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Emotional Freedom Technique for Stress, Anxiety, and Depression
The Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), also known as, “Tapping” is a simple, yet powerful method to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. The healing philosophy of EFT blends ancient Eastern acupuncture and modern day psychology, and is designed to restore the body’s energy system, thus reducing emotional pain and suffering.
Tapping is easy to learn, simple to do, and best of all portable—it can be done at anytime, anywhere. Tapping works by using your fingertips to “tap” 9 specific meridian points on your body, which sends calming signals to the amygdala, the stress and emotion processing center of the brain, where it accesses and dissolves both physical and emotional stress.
The basic technique of tapping begins with focusing on whatever you are experiencing at the moment. It could be a negative emotion, such as sadness, fear, or anger, a painful memory, or a problem you are struggling with. Next, using your fingers, you will tap through the 9 meridian points while concentrating on accepting and resolving the negative emotion. The blending of the cognitive (maintained awareness of your emotion or issue) and the physical (tapping), the body’s energy system is restored to balance, the emotion is released, and you feel better! As an added bonus, the set-up statement used during tapping, “Even though I am _____________, I love and accept myself” helps you to develop a gentle acceptance of yourself and your emotions.
The brief four minute video below provides instructions for how to use this powerful technique!
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