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EFT Tapping for Anxiety: A Beginner's Guide

EFT, Emotional Freedom Technique or Tapping as it’s referred to sometimes is a powerful healing tool which can help with many physical and emotional issues, especially anxiety and stress. It’s based on a combination of Acupuncture Meridians and NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming). I like to describe it as three-pronged technique. First, you tap on specific points on the body with your fingers gently. Second, you acknowledge the emotions you are experiencing and third, you say out loud specific words and tapping scripts.

This process can bring an enormous amount of calmness and peace back into your body and mind after just a short amount of time.

There are 9 main EFT tapping points, not including the fingers. Each EFT point corresponds to a physical and an emotional part of the body.

Tapping all the 9 EFT points whilst using specific words is beneficial and completing several rounds is always advised. The tapping point ‘Under the Eye’ is especially good for releasing fear and anxiety and also promotes feelings of contentment, calmness, and safety, so you may want to spend a little extra time on this point. Let’s get you tapping in 5 easy steps:

  1. Identify the issue. For example, you may be feeling anxious about a new job or a relationship.

  2. After you’ve identified the problem, test the initial intensity: How intense does it feel? I like to use 0 - 10 as a benchmark to score the feeling.

  3. Then it’s the Setup Statement. Tap on the side of the hand and say for example: “Even though I’m feeling anxious, I’m learning to love and accept myself”

  4. EFT tapping sequence. Tap all 9 points several times gently with your fingers as you say this statement out loud.

  5. Complete at least 3 full rounds of all the tapping points. Test the intensity again. What’s your number now?

Once you’ve finished, sit with your eyes closed, breathe in and out deeply and then scan your thoughts and body to see how different you feel. Notice what comes up for you and don’t be surprised if you have random thoughts pop in. Most important, keep it simple. When you are starting to use EFT, focus on one issue at a time. Once you’ve tapped through one issue, you can start with another one if necessary. You may want to change the tapping script to make it more specific.

The EFT points help regulate the nervous system and also re-wire negative thoughts and patterns. A skilled EFT practitioner like myself will hold a safe space for you whilst exploring this together by using helpful language, tapping scripts and healing mantras.

EFT can be easily used by yourself, but I highly recommending using an experienced practitioner as a skilled therapist can get to the core issues faster than you would allow yourself. Think of it like this, if you go to the gym on your own, you’re likely to only doing 10 press-ups, but if you have a personal trainer, they’ll encourage you to do 30. If you’re ready to change how you feel about yourself and reduce anxiety or have any questions, please contact me. If you want to learn more, follow my Tapping Tuesday videos on social media via my Instagram and Tik Tok account @ela_nedra Love & Light Emma Ela Nedra Health


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