Do you need an emotional makeover?

April 14, 2009 5:29:52 PM PDT
Quick tips and tools you can apply right away to help you have a more low-stress life.

Quick tips from "Emotional Freedom"

  • Protect Yourself From Emotional Vampires--stay around nurturing positive people and set limits with drainers

  • Overcome Fear--when fear arises about anything including the economy replace it with a positive do-able action step to solve a problem

  • Stay in the Now--stay away from the "what ifs?" and doom and gloom ideas about the future. Instead focus on baby steps you can take to move forward now.

  • Focus on gratitude-- focus on what IS working in your life instead of what is not. Be grateful for your children, spouse, friends, and all the love in your life.

  • Take News Fasts--instead of being addicted to negative news, take time out. Go for a walk. Breathe the air. Do yoga. Laugh with a friend. This will bring balance to your life and help you replenish emotionally

  • Practice the 3 Minute Meditation. To replenish your energy and find a place of calm, take three minutes to focus on deep breathing and a positive image such as a sunset, a river, a flower, a child's face. This will bring you back to center
How emotionally free are you?
To assess your level of emotional freedom at this time, rate each statement to reflect how seldom or often you experience these reactions, where 0 = rarely, 1 = sometimes, and 2 = often.
  1. If I'm angry with someone, I'll breathe and center myself before I react.
  2. When I'm filled with self-doubt or fear, I treat myself lovingly.
  3. When stuck in traffic or if something doesn't happen on my timetable, I have patience.
  4. After a hard day, I focus on what I'm grateful for rather than beating myself up for what has gone wrong.
  5. If people frustrate me, I can avoid getting snippy or copping an attitude.
  6. I feel connected to a sense of spirituality, however I define it.
  7. I check in with my intuition-my gut feelings-when making choices.
  8. If I'm blamed for something, I can avoid lashing out and saying things I regret.
  9. I fall asleep quickly and don't worry about tomorrow's "to-do" list.
  10. If my heart gets broken, I don't give up on love.
  11. I'm a positive person, and don't make small problems into big ones.
  12. I don't seek revenge if someone treats me poorly.
  13. I'm not envious of other people's success if it surpasses mine.
  14. I quickly let go of negative emotions and don't brood on them.
  15. I'm not easily crushed by disappointments.
  16. I don't compare myself to others.
  17. I have empathy for others but I don't become their therapist or get drained by their emotional pain.
  18. I live in the present, rather than dwelling on the past or future.
  19. I feel happy with my life, instead of feeling that it's just passing me by.
  20. I'm good at setting limits with people who drain my energy.
How to interpret this test:
To calculate your emotional freedom score, total the numbers corresponding to your responses.

0 A zero score (and it takes courage to admit that) indicates you haven't found emotional freedom yet. The good news is that it's not hard to transform negative emotions such as anger, envy, and fear into positive ones that will make you feel happy, calm, and confident.

1-14 In some areas of your life, you're starting to have some emotional freedom and success dealing with difficult people and situations. However, when you achieve true emotional freedom, you can give and receive love freely, and life's ups and downs will feel so much easier.

15-29 You have a moderate amount of emotional freedom-enough to fully appreciate the joy and happiness it brings. This score indicates you have done serious work on yourself. Keep up the great progress; serenity and freedom from distress will be your rewards.

30-40 You have a considerable level of emotional freedom in your life. People are drawn to your happy, healthy energy. Emotional freedom is not a set goal-it's a lifelong process that will continue to get stronger and give you profound gifts if you keep building on your positive emotions.

About Judith Orloff, MD
Judith Orloff, MD, is a board-certified psychiatrist, an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at UCLA, and a national best-selling author, whose newest title is Emotional Freedom: Liberate Yourself from Negative Emotions and Transform Your Life.

Known internationally for her pioneering work in emotional freedom, she lectures and presents seminars frequently throughout the world on the interrelationship between intuition, energy awareness, and medicine-a practical marriage that has enormous applications for a wide range of health conditions. Like a growing number of medical researchers, she is proving that links between physical, emotional, and spiritual health can't be ignored. Dr. Orloff has presented to diverse audiences, including: the human potential and alternative health communities; health professionals from medical schools, hospitals, and research institutions; and at Fortune Magazine's Most Powerful Women Summit.

Dr. Orloff is the author of three previous best-sellers, Positive Energy: 10 Extraordinary Prescriptions for Transforming Fatigue, Stress & Fear into Vibrance, Strength & Love (Harmony Books); Dr. Judith Orloff's Guide to Intuitive Healing: 5 Steps to Physical, Emotional, and Sexual Wellness (Three Rivers Press); and Second Sight (Warner Books).

She is a personable, media-savvy expert who has been featured widely in print and online venues, and on radio and television. Recent media credits include O magazine, Self, Glamour, Elle, USA Today, CNN, PBS, The Today Show, A&E, and NPR, among many others.

*Dr. Orloff has an international reputation as an inspirational speaker, a list of previous best-sellers, and a gift for making psychology lively, relevant, and useful to laypeople, which is why she's a popular media guest on national radio and TV. She has been on The Today Show, Early Show, in USA Today and more. For more information: http://www.drjudithorloff.com.

Book signings

Tuesday, April 14, 2009 - Talk and Booksigning 7:00PM
Books Inc.
1375 Burlingame Avenue, Burlingame CA (near San Francisco)
For information: 650-685-4911
Website: www.booksinc.net

Wednesday, April 15, 2009 - Talk and Booksigning 7:30PM
First Congregational Church
2345 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA
($5 admission charge with 10% discount on book purchase)
www.fccb.org

Thursday, April 16, 2009 - Talk and Booksigning 7:30PM
East-West Bookshop
324 Castro St, Mountainview, CA 94041
For information: 650-988-9800
www.eastwest.com

Friday, April 17, 2009 - Talk and Booksigning 12:30PM
Stacey's
531 Market St, San Francisco
For information: 415-421-4687
www.staceys.com

Friday, April 17, 2009 - Talk and Booksigning 7:00PM
Copperfields Books
Wisdom & Wellness series launch
2316 Montgomery Dr, Santa Rosa CA
For information: 707-578-8938
www.copperfields.net

Saturday, April 18, 2009 - Talk and Booksigning 7:00PM
Gateways Books & Gifts
1126 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz, CA
For information: 831-429-9600
www.gatewaysbooks.com

Sunday, April 19, 2009 - Talk and Booksigning 1:00PM
Book Passage
51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera, CA (near San Francisco)
For information: 415-927-0960
www.bookpassage.com


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