Allison J. Ewing, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (L.C.S.W.) who has been practicing social work for over 20 years. Allison spent many years providing mental health treatment to inner city youth and families involved in the child welfare system, working primarily with children and adolescents who have had histories of extensive developmental trauma. As time went on, Allison began applying mind/body techniques to her work, beginning initially with mindfulness and meditation, and later EFT. Two years ago, Allison decided to open her own private practice, Inspired Life Tapping LLC., using EFT exclusively, after time and again witnessing powerful results and quick relief for her clients. She now specializes in working with women who are experiencing stress and anxiety as well as fears/phobias, have a history of childhood trauma, and/or who are struggling with weight issues and feel “weighed down” by emotional burdens in life. Allison strives to help women move out of feeling “stuck” in life because of stress and fears holding them back and move into feeling more free, passionate and fulfilled by their lives.
What is your bedtime ritual?
I typically get ready for bed with my hygiene routine and then will spend 10-15 minutes either tapping, meditating or listening to (like
a brief YouTube video from Abraham Hicks for example/reading something inspirational unless I’m too exhausted to do so but I
honestly do try to every night. I like to tap before meditating because it puts me in a calmer place but some nights if I’m keyed
up I will just do tapping only for the whole 10-15 minutes. Sometimes I will tap focusing on a particular issue I’ve been
struggling with and tap about that, sometimes I will pull up tapping videos on YouTube and see what topics call to me or sometimes I will just tap and breathe, taking a deep breath at each tapping point.
I like to set something positive in my mind before sleeping so that its running in my subconscious all night. It all sounds a little cheesy now that I’m writing it out but there you have it LOL. Also recently, I wrote a thank you letter to the universe, thanking it for all of the things in my life I wish to have as though they have already happened and I’ve been reading that out loud each night as well but I just started that a couple of weeks ago. I’ve just started having some of my clients try this one as well and tap while reading it because the tapping will clear any underlying doubts about the things in the letter. I have no TV in my bedroom and I have never been one to be able to fall asleep on the couch, I always have to ‘put myself to bed’ if that makes sense.
What do you do during the day that has the biggest impact (positive or negative) on your sleep?
It’s hard to tell but I think that when I exercise? I know for sure if I work hard, meaning work a lot around the house or yard, in a
really physical way I sleep better. Also if I have coffee after 4 I definitely notice having a hard time falling asleep.
In the last 5 years, what new belief, behavior or habit has most improved your sleep?
The putting something positive in my mind before bed thing for sure. And also I often turn on a YouTube episode with subliminal messages to fall asleep to. I like the channel Vortex Success for this. Also meditating and tapping before bed always makes me sleepy so it’s my go to if I am not sleepy to start.
If you have had a particularly challenging day and your normal bedtime routine isn’t enough for you to fall asleep, what do you try next?
If I am struggling to fall asleep, which typically only happens if I’ve had caffeine late (but more typically I have troubles when I
wake up and can’t fall back asleep) I will turn on either a video (I’m only listening to it though) on Vortex Success that has
subliminal messages for sleep specifically and that usually does the trick or I also have audios on my phone for creating delta and Theta brain waves by Dr. Jeffery Thompson and Kelly Howell, these are very good. I will tap along to them for a few minutes sometimes but I
don’t use the traditional points for sleep, I use the finger points (gently squeeze either side of the nail bed on each finger) because I find that more in line with going back to sleep.
What purchase of $100 or less has improved your sleep the most?
The audios I mentioned above I purchased and I also purchased sleep phones on Amazon. They are flat headphones inside a soft headband so if you are a side sleeper like I am they feel super comfortable. They are $40 typically and they have a short life so I have had to replace them several times. I get about 8 months to a year out of them. I actually haven’t been using them lately because overall my sleep has been good but the videos and audios I have mentioned all say they work better with headphones than without.