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Emotional Freedom Technique for feeling less Tired and Hungry

Apr 8, 2008
You might have experienced the feeling of being tired or hungry even if you've just eaten or had plenty of sleep. This is because of a trick your body sometimes plays on you. It's what I like to call FakeTired and Fake Hungry.

Recently I attended a weekend of lectures in London, something I'd been looking forward to for a while. I remembered finding it hard to concentrate in lectures at Cambridge, usually due to being tired or hung over or confused by the subject, so I made sure to get an early night the night before, and read up on the subject as much as I could.

After a great night's sleep and a light breakfast I arrived at the venue feeling great. But for some reason about ten minutes into the lecture I started to feel really tired. I felt confused and drowsy and could hardly keep my eyes open.

I started to doubt whether I had slept well the night before. I decided to drink some water to help me wake up, went to the toilet, grabbed some fresh air and slapped myself in the face. Leaving the seminar room to run down the stairs I felt awake. But a couple of minutes into sitting down I felt tired again.

This was odd... and it made me start to think. Having done a lot of Tapping, I tend to try and apply it to everything. So I started Tapping the tiredness! It would have been odd to tap away in the seminar room, so I did it in my head - this tends to work just as well, as long as you clearly imagine saying the words, and precisely visualise Tapping the right points.

I started to feel less tired and could easily pay attention to the presentation. I tapped again during the break and again in the evening before I went out. Despite having a drink and getting to bed later than I had intended I felt fresh and awake during the next day's presentations.

This was when I realised there is such a thing as FakeTired - Tirednes You Can Tap Before I tell you how it arises I'll tell you about FakeHungry.

This time it was me giving the lecture, during one of my weekend seminars. We do a lot of Tapping during these weekends, and don't shy away from intense stuff. This often brings up some bad feelings for people, so I frequently ask "how does everyone feel now? does anyone feel less than great?". Sometimes there are cloudy or foggy feelings, but this time a guy said he felt a bit hungry. It was an hour or so before lunch, and maybe he hadn't eaten that much for breakfast.

But a few other people told me they were hungry. We all laughed when I suggested we use EFT on it. However we all became curious when it actually worked. When it came to lunch time the first person still had little appetite and he told me he ate less than usual.

What's going on?

The different signals that our body gives us such as being tired or hungry are interpreted as negative feelings. They are useful in this way because they prevent of from passing out or starving.

Sometimes however, it can happen that we associate these signals of tiredness or hunger with particular locations, activities or people. In my case I spent three years at University attending lectures while being hung over, tired and confused. A strong association had been created in my mind that was still strong many years later.

Similarly, who knows what our minds associate with being hungry, it could be as simple as "I don't have an empty plate in front of me". We can certainly associate it with sitting in a seminar room. Our minds are wonderfully powerful learning machines, and all it takes is one time when you were really hungry and sat in a chair, to associate sitting down with hunger.

When the association is fired off we start to feel FakeHungry or FakeTired and our body can't tell the difference between those feelings and the real thing.

Things get confusing when you can get rid FakeHungy and FakeTired by eating and sleeping. When you eat your body gets the feelings associated with digesting food and these feelings mask the FakeHungry feelings. The FakeHungry feelings might always be present, but we only notice them when the first stages of digestions are over. And this has all happened before you've really become hungry.

Sleeping helps you switch off from negative feelings. Powernapping is less about resting physically and more about taking a break from emotional processes that are happening. It doesn't take long to get away from it by relaxing and closing our eyes, but it's quick to start when we continue what we were doing.

Because our survival mechanism has generated it, FakeTired is fear-based. This creates that strange situation where you are so tired you can't sleep. The fear feelings contained within FakeTired keep you awake to deal with possible danger.

You can also tell the difference between FakeTired and RealTired, or FakeHungry and RealHungry by checking whether you can increase their intensity deliberately. You can do this by just thinking of times when you were very hungry or tired.

As I like to say sometimes; that's something you might like to Tap.
About the Author
Magnus runs Tapping.com, where you can find 13 EFT Videos that take you through your first few Tapping sessions. Visit that site for more articles and Magnus's Emotional Freedom Techniquebook.
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