By Diana E. Ruiz, Special for USDR
Veterans have selflessly put their lives on the line for our country. Not many of them or us fully realize that their lives are not the only things they are sacrificing when they serve. The toll of battle can affect their psyche, emotional wellbeing, and relationships with themselves, families, children, and the ability to obtain, hold, and keep gainful employment. Their mental, spiritual, and physical health can be devastated as well by the effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
PTSD is common after experiencing a traumatic event. The memory associated with that event can play over and over much like a broken record. Each time it plays the emotions connected with that even get triggered again and again. The stress from these emotions can create real physical health issues because of the mind/body connection. In 1977 Dr. John Knowles, President of the Rockefeller Foundation, wrote in DAEDALUS, (Winter, 1977): “80% of serious illnesses seem to develop when the individual feels helpless or hopeless.”
A veteran suffering from this condition can come to feel helpless in the wake of PTSD and that his brain is working against him/her, but the opposite is true. I know that sounds strange, but stick with me and I’ll explain.
OUR AMAZING BRAIN
We are born with a magnificent brain that runs our inner rejuvenation 24/7. Our body rejuvenates every seven years – every seven years we have an entirely new body! Our magnificent brain signals how many breaths to take, keeps the rejuvenating flow going strong and sets our immune system in motion when we get ill – and we don’t even have to think about it. It even provides us with lightning fast responses when we get into physical danger – pretty amazing!
A pesky attribute about the brain, is sometimes, no matter how positive our outlook on life is, traumatic events we experience, such as being around atrocities associated with war, can deeply affect our sense of safety causing stress and anxiety months or years after the physical event has passed. There is a part of our brain that keeps that memory alive in an attempt to protect us from allowing it to happen again. This mechanism is actually trying to “help keep us safe”.
When an emotion connected to a specific memory of a past traumatic event severely interrupts sleep, health, relationships, and work, it has passed its usefulness of keeping us safe and becomes destructive. The emotions from these memories can take on a life of their own and become very disruptive. I call these “Zombie Emotions.” They’re not actual zombies but these emotions have zombie-like qualities. They are old, they’ve outlived their usefulness, they have no constructive purpose, no real agenda, and like zombies, everywhere they wander, they seem to create chaos and fear at the most inconvenient times. They aren’t welcomed, but leaving on their own is the last thing they want to do, and no matter how you try to get rid of them, they keep coming back. Unfortunately, being on high alert for danger all the time triggers adrenaline and cortisol which slows healing and natural rejuvenation processes.
Zombie Emotions are the cause of:
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
THE NATURAL REMEDY – EMOTIONAL FREEDOM TECHNIQUE
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is rapidly gaining attention as a natural way to reduce the stressful effects of PTSD. EFT is a disarmingly simple technique easy enough for a child to learn in a few minutes. It reduces depression, as seen in a Harvard study, and reduces cortisol by 24% thirty minutes after using it and is being used successfully to help veterans reduce the effects of PTSD because it effectively reduces stress of all kinds.
I personally used EFT to reduce my own PTSD, depression, and the stress from a debilitating social phobia and panic attacks. I went from being too afraid to walk out in a parking lot in broad daylight to being on stage, speaking, entertaining, and authoring a book. It transformed my marriage and deepened my relationships with family and friends. When I learned to do it myself, it changed my life so dramatically that I became certified and now show others how to use this simple technique to transform their lives. I’ve included bonus instructions on EFT techniques in my new book Healing Your Life with Water—How to Use Your Mind, Body, and Water Connection to Awaken Your Inner Fountain of Youth.
EFT AND THE BRAIN
Bruce Lipton, PhD, stem cell biologist and author of The Biology of Belief, describes EFT as a tool that can literally “erase and record” the negative playback of the subconscious mind. EFT offers very rapid ways to push the record button and rewrite the unhelpful thought-looping and programming of a bothersome issue in a matter of 10-15 minutes, so you can change your life.
REAL HELP FOR VETERANS – FREE
Simple instructions for veterans to learn how to do this technique can be found on www.stressproject.org. This site dedicated to providing FREE EFT instructions and sessions to veterans because eight out of ten veterans test negative for PTSD after six one-hour sessions. If you or a loved one is suffering please be their hero and pass this information along to them.
If you are a veteran, I honor and thank you for your service and courage…this article and my book was written especially with you in mind. Eliminating zombie emotions and feeling better is easier than you think. Your robust mental and physical health depends upon tapping back into healthy and rejuvenating emotions such as; joy, peace, compassion, confidence and anything else that makes you feel honestly good. The easiest, simplest, natural, and proven way to reduce stressful effects of PTSD is Emotional Freedom Technique. Feeling honestly good about yourself and life is the true measure of success…and I wish that for you!
Diana E. Ruiz is a certified practitioner of EFT, a disarmingly simple technique that relieves stress in the workplace and at home. She used this powerful technique to eliminate her own intense social phobia and other fears so she could achieve her longtime dream of being an author/speaker/educator. Diana has a Master’s in Communications and has recently been awarded “Businesswoman of the Year 2012” for Western Washington by the National Association of Professional Women.
She shares her unique message about the Mind, Body and Water connection through her seminars and training programs.
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