Emotional Freedom Technique for Stress: Stress Inflammation and Illness

emotional freedom technique for stress

EFT for Stress Relief

Emotional freedom technique for stress EFT interrupts the stress response first by relaxing the entire energy system. Then it transforms old, no longer useful beliefs and responses. It does this by  removing the inherent power of psychological negative feedback loops. Thus emotional freedom techniques for stress enable you to find more joy in your life.

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An unemployed spouse…layoffs at work…the mounting needs of an aging parent….each life situation on its own a chronic stressor, each one layering upon the other. These stimuli, like many programs running in the background of a computer, all use up the energy and speed of the hard-drive, as it multi-tasks these various processes. The feedback loop is complex, the wear is cumulative.

The association between stress and illnesses is common knowledge nowadays, and though it can be partially explained behaviorally, there is current research and compelling evidence linking biochemical processes of stress, illness, and lifestyle choices. Biochemical links to stress can now be corroborated with sophisticated laboratory testing, and are now being studied through a multi-faceted lens in conjunction with life-circumstances, diet and other lifestyle habits.

What I’ll address here is an investigation into how much the pervasiveness of modern illness is predicated on modern stress, habit and/or lifestyle. And, how much we can actually have an effect upon.

Q: What Is This Bio-Chemical Correlation Of Illness To Stress?

A: Stress Undermines The Body’s Capacity To Deal With Inflammation.

Q: What’s Inflammation Got To Do With My Health? 

In a study done by Sheldon Cohen at Carnegie Mellon University, members were subjected to a cold virus as well as being measured for stress levels with a prior questionnaire. Not surprisingly, the higher the subjects’ stress scores, the greater the likelihood of catching a cold.

Further studies revealed that the longer the stressful events lasted, the greater their susceptibility of getting a cold.

So How is This Important?
Cortisol, a steroid commonly referred to as a “stress hormone”, is produced by the adrenal gland in response to stress.  The original view of cortisol was straightforward: more stress prompts your body to make more cortisol, and the higher the level of cortisol in your circulation, the worse the outlook for your health.

But-it’s not as simplistic as that. So if it isn’t just, “the more cortisol the worse the effects”, what does the link of cortisol and health portend? We know that the body produces cortisol in response to stress, particularly chronic or high levels of it.

Think of it like a similar and more familiar process: the body’s response to the constant intake of sugar. If you are eating a lot of sugar, particularly on a regular basis, the pancreas has to produce insulin over and over, trying to balance the body’s blood sugar levels. Eventually the body’s natural balancing act is interrupted, as the pancreas no longer responds to high levels of sugar ingestion.

In the case of cortisol, it isn’t the hormone itself that stops working but rather how the body responds to it.

As Cohen tells it: “Cortisol molecules exert their effects on the body’s cells via a set of specific receptor sites, or Glucocorticoid Receptors. When a cortisol molecule attaches itself to a receptor, it triggers a chain of chemical events within the cell. Stress, changes the sensitivity of these receptors; they become resistant to the activating effects of cortisol”.

Like Hydrocortisone or Prednisone, one of cortisol’s key roles in the body is the suppression of inflammation. If the Glucocorticoid Receptors on the cells of the immune system fail to respond, as they should to the presence of cortisol, due to Glucocorticoid Resistance, the body is no longer able to keep inflammation in check.

In Short

Although Cortisol has its own deleterious effects, like breaking down resistance to cold and other viruses, we also need cortisol to do its job in bringing down inflammation. Without its actions, due to GR, our bodies live in a constant cycle of high inflammation. 

Inflammation is the low level elevation of chemical processes that are there all the time. Stress, acutely and chronically increases the inflammatory process. Ongoing stress, and hence constant production of cortisol, reduces the sensitivity of the receptors, or chemical switches that are supposed to control the level of inflammation in the body. Hence:


Prolonged stress is correlated with higher levels of glucocorticoid resistance, where receptors respond inadequately to cortisol levels in the blood. What counts is not the amount of cortisol circulating in the body, but how much our cells respond to it.

The regulation of inflammation plays a big role in the progression (or not) of inflammation based symptoms, and eventually illnesses.

Another Factor

Epidemiologist Professor Michael Marmot, who has spent many years studying peoples’ health, in relation to their socioeconomic class and their status at work, has identified clearly attributable differences in peoples’ material circumstances and behavior, as well as health outcomes. People fare less well when they find themselves unable to determine their own actions and make their own choices.


