EFT for Migraines…

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Migraine headaches are always painful and sometimes completely debilitating. Some migraine sufferers spend several days unable to work or even stay in an upright position. Sometimes the cause is physical, such as when we become dehydrated. Often the underlying cause is an emotional issue.

Stress is often the cause of headaches. Anyone under chronic stress is subjected to sustained elevated levels of the stress hormone cortisol. EFT tapping is an evidence-based technique. Multiple random control trials conclude that EFT lowers cortisol by over 40%. By tapping on acupoints while talking about your stress, you’ll quickly lower cortisol levels, allowing your body and mind to relax.

If you suffer from headaches or migraines, you can address the physical pain using the following example setup and reminder statements. Or use your own specific wording that applies to your headache and emotions at the time. Before you start tapping, estimate the intensity of your headache on a scale from 0 to 10, with zero being no pain, and 10 being the worst you can imagine. Write that number down somewhere for later comparison.

Repeat your setup statements while tapping on the side of the hand:
Even though I have this headache, I accept myself anyway.
Even though my head is splitting and I feel terrible, I am ready to release this pain.
Even though my headache is so painful, I thank my body for trying to keep me safe, and I’m okay.

Then tap gently on the other tapping points (see the Basic Recipe for the points) with reminder phrases that describe how you’re feeling, such as:
This painful headache. This migraine. This nausea and headache. This awful headache. Feels like a tight band around my head. I feel terrible. I’m so tired of this headache. This painful migraine.

After one or more rounds of tapping, take a slow, calming breath or two. Estimate the intensity level of your pain again. Write that down next to your original number. Hopefully, the number has gone down significantly, but if not, continue tapping to reduce the intensity level even more. If the number is not going down after repeated rounds, maybe it’s not just a physical issue. Maybe it’s time to look at possible emotional causes.

You might have an idea of what caused your headache, such as a very stressful work situation, a recent family argument, or some other traumatic event. You can then tap specifically about that situation.

Even though work is really stressful for me right now, I accept myself anyway and I’m ready to release this stress.

But what if you don’t have a single clue about what emotions might be behind this thumper of a headache? Easy enough:

Even though I don’t know why I have this headache, I’m open to learning and releasing this pain.

EFT is amazing like that. By tapping on the “I don’t know” statements, we experience memories or insights that lead us directly to the source of our emotional disturbance. And then we tap on that. Like the layers of an onion, we tap and peel away each layer until we’ve discovered the core issue(s) that can be neutralized one at a time using EFT.

I’ve written a series of concise, step-by-step books to help you quickly reduce stress. The tools in The Art of Managing Stress series include Mindful Breathing, Meditation, and EFT Tapping. These books are available both in paperback and as eBooks. Learn easy techniques for stress relief today so you can feel better and wave goodbye to frequent headaches.

Keep Calm and Tap On!

Please remember: It's important to contact a professional if things feel too big for you, whether it be a physician, psychologist, psychiatrist, or certified EFT practitioner. Never discontinue your current medications without first consulting your doctor.