If you’ve ever procrastinated on doing something that you knew would be good for you, you are definitely not alone! Been there, done that. Many of us are good at hesitating, delaying, wavering on a decision, or not taking action even when we know it would be helpful to follow through.
Recently I was asked why we might not practice stress-relief techniques we’ve already learned when we know we need them. There may be times when taking a slow, calming breath would help ease a stressful situation, but you don’t. You may know that sitting quietly to clear your mind for five minutes each morning will make you calmer and help the rest of your day go smoother, but you don’t.
There are people who have an existing practice that is working great to reduce their stress, and then they stop practicing, for no apparent reason.
It’s sometimes called self-sabotage: a way of keeping things the same because sometimes the brain thinks that change is a dangerous thing. What might happen if you actually reduced your stress and worked on taking care of yourself? Those questions might be scary things to consider, and so the brain distracts us from taking action. We become stuck. We know what to do but we don’t do it.
Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) tapping is great at helping to change unravel self-sabotage patterns like that. You can tap and talk about the feelings you have when you think about applying a technique but choose not to. This allows you to gently investigate and then neutralize the associated negative emotions.
EFT gets you “unstuck” by removing the self-sabotage blocks in your energy system. I love watching people untangle this frustration and then quickly move forward to change their lives for the better.
The bottom line: you’re not alone in your procrastination or self-sabotage and there is help for changing that response.
I hope you’ll join me for Operation CALM: Your Four-Week Stress Relief Blueprint. We’ll be meeting online each week to learn, practice, and talk about stress relief topics like this. Registration opens September 3 and the course begins September 13. Check it out!
Please remember: It's important to contact a professional if things feel too big for you, whether it be a physician, psychologist, psychiatrist, or certified EFT practitioner. Never discontinue your current medications without first consulting your doctor.