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Stop racing thoughts with EFT tapping

by Alice Bradshaw
106 minutes
Stop racing thoughts with EFT tapping

I think all of us have been feeling high levels of worry during the pandemic. For me one worry has been the daily thoughts about what I will do if my daughter’s nursery has to close today…. And what about today…. And how about if it closes today…. And so on! The level of uncertainty is unsettling, and while it’s good to think and plan and analyse, there comes a point when more thinking is fruitless. Thoughts can go round and round our heads when there are not enough known facts about our present and future situations.

Whether it’s work worries, financial worries, worries about our own health or that of our families, worries about our children’s development - whatever it is, EFT can help.

In EFT we first acknowledge our feelings as valid, and I think this is so important. It can be quite annoying and invalidating when someone tells us to ‘try not to worry about it’ – these things are very important and of course we worry about them.

However, it is also important to stop the cycle of overthinking and to make sure we are able to switch off for a few minutes every day. The more you practice EFT and tapping, the more easily you will be able to fall into a few blessed moments of peace to recharge and give your mind a rest from thinking. Very often when we can do that, insights come and the next small step that we can take action on becomes clear.

*If you are prone to anxiety or panic attacks, please do not use this script. Instead, use No-Words Tapping – see my Traffic Lights Tapping video for how to do it.*

*If you are new to tapping, first watch some of my free videos to learn how to tap.*

Please bear in mind these tips for using tapping scripts effectively:

·        Tapping scripts are a guide, to give you ideas of what to say. Tailor it to resonate with YOUR feelings and words. If something doesn’t resonate with you, leave it out or change it to something that works for you. Be specific not global (‘frustrated with too many Zoom meetings’, not just ‘frustrated’).

·        If you get triggered or overwhelmed, drop the words and KEEP TAPPING. Just use No-Words Tapping until you feel calm, and seek the help of a qualified EFT practitioner or other healthcare professional.

·        Say the words out loud as you tap on each of the points.

·        Before you tap, rate your feeling on the topic from 0-10 where 0 is no intensity and 10 is very high intensity. Each time through the points rate it again. Keep repeating the tapping script, changing the words as you need, until you reach 1 or 0. If you get stuck around a 4 or 5, probably something else is coming up – please reach out if you need help.

 

*If you are prone to anxiety or panic attacks, please do not use this script. Instead, use No-Words Tapping – see my Traffic Lights Tapping video for how to do it.*

TAPPING SCRIPT FOR OVERTHINKING AND RACING THOUGHTS

Side of the hand: Even though I’m always worrying about my job prospects, deep down I am OK.

Even though I overthink everything about my finances and how the pandemic has affected or might affect them, that’s the way it is right now.

Even though this worry is like {e.g. a knot of tension} in my {e.g. stomach}, I accept myself and my feelings.

Eyebrow: These thoughts racing round my head about my job prospects

Side of the eye: Money worries in this pandemic

Under the eye: Worry is like a {e.g. knot of tension} in my {e.g. stomach}

Under the nose: What if I lose my job or can’t get a job?

Under the mouth: What if I can’t afford the things I need?

Collarbone: Overthinking my job and finances

Under the arm: I don’t know what steps to take next to secure my job and finances

Top of the head: Worry like a {e.g. knot of tension} in my {e.g. stomach}

Side of the hand: Even though I overthink everything about my loved ones and how the pandemic affects them, I accept that that’s the way it is right now.

Even though I feel this worry in my {e.g. belly} and it’s like {e.g. a fluttering grey ball}, deep down I am OK.

Even though I’m so worried about my loved ones, that’s how it is right now.

Eyebrow: This {e.g. fluttering grey ball} of worry in my {e.g. belly}

Side of the eye: Racing thoughts about my family

Under the eye: Worry about loved ones’ problems

Under the nose: How will this affect my children?

Under the mouth: What if someone I love gets sick?

Collarbone: Overthinking what my loved ones are going through

Under the arm: This worry is like {e.g. a fluttering grey ball} in my {e.g. belly}

Top of the head: I’m so worried about my family

Side of the hand: Even though I still have some of these remaining worries and racing thoughts, I choose to enjoy moments of stillness.

Even though I still feel some of this{e.g. grey ball} of worry in my {e.g. belly}, I can also feel my feet on the ground supported by the earth.

Even though these worries are valid, right here and right now I choose to be still and grounded

Eyebrow: These remaining pandemic worries and racing thoughts

Side of the eye: This remaining {e.g. grey ball} of worry in my {e.g. belly}

Under the eye: In this moment I choose to be still and grounded

Under the nose: I choose to notice the feel of my feet on the ground

Under the mouth: These remaining pandemic worries and racing thoughts

Collarbone: I choose to enjoy moments of stillness every day

Under the arm: I choose to calmly see the next single step

Top of the head: Right here, right now, I choose to feel still and grounded

I'd love to talk with you about how I could help you manage overthinking, worrying and anxiety - please contact me to set up a free 20 minute chat!

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