Life is complicated. Even when we know we shouldn’t over-react to stressful situations, freak-outs happen. It takes practice and perseverance to train ourselves to stay calm when everything around us falls apart. It is not easy, but we can continue trying. Here’s a straightforward technique that may help you handle stress and anxiety at the moment it’s happening. It is called emotional freedom technique (EFT), and anyone can learn it.
Handle Stress Before It Becomes Chronic
Two of the simplest tools for handling stress as it’s happening is to take some slow breaths or count to 10. As a mother of three, I have used these many times. But sometimes, when there’s a truly stressful situation at work or something is causing you lots of anxiety, counting to 10 really doesn’t work. Your brain and body need more.
When you face a stressful situation, your body responds physically. The brain sets off an alarm system in the body, which responds by producing extra stress hormones. Specifically, the adrenal glands on top of the kidneys make extra cortisol.
Garret Yount, Ph.D., of the California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute, who co-authored the study stated:
This is exciting because it is the first randomized controlled trial of EFT to evaluate a physiological biomarker (i.e., cortisol levels) and it shows robust positive effects. It sets the stage for further research to explore whether EFT affects other physiological systems, including the expression of genes involved in stress response.
Free Tools to Reduce Your Stress in Under 10 Minutes
Just so you can see how easy and effective tapping can be, check out the video below. Just watch, repeat the verbal cues, and see your stress melt away. Once you follow this video a few times, you’ll remember what to say. Then, you’ll be able to defuse your stress anytime, anywhere.
In addition, here is some great free meditation that incorporates EFT and verbal cues to help you reduce stress, anxiety and handle all types of unpleasant situations. Go here for Free Tapping Meditations.
If you want to know more about the location of the acupressure points to tap, check out this article I wrote about tapping and treatment of PTSD: Drug-free Therapy Shows Potential to Heal Trauma, PTSD, and Chronic Pain. There you will find a short video by Jessica Ortner where she takes you through the basic tapping points.
Please share your experiences and results with EFT in the comments.
About the Author
Anna Hunt is a writer, yoga instructor, mother of three, and a lover of healthy food. She’s the founder of Awareness Junkie, an online community paving the way for better health and personal transformation. She’s also the co-editor at Waking Times, where she writes about optimal health and wellness. Anna spent six years in Costa Rica as a teacher of Hatha and therapeutic yoga. She now teaches at Asheville Yoga Center and is pursuing her Yoga Therapy certification. During her free time, you’ll find her on the mat or in the kitchen, creating new kid-friendly superfood recipes.
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