Chronic stress is killing you! (And how EFT can change the whole story)

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Wednesday April 4, 2012
by Nick Ortner

Why not all stress (and stress relief) is created equal.

Did you know that some stress is actually good for you? In the right amounts, stress can improve brain function, make you more creative, help you get fit, lower your risk of breast cancer, Alzheimer’s, and lots more.

It’s chronic stress—the “stress overload” you feel day in, day out—that’s silently but systematically sabotaging your health and well-being.

Here’s the thing, though. You’re smart. You exercise, get your 7 hours, do deep breathing, yoga, meditation. You’ve even logged hours on the couch (the therapist’s couch!) , trying to get to the “root” of your stress.

Chronic StressBut still, you feel its effects. Even worse, stress-related disease shows up everywhere you look.

So what gives?

The Answer: Like stress, not all stress relief is created equal.

Stress isn’t just in your head. Stress is also physical. (There’s load of scientific research proving this, by the way.)

Until stress is fully released, it stays lodged in your body, in your cells, running rampant, putting your health at risk.

Still not sure? The health-damaging effects of chronic stress are scientific fact.

Here’s how stress damages your health (and your life, relationships, waistline, and more) in 13 sad steps:

1. You think about something stressful—work, money, relationships, family, whatever’s bothering you.

2. Your amygdala (in your mid-brain) senses danger.

3. Your amygdala helps to initiate your body’s fight-or-flight response to stress.

4. In “fight or flight”, your body releases adrenaline and the “stress hormone” cortisol, diverts blood away from your digestive tract, leaving you less able to digest food and absorb nutrients AND more likely to gain weight.

5. In this physiological “crisis mode,” you’re more vulnerable to pain—from chronic illness, arthritis, fibromyalgia, migraines, stomach upset, and more.

6. In this state of heightened physiological “alert”, your brain’s creative center is deemed “non-essential” and shuts down. Down goes your problem solving, your creative skills, your intuition.

7. You feel increasingly irritable, isolated and impatient. Your relationships suffer.

8. Stress affects your sleep. Your metabolism slows.

9. Your body secretes even more cortisol, wreaking more havoc on your digestion (and waist line), increasing your blood pressure, lowering your immune response.

10. After releasing too much cortisol for too long, your body goes into “adrenal fatigue.” You feel depleted, exhausted, and depressed.

11. You no longer have the energy to adhere to your exercise routine, your healthy eating, meditation, yoga. Migraines, insomnia, stress-related hair loss, chronic pain, and any number of other issues become regular parts of your life.

12. Battling low energy, you can hardly focus at work, and elsewhere. Your relationships suffer.

13. Your depression deepens. You (and your body) are STRESSED OUT.

Typical “Quick-Fix” Stress Relievers

Alcohol
Food
Television
Shopping

You feel better, but only until the next morning or credit card statement.

What about aerobic exercise, yoga/meditation, and “talk” therapy?

Relieving Chronis Stress40% of the population exercises for 30 minutes each on 1 – 4 days per week

NO debate here. Exercise is crucial for a healthy lifestyle. Physical activity promotes the release of endorphins, known as the “feel good” neurotransmitters; makes you “smarter” and more creative by increasing blood flow (and oxygen) to your brain; and acts as “meditation in motion”, providing mental and physical stress relief.

The reality: However critical, it’s hours, even days, after that stressful meeting with the boss, or that fight with your spouse, before you can seek out the solace of your running shoes. (If you have that healthy habit..)

38% of Americans use “complementary and alternative medicine”, which includes yoga, meditation and other natural stress relief

Again, NO debate here. These practices provide powerful stress relief, increased focus, creativity, and lots more.

The reality: Yoga and meditation provide significant stress relief and other benefits that yield significant results in weeks or months with regular, frequent practice. Many who try meditation give up too soon because they feel it’s “not working.”

What about psychotherapy? Does “talk” therapy provide lasting stress relief?

A study performed by Dr. Dawson Church, PhD and Dr. David Feinstein, PhD, measured cortisol levels before and after treatment.

Research on Chronic Stress83 participants were divided into 3 groups: the 1st group received an hour of of Tapping, a practice that combines “talk” therapy with acupressure treatments; the 2nd group received an hour of psychotherapy (“talk” therapy); the 3rd group (control group) received no treatment.

