There’s More Than One Way to Relieve Stress

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We are all beautifully unique individuals, even if we have an identical sibling. Our tastes vary from person to person and even from one day to the next. We sleep better under specific conditions, enjoy some foods better than others, have different rituals we follow, laugh at different things, and show love in different ways. And we use different ways to relax and relieve stress.

Some universal ways to relieve stress include mindful breathing, yoga, meditation, exercise, and spending time in nature. Some people relax by cooking or baking, getting a massage or some type of bodywork, running, reading, writing, napping, needlework, petting the dog or cat, or watching fish or birds. There are so many great ways to unwind and enjoy life.

And, of course, there is EFT Tapping. Tapping is one of my favorite tools for relieving stress. It can be as simple as holding the finger points without words, even when I don’t think I need it. Especially when I don’t think I need it. After just a few minutes, I feel calmer. I try to practice tapping several times each day so that I can stay more centered and mindful.

Whenever I come up against a challenge that causes me to feel stressed, I take a moment to become aware of what I’m feeling, where I feel it in my body, and how intensely I’m feeling it. Then I start tapping using specific words to describe the sensations and the situation. With a little practice, it becomes second nature because the EFT tapping process really is that simple.

When an unpleasant memory comes to mind, my brain responds as though the experience is happening again in the present moment. The fight, flight, freeze part of my brain senses a threat or danger because of my previous experience. It’s only trying to protect me, but in doing that, it immediately recreates the same stress response that I experienced at the time of the original incident! Stress hormones are released, and the physiological cascade begins.

As soon as I notice this happening, I stop, rate the intensity of my feelings, and tap a round or two using words that describe what I’m feeling. I take a calming breath and rate the intensity again. I can tap more rounds if needed. By doing this, I release the blocked energy and negative emotions associated with that memory so that next time, the memory doesn’t trigger the fight, flight, or freeze response again. That’s why it’s called Emotional Freedom Techniques!

Learn exactly how to use EFT tapping to manage stress in my book: Emotional Freedom Techniques: The Art of Managing Stress Through EFT Tapping.

Download my free eBook called Ten Simple Habits to Help You Break Up with Stress to discover different ways to relax and enjoy life!

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.