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There are times when you find yourself stuck. You may feel like you can’t move forward, or that you’re lost. Sometimes, it can be hard to know what to do because you can’t even visualize anything beyond where you are now. However, there is a way out. You can use EFT, also known as tapping, to help you get unstuck. Yup. Some simple tapping for feeling stuck, overwhelmed, or hopeless.
This is a simple and effective technique that has been medically proven to help people achieve their goals. But, let’s not even start with that big word (GOALS!), and let’s just take one itsy bitsy step at a time. Being deep in stuckville, you first need to see one sliver of light in all the dark and move your focus to that. EFT is perfect for this!
EFT, or “emotional freedom technique,” is a popular method of self-care that uses touch, affirmation, and visualization to help people feel better. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, EFT can be used when someone feels stuck or overwhelmed. By focusing on positive thoughts and images, EFT can help people feel more in control and empowered.
Introduction: what is eft and how can it help for feeling stuck?
EFT, or “tapping,” is a technique that was developed in the early 1990s. It is based on the principles of acupuncture, which uses pressure points on the body to treat various conditions. EFT involves tapping on these pressure points with your fingertips while focusing on negative emotions or physical sensations. The theory is that this will help to release the negative energy and allow you to feel better.
Tapping is said to help clear the emotional charge from the memory or emotion, and it can be used to treat a variety of issues, including anxiety, depression, phobias, and pain. Some researchers believe that EFT may help to release trauma from the body and mind.
There is a lot of anecdotal evidence that suggests EFT tapping works. But what does the scientific research say?
A 2006 study published in the Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease found that EFT was helpful for reducing trauma symptoms in Holocaust survivors.
A 2009 study published in Energy Psychology found that EFT was helpful for reducing anxiety, depression, and stress in college students.
A 2012 study published in the International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis found that EFT was helpful for reducing trauma symptoms in veterans.
A 2013 study published in Complementary Therapies in Medicine found that EFT was helpful for reducing pain and improving the quality of life in people with chronic pain.
If it helps you to see scientific evidence, I highly suggest you look up some of the studies. ( I do have a few referenced HERE. They are quite inspiring.)
A huge benefit to tapping is that it is accessible to everyone. So often, when you are deeply stuck, it is hard to get yourself to try things to help because you feel so defeated and exhausted and all the techniques feel so darn BIG. EFT is so simple, with no equipment needed, no big time commitment, and no feeling of overwhelm. And, unless you want to work with a practitioner or go through training, it is absolutely free!
How can eft help you address the issue of feeling stuck?
EFT, or tapping, helps you work through your feelings and emotions. It can be used to help people who feel stuck in their lives, as it allows them to explore the emotions that are keeping them from moving forward. There is so much wisdom is tapping into those emotions, feeling them, and then letting them go to be replaced by something new and positive.
By tapping on specific points on the body while focusing on the issue that is causing you difficulty, you can begin to release the negative energy and emotions that are holding you back. This can help you to feel more empowered and motivated to take steps to improve your life. Nice, huh?
Practice: how to practice eft to get unstuck
EFT can be practiced anywhere and doesn’t require any special equipment. You can simply tap on your own or use a partner to help you with the process. Here are a few tips for getting started with EFT:
- Choose a calm and quiet place to practice EFT.
- Sit or stand in a comfortable position.
- Close your eyes and take some deep breaths, focusing on releasing any tension you may be feeling.
- Rate the intensity of the negative feeling or experience you want to tap on.
- Tap gently on the Karate Chop point (on the fleshy side of your hand, between your thumb and index finger) while saying “Even though I feel (this way), I deeply and completely accept myself.” Repeat this three times
- Now tap on the next 7 points as you “vent” your problem. You are essentially saying out loud the voice that is running through your head about this issue. (see video walkthrough below for an example of how this looks>). The tapping points that follow the karate chop are: inside of eyebrow at bone, side of eye, under the eye, under the nose, under the chin, collarbone, under the arm and top of head.
- If you are really stuck, I suggest you stop here. This is simply to bring the energy out of those big, heavy thoughts which creates space for better thoughts to come in. Remember, what you want is to allow tiny bits of light to enter and that’s what this does. It’s a small step that will lead to huge changes.
How often should I practice EFT for feeling stuck?
Here’s the real beauty for someone feeling stuck and overwhelmed: How often you practice EFT is up to you. Some people find that once a day is enough, others find that they need to do it several times a day for it to be effective. Experiment and find what works best for you. There is no kicking yourself for not getting up an hour before the birds to do it. There is no right formula you need to follow.
A side benefit here is that this is teaching you to listen to YOU and do what feels like a fit for what you need. Maybe this week, you’ll need to tap a few times a day, every day. Maybe next week, you’ll only feel like it’s necessary one or two days. Learning to listen to your inner guidance is a huge- HUGE- part of getting yourself unstuck.
Conclusion: the benefits of using EFT when you feel stuck
In conclusion, EFT is a great way to help yourself when you are feeling stuck. It is easy to learn, and can be done anywhere. By tapping on your body’s meridians, you can release blockages and restore balance, which can help you to move forward in your life. If you are feeling stuck, give EFT a try and see how it can help you to get unstuck and find your flow again.
If you would like a bit more of an explanation and some clearer instruction, I will put you in the hands of one of my favorite people. Dawson Church has done sooooo much in the field of EFT and he offers a no-catch, absolutely FREE 21-day tapping challenge that will give you wonderful confidence in your ability to do this and to see results. Sign up HERE.
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