Results: The 1st group demonstrated a 24% decrease in cortisol levels; the 2nd and 3rd groups showed no change in cortisol levels.

The reality: Pyschotherapy alone relieves stress, but over a long period of time. The immediate benefits of psychotherapy don’t register in your body, where excessive amounts of the “stress hormone” cortisol still run rampant, putting your health at risk.

Where’s the REAL stress relief?

Tapping, the practice that produced a 24% decrease in cortisol after just one hour, blends Western psychotherapy or “talk” therapy with Eastern wisdom about “meridian points” or acupressure.

Acts fast. Use anytime, anywhere. For 5 minutes or 20.

Because it accesses your emotions and body simultaneously, it provides powerful stress relief, lowering cortisol levels faster than most traditional and alternative stress relief methods.

Study findings: Tapping balances activity between the sympathetic and parasympathetic regions of your brain, producing “a neutral emotional state,” the gold standard of health and wellness.

Dr. Church, PhD: Tapping “gives you the best of both worlds, body and mind, like getting a massage during a psychotherapy session.”

More about the science behind it:

The sympathetic region of your brain
Prepares your body for vigorous physical activity, speeding your heart, dilating pupils, contracting blood vessels, reducing digestive secretions.

In a perpetually active “stressed out” state, you’re more vulnerable to heart disease, high blood pressure, insomnia, weight gain, irritability, and impatience. This is what chronic stress looks like in the early stages.

The parasympathetic region of your brain

How Chronis Stress Effects the BrainPrepares your body for relaxation, cell regeneration, and digestion by slowing the heart, constricting the pupils, stimulating digestive secretions, and dilating blood vessels.

In an overactive state, you suffer from depression, weakened immune response, fatigue and diminished motivation. à This is what chronic stress looks like over time.

The Takeaway:

“High sympathetic / low parasympathetic ratios have been linked to both psychological and physiological disorders and may, in fact, “be the final pathway linking negative states and conditions to ill health.””
CREDIT: Dr. Dawson Church, PhD and Dr. David Feinstein, PhD, “Modulating Gene Expression Through Psychotherapy: The Contribution of Non-Invasive Somatic Interventions”

The Alternative:

EFT Tapping regulates activity between these regions to achieve balanced activity and optimal health.

Study finding: EFT Tapping is “substantially more powerful” than diaphragmatic breathing at lowering cortisol.

Extra Benefit #1: Relieved of the excessive cortisol and “adrenal fatigue,” your body and mind re-balance. Your energy is restored, you sleep better, feel healthy again. Your metabolism is restored. Your body is again able to heal itself.

Extra Benefit #2: The comprehensive body/mind stress relief you get from Tapping in minutes, takes hours, weeks, or months to achieve with meditation, yoga, “talk” therapy, and other treatments.

Extra Benefit #3: If you already practice meditation, yoga, affirmations, and others, Tapping can enhance the benefits of those other practices by lowering your cortisol levels much quicker, promoting even deeper relaxation “on the cushion” and beyond.

What it all means:

Chronic stress is sabotaging your health and well-being, making you more vulnerable to depression, disease, and worse.

EFT Tapping quickly relieves chronic stress on physical and mental/emotional levels.

What did you learn in the post above? Is chronic stress affecting you? What stresses you out the most? Are you committed to changing this? When? :)

 



 

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  1. Ms Navaz Aspen says:

    Your material is excellent Nick, and Jessica. Your both down to earth, insightful, supportive, helpful.
    Please keep spreading your message and information that touches millions and millions of lives, using the tools and methods and your delivery and style of information.
    Please continue the great work you do.

    Many Many Thanks

  2. theresa says:

    The audio tapping session on releasing the frustration of chronic pain was great. I can’t wait to use it with friend in desperate need tomorrow.
    Being able for someone who needs this healing but is closed to try is another challenge.

  3. Lynn says:

    Nick,

    I sincerely appreciated this information. It gives me the confudence to move forward and incorporate tapping in my life more consistently to alleviate the stress I’ve been under for years and bring my cortisol levels down.

  4. Trudi says:

    Nick Ortner, thank you so much for this really useful article on the effects of long-term stress, the damage, and alternative solutions!

