I want to begin by apologizing for posting about something when I'm such a newbie. I tried this out to help with anxiety and panic attacks, and it worked so well that I just want to share, even though I don't have a lot of experience or expertise of my own to share just yet. With that in mind.....
As I mentioned in my goals, I have been learning a little about something called EFT. It's also called 'tapping'. I honestly don't remember where I heard about it or what chain of events caused me to learn about it, but I am really glad that I did. It's a technique that does indeed involve tapping on various parts of the body.
You don't need any tools - you tap with your fingertips. I like that it is drug free and non-invasive (I do not like invasive!). It doesn't hurt. It's easy to do. I was able to find books and a video at my library. I've also since learned that there are videos on youtube, websites and free newsletters you can subscribe to, but I haven't had time to explore any of those yet.
The places on the body that get tapped (at least the ones I've learned about) are related to some points used in accupressure or accupuncture. There are several books out that explain how it all works, and I've read 1 1/2 of them, plus watched a video. Based on what I learned from those sources, I gave it a try.
I am not going to try and teach you how to do it here, because frankly, I know I'm not doing it right. There are statements you make during the first part of it, and I think you're supposed to say them out loud. I usually don't (and it still works!), because often, I will be sound asleep and wake at the onset of anxiety/panic. I don't want to wake anyone, so I've just said the statements 'in my head', and it has still worked just fine.
From what I've read it is more effective if you tap regularly, rather than waiting until there's a problem. I haven't worked it into my daily routine, but I think that I will. According to the (very little) research that I have done, it has proven beneficial for various problems, including anxiety and panic, chronic pain (some of the people showcased in the video had amazing stories), emotional issues, addiction, insomnia, weight loss, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and more.
Another thing I appreciated about the video was that the were open and honest about the people who it didn't work for. One man wanted to stop smoking - that was his reasong for trying it. After several days, he decided that he liked to smoke, and that he was not going to continue with EFT. So it's not magic, and it doesn't work for everyone in every situation.
I'm not putting up any sort of referran links here - I'm not profiting from this financially in any way whatsoever. I just know that this has helped me. I have a form of anxiety/panic where my fight/flight reaction is over the top. If I'm sound asleep and a cat jumps up on the bed, or a little girl comes in and says 'Mama, I had a bad dream' an inch from my ear, it sends me into a full-blown panic attack. Sometimes I shake and tremble so badly that it wakes my husband from a deep sleep. But one cycle of tapping, which takes about a minute shuts it off like a switch was flipped. It just...goes away.
If you have something in your life that you want to be different, you may want to do some research and give it a try. So far I've used tapping to help with the panic stuff and the pain associated with 'Aunt Flo' and her visits, and it has helped with both. Perhaps it will work for you too. I hope it is a blessing.
I read: Try it on Everything - Discover the Power of EFT by Patricia Carrington, Ph.D. and I'm about halfway through Energy Tapping (2nd edition) by Gallo and Vincenzi. The video is called The Tapping Solution, and is a compantion to the book Try it on Everything.
Wishing you the best,
-Laura at TenThingsFarm