How Can EFT Tapping Help in Managing Your Stress?

Do you ever find yourself struggling to manage the impact of chronic stress on your physical and mental health? How often do you experience symptoms of stress like fatigue, headaches, anxiety, or difficulty sleeping? Have you ever heard about EFT Tapping or Emotional Freedom Techniques?

Stress. It’s a part of life, but when it becomes chronic, it can negatively impact your physical and mental health. You may experience fatigue, headaches, anxiety, and difficulty sleeping. Fortunately, there are techniques you can incorporate into your self-care routine to manage stress and improve your overall well-being.

Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), also known as tapping, is a mind-body practice that has gained popularity in recent years for its potential to reduce stress and anxiety. This article explores EFT tapping, its theoretical underpinnings, scientific research on its effectiveness, and how to practice it yourself.

What is EFT Tapping?

EFT tapping is a five-step therapeutic technique combining elements of cognitive therapy and acupressure. It involves gently tapping on specific meridian points on the face and upper body while focusing on a negative thought, emotion, or physical sensation.

Proponents of EFT believe that tapping on these acupressure points disrupts energy blockages in the body’s meridian system, which are thought to contribute to negative emotions and physical discomfort.

The History of EFT Tapping

EFT tapping was developed in the 1960s by Gary Craig, a therapist who drew inspiration from Thought Field Therapy, a related technique. EFT has gained popularity in recent years due to its ease of use, minimal cost, and potential for self-help application.

How Does EFT Tapping Work?

The exact mechanism by which EFT tapping works is not fully understood. However, some theories suggest that it may:

  • Reduce stress hormones
  • Studies suggest that EFT tapping may help lower cortisol levels, the primary stress hormone.

  • Activate the parasympathetic nervous system
  • The parasympathetic nervous system is responsible for the body’s relaxation response. Tapping may stimulate this system, promoting feelings of calm.

  • Shift negative thought patterns
  • Focusing on the negative emotions while tapping EFT may help individuals reframe their thoughts and develop more positive self-talk.

Is EFT Tapping Effective for Stress Management?

EFT tapping is a relatively new technique, and research on its effectiveness is ongoing. However, a growing body of studies suggests that it may be helpful for managing stress and anxiety.

  • A 2017 review published in the journal Psychology Research examined 63 studies on EFT tapping and found that it showed promise for reducing anxiety symptoms in various populations.
  • A 2019 study published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that EFT tapping was effective in reducing stress and anxiety in healthcare workers.

It’s important to note that research on EFT tapping is mixed, and some studies have not found significant benefits. More high-quality research is needed to determine its effectiveness for stress management definitively.

How to Practice EFT Tapping for Stress

EFT tapping is a relatively simple technique that can be practiced almost anywhere. Here’s a step-by-step guide to get you started:

    1. Identify the Issue

    Begin by identifying the specific stressor or negative emotion you want to address.

    2.Rate the Intensity

    Assign a number between 0 (no intensity) and 10 (highest intensity) to rate the intensity of your current stress level.

    3.Setup Phrase

    Create a setup phrase that acknowledges the issue and your desire to accept yourself despite it. For example, “Even though I feel overwhelmed by this deadline, I deeply and completely accept myself.”

    4. The Tapping

    While repeating your setup phrase three times, gently tap on the following acupressure points with your fingertips, focusing on the emotional or physical sensations associated with the stress:

  • Karate Chop Point
  • It is located on the fleshy part of the outer hand, just below the little finger.

  • Eyebrow Point
  • Located at the beginning of the eyebrow.

  • Sitename Point
  • Located on the side of the eye, about halfway between the eyebrow and the lash line.

  • Bridge of the Nose Point
  • Located between the eyebrows, at the bridge of the nose.

  • Chin Point
  • Located on the pointed tip of the chin.

  • Collarbone Point
  • Located a few inches below the collarbone, about halfway between the breastbone and the shoulder.

  • Underarm Point
  • Located about four finger widths below the armpit.

  • Top of Head Point
  • Located at the crown of the head.


    After completing the tapping round, take a deep breath and assess your stress level again using the 0-10 scale. Repeat rounds of tapping, modifying your setup phrase and focusing on any residual stress or negative emotions. Continue tapping until you feel a noticeable shift in your emotional state or reach a 0 intensity level.

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    1. Be Specific

    The more specific you are about the issue you’re addressing, the more effective tapping can be. Instead of focusing on general stress, target a specific stressor, such as “feeling overwhelmed by my upcoming presentation.”

    2. Focus on Emotions and Sensations

    While tapping, pay attention to the physical sensations associated with your stress, such as tightness in your chest or a racing heart. Focus on these sensations as you tap on the acupressure points.

    3.Maintain Positive Self-Talk

    Throughout the tapping process, incorporate positive affirmations into your setup phrases. For example, “Even though I feel anxious about this meeting, I am capable and confident.”

    4. Be Patient

    EFT tapping may not work immediately. It can take some practice to become comfortable with the technique and experience its full benefits.

Safety Considerations with EFT Tapping

EFT tapping is generally considered safe for most individuals. However, it’s important to consult with a healthcare professional before using EFT if you have any concerns, particularly if you:

  • Have a history of severe mental illness
  • Are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Have recently experienced a traumatic event

The Final Verdict

EFT tapping is a promising technique for managing stress and anxiety. While research is ongoing, studies suggest it may be a helpful tool for promoting relaxation and emotional well-being. Its ease of use and minimal cost make it an attractive option for self-care. If you’re looking for a natural approach to managing stress, EFT tapping may be worth exploring.

Have you tried EFT tapping for stress management? Share your experiences and thoughts in the comments below!

FAQs: How Can EFT Tapping Help in Managing Your Stress

Q: Is EFT tapping a replacement for traditional therapy?
A: EFT tapping is not a replacement for traditional therapy. However, it can be a helpful complementary tool for managing stress and anxiety alongside traditional treatment approaches.

Q: Are there any risks associated with EFT tapping?
A: EFT tapping is generally considered safe. However, it’s always best to consult with a healthcare professional before using any new technique, especially if you have any underlying health concerns.

Q: How often should I practice EFT tapping?
A: You can practice EFT tapping as often as needed. Some people find it helpful to tap daily, while others use it as needed to address specific stressors.

We hope this article has provided a comprehensive overview of EFT tapping. If you have any further questions, feel free to leave a comment below.

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