EFT Tapping for Anxiety
EFT Tapping for anxiety, in my experience, is a powerful natural remedy for stress, worry or nervousness, and helps to calm down the part of your brain that over-reacts to trigger situations.
Q: I feel anxious a lot. Okay… all the time. But I don’t always know why I feel that way. Will it help to do EFT Tapping for anxiety?
A: That’s a great question! I have found that EFT Tapping is very effective for any kind of stress. When you feel anxious quite often, you might have to tap on different layers of what is bothering you. It’s like peeling an onion. You peel away one layer, then another, then, eventually, there are no layers left.
Note: If you are a highly sensitive person with extreme levels of anxiety, who has considered or attempted suicide, please work with a professional who uses tapping. Many therapists now are skilled in this technique. If you attempt this work on your own, it’s possible to become overwhelmed or “flooded” by anxiety. This is an emergency state that you may not be able to control by yourself, so it’s crucial to have a skilled professional with you so they can bring you out of it.
I am going to assume that the person who asked the question about tapping for anxiety is not in that category, so I’ll continue with the answer…
How does EFT Tapping for anxiety help?
EFT Tapping helps to reduce cortisol levels in the blood. Cortisol is a stress hormone that is produced when you’re feeling anxious, scared or stressed. When those levels go down, it is much easier to relax. (Too much cortisol is like too much caffeine… You’d like to calm down, but you CAN’T.)
EFT tapping for anxiety effectively quiets your amygdala. The amygdala is the “alarm center” of your brain. It goes off in response to a real or perceived danger and its job is to help you survive.
In today’s world, we have many more perceived dangers than real ones. You probably aren’t being hunted by enormous tigers or bears on a regular basis.
But you might be freaking out about an upcoming exam, a meeting with the boss or a family event when you know a difficult relative will be there. While these aren’t life-threatening dangers, your brain may see them that way. EFT tapping helps to neutralize that reaction.
EFT tapping reduces excessive emotion. Some fear or anxiety is normal. You need to be afraid of a speeding truck so you can jump out of the way before it hits you. But if you’re stressed out or debilitated by worry and nervousness and it gets in the way of living your life – or just feeling comfortable in your life – then tapping is tremendously useful.
EFT Tapping for Anxiety – the simple way
Here are two simple ways to do EFT Tapping for anxiety, especially if you’re not sure what’s causing it.
1. When you’re in the midst of feeling anxious, tap through the points while thinking “I’m anxious” or “I’m stressed” until you feel a shift (start to feel better, more relaxed, or can take a deep breath without straining.)
2. Tap through the points while focussing on where in your body you feel the anxiety. Do you have…
- Butterflies or knots in your stomach?
- Sweaty hands or nervous sweats all over?
- Trouble breathing or taking a deep breath?
- Shakiness or trembling?
- Gas pains, indigestion, diarrhea or other digestive trouble?
- Exhaustion, or fatigue plus feeling wired, because anxiety is keeping you awake at night?
Whatever it is, just keep your attention on that and tap, tap, tap.
You don’t need words for this, just focus on the feeling in your body.
After you’ve reduced your anxiety level with a few rounds of tapping, follow up by tapping on each point while repeating “I choose to feel calm and confident.” This creates a new neural pattern and gives your brain a new, positive direction to take.
Your brain is a direction-seeking mechanism, so it’s important for you to install a healthy direction for it to go after.I feel worse after EFT tapping for anxiety
Occasionally, people feel worse after tapping instead of better. If that happens to you, stop and tap on, “Even though I feel worse now, I choose to relax and come into the present.”
When you feel worse, there is usually another issue that is trying to come into your consciousness to be tapped on. As Gary Craig, founder of EFT, puts it, this is typically a “foundational” issue. That means an issue that goes back to an earlier time in your life.
For example, if you were tapping because you felt anxious about your boss, and then you feel worse, you may find the underlying issue is with your father or another early authority figure.
When you tap on that early issue and neutralize its effects, that should help you feel better because you have reduced the intensity of the bigger anxiety-causer.
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