One of the greatest ways to begin healing the root cause condition of stress is through a powerful process called Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). It’s also known as tapping.
What is Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)?
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), also known as tapping, is a psychological acupressure technique that supports your emotional health. EFT combines the cognitive benefits of therapy with the physical benefits of acupuncture to restore your energy and heal your emotions. EFT doesn’t use needles. You just stimulate certain meridian points on the upper body (seen in the diagram) by tapping on them with your fingertips.
How EFT works
The goal of EFT is to balance disturbances in your energy field. More than 5,000 years ago the Chinese recognized a series of energy circuits that run through the body. They called these circuits meridians, and today this concept is the basis for acupuncture and acupressure healing.
When you tap on specific energy meridians found on your face, head, arm and chest, you can release old fears, limiting beliefs, negative patterns and even physical pain. While you tap you talk out loud about the issue you are working to heal. Allowing yourself to emote while simultaneously tapping on the energy points sends a signal to the brain that it’s safe to relax. Our fear response, which is controlled by the amygdala, is lessened.
Guided EFT for anxiety and stress
If you feel inspired to begin addressing the root cause behind your stress, let’s begin the EFT process. Please remember to take full responsibility for your own well-being, because sometimes unexpected emotions can come up while tapping.
Start by rating your stress level on a scale of 0 to 10, 10 being the most severe.
Then take a moment to write down the most pressing issue (MPI) causing your stress. Some examples:
- I’m so stressed because of work.
- I’m stressed because of my marriage.
- I’m anxious about this health situation.
Or it can simply be, “I’m stressed out.”
Next, press play on this video and tap with me.
What to do after EFT
Now that you’ve finished your tapping session, rate your MPI on a scale of 1 to 10 again. It’s likely you moved down the scale, maybe from a 10 to a 4 or even a 0!
Take note of the emotional shift that occurred. If this worked for you, then keep tapping! If it didn’t work, keep tapping! Tapping has countless benefits, and stress reduction is one of the greatest. In order to heal your gut you have to heal the root cause condition: stress.