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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  1. It’s really interesting how you said that EFT tapping can help you to release fears and limiting beliefs. My wife has really been struggling lately with feeling good about herself and it is really hard to watch. We will have to find a good EFT tapping service nearby that can help her get back to how she was functioning before.

    1. Sending lots of peace and healing to you and your wife. I hope these tapping videos can offer her some support and relief.

  2. I’m reading Miracles Now at the moment and really enjoying it.

    I’m currently sat in the library writing the last 4000 words of my masters dissertation and felt overwhelmed with stress, panic, anxiety and tears. I remembered the tapping you mentioned in your book and googled it. I was delighted to see a video from you on it with a guided lesson. When I was a child whenever I became anxious or scared I used to find myself tapping my collarbone and I always thought it was an anxious habit, but now I’m thinking perhaps it was actually my body’s way of telling me how to heal and survive.

    Anyway, in the midst of my stress this morning I took myself away to a quiet spot in the library and did your lesson three times (and I chose to repeat the positives twice on the last round). I rated myself as a 8-9 first of all (with tears in my eyes and panic in my chest even thinking about how stressed I was). Then afterwards I rated about a 5. Which I’m pleased with. Back at my desk now and hoping for a productive day. I’m glad to have this tool that I can return to if I need it. So thank you for sharing it.

    I do have one question which you might be able to answer (or anyone else)? I found some of the tapping points quite tender (below my eye and my under arm for example), do you know if this is indicative of anything? Blocks or does it mean that my energy might be getting more stuck in one area than another? I’d be interested to know your thoughts.

    Love and light, xxx

  3. Did this once and it was amazing and incredibly helpful. Went back to do again but now the video doesn’t come up. Also want to share with my husband who is having a lot of stress and bad insomnia lately. Please let me know if there is a way to view it again. Thanks! Michelle

  4. My brother suggested I might like this blog.
    He used to be entirely right. This publish actually made my day.
    You can not consider just how much time I had spent for this information!

    Thank you!

  5. Hi Gabby

    Your reduce stress video with tapping is not coming up on the screen? Love your written intro and can’t wait to watch it. I’ve tried to access it through a few threads and still seems to be absent? I’m all to view all of your other posted vblogs

    Thanks!

      1. Thanks for the clarification on this story . It sure soneudd like a whopper to me as well, and this is the first follow-up news I’ve seen since the original flap. Good reading about sometimg that had been a troubling question in the back of my mind.

  6. Life Changing. To be honest, at first your caveat about the potential for an emotional or physicial reaction made me skeptical but I pushed through to see what EFT was all about. With your words, a deep focus. and true attempt at tapping the tears began to fall – actual release of emotion and stress. The shock of this immediate and real reaction pushed me to explore Nick’s book but I wanted to say thank you for bringing this to me/us.

  7. This was amazing! I have heard of EFT but never seriously tried it until your video and am astounded by how fast it works. I am recently laid off and the job search has been increasingly stressful, but this really helps to put things in perspective. Great work!

  8. Curious how significant the placement of the fingers is when tapping as one previous commenter eluded to. I am curious as well. Nick does it one way, his sister Jessica taps the collarbone for instance with one hand, not fingers. And Nick also uses the 0 to 10 scale after each tapping round and Gabbys one on pain (cant view this one) doesn’t do that each round. Does it matter? Having said all this, I really like and benefit from tapping and am grateful for both Nick and Gabby, have learned a lot. Thanks

  9. I just want to say Gabby that I am in much gratitude to you for sharing this. I went back to this email/video as the stress is getting overwhelming and I want a different way to approach life. You are helping me just by what you are sharing.

    Much love, hugs & gratitude,
    Sandy

  10. I have been tapping for other things, but stress and anxiety are a big issue for me. I’m 59 and have interstitial cystitis and many side effects from cancer treatment and was in an emotionally abusive marriage for too many years. Now I have met someone who knows about my issues and says he likes me for me, but I have all this anxiety rearing its ugly head. Seeing this video couldn’t have happened at a better time! I want to feel confident that in spite of the fact that my body doesn’t work like I would like it to I am still a fabulous woman with a lot to offer!

  11. I meditate as much as possible with my busy schedule but Tapping seems to bring me to the exact place I need to be at the exact moment I need it. Many thanks Gabby for sharing with us and Im with you sister, envoking a stress free mind can open doors we never thought existed. The sensation of Tapping reassures our Body to “chill out” and the physical response of the touch is a gentle reminder that there is something bigger than ourself we have to stay focused on. Thanks again and It was a pleasure meeting you. 🙂

  12. hi Gabby Love you!!! sorry this isn’t about tapping but it had been bugging me for a bit, when i go to sleep at night i wake up but still in a sleep state and have complete visuals of people not sure who they are but they are clear and real and either in an outside setting walking down the street etc,,, this has always happened but it is really clear now and i remember it in the morning. any suggestions on how or what to do

  13. Gabby…every word you spoke so expressed how my stress was constricting me that I kept opening my eyes and smiling, thinking “can she see me or something?” haha! Thanks for a wonderful tapping session. I have tapped in the past, but fell out of the habit. Your video today has helped me recalibrate my energy significantly. I will return to this video often as I get back in the habit of tapping! Thanks so much:)

  14. Gabby,
    Wow I had no idea how much I had to release! I didn’t realize how stressed and scared I really was until I did this practice with you. I am saving this video to use again and again. Very powerful. Of course I have also ordered Nick’s book. Looking forward to sharing this with my students as well.
    In love and appreciation,
    Cara Viana

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