?⁠

Have you taught your children how to recognise this in themselves too?⁠

Fun conversations tonight!!!! 😀⁠

Media Source: https://unsplash.com/photos/-TRcaFMV5vk⁠ Photo by Markus Winkler on Unsplash

New Canadian Guidelines

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New Canadian clinical guidelines advises doctors to go beyond simply recommending diet and exercise for those who are overweight/obese/⁠.

Instead, they recommend GPs should focus on the root causes of weight gain and take a holistic approach to health.⁠

The guideline, which was published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal last month, specifically admonished weight-related stigma against patients in the health system.⁠

“Weight bias is not just about believing the wrong thing about obesity,” ….. “Weight bias actually has an effect on the behaviour of healthcare practitioners.”⁠

Can I get a high five everyone? Loving Canada! 🇨🇦⁠

 

Feeling Overwhelmed?

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Ever felt overwhelmed to the point of overdrive or shutdown?⁠

Here are some ideas on targeting overthinking with tapping, in order to bring calm to your mind.⁠

First, rate any level of distress out of 10 (or any other feeling when you know you are in a cycle of overthinking). ⁠

Let’s begin with the Setup:⁠

Even though I don’t like how I’m feeling right now, I deeply and completely love myself.⁠
Even though I’m trying to think my way out of my emotions, I deeply and completely love myself.⁠
Even though I think too much and it is driving me crazy, I deeply and completely love myself.⁠

Reminder Phrases:⁠

EB: I am thinking too much⁠
SE: I need to stop overanalyzing ⁠
UE: Driving me crazy⁠
UN: Can’t sleep⁠
Ch: My mind is in overdrive⁠
CB: Don’t like this feeling⁠
UA: Too much in my head⁠
TH: Feel overwhelmed ⁠

EB: I am thinking too much⁠
SE: Feel paralyzed by this analysis ⁠
UE: Too much going on in my head⁠
UN: This feeling⁠
Ch: Can’t stand it⁠
CB: Driving me crazy⁠
UA: Overwhelmed ⁠
TH: Mind is full⁠

Remember to pause and check your rating out of 10. If anything else comes to mind as you are tapping, make note of it and start a new Setup Statement, or write it down to tap on it later. ⁠

We explore many of these types of topics especially for introverts –  in EFT for Introverts (available online everywhere).⁠

Media Source: https://unsplash.com/photos/1K9T5YiZ2WU⁠ Photo by Tim Gouw on Unsplash

Tapping to Have a Great Memory

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If you have ever walked into a room and said, “What was I going to do here?” you are not alone! Memory is a funny thing. And many things affect it – being too busy, not getting enough sleep, being stressed, maybe you don’t want to remember (because it involves something like homework!), perhaps even age (older people might like to tell you this).

Because we know stress affects memory and tapping helps stress (and helps decrease the stress hormone cortisol), then tapping might also help your memory!

Have a read of how it has helped these teens.

Recently outside at a high school drama event, one girl (Hayley) was extremely nervous and anxious. An EFT practitioner was there to watch their own child perform and noticed this girl. They asked her what was happening, and offered to help with some tapping. Hayley didn’t know what tapping so they quickly went through the points and started tapping “Even though I get nervous and forget my lines, I deeply and completely respect and love myself.” The reminder phrase was “forgetting my lines.”

After the play, she came up to the practitioner twice, about 10 minutes apart, all excited, and said, “I didn’t forget a single line! Thank you!”

Another way to use tapping for memory, is to use the finger points in exam situations (or where you don’t want to openly tap). You can squeeze each side of the finger nail points as you focus on what you are trying to remember and use words like “Even though I can’t remember what that was, I completely accept myself.”

Next time you walk into a room and forget why you were there, try standing there and tapping the facial points a few times and focus on “not remembering” and see what happens!

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Worst-Case Scenario 😬

One way to rid yourself of the consequences of your False Beliefs is to play the Worst-Case Scenario game. Ask yourself, “What is the worst thing that will happen if I clean out my garage/pay my taxes/go for my mammogram/send Christmas cards in time for the holiday/sign up for school/wash my car?”

Write or say aloud the first thing that comes to mind. Don’t judge yourself on your answer. Ask again, making sure you use the phrase “I’m afraid,” because that is what this is all about. Keep this up until you have run out of the easy answers like “I’ll be happy” or “I’ll be healthy.” Eventually, you’ll hit pay dirt. The answer that springs to mind may have nothing to do with the project you are dawdling over.

That is the point. Once you find out which False Belief is to blame, use EFT Tapping to reassess it and install a new and reasonable alternative.

The Five False Beliefs that keep most procrastinators from moving forward are:
1. Failure is unacceptable.
2. People will dislike, ridicule, exclude, or harm me if I don’t do it right.
3. Success is dangerous.
4. I’m afraid of what the future holds.
5. I don’t wanna, and you can’t make me!

Experiences you have earlier in your life lead you to make decisions that have remained in your unconscious mind ever since. These False Beliefs have been the stage directions in your life story up to now.

Read more in EFT for Teens (Hay House)