Do You Have an Emotional First Aid Kit?

Meg DeakDid you ever consider that you need an emotional first aid kit? Having something you can do for stuck, painful or overwhelming emotion is as important to your health as having ointment and bandages for cuts and sprains. We call emotions “feelings,” because we feel them – in our physical bodies. If wefeel them, physically, then they are affecting us, physically – for good or ill.

Laugh and you strengthen your immune system.  Rage and you increase your blood pressure and inflammation triggering cytokines. Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) is a perfect addition to your first aid kit.

Emotions-can-cause-aches-and-painsMy first experience of the power of EFT came when I had a panic attack at a concert. It wasn’t the music – it was the fact that I realized I had left a turned-on curling iron on a dresser…three weeks after returning to my home…following a fire in a neighbor’s home. Dumb? Yes. A perfect recipe for panic? You bet!  Vision blurred, heart pounding, can’t breathe, I’m-gonna-die panic. Fortunately, I had something for emotional first aid.

Within five minutes, using EFT, I was completely calm and realized that whatever was going to happen had already happened and I couldn’t change it. On the way home I hoped all was safe – and it was, but I had no emotional charge, during the slow drive home…oh yeah, slow, because it was snowing. So I learned two good lessons that day: always double check appliances and EFT really works.


Several years later, I found it even works on bee stings.  Over the years, each time I was stung, my reaction became worse and worse, until the last time.  I tapped, because I was afraid.  What was surprising to me was that not only did the fear leave, but there was almost no reaction to the sting.  My arm did not swell, and there was only the tiniest bump with no pain.  So glad I had EFT in my first aid kit.

Feelings are natural and important.  They’re part of our survival mechanism, telling us about our environment.  We’re meant to feel it, express it and let it go. That doesn’t always happen. Candace Pert, PhD, who wrote Molecules of Emotion, tells us how emotions can get stored in the body.

“A feeling sparked in our mind or body will translate as a peptide being released somewhere. [Organs, tissues, skin, muscle and endocrine glands], they all have peptide receptors on them and can access and store emotional information. This means the emotional memory is stored in many places in the body, not just or even primarily, in the brain. You can access emotional memory anywhere in the peptide/receptor network, in any number of ways. I think unexpressed emotions are literally lodged in the body.  The real true emotions that need to be expressed are in the body, trying to move up and be expressed and thereby integrated, made whole, and healed.”  –

Life Rhythms helps you access the emotions waiting to be expressed. And, if you’d like EFT for your first aid kit, register for my next workshop, Tapping into Joy, planned for October 3, 2015.