One day last summer I went for a walk with my then two-year-old daughter. When we got to the lake, a woman was sitting on a bench and her dog was running around nearby. We were still about 3 metres away from them, when she suddenly shouted at me, “She can’t touch my dog!” in a very aggressive tone. We exchanged a few words, and it became clear the woman was just waiting to pick a fight. I realized I needed to get out of the situation before I also became angry and aggressive and upset my daughter, so we left. I felt upset and powerless, and shaking with anger. My daughter was crying and disappointed and it seemed like our day had been ruined.
We sat down on a grassy patch and I started tapping with my fingers on points on my face and hands. After about ten minutes, I was feeling completely calm and happy again. I actually felt sorry for that woman – something difficult must have been going on in her life or that day that made her feel so prickly. I also tapped on my daughter and talked to her about what had happened. We enjoyed the rest of our walk and the rest of the day – nothing had been ruined after all!
So what was it I was doing? What is ‘tapping’ and how did it work?
What is EFT tapping?
EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) is a powerful and simple tool for stress relief. Tapping on certain acupressure points on the face, body and hands relaxes the body and brain. EFT combines this tapping with talking about our feelings.
How does it work?
The tapping process calms the brain’s fight or flight response, which means that stress hormones such as cortisol are rapidly and significantly decreased when we tap. Research has shown that cortisol levels drop by 43% after only one hour of EFT tapping. This is what makes EFT such a powerful tool for stress relief – it is FAST and EFFECTIVE. When we change the brain’s stress response, we can then think clearly and find solutions and insights that we couldn’t before.
Adding in words targets the calming effects of the tapping to where we want it to go. This is what enables past traumas to be so effectively healed with EFT – we can use our words to focus on a past event and the tapping simultaneously calms our brain and physiological responses. Most of us have had an experience of cringing at a memory of when we embarrassed ourselves, or feeling our heart start pounding when we remember a car accident 10 years ago. EFT can break that body-memory link and enable us to remember difficult events calmly.
What can EFT tapping help with?
Research shows that after a course of clinical EFT treatment:
- Anxiety decreases 40%
- Depression decreases 35%
- PTSD symptoms decrease 32%
- Food cravings decrease 74%
- Pain decreases 57%
- High blood pressure decreases 8%
- Immune system markers in the blood increase 113%
- Happiness scores increase 31%
In my own practice helping women with ANXIETY, I have had people report their panic attacks completely disappeared, others have been able to sleep through the night for the first time in months, hot flashes and auto-immune symptoms greatly reduce, food cravings and comfort eating are no longer an issue, and people just generally feel lighter and ‘more like themselves’.
When it comes to self-help EFT for stress relief, one of the best things you can do is to work through those daily annoyances – the rude person at the supermarket, mislaying your car keys AGAIN, public transport making you late for work, and so on. When we can balance our emotions and energy system about these small things throughout the day, we can avoid things building up into a big outburst of anger or a feeling of anxious overwhelm.
In addition, practicing EFT tapping for just a few minutes each day, like brushing your teeth, is a wonderful habit of ‘emotional hygiene’ to develop and can really help relieve stress as and when it comes up.
Experience the stress relief benefits for yourself
- Simply tap on each of the points in the diagram with a couple of fingers.
- It doesn’t matter which order you do them in; many people start at the top of the head and work down the face and body.
- Tap about 10 times on each point.
- Go through all the points two to three times, or until you feel better.
- Breathe fully and naturally throughout, and just let your mind wander.
If I’ve piqued your interest in this amazing and simple stress relief tool, do check out my website where you can find videos talking you through all the tapping points and basic EFT process. You can also follow me on Facebook for more tips about how to use EFT tapping for yourself. I’d love to hear how you get on with EFT tapping and what changes for you in your life once you start using it – email me or drop me a Facebook message and let me know!
EFT/Tapping & Anxiety Expert
Alice Bradshaw helps women with anxiety to feel calm and connected to their life path by balancing the body’s energy system. She works with clients individually online and also loves to run workshops for group EFT tapping training both online and in person (when allowed!). She is an Accredited Certified Advanced EFT Practitioner with EFT International.
This blog has been written by Alice Bradshaw – many thanks!
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