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8 Ways to Bring Tapping into Your Daily Life

We know how great tapping is – but do we remember to use it? Here are some ideas to help you incorporate tapping into your daily life.

We know how great EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) tapping is – but do we remember to use it? And when we do, how often do we find ourselves stuck with how to apply the tapping – what on earth should I say to get past this? It can be all too easy to give up or to conclude that “it doesn’t work for me”.

(If you don’t know what EFT is and how to tap, see my videos!)

There are three ways tapping can be used:

  • Symptom relief – after a problem
  • Emotional first aid – during a problem
  • Emotional resilience – preventing a problem

People commonly use tapping as a form of symptom relief – to heal a phobia, improve insomnia, overcome depression. This is the stage at which people often seek help from an EFT therapist, to untangle the root causes of their problem and help them move forward past the unpleasant symptoms. We can look at this as the “after” stage – fixing what has gone wrong previously.

Emotional first aid is when you use tapping in a moment of distress when you are feeling bad about something happening now. For example, after an upsetting argument, during your toddler’s meltdown, or when you are feeling road rage in your car. Emotional first aid consists of tapping with no words – words are used to tune into an issue, but if you are already upset, you are already tuned in, so there is no need to use words to target the tapping. This is tapping “during” a problem.

Tapping for emotional resilience takes things a step further, to address things BEFORE any kind of illness or mental dis-ease manifests in your life. After dealing with the aftermath of previous traumas (both small and big), improving emotional resilience is a way to ensure that you will be able to cope with the next life challenges. We want to empty out our stress bucket regularly so that it doesn’t overflow and overwhelm us when a crisis occurs. Stress is a major contributing factor to many diseases and psychological conditions, and EFT can certainly reduce stress levels very effectively. Regulating your nervous system by tapping on a daily basis is a great way to forge new neurological pathways and habits of thought.

Here are some ideas to help you incorporate tapping into your daily life – just choose one or two to start with and form new habits little by little. Notice how your emotional tone improves and your emotional resilience increases! It can be helpful to keep a mood journal to keep track of how you feel each day.

1. No words tapping

Set an alarm once or twice a day. Tap for 5-10 minutes, or even just 2 rounds. Or hook the new habit to something you do already – brushing your teeth, going to the toilet, sitting down to eat, watching TV, sitting down at your desk to work, when you talk on the phone, when you go for a walk, and so on. This is my favourite one, and possibly the easiest to do, even for the laziest and/or busiest of us!

2. Tap every hour

Again, set an alarm to remind you tap 2 rounds every hour, on the hour. This practice will help to regulate your nervous system on an ongoing basis throughout the day.

3. Constricted Breathing Technique

This is another of my personal favourites as I love the feeling of calm spaciousness it gives me in my body and mind. It’s also so easy because I don’t have to think up words or any particular issue while I’m tapping. Try it every day and see how it changes how you feel. (Watch my video on this technique here.) (Read my blog on the benefits of this technique here.)

4. Tap on your to do list

Just taking 5 minutes to tap while reading through and thinking over your to do list can change how you feel about the tasks. Try it and see if your productivity and effectiveness doesn’t improve dramatically!

5. Sit down and work through an issue

This is what we typically think of as “tapping for myself”. It is a much deeper way to get to the underlying issues but the drawbacks are that we feel more reluctant to set aside a longer chunk of time, we have to “be our own therapist”, thinking of what to ask ourselves and where to take the tapping, and it can often end in frustration and disappointment if we don’t get the results we were expecting and hoping for. If you can do this on a daily basis or even just once a week, you can get great results, but it isn’t for everyone.

6. Tap with a script

This is an easier way to tap for yourself with words. Find a script that you like (or write your own), and try using the same one for a period of time, perhaps 21 days or 40 days. Give yourself permission to change the script if it starts to feel like it isn’t quite the right wording anymore. (Try one of my tapping scripts.)

7. Tap with a positive affirmation

Similarly to tapping with a script, if you’ve been working on something and want to replace an unhelpful thought pattern with a positive affirmation, say it daily while tapping for a couple of rounds.

8. Combine it with yoga, qigong, meditation

Adding tapping to another spiritual or introspective activity or energy work can greatly enhance your practice. Try tapping one or two rounds before your usual practice. It can also work really well to tap while you are journalling or praying. Tapping relaxes our bodies and brains, balances our energy systems, and gently places us in a brainwave state that is conducive to meditation and connection with something higher. The practice feels deeper and more effective, and insights come more easily.

I’d love to know which of these tips you are going to try!

If you’d like to explore how EFT can help us deal with life’s challenges contact me to set up a free 20 minute chat to see how I could help you!

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