July 12, 2017

Tired of Anxiety? Try EFT

Posted in Uncategorized at 11:55 am by kellyfdennis

anxiety-fear-puzzle-means-anxious-and-afraid-100236308Experiencing a small amount of anxiety occasionally is actually very adaptive and helpful. A few butterflies in my stomach before public speaking helps me keep my edge and be alert. Chronic anxiety, panic, or debilitating feelings of terror however, are not helpful and actually harm your mind and body over time.

Chronic anxiety actually rewires your brain. When the fight, flight or freeze response in your body and brain is constantly being activated, your body and brain learn a new way of operating, becoming hypervigilant and on edge . If you’ve been following along on the blog and my YouTube Channel you know I’ve been demonstrating and blogging about techniques to use to, over time, reduce the triggering of the fight or flight response. I think EFT can be another helpful tool.

Begin by identifying where in your body your are feeling the anxiety. Do you have butterflies in your stomach, a racing heart, a lump in your throat, heaviness in your chest? Once you tune in to your body’s experience with the anxiety, rate the amount of it on a scale of 1-10.

Take a deep breath in, let it out.

Karate Chop: “Even though I feel this anxiety in my (chest, stomach, head), I deeply and completely love and accept myself.”

Karate Chop: “Even though I’m feeling so very anxious right now, I am open to learning to accept whatever emotions I’m experiencing.”

Karate Chop: “Even though sometimes it’s hard to love and accept myself when I’m feeling all this anxiety, I love and accept how I feel about this and am open to feeling more calm.”

Top of Head: “This anxiety in my (chest, stomach, head).”

Eyebrow: “This fear I feel in my body feels overwhelming.”

Side of Eye: “I love and accept my willingness to release these emotions.”

Under the Eye: “This anxiety makes me feel out of control.”

Under the Nose: “I am open to releasing this anxiety in my body.”

Chin: “Anxiety doesn’t feel safe.”

Collarbone: “I am releasing the anxiety in my body.”

Under the Arm: “I know what it feels like to feel calm.”

Top of Head: “I am allowing my body to feel calm.”

Take a deep breath in, re-rate the level of anxiety in your body on a scale of 1-10. Repeat the tapping as needed until you notice the level has decreased to at least a “2”, changing the wording to fit the level of anxiety.

I hope you have found the EFT helpful and are using it as another tool in your therapy toolbox!

Be Well and Have a Wonderful Day!

 

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