How Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) can help with anxiety & phobias

eft tapping for anxiety

Do you suffer from stress, anxiety, depression or a phobia?
Would you like to know how EFT Tapping for anxiety works?
This article explains what EFT therapy is and how it can help with stress, anxiety, depression and phobias.

What is EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) Tapping therapy?

Firstly, EFT Tapping for anxiety is a relatively new technique and is often referred to as “Psychological Acupressure”.
EFT Tapping for anxiety works by removing negative thoughts which can be the source of emotional pain and discomfort. Negative thoughts and emotions can often lead to limiting self-beliefs and negative behaviours which can stop you from living a full and happy life.
As a result, negative thoughts and emotions can lead to:

  • low confidence
  • low self-esteem
  • feeling anxious
  • feeling depressed
  • compulsive behaviours
  • addictive behaviours.

Above all, EFT Tapping for anxiety is completely non-invasive.
In addition, there are no needles like with acupuncture.

EFT involves tapping on specific points on the body’s meridian system, which are the same points used in traditional Chinese medicine.

These points include areas like the top of the head, eyebrow, side of the eye, under the eye, under the nose, chin, collarbone, under the arm, and on the hand.

During EFT Tapping for anxiety, you gently tap your acupressure points whilst saying out loud what your issue is, followed by a positive affirmation.

EFT encourages you to acknowledge and accept your feelings without judgment.

By tapping on the meridian points while focusing on the problem, you can release pent-up emotions and reduce the intensity of the anxiety.

What is more, you remain fully clothed at all times.

EFT therapy changes your negative thoughts and emotions into positive thoughts and emotions in the most simple way possible.

The theory behind EFT is that negative emotions and experiences can disrupt the body’s energy system, leading to emotional and physical distress.

By tapping on these meridian points, it’s believed that the flow of energy is restored and the negative emotional patterns are disrupted.

EFT often involves repeating statements that acknowledge the problem while also affirming self-acceptance and positive change. This repetition helps to reprogram the mind and create new, healthier thought patterns.

EFT tapping is believed to calm the amygdala, which is the part of the brain responsible for the fight-or-flight response. By reducing the activity in the amygdala, you can experience a sense of calm and relaxation.

EFT therapy can be used to effectively treat:

  • trauma
  • phobias
  • stress
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • addictions
  • pain

You can also use EFT therapy as a self-help tool because it is so simple and straightforward.
What is more, it only takes about five minutes to learn the basic process.
More importantly, EFT therapy gives you the freedom to contribute and take control of your healing.
This can result in a much faster healing process for some people.

This short BBC News video shows how EFT Tapping Therapy can help with anxiety and depression.

How EFT Tapping for anxiety works

EFT therapy removes your negative thoughts and the linked emotional response.
It provides relief from physical and physiological discomfort and restores your body’s physical and emotional harmony.
You carry out the EFT procedure by focusing your mind on the specific problem causing you discomfort, whilst tapping with your fingers on your acupressure points.

For example, if you were feeling stressed and anxious which had given you a tension headache, you would gently tap each of your acupressure points, whilst repeating:

Even though I have a pain in my head…… I completely accept myself for who I am.

When you tap your acupressure points you stimulate both your sensory and psychological systems.
As a result, this allows you to focus on the causes of your negative thoughts and emotions.
This encourages a change in your brain’s nerve circuits and changes your learned behavioural response and your negative emotions.

Each complete cycle of tapping the face/upper body and hand takes only 5-10 minutes to complete.
After one cycle of EFT, you will probably find you feel more relaxed and emotionally free.
EFT therapy is a very simple process that you can easily carry out at home or work.
Additionally, you only need a quiet space where you will not be disturbed.

How To Carry Out EFT Tapping For Anxiety

Before you start EFT Tapping, rate the pain or discomfort you feel on a scale of 0 to 10, where 0 is the pain and discomfort does not exist and 10 is the pain or discomfort is the worst you could imagine it. Write it down or make a mental note of the number. Do not overthink this. Whatever number first comes to mind is the right number.

Now start tapping:

1. Karate Chop Point (KC): Begin by tapping on the fleshy outer edge of your hand (the karate chop point) with the fingertips of your other hand while repeating your statement three times.

eft tapping for anxiety

After you have tapped on the karate chop, you then tap on these eight points on your head and body:

2. Temple (Side of Head): Using the fingertips of one hand, gently tap the side of your head where your temple is located while continuing to repeat your statement.

3. Eyebrow (EB): Tap gently with your fingertips on the beginning of your eyebrow, closest to the bridge of your nose, while continuing to repeat your statement.

4. Under Eye (UE): Move your fingertips slightly below your eye, along the bone of your eye socket, and tap gently while continuing to repeat your statement.

5. Under Nose (UN): Tap the area between your nose and upper lip, just above your lip, with your fingertips while continuing to repeat your statement.

6. Chin (CH): Tap the area between your lower lip and chin, in the centre, with your fingertips, while continuing to repeat your statement.

7. Collarbone (CB): With your fingertips, tap the area just below your collarbone, along the bone, while continuing to repeat your statement.

8. Under Arm (UA): Tap the side of your body, about four inches below your armpit, with your fingertips, while continuing to repeat your statement.

9. Top of Head (TH): Finally, tap gently on the crown of your head, using all your fingertips, while continuing to repeat your statement.

Now, rate the pain or discomfort again on a scale of 0 to 10, where 0 is the pain and discomfort does not exist and 10 is the pain or discomfort is the worst you could imagine it. Write it down or make a mental note of the number. Do not overthink this. Whatever is the first number that comes to mind is the right number. Compare this number to the original number and notice how it has reduced.

Continue the EFT tapping for anxiety by tapping on the nine meridian points and repeating the statement until the number on the scale of 0 to 10 is close to zero and you have unlocked mental calm and inner peace.

I hope you found this article on EFT Tapping for Anxiety helpful.
If you are interested in having EFT therapy please get in touch to book your free consultation.

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