Through tapping and recalling stressors simultaneously, your brain receives both messages at once, and you are able to send a message to the amygdala and hippocampus that tells them to calm down.
Think of the brain as part of the body’s system of energy. These meridian points give you a very strong connection to it. Tapping on these points essentially smooths out energy disruptions and just as acupuncture has been used for thousands of years to treat physical manifestations of pain, these same energy points can be stimulated to calm emotional manifestations of stress.
What’s going on in the body?
Tapping has also been shown to lower levels of cortisol, one of the stress-causing chemicals we mentioned earlier. One study by a Harvard researcher found a drop in the levels of the stress hormone of an average of 24% in subjects treated with EFT when those treated with talk therapy (and the control group receiving nothing) showed no such reduction.
Recent research has also shown that tapping increases positive emotions such as hope and enjoyment while decreasing negative emotional states like anxiety.
How can you start tapping?
This technique is really easy to learn and to implement into your day-to-day life. It can be practiced anywhere and at any time as it requires no equipment or specific conditions to really work in, though you do need to vocalize about your anxieties, so finding a private space might be preferable.
Watch this introductory tutorial to tapping, including the proper way to talk about the issues causing you stress, and start to release anxiety from your life today!
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