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   This is another great question and thank you for asking, MR.  Although, as usual, there are lots of questions I would like to ask in response, I can at least say that yes, EFT and homeopathy, individually and/or together are excellent tools for helping with anxiety.

As is, you maybe surprised to know, drinking water!  When we are dehydrated our bodies go into “drought-management” mode and release hormones into the bloodstream which can cause us to feel anxious.  To know whether or not you are dehydrated, just check the colour of your urine.  If you are properly hydrated, your urine will be a colour between clear and very pale yellow. Anything darker than that indicates dehydration.

There are over three hundred different homeopathic remedies that could help with anxiety and panic attacks and finding the right one for any particular individual involves careful understanding of that person’s experience of anxiety, as well as a good knowledge of their life history.

Tapping along with the exercise “EFT Demo – Feeling Bad” – using your own words may help in the short term.  For more long-lasting resolution, working with a practitioner is likely to be helpful.

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   Last week, someone I have been working with emailed to let me know that she has been using the EFT demonstration videos on my website and has found them helpful.  I was really thrilled to know that – it’s exactly why I made them and you never know with these things whether people are going to find them useful or not.  Her kind feedback spurred me on to make another video that has been in my mind for a while – EFT for sleeping problems.  Here it is below – and if you would like to have the free information sheet with the words on (so you can do the exercise in bed), you can get it here.

   That’s exactly what I thought until last year, at Christmas when two of my family had the flu and EFT helped them feel better.

If you’re suffering from a cold or flu right now, give this a try.  Think about what the main symptom is and where in your body you are feeling it.  Then decide how intense that feeling is on a scale of 0-10, where 0 is that feeling is not there and 10 is it’s the most intense it could be.  You could also think about how having a cold or flu is making you feel – fed up, irritable, impatient, etc.  Then, go through the tapping points saying something similar to this – whatever fits your own, personal symptoms.  (If you’re not sure where the tapping points are, you can find out by watching the EFT Demo Feeling Bad here).

Tapping on your karate chop point:

  • Even though I’m feeling all bunged up and it’s really annoying, I’m OK
  • Even though I’m all bunged up and I can’t think straight and I feel really poorly, I deeply and completely love and accept myself
  • Even though I’m all bunged up and I feel really poorly and I can’t do the things I want to, I deeply and completely love and accept myself
  • (Tapping on the top of your head) Feeling all bunged up
  • (Tapping between your eyes) Really annoying
  • (Tapping at the corners of your eyes) Feeling really poorly
  • (Tapping under your eyes) So fed up
  • (Tapping under your nose) Allowing that to go now
  • (Tapping on your chin) Releasing it now
  • (Tapping on your collar bones) Allowing it to go now
  • (Tapping under one arm) Releasing it now
  • (Tapping under the other arm) Releasing it now 
Take a big breath in and out and then just check how you are feeling – on the same scale of 0-10.  If your number has gone down, but not to 0, repeat the exercise and check again.  If your number still hasn’t gone down, it may be helpful to think about the emotions connected to feeling poorly – are you worried about work, frustrated, fed up that you’re missing out on something, angry?  If you become aware that there is a strong emotion connected to the poorliness, then it may be helpful to you to do a couple of tapping rounds just on that feeling.  Use the EFT Demo Feeling Bad to tap along with.

   If you feel the symptoms of a cold or flu coming on, treat yourself to this delicious, soothing drink … you may be surprised at how much better you feel afterwards (whether you add the whiskey or not!!).

Ingredients

A tsp of grated, fresh root ginger
A good slug of whiskey (optional but nice!)
A pinch of turmeric
Juice of half a lemon
Boiling water
Two tsp of honey (to taste)

Method

  1. Boil the kettle
  2. Put the grated, fresh root ginger into a mug and add the whiskey and turmeric.
  3. Pour in the boiling water and stir.
  4. Add the lemon juice and stir.
  5. Add the honey and stir.
  6. Find yourself somewhere cosy and comfortable to be – sip and enjoy.

   Nobody, right? Or do you? If you think about it, colds tend to occur at specific times of the year – Winter and Spring – and it’s possible that a cold is your body’s way of adjusting to the new season. So maybe the best thing to do when you get a cold is to take a couple of days off work and look after yourself. Get plenty of rest and sleep, drink plenty of water and orange juice (packed full of vitamin C) and maybe even treat yourself to a warming hot toddy (recipe coming in tomorrow’s blog). This will give your body the best possible chance to do what it needs to prepare itself for the oncoming season.

