You may have read my previous post, Stress Busters for Busy Mums, but today I wanted to specifically focus on a particular technique for stress and emotional management – Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) or “tapping” as it’s commonly referred to.
Although I learned of tapping many years ago, I have only been working with it consistently in the last 6 months. The catalyst for this commitment has been through a body confidence perspective, after reading Jessica Ortner’s book “The Tapping Solution For Weightloss and Body Confidence”. The main concept behind this book is that we often make our poorest food choices when we are feeling stressed and overwhelmed. However, in this article, I want to focus on tapping for stress and overwhelm more generally.
Recently at work, I had about 4 things major issues come up in the space of about 15 minutes. My heart rate went through the roof and my stomach was in knots. I was feeing so overwhelmed that I couldn’t meaningfully take any action. I was paralysed with stress. I decided to grab my car keys and sit in my car to conduct some rounds of tapping. The impact was incredible!
Tapping is a fantastic tool that is completely free, accessible, painless and safe!
What is tapping?
Tapping is a process whereby you tap on acupressure points on your face, chest and head in a certain sequence whilst expressing how you feel. As you work through the sequence, continue to give a voice to how you feel. After completing a couple of rounds of the sequence you will start to work through the negative emotion with an aim to neutralise it, and even turn it into a feeling of positive empowerment.
How does it work?
It works by stimulating the acupressure points to process and release the emotions. It works in a similar way to acupuncture with these points connecting to the meridian lines throughout your body. From a Traditional Chinese Medicine perspective, energy moves through your body along these lines or channels. Tapping allows you to alleviate stress on both an emotional and physical level, which makes it really effective.
How to tap?
- Start with tapping on the outside of your hand and say your “set up statement”- e.g. “even though I’m feeling completely overwhelmed and stressed out, I love and accept myself”. Repeat 3 times.
- Start the tapping sequence with tapping on your eyebrow point – state how you feel e.g. “I’m so overwhelmed by all I have to do”
- Tap on the side of your eye – repeat how you feel e.g. “I’m so overwhelmed by all I have to do”
- Tap under your eye – repeat how you feel e.g. “I can’t cope with this”
- Tap under your nose whilst expressing your feelings
- Tap on your chin whilst expressing your feelings
- Tap on your collar bone whilst expressing your feelings
- Tap on the side of your rib cage whilst expressing your feelings
- Tap on the top of your head whilst expressing your feelings
After completing a couple of rounds you will notice how you feel might shift. Continue to give a voice to your feelings until you feel neutral. Once the stress and overwhelm has dissipated you can move into some positive affirmations whilst working through the tapping sequence.
It may seem insignificant or silly, but given there are absolutely no risks, I recommend being curious and trying it out. I have found it to work easily when I decide to try it. My current area of growth is remembering to use it when I am feeling overwhelmed with stress or anxiety!
If you want to learn more, including the research that supports tapping, please read this page: https://www.thetappingsolution.com/what-is-eft-tapping/