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Using EFT for Anxiety Relief

I first learned about EFT for Anxiety a few years ago.

At first, I was skeptical.

But as it turns out EFT is a powerful tool for relieving anxiety.

What is EFT?

Similar to acupuncture EFT, or emotional freedom technique, uses the body's energy points to release what Eastern medicine refers to as the Chi (our energy and life force).


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Through EFT you can stimulate specific energy points by gently tapping on them with your fingers.

Simulating these energy points calms the nervous system and changes how the brain processes negative thoughts and emotions. 

Tapping is painless. You can use it anywhere, at any time to resolve any negative emotion. The bottom line is tapping empowers you to heal yourself and conquer anxiety.

How to Use EFT
for Anxiety Relief

It's really easy to get started with EFT.

1. Start by picking something that's been bothering you.  It could be anything from a worry, anxiety about giving a speech, a bad memory or even a panic attack.

2. Notice how intense your anxiety is and rate it from zero to ten. Ten is very anxious, and zero is no anxiety at all.

3. Bring all of your focus onto that one thing.

4. Use four fingers to begin tapping the Karate Chop point (see tapping points diagram) while saying a setup statement. The setup statement should be as specific as possible.

A set up statement looks like this: “Even though I’m anxious about [insert problem here], I deeply and completely accept myself.”

So for example, if you're anxious because of an upcoming speech, you can use the following set up statement.

“Even though I'm anxious about giving that speech next week, I deeply and completely accept myself.”


Continue with your tapping sequence.

Top of the Head: This horrible feeling of anxiety is giving me butterflies in my stomach.
Eyebrow: I'll probably forget my speech and make a fool of myself in front of everyone.
Side of the Eye: Why do I have to give this stupid speech anyway?
Under the Eye: I breakout in a sweat at the very thought of having to give this speech.
Under the Nose: I feel this knot in my stomach and tingling in my fingers.
Chin: I hate giving speeches!
Collarbone: The anxiety is just too much.
Under the Arm: I have trouble catching my breath. 

Now, take a deep breath.

On a scale from 1 to 10, how intense is your anxiety?

Try tapping again and see how much lower your anxiety gets.

Every time you complete a round of tapping (going through all meridian points) you are releasing your body's natural power to heal emotionally and achieve a balanced state.

I think one of the reasons EFT is so effective is because it's a form of touch therapy, a way to self-soothe and comfort. Touch is something all humans need to survive.



Using EFT for Anxiety Relief:
Additional Resources

EFT Universe Website-provides an abundance of information on the emotional freedom technique, including free tapping scripts, and help with finding an EFT practitioner.

Watch this video on how to do EFT.


I hope this article helps you on your journey to better mental health!

Brighter skies are ahead,




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