In contrast to a lot of what we read through online clinics or hear from our doctors, medication and therapy aren’t always the only solutions for anxiety. While perhaps not a replacement for everything therapeutic, the tapping of meridian points for anxiety relief costs nothing, takes about as much time as popping a pill, and is side-effect free.
While some might go so far as to say such a practice may relieve more than just anxiety, today we’re just going to focus on anxiety relief. Now let’s get to it.
Think about why it is you’re engaging in this activity. Certainly, something is causing you some degree of grief; but what? Focus on that for just a second. Now think about how anxious that certain something is causing you to become. You can use a 1 to 10 scale if you’d like. Keep this number in mind.
Have a set-up sentence in mind – a sentence describing the problem you want to overcome, followed by your ability to do so.
“The spider on the ceiling is scaring me, but I’m bigger than it and am going to take charge!” for example.
Make your own though, it should come from within, something you can truly believe and come to accept.
Using four finger on one hand, tap the deposit of fat/muscle on the outer portion of your other hand – between the base of your smallest finger and wrist. Keep doing this while repeating – and truly believing – your set-up sentence at least three times. Don’t believe what you’re saying yet? Do it some more; I’ve got all day.
Here’s What Happens When You Tap These Points on Your Body
Now, with half a second between each tap, tap each body part five times in the following order:
- The top/middle of your scalp
- Between your eyebrows (about an inch or two below the “third eye”)
- The dip in your skull on either side of your eyes
- The upper cheekbones, in alignment with either eye on the x-axis
- Underneath the nose, right where the cartilage begins to end
- The middle of your chin, where dimples are on those who have them
- The uppermost, middlemost point on the collar bone
- The ribs, a few inches below the armpits
- And back to the top/middle of your scalp
These should not be hard taps, they should be how hard one would tap on a touchscreen ATM, or slightly harder than on a touchscreen phone for contrast.
The subject line of your set-up sentence (“spider on the ceiling,” using the example above) should be repeated once in your mind with each new body part being tapped (not with each and every individual tap).
Now, take a deep breath, once again repeating that original set-up sentence, and analyze your anxiety level for a second time. Odds are, the new number you have on your 1 to 10 scale will be a bit lower than last time. And, odds are, seeing that lower number will bring the number down even more, reminding you that anxiety doesn’t always have to leave one completely helpless.
Watch this video and learn some example phrases to guide you.
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