Does Tapping Therapy for Anxiety Work?

Anxiety is a very difficult feeling to explain to someone who doesn’t have it or doesn’t know that they have it. Some people will describe it as a feeling like you are stuck within your own skin and you can’t get out. Others will say that they feel like everyone’s eyes are on them and they aren’t wearing clothes! Any way you look at it, having anxiety is not only a miserable way to live your life, but it can actually affect how you live it.

What is Anxiety?

The dictionary definition for “anxiety” is a state of being that affects many different aspects of your life, including emotional, cognitive, and behavioral components. In other words, it is more than just a feeling of dread – it is literally feeling it in your body and allowing it to affect your normal state of being.

For some people, anxiety is something that comes and goes, but then there are those with social anxiety disorder and they are affected by this every time they are in a certain type of social situation, whether it is one on one, being on a stage, or meeting new people for the first time. The symptoms that they feel will be much more than dread – they will run away from the situation, avoid it, or they may face it and deal with sweating, heart palpitations, or they could even pass out from hyperventilation.

What is Tapping Therapy for Anxiety?

For many people, tapping therapy for anxiety may seem new and faddish when in reality is based on ancient acupuncture. Instead of using needles however, you tap with your fingers on those particular pressure points that affect your feelings of anxiety. This method of treatment also uses thought techniques that can help you change the way you feel about certain situations, much like hypnotism can do.

Why Are You Suffering from Anxiety?

There are so many different reasons why you could be suffering from anxiety, that most doctors won’t even bother getting to the root of the cause. It could be that you suffered a traumatic experience early on in your life, that you are just modeling the behavior of your parents, or perhaps because you have a poor self-image.

Some people suffer from anxiety as a result of a physical disorder within their body, a dietary issue, or even a traumatic brain injury. In other words, there are people who suffer from anxiety as a result of physical issues and for others it is purely an emotional or psychological issue.

Many people find that “talk therapy” will work to relieve anxiety. This is a common method of treatment whereby a patient and a counselor talk to figure out why certain behaviors exist, where they came from, and how to change them. This can help, but it can take an awful long time (in some cases it will take years), and it isn’t cheap. For this reason alone, a therapy like EFT, which is also known as the Emotional Freedom Technique, and is also at the heart of the theory of “tapping”, is so popular. This is a much quicker method for alleviating anxiety and with tapping therapy anxiety you won’t necessarily have to be treated with the addition of prescription medications.

Although there have been many innovations in psychotropic drugs in recent years, making them safer and more effective, it is still always better to treat an emotional or psychological issue without drugs if at all possible. By adopting the mindset that you will tackle your anxiety problem rather than mask it by taking a pill, you are taking the first step in letting go of the problem for good.

Does Tapping Therapy for Anxiety Really Work?

When you go online and read about people using tapping therapy for anxiety, you may think that they look a little silly tapping their head or other parts of their body with their fingers, but there is plenty of evidence to suggest that this method of treatment has its benefits.

Henri Junttila in his article 5 Proven-Effective Ways to Eliminate Negative Emotions and Tap Into Peace says…

EFT is weird, but it works. Nowadays I use something called FasterEFT, which is more efficient and uses a few tricks from NLP, or Neuro-Linguistic Programming.

It’s faster, and it works better than classic EFT, at least for me. The mistake most people make is they dismiss EFT because of how it looks.

Another mistake is that they use it a few days and give up. Changing how you feel means going in and cleaning stuff up, and most of us have a lot of garbage stored in our brain, so it takes time.

But after a while you start feeling a deep sense of peace, joy, and wholeness. At that point you know that it’s all worth it.

Rather than running for the first prescription that is handed out to you, you might want to try this method, which is safe, can be done on your own at home, and is a way to permanently make a change in your social behaviors.