COVID 19 Stress, Substance Abuse & Relief with Tapping Technique
Is it possible to FEEL BETTER even though the stresses and strains of staying at home, job uncertainty, kids underfoot and spouses…being extra together?
Yes. While Tapping Technique won’t change situations, it can help you cope better. Effective coping is really important.
Tapping Technique can help lower the stress/fight/flight response to the uncertainty, forced stay at home and relationship challenges. Lowering stress lowers reactivity and give us more a sense of control/choice over our emotions.
During this COVID time more people are coping by upping their substances or by relapsing from recovery. It’s understandable, but not going to solve anything in the long run. Substance abuse also adds to domestic friction, and reactivity. BREATHE…
Anyone who already has some PTSD from the past can get extra triggered right now. According to Bessel van Der Kolk, author of The Body Keeps the Score in an article in the June 2019 Psychotherapy magazine :
“Approximately one-third to one-half of severely traumatized people develop substance abuse problems.”
Post traumatic stress means that the upset caused by the original event is lingering and affecting a person’s ability to be happy, healthy and have good, secure relationships and of course can affect the ability to remain sober.
I love Tapping Technique and use with myself and have taught it to hundreds of clients. The one I prefer is Emotional Freedom Technique. It’s designed to release stuck, repressed emotional pain carefully and safely. EFT is also an excellent quick remedy for calming anxiety and stress.
Emotional Freedom Technique might help you if you struggle with staying sober, if you keep relapsing, or if you have particular triggers, say, fights with a spouse that give you a good excuse to get drunk. EFT can also help calm overreacting to the anger, pain, stress or anxiety that fuel cravings.
EFT is my #1 Top recommended technique to release stress, anxiety and past pain.
You can easily learn EFT with guidance from the link above. Here’s a blog Intentional JOY that goes into more detail. Know that we will get through this stay-at-home time and back to some sort of new normal. Feel free to contact me for support, guidance, a little encouragement or a gentle kick in the pants to stay on track.
Lynn Telford-Sahl is a Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor with a Masters in Psychology with a Holistic Specialization from John F. Kennedy University in Orinda, CA.
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