Out of the blue a friend contacted me. Helen was feeling a bit down and just wondered if “Wendy was around,” so we connected on Skype.
As we chatted it became clear that she was concerned that she was not doing enough in her business and was not earning enough. I’d already told her a bit about my work in stress reduction and performance enhancement, so she asked me if I had any suggestions.
Helen admitted that when she saw appointments for meetings in her diary, she would sometimes feel tired, sad, and not feel well enough to keep them. She would postpone or cancel the appointments. This behaviour sounded symptomatic of stress, albeit at a fairly low level, and it was clearly having a damaging effect on her life.
Modern Stress Management (MSM) teaches that without needing to look for reasons or causes behind “not feeling well enough,” we can reduce stress and raise energy levels, using the SUE Scale (Hartmann 2009) to measure the improvement.
Helen said that she felt that she was at about a +4 or +5 on the SUE Scale. I then asked Helen to think of something she loves, an object, or a memory, a perfume, music, and to really feel her affection, her passion for it.
Helen chose a treasured item, what is it about shoes and bags? She then immediately reported that she felt +8 on the SUE Scale. I encouraged her to amplify her feeling and watched as her smile grew broader and her eyes started to sparkle.
We tapped on the feeling that she described as “Zingy.” I asked her to check how she felt about seeing appointments in her diary, and her response startled me (you never know where energy work is going to take you!) “I’m going to get a new diary, I need a lime green one, this one’s dull and boring. I need a zingy one!”
The rest of our conversation was around how zingy, zesty, bright and colourful our respective businesses are becoming, and we closed on Helen saying that she felt she was up to +10 on the SUE Scale, how wonderful!
Wendy Birse is offering the Modern Stress Management training to EFT Master Practitioners in Scotland on 22, 23, 24 September 2015.