Homeopathy can help with cold and flu symptoms, in fact there are over thirty different medicines that can help with flu and many more that may help with a cold.  Here are the details of the three most commonly used homeopathic cold and flu medicines – if your symptoms fit, give the medicine a try.  If none of these seem to fit your symptoms, take a look here where there are many more to choose from.

Aconite: You really want to keep this one in your medicine cupboard because it is a great remedy for nipping a cold or flu in the bud when the symptoms have come on quickly. Take it as soon as you notice the first symptoms – which is likely to be after you have been out in the cold. You will have lots of sneezing with pain at the root of your nose.  Your mucous membranes will be dry, you may have lots of shivering, feel quite anxious and feel worse in the evening or at night.

Ferrum phos: This medicine may help when your symptoms come on gradually. You may have a sore throat and a feeling that the cold is going to affect your ears or your chest.  You may feel weak and leathargic and have a flushed face and your eyes may be red and burning.

Gelsemium: This is the most commonly used homeopathic medicine for flu – you have the common flu symptoms of feeling heavy, lethargic and dull, your limbs ache, you feel dull and you may have shivers running up and down your back.

   This morning I went to a networking meeting and one of the lovely women there suddenly interrupted all conversation to say, “Right ladies, I’ve got a question for you – what is the opposite of procrastination?”  Well, we made our individual and varied replies which she acknowledged as being good, but not right – “close, but no cigar” as my brother would say.  And then she announced “The opposite of procrastination is discipline.”

This came as a surprise to me, especially being delivered in such an “and that’s the end to it” kind of a way.  I think it came as a surprise to other people too as a discussion then ensued as to what discipline is.  Despite the many Smart Phones around the table, no-one managed to summon up definitions for anything before it was time to go and, being the kind of person who likes to have loose ends all tied up, I looked things up when I got home.

In case you are interested, the Chambers Dictionary (9th edition) definition of procrastination is “to defer action; to put off what should (we don’t like that word) be done immediately.” and the Chambers Thesaurus (3rd edition) has, as the opposite to procrastination “advance, proceed”. Discipline simply doesn’t come into it.

Discipline is defined in Chambers as “training designed to engender self-control and an ordered way of life.”

So rather than being the  opposite of procrastination, discipline could be a means out of procrastination and into action … for some people.

For other people, it may be useful to consider that everything we do, we do for a reason.  Even not-doing.  Which is what procrastination is.  And it may be helpful to simply accept that we are not-doing, at the moment, for a reason.

For myself, sometimes, when I finally get around to doing something that I have been deferring, I realise that whilst I was not-doing, my wonderful brain was working out the best way to do it.  Quietly, in the background, unbeknownst to me.

   This is a great question Sam – thank you for asking.  As a homeopath, there are lots of questions I need to ask in response to it. Irritating, I know – answering a question with more questions!  Here’s the thing though, when I look in my book of symptoms (known to homeopaths as The Homeopathic Medical Repertory), under the symptom “Wakes at night at 3.00 am” there are 48 different medicines to choose from.  So, I need to work out which of those 48 is going to be the best one for Sam.

To begin with, I want to know how long Sam has been experiencing this problem and what was happening when it started.

Then there’s the question of how Sam wakes.  You see some people wake suddenly, or as if they’ve heard a noise, or from hunger or thirst, from dreams, heat or coldness, needing to go to the loo, or from perspiration.  For other people, the waking seems to be causeless.

After that, it’s what is keeping Sam awake?  Is it thoughts of business, anxiety, restlessness or just feeling wide awake?

Has Sam got any idea what is causing this sleep problem?  And how has Sam been feeling since the sleep problem started – more irritable than normal, weepy, or just tired?

So, before I can recommend a homeopathic medicine to help Sam with this sleep problem, I need quite a lot more information.

In the meantime, what you could try, Sam, is to drink some water when you wake up and take a tiny bit of salt – straight salt if you can bear it and, if not, a couple of crisps or something similar.  A drop of lavender on your pillow may help you to feel more relaxed and sleepy.

And then you could just do a bit of tapping.  If you don’t know about EFT you can go here and watch the demonstration on “Feeling Bad”.  Instead of saying “Even though I’m feeling like this” you can tap in the same way and say “Even though I can’t get back to sleep” as you tap on the karate chop point and then as you go through the points from the top of your head to under your eyes you can say “Can’t get back to sleep” and from under your nose to under your arms you can say “Choosing to relax now”.  Then you can go through all the points from the top of your head to under your arms alternating “Choosing to relax” and “Choosing to go back to sleep”.

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