  5. Aileen Miller says:

    Tapping works wonders for stress and many other conditions.

  6. Juan says:

    Fantastic information !. Why enxiety is not mention is it one & the same? I have been diagnosed with chronic generalize enxiety…… I have had this condition since childhood ; it stop me from achiving all I could have achived……

  7. Donna says:

    Hi and thanks for your continued contact. Application of EFT has rendered me less stressed. The detailed information about cortisol reduction through EFT is very helpful in reducing my occasional resistance I have about tapping. It may help convince some of my very skepticl friends to try it as well.

  8. jeannette says:

    HI: THE LAST MONTH SUFFERED FROM STRESS TO THE POINT THAT I DEVELOPED “RAYNAUD’S DISEASE” AND SWOLLEN ANKLES. HAVE RETURNED TO TAPPING AND WILL CONTINUE TO DO SO.
    HAD NEVER HEARD OF THIS DISEASE, WHICH MAINLY AFFECTS WOMEN. AT 85 YEARS OLD/YOUNG THIS AUGUST I DO NOT NEED THIS AILMENT. COLD WATER, AIR, ETC CAN TRIGGER THIS WHICH MAY OR CAN PREVENT ME FROM BEING A SNOWBIRD DURING THE WINTER MONTHS WHICH I CLEARLY NEED FOR ANOTHER COUPLE OF YEARS. MANY THANKS FOR ALL YOUR INFORMATION WHICH I WILL GET BACK TO ESPECIALLY THE SCRIPTS WHICH ARE EXTREMELY HELPFUL. PLEASE REPEAT THEM OFTEN. THANKS. BEST REGARDS. JW

  9. jeannette says:

    HI: THE LAST MONTH SUFFERED FROM STRESS TO THE POINT THAT I DEVELOPED “RAYNAUD’S DISEASE” AND SWOLLEN ANKLES. HAVE RETURNED TO TAPPING AND WILL CONTINUE TO DO SO.
    HAD NEVER HEARD OF THIS DISEASE, WHICH MAINLY AFFECTS WOMEN. AT 85 YEARS OLD/YOUNG THIS AUGUST I DO NOT NEED THIS AILMENT. COLD WATER, AIR, ETC CAN TRIGGER THIS. MANY THANKS FOR ALL YOUR INFORMATION WHICH I WILL GET BACK TO ESPECIALLY THE SCRIPTS WHICH ARE EXTREMELY HELPFUL. PLEASE REPEAT THEM OFTEN. THANKS. BEST REGARDS. JW

  10. Robyn Hope says:

    Is chronic stress affecting me ?
    Oh, is it ever !
    I suffered from it all my life due to very damaging childhood experiences, but it wasn’t until cancer surgery last year that I found myself with debilitating Adrenal Fatigue.
    I was introduced to EFT a year ago and am familiar with your book – don’t need to be convinced that tapping works – I don’t care how it works – it just does !
    I tap almost daily – even when on the train, when no one is looking. I keep saying to myself: I DEEPLY AND PROFOUNDLY LOVE, ACCEPT AND FORGIVE MYSELF – NO MATTER WHAT !
    No more powerful words have ever been spoken.
    Thank you much – forever tapping – Robyn:-)

  11. Never heard of this before! says:

    I have never heard of tapping before, and would be interested in learning more. I am a senior who has had a LOT of stress the past 5 years, and it’s having its effects on my body. Any info you can send will be greatly appreciated. Thanks and keep up the good work (I read ALL the comments!!!!)

  12. Rosanne Feneley says:

    Even though I’m very skeptical about EFT, I have been using it for the past 7 weeks and am persisting with it.

    So far, what I have noticed in myself is that I’m dealing with a potentially extremely stressful event in my life with a greater sense of inner peace, calm and acceptance.

    Although I’m not totally sold, plus doubtful that EFT could be a panacea for all ills, I will persist with it and continue to observe myself over time.

    Thank you for this great article, that brings the science to EFT. It makes it more credible.

  13. doug says:

    Just reading about STRESS makes me more stressed !!!! I am totally serious, and not trying to make a joke.

    I have read all your information, listened to the videos and yet I AM FROZEN !!

