One of the greatest ways to begin healing stress is through a powerful process called Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). It’s also known as tapping.
what is emotional freedom technique (eft)?
EFT, also known as tapping, is a psychological acupressure technique that supports your emotional health. It 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.
eft for anxiety and stress
If you feel inspired to start addressing the root cause of 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.
eft for pain
Sometimes our obsession over physical pain stems from an emotion. Our emotions trigger shifts in our body’s delicate balance of hormones and neurotransmitters. Positive emotions support our health, while negative emotions stimulate stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol.
Negative emotions are also a major contributor to pain. Tapping on your pain allows you to release your emotional attachment to it, thereby relieving the physical discomfort as well. If it sounds powerful, that’s because it is!
When you watch this video, repeat each phrase I say while tapping on the different meridians specified. Just follow my lead and expect miracles!
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.
For more stress-reduction resources, check out my article on gut health and stress.
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