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Hey friends! How you ever wondered what tapping is? Well, today we’re going to learn about tapping, or EFT, which stands for Emotional Freedom Technique. It’s a very powerful tool that I use almost every single day to help me regulate my emotions. So, here’s how to tap for your emotional health.
First of all, what is tapping?
So, tapping is an alternative technique for regulating your emotions, developed by a man named Gary Craig. If you’ve ever heard of acupressure points in Eastern medicine, it’s a way to stimulate those points to balance your energy.
Tapping is a free and simple technique that you can easily integrate into your emotional health routine.
There have been lots of studies on it, and one of them was on war veterans with PTSD. They reported experiencing a significant decrease in psychological stress when going through treatment and coaching.
Just like in acupuncture, tapping focuses on different meridian points where energy flows. While acupuncture uses needles to stimulate these points, EFT uses tapping to stimulate them and helps bring your energy back into balance.
So, that means, when you’re feeling, for instance anxious, sad or angry, tapping is a way to help you get back into balance.
Personally, I find that it’s a great way to start my day while I’m having my coffee.
You can search on YouTube for thousands of free EFT videos to help you with whatever emotion you’re struggling with. However, you can also use it for issues that stem from uncomfortable emotions, such as social anxiety, someone violating your boundaries or marriage issues.
So, how do you do tapping?
First of all, define exactly what issue or fear you’re experiencing. For example, let’s say that you’re feeling lonely and a little down.
Make sure to choose just one issue at a time so that you get focused results.
Second, check in with your emotional discomfort. So, how lonely are you currently feeling on a scale from 1 to 10, 1 being the lowest, 10 being the highest?
The reason you rate your discomfort is so you can go through the tapping session and see if your discomfort has come down afterward (and hopefully it does).
Next, you do 2 things: acknowledge the issues and accept yourself despite the problem.
So, with our loneliness example we could say, ‘even though I’m feeling lonely, I choose to love and accept myself.’
Or another example could be, ‘even though I’m worried about my finances, I choose to love and accept myself.’
The key is to focus on how the problem makes you feel.
Now, I’ll tell you which points you can tap while saying your chosen phrase. I’ll also tell you which energy system they correspond to in Eastern medicine.
First of all, there’s the karate chop, which is associated with the small intestine meridian. This point is located on the pinky side of the outside of your palm.
Then there’s the eyebrow point, which stimulates the bladder meridian. This point is located right above your eyebrow, above the bridge of your nose.
Then there’s the side of the eye, which is the gallbladder meridian. So, this point is located on the bone on the outside of the eyebrow, near your temple.
After that there’s under the eye, the stomach meridian. And this point is located directly below the center of your eye, in the next to your cheek bone.
Then you go under the nose which is called the governing vessel. So, this point is located right under your septum, beneath your nose.
Then there’s the chin, known as the central vessel, which is right under your lower lip on the center of your chin bone.
After that there’s the collarbone, or the kidney meridian. For this one, you just tap your chest right beneath your collarbone.
Then you go under the arm to stimulate the spleen meridian. This would be on your bra line, on your side. Usually, you’ll have to lift your arm to get to this one.
And you finish with the top of head or the governing vessel. You’ll find this point on the top of your head, in the crown area.
So, now let’s tap! We can use the loneliness example, but feel free to tap on the emotion you’re struggling with right now.
To begin, you start doing the karate chop 7 times, while saying your phrase 3 times. ‘Even though I’m feeling lonely, I choose to love and accept myself.’
Then you’ll do the same for each point, starting with the eyebrow point: ‘Even though I’m feeling lonely, I choose to love and accept myself.’
Then you’ll go to the side of the eye: ‘Even though I’m feeling lonely, I choose to love and accept myself.’
Then under the eye: ‘Even though I’m feeling lonely, I choose to love and accept myself.’
Followed by under the nose: ‘Even though I’m feeling lonely, I choose to love and accept myself.’
Then the chin: ‘Even though I’m feeling lonely, I choose to love and accept myself.’
The collarbone ‘even though I’m feeling lonely, I choose to love and accept myself.’
Under your arm: ‘Even though I’m feeling lonely, I choose to love and accept myself.’
And finish on top of your head: ‘Even though I’m feeling lonely, I choose to love and accept myself.’
Now that you’ve done a full round, you go back and check in with your level of emotional discomfort on a scale of 1 to 10.
If you’re still feeling overwhelmed by your emotion, you can go through the tapping round as many times as you want to feel better.
So, hopefully you see that it’s pretty simple to do on your own. Once you remember where all of the points are, you can do it anytime, anywhere.
Well, that’s the basics of how to do tapping for emotional health. I love how quick and simple it is to do on your own, and it’s something you can use regularly to help you regulate your emotions.
Reference: Healthline – What Is EFT?