Patients who book in for acupuncture treatment don’t usually ask for needles – they are much more likely to ask for help with a condition, for example stress. Here we talk about fine tuning the controls: stress.
According to Google, stress is ‘a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances’.
If we look at the potential causes of stress, we will end up with a list as long as our arm. There are usually however contributory factors resulting from the way we perceive the world around us. Inserting needles into acupuncture points to free up stagnation can help to engender a feeling of calmness, creating a break in which real change can take root.
Patients ask what else they can do to help. It is at this point that I will discuss the traffic light approach.
In this model we are invited to rate the issues that demand our attention according to three labels – full control, partial control and no control. For example, we have no control over the weather, have full control over whether we submit our annual tax return, but are likely to have some control over the final tax bill (depending how we fill in our form).
The Wrong Label
In my experience, stress symptoms seem to point all too often to key tasks and decisions that we have attributed to the wrong label. A feeling of pushing against a brick wall may be just that, trying to change something we have no control over.
So here is my suggestion for you. If you are a habitual list maker why don’t you experiment with labelling each task according to the traffic light system. This technique will free you to focus on those items you have some or full control over and improve your efficiency. If you find this helpful please leave a comment here.
Fine Tuning The Controls: Stress