How to Help Process Stress, Anxiety, and Negative Thoughts with Tapping

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Are you drowning in a sea of stress, anxiety, and negative thoughts? You’re not alone, and there might be a solution at your fingertips—literally. Today, we’re diving deep into the transformative power of Emotional Freedom Techniques, commonly known as “tapping.” This intriguing method combines ancient energy meridians and modern psychology, offering potential relief from emotional and physiological distress. 

Read on for my firsthand experience with this unconventional healing technique, as well as a heartwarming story of my friend Jen, a resilient soul who has faced and fought insurmountable odds.


Anxiety and Emotional Freedom Techniques

Before we plunge into personal stories, let’s dissect what tapping or Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) are all about. This unique modality involves tapping on key meridian points on your body with your fingertips, all while vocalizing positive affirmations. It’s believed to soothe the amygdala, the part of the brain responsible for our emotional reactions, including stress and anxiety.

Breaking the Loop: How Tapping Resets Your Brain’s Stressful Rhythms

Think of your brain as an old vinyl record that keeps skipping on a certain line, playing the same worries and fears repeatedly. Tapping can be likened to manually moving the needle past the scratch, allowing your brain to process thoughts more healthily. While the exact neuroscience behind it is still under research, studies have confirmed that tapping can lead to a significant reduction in the stress hormone cortisol. So, at the very least, you get to experience deep relaxation.

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The Unveiling of Negative Thoughts Through Tapping

Now, you might be wondering, “Is this for real?” Well, the beauty of tapping is in its simplicity and its adaptability to individual needs. You can use tapping to process a variety of emotional hurdles, from acute anxiety and chronic stress to performance jitters and emotional triggers.

To get started: 

  1. Identify a specific emotion or recurring negative thought pattern that’s causing you distress. 
  2. Assign it a number on a scale of 1 to 10 for intensity. This allows you to track any changes over time. 
  3. Then, craft an acknowledging statement like, “Even though I am stressed, I accept myself completely.” This works as a form of emotional validation while simultaneously affirming self-compassion.
  4. Next, tap your way through a sequence of meridian points, including the top of your head, eyebrows, under your eyes, under your nose, under your mouth, collarbones, under your armpits, and your wrists. 
  5. Observe your emotional intensity throughout the process and continue tapping until you notice a decrease.

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Tapping and Real-Life Transformations: Jen’s Story

Let me share the incredible journey of my friend Jen, a breast cancer survivor who had been caring for her husband with a brain tumor. Her life had been a rollercoaster of stress and emotional turmoil. When introduced to tapping through my mentor Blissey, Jen felt an emotional unburdening that she’d never felt before.

Yes, she did feel drained and exhausted afterward—almost too fatigued to go to the gym. But that was an indicator of the significant energy shift that tapping can invoke, almost like a mental detox.

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There’s Hope in Combating Stress and Anxiety

Living with chronic stress or acute anxiety can make you feel isolated, but remember, you’re not alone. Tapping may be the lifeline you need, and when paired with other healing methods like therapy or meditation, it could significantly change your life for the better. The path to well-being is a marathon, not a sprint; the key is to keep moving, no matter how slow the pace.

Tap Into Your Inner Resources

Ready to give tapping a try? Listen to episode #1031 of The Chalene Show for a deep dive into how to help process stress, anxiety, and negative thoughts. For more details, check out Tapping With The Queen of Pink, Gala Darling – Ep# 946.

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