How many times have you arrived home from work or were simply frazzled after a long day and wished you had an instant stress relief button?
Anxiety can show up in ways like pressure in the chest, tension in the stomach, tightness in the shoulders, insomnia, or headaches. And it often appears when we feel disconnected from the present moment.
We’re always going to have stress and challenges - it’s part of the human experience. But what we do about these problems is up to us. If you want to relieve some of the stress in your life and body, tapping is a tool to shift that energy and create a feeling of calm and wellbeing. Tapping reduces the stress hormone, cortisol, by releasing healing hormones and activating natural repair mechanisms in the body.
Tapping is done by using your fingertips to tap parts of your body, starting at the edge of your hands, moving up to the crown of your head, the third eye center, sides of the eyes, under the eyes, under the nose, chin, collar bones and sides of the rib cage. Repeat this sequence as many times as you like.
With the first one or two sequences, use your own words to express what feels overwhelming or stressful for you. If you start off by accepting where you are, it allows you to have an honest conversation about how you are feeling. It sends a calming message to the brain and lets it know it’s safe to relax. If you can think of a stressful thought in a relaxed state, then that thought doesn’t have as much power over you. As you continue the sequence, begin to bring in positive statements and end with an empowering affirmation such as, “I am feeling calm and centered.”
To complete the tapping meditation, bring your hands to your heart, take a deep inhale and a deep exhale. Take a moment to check in with yourself and notice how your body feels. Even with just a few moments of using this powerful tool you can experience a shift and welcome in calm!
By Julie Bertagna; All Rights Reserved @2019