Emotional Freedom Techniques
Can it Help with Anxiety?
EFT stands for Emotional Freedom Techniques, the basic sequence takes only seconds to learn and once you have it in your armoury you will have access to an incredibly effective tool that you can use anywhere at any time. EFT can be used on a number of physical and emotional ailments.
You can try it on everything!
The basic fundamentals are based on Chinese acupressure points, tapping on meridian points with your fingertips. It can be effective in suppressing physical pain and emotional distress. You might have heard people refer to EFT as Tapping or even Psychological Acupressure. The belief is that tapping the body, just as the Chinese have used acupressure for hundreds of years, can create a balance in your energy systems.
Anyone and everyone can use EFT, so yes it can help with anxiety, there is a sequence below that can get you started.
The first thing to do is to find somewhere quiet. EFT works better when you are well hydrated, so drinking a nice glass of cold water before you start can help.
Now think about what it is you are feeling – use your own words, doing this will be more effective.
I am going to use anxiety as an example in this article, I think all of us at some point have feelings of anxiety.
So let us imagine you need to go to work or pop to the shops but you are feeling some anxiety about this task. What you must do is really connect with your feelings, how anxious are you feeling on a scale of 1-10 (10 being the highest). Note down your score, being honest will have a better outcome. Say out loud this feeling of anxiety is an 8. (or whatever your words and number are). Saying things out loud works better than saying them to yourself in your head, which is why I suggest being somewhere on your own that is quiet so you don’t feel conspicuous.
Start with the karate chop – tapping with the fingers of your right hand onto the fleshy side of your left hand. Say out loud “Even though I feel anxious” or your chosen words, “I completely and deeply accept myself”. Say it with confidence 3 times.
The sequence in which you start isn’t important, but it does help to keep the flow if you are following a pattern that you are comfortable with and can remember.
I personally like to start with the top of my head, the easiest way I have found to get to the right area is to put my thumbs on my ears and move my index finger or middle finger to the middle of my crown to where they touch. (You are doing it now aren’t you? Good, have you found it?)
Starting with your phrase – tapping gently on the top of your head say out loud “Even though I am feeling anxious, I choose to feel _________” again this will be most effective if you are using your own language such as when ‘I am feeling anxious, I want to feel calm’ but you may use any words that resonate with your feelings. You will continue to use your own words throughout this exercise but in a phrase like this: “Even though I am feeling anxious, I choose to feel calm.”
Moving down to the start of your eyebrow – it doesn’t matter which side you work on but it works better if you continue to work on the same side all the way through the sequence. Tapping on the start of your eyebrow repeat the phrase “Even though I am feeling anxious, I choose to feel calm.”
On the outside corner of your eye – “Even though I am feeling anxious, I choose to feel calm.”
Under your eye where the bone is under your pupil – “Even though I am feeling anxious, I choose to feel calm.”
Under your nose, on your cupids bow – “Even though I am feeling anxious, I choose to feel calm.”
Under your mouth – where the crease of your chin meets your lower lip – “Even though I am feeling anxious, I choose to feel calm.”
Collarbone, under the nodule either side “Even though I am feeling anxious, I choose to feel calm.”
Under your armpit – ladies the level of your bra strap, gents about 3 inches below your armpit (you will find it easier to tap with your whole hand) “Even though I am feeling anxious, I choose to feel calm.”
Now we move onto your hand;
Tapping on the side of your thumb – “Even though I am feeling anxious, I choose to feel calm.”
Then on the side of your index finger – “Even though I am feeling anxious, I choose to feel calm.”
Your middle finger – “Even though I am feeling anxious, I choose to feel calm.”
Your little finger (yes you have missed out your ring finger this is on purpose) “Even though I am feeling anxious, I choose to feel calm.”
Back to the karate chop, the fleshy part of the side of your hand – “Even though I am feeling anxious, I choose to feel calm.”
Now the Gamut Point, if you look at the back of your hand and behind the knuckle in the fleshy part between your ring finger and your little finger – “Even though I am feeling anxious, I choose to feel calm.”
You are going to keep tapping on your Gamut point and repeating the phrase “Even though I am feeling anxious, I choose to feel calm.” but I want you to close your eyes and open them, glance down to the left and then to the right, roll your eyes around in a circle one way and then the other, hum happy birthday (or if you are sick of this tune a few bars of your favourite song). Count to 7 and then hum your tune again.
Repeat again all of the way through the sequence, always saying your phrase – mine was “Even though I am feeling anxious, I choose to feel calm.”
When you have completed the second round take in a big deep breath through your nose and out through your mouth and ask yourself on a scale of 1-10 how anxious are you now feeling?
If you have gone from an 8 to a 6 or lower fantastic, do the sequence again until you get down as close to 1 as you can.
Keep going until you have lowered your feelings as close to one as you can, now you can return to the Karate Chop.
Tapping with the fingers of your right hand onto the fleshy side of your left hand. Say out loud “I feel calm” or your chosen words, then say “I completely and deeply accept myself”. Say it with confidence 3 times.
Hopefully at the end of the sequence you now have a feeling of calm.
The Positive Mindset offers Emotional Freedom Techniques that can be adapted to individual needs and can help with a myriad of common ailments including but not limited to; stress relief, cravings and pain relief.
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