SEW AND WRITE YOURSELF HAPPY…

Let your needle and thread give you a whole new sense of calm with this fabulous new book, The Little Book of Sewing by Karen Ball.

The author mixes no none sense sewing tips with essays, quotes and anecdotes to help you change your passion for fashion into something amazing. Available from Amazon for £7.46 and other good book shops.

Or, start writing in calligraphy which has made a massive come back this year. You could make a start with The House of Cards, Calligraphy Craft Kit, which is also available from Amazon for £11.74. The kit offers the perfect introduction to this style of writing and a lovely hobby to enjoy.

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EFT, EMOTIONAL FREEDOM TECHNIQUE ALTERNATIVE THERAPY FOR PAIN…

EFT short for Emotional Freedom Techniques is a form of acupuncture that involves gently ‘tapping’ specific points on the body with fingertips to treat an emotional or physical symptom.

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The therapy is based on the theory that all negative emotions disrupt the body’s energy system and stimulating certain points will relieve the emotions. You can either go and visit a qualified EFT therapist or learn the technique yourself. It’s easy to learn and involves four stages.

It has been used to treat a wide range of emotional problems including anxiety, phobias and grief as well as physical aches and pains.

You can find lots of information from the Emofree site.

Wikipedia describes it as a ‘form of alternative psychotherapy that purports to manipulate the body’s energy field by tapping on acupuncture points’. Some call EFT ‘a new acupuncture without the needles’ and ‘energy psychology’. Success rates for EFT are not 100% but it certainly has a high success rate for some.

The Energy Therapy Centre in London explains the concept of EFT –

Often referred to as “Psychological acupressure”, the technique works by releasing blockages within the energy system which are the source of emotional intensity and discomfort. These blockages in our energy system, in addition to challenging us emotionally, often lead to limiting beliefs and behaviours and an inability to live life harmoniously. Resulting symptoms are either emotional and/ or physical and include lack of confidence and self-esteem, feeling stuck anxious or depressed, or the emergence of compulsive and addictive behaviours. It is also now finally widely accepted that emotional disharmony is a key factor in physical symptoms and dis-ease and for this reason, these techniques are being extensively used on physical issues, including chronic illness with often astounding results. As such these techniques are being accepted more and more in medical and psychiatric circles as well as in the range of psychotherapies and healing disciplines.

An EFT treatment involves the use of fingertips rather than needles to tap on the endpoints of energy meridians that are situated just beneath the surface of the skin. The treatment is non-invasive and works on the ethos of making a change as simple and as pain-free as possible.

EFT is a common sense approach that draws its power from Eastern discoveries that have been around for over 5,000 years. In fact, Albert Einstein also told us back in the 1920’s that everything (including our bodies) is composed of energy. These ideas have been largely ignored by Western Healing Practices and as they are unveiled in our current times, a human process is reopening itself to the forgotten truth that everything is Energy and the potential that this offers us.

In the short time since it’s inception by Gary Craig in the 1990’s, EFT has provided thousands of people with relief from all manner of problems and conditions, often in startlingly quick time and after long and painful periods of searching for a cure. The diversity of successful treatments have ranged from trauma and abuse, phobias, self-sabotaging behaviour patterns, to deep-set emotional conditions of anxiety and depression, addictions, physical illness, to name but a few.

EFT is drawing attention from the broad spectrum of healing professionals; from the scientists to the spiritualists and everyone in between. It is at the heart of the rejoining of the old and new paradigms.

EFT restores awareness and trust in the natural healing abilities of our mind and body, providing ground-breaking opportunities to achieving physical and emotional well-being in a faster time frame.

Because the techniques are so simple, they can be used effectively as a self-help tool, which empowers people to actively contribute to their own healing and development process. This facilitates a much faster relief process, previously believed impossible by healthcare professionals who advocated lengthy (& often painful) hours in psychotherapeutic or medical care, often with limited results. These techniques do not discredit the medical and psychotherapeutic professions, but rather serve to contribute to a holistic healing process.

It works by working on its discovery statement that:

Our negative emotions are caused by a disruption in the body’s energy system

EFT works to clear such disruptions and eliminate the resulting emotional response or intensity to restore emotional harmony and offer relief from physical discomfort.

This is done by focusing on the specific problem whilst tapping with fingers on the endpoints of energy meridians. The combination of sending kinetic energy to our energy system, whilst uncovering and focusing on root causes, facilitates a “straightening out” of the energy system thereby eliminating the “short circuit” to the body’s learnt response or negative emotion.

The EFT points in a helpful chart.

WHAT CAN CAUSE FIBROMYALGIA FATIGUE?…

According to Healthline fatigue in fibromyalgia patients can be a noteworthy objection.

The National Fibromyalgia Association say that approximately 76 percent of fibromyalgia sufferers experience fatigue that doesn’t leave even after rest.

The fatigue brought about by fibromyalgia is not the same as ordinary tiredness. The feeling might be portrayed as a physical weakness, unrefreshed rest, absence of vitality or inspiration, trouble with concentration, physical weariness and unrefreshed sleep.

Fibromyalgia fatigue can affect some sufferers so badly that they are incapable to work, address family events, or take part in any form of exercise.

Specialist are looking hard at understanding the association among fibromyalgia patients and this weakness and fatigue. In spite of the fact that the reason for fibromyalgia isn’t completely comprehended, the condition is thought to be the consequence of the cerebrum and sensory system, which could confirm why it causes problems with your muscles, joints, and bones.

There is one theory to why fibromyalgia additionally causes fatigue so badly and that is that the fatigue is the consequence of your body attempting to manage the pain you are in. I think that makes complete sense to me as pain is totally draining. And of course another part of fibromyalgia is the difficulty in sleeping leaving us with sleep deprivation so it’s a vicious circle.

PLEASE OFFER ME A SEAT AVAILABLE IN CERTAIN AREAS…

In the event that you battle to stand while using open transport, there is a free identification badge which enables you to alarm others that you need a seat.

A considerable number of people have conditions or a sickness but have nothing to show about there condition are in need of a seat on all forms of transport. With this badge you don’t have to clarify your purpose behind the badge but you should be offered a seat.

Around 78 per cent of people who carry the TfL badge say that they now find it a lot easier to get a seat on the bus or Tube. But this is a London-centred scheme. With more than one in six people in the UK have an ‘activity limiting’ condition, accounts from across the UK generally paint a picture of inaccessibility and discomfort on public transport for those with invisible conditions.

If you see someone with a badge or card and you are seated, they say you should stand and offer them your seat. While there are priority seats on public transport, they would like to encourage all customers in any seat, to be considerate and offer their seat to those that are less able to stand.

I am surprised it has taken so long for this to be developed but just reading the difference it has made to people suffering from MS, cancer, being pregnant, to name a few. I just hope it won’t be long before other councils follow suit. If your council has launched this please let us know in a comment for others to take advantage of it.

Not all local councils cover this badge but it might be just worth writing to yours if you cannot find anything online. The ones I found were London, Greater Manchester, and Network West Midlands.