Continuing our blog series during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are here to stock your self-care toolbox with mental and sexual health resources that you can call on in a pinch.
EFT is one of our favorite healing modalities. The best part: it's free, you can do it anywhere, anytime, and may be the simplest way to clear your mind of mental blocks. It can be especially helpful if you find yourself in an anxiety spiral about work, a lack of funds, the general state of global affairs right now. (And so much more.)
WHAT IS EFT?
EFT, or "Emotional Freedom Techniques" is an energetic healing technique otherwise known as "tapping".
The modality incorporates tapping on specific pressure points from the base of the head, down to the underarms.
Tapping on these points is the DIY equivalent of acupuncture without the needles.
The second component is repeating a 'script' as you move down the designated pressure points, which is derived from the issue you choose to tap on.
USES FOR TAPPING
EFT is used for a variety of purposes including:
-Finding your passion
-Accessing your inner bad bitch
-General mood improvement
"The body is equipped with an energy system that travels along pathways known as meridians. Tapping on these meridian endpoints helps to stimulate this system, and when verbally or mentally addressing the root causes of distress, the areas of blocked energy are able to release and flow naturally."
Tapping helps us reclaim our personal power - and heal ourselves from the inside out.
HOW TO TAP
1. You basically start at the top of the head and move down to several pressure points and 'tap' on them while repeating a 'script' that is formed around your problem. You can use it for anything that is giving you anxiety, stress, etc.
The pressure points are as follows.
2. Drink some water! EFT moves energy through your body, so get things moving before you begin.
3. When you start, measure your stress level on a scale from 1-10. After a few rounds, check in and see where the stress level is at. Regular EFT practitioners describe a successful tapping session as your issue/worry actually 'falling out of your head' completely.
4. You'll want to choose a setup phrase or 'script' based on your situation, that you will speak out loud as you gently tap on each pressure point. Here is an example script for tapping to have a good day. You can swap out the situational phrases for your own.
"Even though I am worried about where my next paycheck will come from because I was just laid off..." or
"Even though I am really scared to make this phone call because I may be rejected" or
"Even though I am tossing and turning, and I can't seem to relax...."
....I truly and deeply love, honor and respect myself.
"This approach is different from traditional “positive thinking.” You’re not being dishonest with yourself. You’re not trying to obscure the stress and anxiety inside yourself with a veneer of insincere affirmations. Rather, you’ve confronted and dealt with the anxiety and its corresponding negative emotions, offering deep and complete acceptance to both your feelings and yourself."
Again, you can customize the phrases to what feels good for you. BE SPECIFIC WITH YOUR LANGUAGE. Watch the video below to see it all in action.
5. Drink some more water! Flush out the energy moving through your body.
Note: If you're in a public place and need to call on tapping to calm you the F down, you can use *just* the karate chop point while repeating your script internally until you feel your anxiety level improve.
Check out this list of EFT mistakes to avoid.
Tapping may not be a one-size-fits-all solution to stress, but that's okay. It's worth giving a shot - the mental health journey is a lot of trial and error. And if it doesn't work for your anxiety, give it another shot for a different block.
And if all else fails, an orgasm a day keeps the worry at bay!