Emotional Freedom Technique for Stress

 EFT is a perfect stress reliever. It’s a convenient tool that once (quickly) learned, can be used as a first-aid kit for immediate symptoms of stress, and can eventually be used to unwind old and un-useful patterns of handling life’s ongoing momentum.

Everyone responds to life in very different ways, both predicated on how our our families coped, as well as any energetic blocks that might be impeding perception and response. These blocks use up the vital energy that is needed to respond to the daily situations life offers, and this is where EFT is so effective.

EFT not only works “on the spot” with feelings of overwhelm, frustration or upset, it is also unparalleled in changing old, unproductive strategies that get in the way of responding calmly and confidently to situations. In clearing the fears and doubts held in place by old blocks, moving toward a more peaceful and fulfilling life becomes an achievable goal.

A good strategy is to use EFT on an ongoing basis. Most of our lives have a multitude of potentially stressful situations occurring on a daily basis. Life gets more and more complex every day and multi-tasking has become not just the norm, but a necessity.

By using EFT daily to clear overwhelm and frustration, you can clear a way to more skillfully meet life’s twists and turns, and prevent a build up of unresolved blocks that can eventually lead to illness or depression.

Articles worldwide have been written about EFT, particularly addressing its use with stress. Due to its efficacy, more and more people are learning to use this tool, both for themselves as well as with others.

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Lifestyle Choices

Important to take into consideration is that people under a lot of stress, often habitually make lifestyle choices to help them cope. They may find themselves in a loop that doesn’t afford them the time or the energy to figure out where to begin making the changes that would help create a more health directed life. They may eat fast foods or foods high in sugar, use cigarettes, alcohol, caffeine or even drugs to cope with the stress in their lives, and these choices can easily become habits hard to break.  Eventually the bad habits become stressors themselves. Sleep can become elusive and often exercise goes by the wayside. Clearly, lifestyle can either help or hinder the already physical and emotional responses taking place in response to outside stimulus.

Emotional Freedom Technique for Stress

Look at Your Life, and the stressors that contribute to inflammation such as: life-stress, food allergies and sensitivities, food additives, high fat/high sugar foods, chemicals, lack of sleep, living with high EMFs (electro-magnetic-fields), abusive relationships, lack of exercise, etc.

Eat Whole Foods, high in fiber and at least 70% plant-based. Avoid packaged and fast foods. Choose organic foods, if possible without additives, sugars, processed fats or chemicals. Know where your food is grown and raised. Prepare as much of your own food as possible.

Eat Healthy Fats such as olive oil, nuts and avocados. Get plenty of Omega-3 fats from small fish and wild salmon.

Eat Antioxidant-Rich Foods 

Antioxidants neutralize free radicals, which are reactive compounds that can damage body cells and contribute to chronic inflammation. To help reduce inflammation, get lots of antioxidants including: vitamins A, C, and E. Eat lots of organic Fresh fruits and vegetables, especially the colorful ones that are full of antioxidants.

Avoid Allergens, find out what you’re allergic or highly sensitive to and stop eating those foods. Gluten and dairy are two common allergens that can create many different symptoms from subtle to life compromising.

Help your Digestive System, take probiotics to help digest your food, balance the good bacteria in your gut, and get the most nutrition out of what you eat. All this helps your body do its job, and reduces inflammation. Drink plenty of water for good digestion and elimination.

Take Supplements, Multi-Vitamin/Mineral, D3, Omega-3 oil, all help to reduce inflammation. Research the web for more options.

Get Regular Exercise, to reduce inflammation, improve immune function, strengthen cardiovascular system, lower blood sugar, correct insulin resistance, and improve your mood. The latter is an enormous help in erasing the effects of stress.

Learn Relaxation Techniques, take yoga classes, practice meditation, and practice deeper breathing. All of these stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system by engaging your vagus nerve, a powerful nerve that can relax your whole body and ultimately lower inflammation. A hot bath can also do wonders!

Practice Good Sleep Hygiene Go to bed at least 8 hours before you want to awaken, giving yourself time to relax into sleep. Leave at least 2 hours after eating before going to bed. Sleep in a dark room (remove or cover electronic devices with lights). Try not to be on devices with a lit screen within 2 hours before going to sleep. Exercise helps too!

EFT interrupts the stress response by: 1-relaxing the entire energy system 2-transforming old, no longer useful beliefs and responses formerly contributing to negative feedback loops and finding more joy in life.