What is the emotional freedom technique?

I’ve tried a lot of different therapies to help manage my anxiety over the years, so I was surprised to discover something I hadn’t heard of before. EFT, Emotional Freedom Techniques or ‘tapping’ is a process that can help treat physical or emotional distress. It involves tapping on various acupressure points on the body to release any emotional ‘blockages’ that are keeping you stuck.

I find the technique appealing as I have been in a position where I’ve felt trapped by my anxiety and unable to move forward. I’ve now reached a place where I’m ready to challenge myself and start living my life again. I’m slowly processing my past experiences in therapy, to try and figure out the root cause of my anxiety, and plan to use EFT to help me let go of the past and hopefully lessen my anxiety. I think the physical element of the tapping is great as the body is inextricably linked to the mind. It’s good for people like me that like to physically ‘do’ things and enjoy feeling productive.

How does it work?

The concept of acupressure points comes from traditional eastern philosophy. The idea is that there are meridian channels of energy that flow through the body, that can be accessed just under the skin by tapping. As you tap the points you focus on a feeling, thought or image. The tapping can help you to reduce strong, distressing emotions.

There’s a great NHS UK document that outlines the whole process that can be found here:

www.dchs.nhs.uk/assets/public/dchs/services_we_provide/service-directory/our-services/health-psychology/Energy%20Therapies/Emotional%20Freedom%20Technique%20-%20short%20form.pdf

There’s also plenty of videos on Youtube that show you exactly where you need to tap the points.

I know it may seem a little ‘out there,’ but there are studies that have found it to be highly effective in conditions such as PTSD and depression. So, I think it’s a worthwhile addition to your anxiety toolkit. I’m quite optimistic about giving it a try, so I’ll check back with you in another blog post to let you know the results.

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