Not just during unsettling times like pandemics, but anxiety can appear anytime in our lives. This blog guides you on Emotional Freedom Technique Tapping or EFT tapping – one of the oldest self-healing methods to relieve stress and anxiety. Read to know more about this quick and painless method to heal yourself!
Anxiety is a stress response when you sense fear coupled with apprehension, resulting in a heightened state of arousal. This activates a fight or flight response, to keep you away from danger. Your brain helps you respond to danger or an emergency situation by triggering stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline. Anxiety stops when you are out of danger. However, this process is useless when you have a date or a presentation, because these are not dangerous situations.
Experiencing anxiety for a prolonged period of time causes chronic anxiety that increases the risk of mental and physical health issues. Because your brain is wired to sense fear even if there is no danger and trigger anxiety even at the slightest discomfort. Therefore, you feel emotionally drained. Also, the chemical imbalances caused by prolonged anxiety have a physical manifestation, which damages our body if left untreated.
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
Emotional Freedom Technique, also known as ‘tapping’ or psychological acupressure is an alternate treatment to emotional distress and physical pain based on the blend of Acupuncture and Mind-Body Medicine, both techniques are backed by plenty of scientific studies.
This healing technique uses the same energy circuits or meridians that was a part of Chinese healing practice for over 5000 years ago. Energy flows within your meridians and courses through the body. We all have 12 major meridians mirroring each side of the body and correspond to an internal organ. However, EFT focuses on 9 meridians and these are –
- karate chop (KC): small intestine meridian
- top of head (TH): governing vessel
- eyebrow (EB): bladder meridian
- side of the eye (SE): gallbladder meridian
- under the eye (UE): stomach meridian
- under the nose (UN): governing vessel
- chin (Ch): central vessel
- beginning of the collarbone (CB): kidney meridian
- under the arm (UA): spleen meridian
You cannot see the energy, but you can feel the flow and its effects through EFT, which is all about tapping at specific points to stimulate energy. Tapping brings profound changes in your emotional and physical health. Like acupuncture, tapping works on a physical plane, as well as on an emotional plane.
Tapping on energy meridians and vocalizing the things that are a source of your stress helps you suppress anxiety. This method rewires the brain’s circuitry thereby reversing the effects of stress and anxiety.
What’s going on in the brain?
We all think that a memory is an information related to something that has happened in the past. But, when we think of these memories again and again our subconscious mind treats this as a current event. Let’s say, a doctor asked you what you had for breakfast this morning. Now to answer that, you have to remember what happened in the morning and in doing so you are re-experiencing the present moment.
You got access to what happened in the morning at the present moment, because of your subconscious mind. Besides access, it also gives you the ability to alter your body’s response to them.
Now the question is how do you feel anxiety? How are such negative emotions caused?
Well, when there is a distressing memory, a disruption in the body’s energy system occurs or say zzzzzts, which contributes to negative emotions. This thing occurs in three steps. See the image below.
Without the intermediate step caused by a distressing memory, negative emotions won’t occur. That is why certain memories bother us a lot and some doesn’t. Some people are easily prone to an energy imbalance in response to distressing memory, while others are not.
The brain creates negative emotions like anxiety with help of the amygdala, The National Institute of Mental Health explains. Amygdala is an area of the brain that fosters communication between regions of the brain associated with processing incoming sensory signals and areas that interpret these signals. Having a distressing memory alerts your brain that there is a danger and trigger an anxiety response.