…for those awkward moments when you really need to tap to relieve some stress but you don’t feel comfortable doing that in front of others.
EFT stands for Emotional Freedom Techniques. It’s plural because there are quite a few amazing techniques in this evidence-based practice. Let’s learn two very simple ways that will allow you to access the same energy lines (meridians) that you tap on in the EFT Basic Recipe, but to do so a bit more discretely.
One way is to tap on just your finger points as shown in an earlier post: The Finger Points. This method still involves tapping on specific points on the fingers that correspond to the meridian endpoints in the Basic Recipe, but it’s definitely more discrete than tapping on all the points on your head and torso. AND it still works great.
Another way, which is one of my favorites, is to gently hold the thumb and then each finger in turn as seen in the images here. Most often this is done by using the thumb and index finger of the dominant hand to hold and gently squeeze both sides of the thumb and fingers near the corner of the nail bed on the other hand. Each finger is held for about as long as it takes for one full inhalation and exhalation. Then move to the next one.
This is a much more discrete method of using meridian endpoint stimulation to calm and destress! A Stealth Technique to Overcome Awkward Moments! You can do this in full daylight and people won’t even notice. Or you can have your hands below a desk at a meeting and nobody will even see your stealth stress relief in action. The possibilities are many and the results are all good!
I use this technique often to take the edge off as soon as I feel stress starting to build up. I’ve shown it to people on flights who seem anxious. It is also very helpful for those times when you wake up in the middle of the night and can’t sleep. By applying gentle pressure on the fingers with slow movements, I quickly calm and relax so I can get back to sleep. Starting at my thumb, I often don’t remember getting to all of my fingers before I fall asleep again.
Does one need to say anything during this process? No. It certainly won’t hurt if you choose to talk about the issue as you practice this technique, but words are not necessary to experience the benefits of neutralizing negative energy and allowing any blockages to dissolve so you’re back to your best self quickly.
Give it a try!
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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.