July 22, 2014

Tapping Your Holiday Stress Away

The holidays can be a difficult time of year for some people. In addition to the everyday responsibilities, your list of things to do around the holidays can be made even longer and make most people overwhelmed and anxious. It can also be a time filled with sadness and depression for those without friends or family.

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Tapping is a powerful and easy to learn technique that helps transform unwanted emotions such as depression, anxiety, sadness and stress into peaceful, happy, creative and confident feelings. Rather than giving up and drowning in your morbid feelings, you can let the power of EFT come to your aid.

What is EFT?

Emotional Freedom Technique is a form of alternative therapy that involves tapping on the various pressure points on the body and focusing on the unpleasant thoughts. This type of therapy closely resembles acupuncture but without the needles. By tapping on the specific pressure points, you’re manipulating the energy fields and combating the emotional upset that is causing the disruptive feelings.

You can either learn this practice on your own or seek the help from a trained professional. There are tapping point charts and demonstration videos you can review at www.thetappingsolution.com. The basic tapping points include the eyebrow, top of the head, under the eye, side of the eye, nose, under the arm, collarbone and chin.

How Does the Emotional Freedom Technique Work?

The beginning phase of EFT sets the stage for the actual treatment. You can start by identifying the problems at hand and the level of fear that you are experiencing the difficulties at. Once the problem has been recognized, you can begin with several breathing exercises created to teach your body how to relax.

As you’ve advanced toward the treatment phase, you can find a relaxing position to sit in and focus on the unwanted feelings, sadness, fears or anxiety. This is a difficult phase for most people because they have to relive a traumatic experience or think about the problems that they are facing. While focusing on the unpleasant thoughts, you can apply pressure to the various parts of the body to energize nerve activity.

After the treatment, you can determine if more sessions are necessary by rating the level of anxiety or fear. It can take several sessions to overcome these dramatic feelings. The next treatment may include a longer session and stronger amounts of pressure on the various points.

How Can EFT Relieve Holiday Stress?

Holiday travel, shopping, drinking, overeating, baking, overspending and family drama can leave you feeling overwhelmed, stressed and dreading the holiday season. Instead of giving in to these feelings of distress, you can let EFT guide you toward a brighter and more positive outlook. Emotional Freedom Techniques can help you change the way you deal with stressful situations, and it can help you enjoy the holidays without feeling depressed or anxious.

The holidays can bring happiness, laughter and joy, but they can also evoke sadness, loneliness and anxiety. Through EFT, you can re-channel these negative emotions and find a positive way to lift your spirits and look for the things that you are most grateful for around the holiday season.

Shelby Warden is a researcher who contributes articles for www.thetappingsolution.com. The Tapping Solution is a documentary film exploring EFT, a new discovery combining ancient Chinese acupressure and modern psychology. The film shows how emotions affect our bodies, and how to use EFT to help you to release your negative emotions and self-heal.

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