How to Reduce Stress with EFT Tapping

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Editor’s note: This post was updated in July 2018 for clarity and additional resources.

For months I’d been praying for a book that would keep me up at night. The kind I loved so much that I couldn’t put it down!

One afternoon I opened my mailbox to find a package. It was a copy of my dear friend Nick Ortner’s book The Tapping Solution. My prayers were answered!!

For several years Nick has led a tapping revolution. Tapping, otherwise known as Emotional Freedom Technique or EFT, is a psychological acupressure technique that supports your emotional health.

How EFT tapping works

EFT is a healing technique. When you do it, you tap on specific energy meridian points on your body with your fingertips. By tapping you can unblock ancient fears, limiting beliefs and negative patterns.

When you stimulate these energy meridian points, you trigger the amygdala (aka the “fight or flight” part of brain) and signal it to calm down.

When the amygdala gets the memo that it’s safe to relax, stress is reduced fast. I’ve found tapping to be one of the best ways to bust through blocks in just a couple of minutes!

Tapping can help you release judgments and resentments, relieve anxiety, heal pain, feel more confident in your body, and much more.

Using EFT tapping to reduce stress

Now I’m taking my tapping to the next level! After reading The Tapping Solution, I taught myself how to lead a tapping session.

In the video below, l lead you through a tapping session to reduce stress. It will help you feel physically and mentally calmer.

As you tap on the specific meridians I will guide you to talk out loud about certain emotions that come up around stress.

All you have to do is find a quiet, comfortable spot where you can watch the video and follow along. It’s that easy.

Let’s use EFT tapping to reduce stress now!

**One important note: In the video, I ask you to rate your Most Pressing Issue (MPI) before and after tapping. In the video I say to rate it from 1 to 10. However, the scale is actually 0 to 10.

The EFT tapping points

If you want to use EFT tapping on your own to reduce stress, you can refer to the diagram below. This will help you get the hang of the tapping points! This image comes courtesy of Nick Ortner and The Tapping Solution.


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