Response to my “Feeling Overwhelmed?” blog post has been, well, overwhelming. 😉 I’m glad the step-by-step approach was helpful and thanks for your follow-up questions. I wanted to go a little deeper in this post about a question I received from several readers just in case you have the same question.
In the last post, the first step instructs you to identify the most intense emotion you’re feeling when overwhelm has taken over, and to tap on that first. Several readers said they did that but asked, “What happens if the emotion that I’m tapping on changes as I’m tapping?” This is a great question and actually a common reaction when tapping.
There are several ways to handle changing emotions, but as soon as you notice that the emotion has changed, celebrate that you noticed! Your awareness is a key to tapping success.
Next, estimate the intensity of this new emotion, as well as the new intensity of the original emotion you were already tapping on, and compare them. (Sometimes when a new emotion comes up, the intensity of the original one drops significantly, but not always.)
You may want to continue tapping on the original emotion if it is still more intense and make a note in your tapping journal what new emotion came up along with its intensity so that you can return to it.
Or if the new emotion is more intense, you may want to tap through the points without words for one round to notice what words and feelings arise about this new emotion. Start again with a new setup statement and tap as many rounds as you need until the intensity of this new emotion is a 3 or below, but as close to 0 as possible.
Then you can return to the original emotion and estimate its intensity again. That intensity may have changed after reducing the intensity of the second emotion. For your setup statement, you can use something like
“Even though I have this remaining _____ (emotion), I accept myself anyway.”
Tap through the points for as many rounds as it takes to release this emotion, using specific words to describe what you’re feeling and where you feel it in your body.
And there may be even more emotions that come forward in this process. Write them down and follow the Basic Recipe instructions for tapping each one down with your specific words until the overwhelm has been tamed. It’s good to get them out so you can release the blocked energy from these negative emotions and find your happy place again.
There are many approaches to take when trying to tame feelings of overwhelm. If you have one that works well for you, please let me know. The goal is to find a sense of relief, calm, and clarity so you can move forward in the most effective manner.
If you have more questions, please ask! I love answering your questions so that others will benefit.
Keep Calm and Tap On!