Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT or Tapping)
Emotional freedom technique, EFT is described as acupuncture without the needles. It has also been said that ‘Tapping often works when nothing else will’ a bold statement, I know. I stumbled upon EFT completely unintentionally when I sought help for chronic insomnia. I was struggling with anxiety and stress and the lack of sleep it was taking its toll on my physical and mental well being.
I was expecting hypnosis which I received and it was effective that night. What I also learnt was the basics of tapping and this tool has been profoundly useful in managing anxiety and reducing stress. I share it with anyone that will listen. However, if someone had told me that by tapping on my head, around my eyes etc…. would ease my anxiety within minutes, I would not have believed them.
It did work though, almost instantly. For anyone that struggles with the physiological symptoms of anxiety, they will appreciate its speed. Emotional Freedom Technique was created by Gary Craig and draws upon principles from Thought Field Therapy, Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), Acupuncture, and Energy medicine. It is described as a psychological form of acupressure, based on the same energy meridians used in traditional acupuncture to treat physical and emotional ailments, but without needles.
It is based on the premise that all negative emotions stem from a disruption in our body’s energy system, which leads to discomfort, illness, pain and unhealthy behaviours. According to EFT creators, the body, like everything in the universe, is composed of energy. They believe that when we restore balance to the body’s energy, we mend the negative emotions and physical symptoms that stem from the energy disruption. Tapping with your fingertips restores the body’s energy balance, and negative emotions are rebalanced. The positive affect of this has a fluid and cathartic effect and well being is improved all round
This may sound a bit bonkers and some of my friends laugh at me when I do it. However if your feeling stressed or anxious or anything else for that matter. It has to be worth a shot.