We spend quite a lot of time sharing tips and advice on pulling yourself out of intense emotions in the moment. And the reason we do this is because we know how difficult it can be to stay on track - and in fact, to do anything - when you're in the middle of an emotionally triggered state.
We've all experienced challenges with this. Using FasterEFT is really effective in changing subconscious programming, by changing memories... but you have to use it, for it to work! And when you're feeling intense anxiety, fear, anger, frustration, guilt, shame - or any other negative emotion - it can be very difficult to even make the decision to use it.
State of Emergency
This is because while you're in any kind of triggered emotional state, you are in a level of the fight-freeze-flight emergency state. And, apart from anything else, the prefrontal cortex of your brain (were you do your cognitive thinking) is pretty much offline. That means you literally can't think straight.
And trying to think while you're in this state can result in increasing overwhelm - since you're trying to use a part of your brain that has reduced blood-flow in that moment.
Steve came up with a great analogy for this about a week ago. He said that trying to do anything while in an intense negative emotional state is like having a paper bag over your head, and running around telling people you can't see. :)
You need to take the bag off your head. Then you'll be able to see clearly again. And you'll be able to move forward in a more effective way.
Removing the Paper Bag
Stopping, and taking a moment out of whatever it is you're trying to do, in order to remove the paper bag will mean you'll be able to achieve more - because you'll be able to see where you're going!
Stopping, and taking a moment out of whatever it is you're trying to do, in order to do something that will get you out of the intense emotional state you're in, will mean you'll be able to achieve more - because you'll be able to see more clearly and think more effectively and strategically!
This means that doing whatever it takes to pull yourself out of the intense emotions (get the paper bag off your head) is a top priority - above everything else, because it affects everything else!
Coming up with a contingency plan while you're not in a triggered emotional state can make all the difference. Like a fire drill - it will prepare you to take emergency action when your brain is not fully able to think clearly and strategically.
Ideas for Removing the Paper Bag
Remember to use Zero Tolerance! The earlier you turn off the tap that is pumping stress chemicals into your bloodstream, the quicker and easier it will be to get that paper bag off your head! ;)
Here are a few ideas to add to your contingency plan or fire drill:
Odille and Steve Remmert are specialists in subconscious reprogramming. Having significantly transformed their own lives by changing their subconscious programming, they're excited to be helping others do the same!