Are you feeling anxious, stressed, and overwhelmed these days? Ready to take control of your emotions and transform your life? If the answer is yes, you definitely want to try EFT tapping. You can do it anywhere, at any time, and you don’t need any special equipment. It is a safe and effective tool for anyone looking to improve their emotional well-being and transform their life.
What is EFT Tapping?
EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) tapping is a holistic tool that began in ancient China. It combines gentle tapping on specific points on the body and verbal affirmations to release negative emotions and improve well-being. It’s based on the principle that all negative emotions, including anxiety and depression, are caused by a disruption in the body’s energy system. By tapping on specific points on the body, EFT tapping helps restore balance to the body’s energy system and release negative emotions.
How Does it work?
EFT tapping works by addressing the emotional and psychological aspects of a problem or issue. These disruptions can be caused by past traumas, current stressors, or negative beliefs and thoughts.
When you focus on a specific issue or problem while tapping on the acupressure points, it sends a calming signal to the amygdala, the part of the brain that is responsible for processing emotions. This helps to reduce the emotional intensity of the issue, allowing you to think more clearly and rationally. Additionally, the tapping on the acupressure points stimulates the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Which then helps to reduce physical pain and improve overall well-being.
The verbal affirmation is usually a statement that acknowledges the problem and affirms self-acceptance, helps to rewire the brain and change negative thought patterns. Fun stuff, right?
EFT tapping in 2 easy steps
There are many videos on You Tube to show you how. But briefly:
- You identify the issue you wish to address, rate it from 0 to 10 (10 being the highest you can imagine). Then state your concern in a “Setup Statement,” which helps in turning you into your level of distress. This is typically sound like: “Even though I have this problem (eg, anger), I deeply and completely accept myself.” The first half of the setup statement emphasizes exposure, while the second half frames the traumatizing event in the context of self-acceptance.
- Then you start the tapping process on acupoints on the body while repeating a shortened phrase to stay engaged (eg, feel angry)-“Reminder Phrase.” The tapping sequence uses 8 acupoints on the face and upper body which you normally repeat until your rating is very low (1 or 0).
And voila! You just mastered the tapping!
How long do you tap for EFT?
EFT tapping is typically done for a few minutes at a time, usually around 5-10 minutes. However, the length of the tapping session can vary depending on the intensity of your issue.
What does EFT do to the brain?
Research has shown that EFT tapping can lead to changes in brain activity. For example, studies have found that EFT can increase activity in the prefrontal cortex, which is associated with positive emotions and emotional regulation. Additionally, EFT has been found to decrease activity in the amygdala, which is associated with the stress response.
How many times a day do you do EFT tapping?
Some people may find it helpful to tap several times a day, while others may only need to tap occasionally.
In general, you can tap as often as you need to manage your symptoms and reduce emotional distress. Some people find that tapping once or twice a day is enough, while others may tap several times a day. For example, people with chronic pain or anxiety may tap several times a day to manage their symptoms, while others may only need to tap occasionally.
EFT tapping is a powerful tool that can truly help you transform your life. You can easily learn and do it anywhere, at any time, making it the perfect tool for your emotional first aid kit. I hope I inspired you to give it a try and see the difference it can make in your life.
Related posts and researches on the subject:
- Clinical EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) Improves Multiple Physiological Markers of Health
- The Effectiveness of Emotional Freedom Techniques in the Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A Meta-Analysis
- A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized and Nonrandomized Trials of Clinical Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) for the Treatment of Depression
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