EFT for Anxiety and Stress: Guided Tapping Video

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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)?

EFT tapping points by The Tapping Solution | EFT for anxietyEmotional 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.

For more mental health resources, check out my blog post on gut health and stress as well as my blog post on spiritual and practical tips for anxiety.

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  1. Gabby, Thank you so much for left. I am more balanced. I have cancer but my husband is let’s say void of this. no compassion. flowers. and I feel alot of self pity which is destroying me. Left helps me to calm down and focus, much love, good vibes and peace.

  2. I’ve done this yesterday and today – working with the same issue (money anxiety, not feeling financially secure enough).
    What I find interesting – besides my MPI going down, is that I can feel my root chakra opening up in the second round and by the final round I can feel an easier flow throughout all of my chakras. A nice, warm, fuzzy, cosy flow of energy.
    Thank you Gabby, this exercise is incredibly helpful to instantly release anxiety.

  3. Gary Craig’s EFT saved me years of strife by helping me resolve a bad familial relationship. It didn’t help me as much with physical ailments (except for the odd headache) but I never really gave those issues that much effort. The one miracle it provided was enough! I am pleased to see Gabby Bernstein is so faithful to the actual Emotional Freedom Technique Gary Craig created in 1995. There have been a lot of spin offs. EmoFree.com goes into the training pretty in depth.

  4. This was my second time tapping with you. The first time we did some in your recent live stream and I loved it. This time I felt the benefits even more. I went from a 6 to a ZERO! This practice is absolutely amazing. I can’t wait to keep doing this. I love you Gabby!

  5. Hi Gabby
    I found that each time I reached the top of the head in the anxiety tapping routine I burst into tears. It was like my anxiety changed to sadness.
    I suspect there’s a lot of sadness in me.
    Should I then change my MPI to sadness?

    1. Hi Jane. Crying is a very natural reaction to tapping. Practicing EFT can bring stuck emotions up and out. Other reactions might include sneezing, coughing, or burping. Be gentle with yourself and let those tears flow. <3

  6. Recent loss of my mother (March 2019)has really amped up my anxiety, plus an overwhelming sadness. I struggle to keep the tears at bay while tapping, as if I’m taking a moment for it to take over rather than lessen. But I’m really trying!! Any thoughts on this pattern of grief and the use of EFT? Thanks! ❤️ Lindee

    1. Sending you lots of love and healing.

      If you’re feel overwhelmed by grief, please tap with caution. Talk your therapist or doctor before tapping to get support on how to handle strong feelings that may come up. Here are some wonderful, supportive tapping videos on grief:

      Brad Yates video for tapping on loss & grief: https://youtu.be/kDyw3MLwzmo

      The Tapping Solution (Nick Ortner)’s 52-minute audio lesson and EFT guidance on processing grief: https://www.thetappingsolution.com/blog/grief-hurts/

  7. Thank you for sharing this. Tapping is the next step on my journey. I’m going to try to incorporate this into my morning routine. You are very inspiring, I’m on a similar journey and have started publicly sharing my story.

  8. Synchronicity at its finest again! This morning I said out loud, I don’t want to keep getting upset, I don’t want this fear and anxiety on a certain issue to keep clouding me and once again you have delivered! I opened my inbox this morning and came across your blog on detoxing with details on tapping. Once again, thank you Gabby xo

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