Wrote by Stephanie Oswald Certified Health Coach (IIN, graduated 2014) and an Registered Holistic Nutritionist.
EFT/Tapping is a completely free tool that has been made popular for its stress and anxiety reducing effects and the clearing of old negative beliefs, worries and fear. It was created based on acupuncture and moving energy along the meridians of the body. When the chi or energy in our systems gets stuck in some way, we can experience imbalance, feel overwhelmed and anxious and even become unwell. Through tapping we can stimulate these pathways (meridians) and move energy (chi) to help clear out trapped emotions, fears and stress. It has also been found to lower cortisol levels in the body, reducing stress and the negative effects of chronic stress on the system.
We carry various beliefs about ourselves and the world created through our many experiences, traumas and childhood experiences. Maybe our parent told us to be quiet, that we were “too much” and we needed to tone it down. This can create the limiting belief that our personality as we are is “too much” and that we can’t fully be ourselves in the world to be loved and accepted. By moving through this limiting belief created from another person’s opinion of us, we can show up more fully in our lives. By being more of ourselves we draw in more happiness and feel worthy of being loved for ourselves. Tapping can help us break free from various limiting self-doubts and beliefs.
I love tapping because it is easy, completely free and you can do it absolutely anywhere. When I feel overwhelmed at work, I take a few minutes to sit and deeply breathe while working through my tapping routine. This always helps me come back to grounding and release tension created through mental stress. When travelling to places with another time zone, I have found tapping helps me fall asleep easier and relieve the exhaustion and brain fog.
There are various ways to execute this technique. Here are some simple instructions to get you started.
- Close your eyes, take a deep breath and feel into your body.
- Identify the problem you want to work on.
- Say the “even though” statement while tapping the karate chop point.
- Say the problem (stressor or pain) repeatedly while tapping with one or both hands through the various meridian points: Inner eyebrow points; side of the eyes, under the eyes, under the nose, center of the chin, just under the collarbones, under the arms, side of the hand (karate chop point) and top of the head.
- Once complete, close your eyes and take a deep cleansing breath.
- Reevaluate how you are feeling and rate your concern once again from 1-10
- If your pain, stressor or discomfort has not reached a zero, start the process again.
- Continue until you have achieved the desired relief.