    I do not know why. I do know I am , and have been under an incredible amount of stress each and every day for years now. I am talking MAJOR stress in every area of my life. Loss of job. Loss of relationship. My life was threatened. I have no friends and have not had any since I was about 12 years old. I have no family, or any kind of support system.
    I am depressed, can’t work, have very limited funds left, have NO ENERGY what so ever to the point of needing at least 2 naps a day and coffee, just to keep up right.

    What pisses me off the most about myself is I have no ability to take action. I have a free pass to a gym yet I cannot do it. I can’t get started. I went there once and looked around and never went back.

    I cannot dispute your tapping is good, but i cannot get started. Its been sitting on my home page for weeks, yet I do nothing.

  14. Ruth says:

    What is the best opening statement to set up EFT treatment Please?

  15. Joan K. says:

    At long last a wonderful way to relieve chronic stress which is one of the most debilitating illness anyone can have. This was so easy to read and understand, I wonder why I took so long to get going; just the stress I guess. God bless you Nick from every tired out cell in my being. Look out world here I come….

  16. Laura says:

    Hi Nick
    I have a incresiing long list of food allergie including gluten, dairy, egg, yeast soy etc. Recent allergy test shows now I am also intolerant to fish,nuts,avocado
    spinach and zucchini. I am also dealing with Candida ovegowth which prevents me from eaing any carbohydrates or sugars, including starchy vegetables. My diet is meat and
    vegetabls allowed. I read that you were also dealing with food allergies, but now you are free of them. Is there a script more specific to food allergies. Was there anything else you were doing that was helpful. I have been to nine or ten different
    alterative practitoners without success. Please help me.

  17. Laura says:

    Hi Nick
    I have a incresiing long list of food allergie including gluten, dairy, egg, yeast soy etc. Recent allergy test shows now I am also intolerant to fish,nuts,avocado
    spinach and zucchini. I am also dealing with Candida ovegowth which prevents me from eaing any carbohydrates or sugars, including starchy vegetables. My diet is meat and
    vegetabls allowed. I read that you were also dealing with food allergies, but now you are free of them. Is there a script more specific to food allergies

  18. Eileen says:

    I have been suffering with extreme pain from trigeminal neuralgia for over a year. At first I tried tapping but as the pain got worse, tapping on my face and head just made the pains a lot worse. I’ve been trying just on my body and hands but I’m not having much, if any success. My stress levels are now through the roof, the weight is going on and I’m permanently tired and irritable. I can’t even go for a reasonable walk as the vibrations of movement make the pains a lot worse. I’ve been trying meditation which has been working, usually, whilst I’ve been doing it but I’m back to where I was within about 20 minutes afterwards. This doesn’t help my stress levels either. However, I am trying to stay positive and I’m still tapping, even if I can only say words inside my head when talking hurts, and I’m still trying to meditate, pains permitting. I just don’t want this to win!!

  19. RuthieT. says:

    Dear Nick:
    I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease four years ago, but it has progressed very quickly. I really believe that stress is the underlying “culprit” here as when I walk, even when using a cane or a walker, the thought keeps running through my head, “Each step is a potential disaster.”
    I have tried tapping to counter that thought, as well as helping me get over my physical symptoms, but so far to no avail. Now several years ago, I had a very sore shoulder; but after tapping, the pain went away, so I know tapping works.
    Can you please help me.

  20. Christobel Llewellyn says:

    I am only just realising how much stress I ‘ve been under and how much I hold in my body. I live with my husband who has bipolar.

  21. Ione Douglas says:

    I’ve tried tapping a few times in the past with other people leading it and each time I’ve found it extremely helpful, but whenever I try to tap on my own I get lost for what to say, what words to use. I have had chronic stressors affecting me throughout my entire life, starting from growing up with a severely phsychologically damaged and destructive mother, and then everything that has spun off from that. There always seems to be too much to tap about, I find it hard to choose what specifically to tap around, then what words to use, then by the time I might have got something figured out it’s time to do something else! Advice please?!

  22. Irina says:

    Dear Nick,

    I am Irina from Romania, Hellooooo!
    I read your book; It’s really great and I want to practice this therapy.The book was translated in Romanian language, I would say great. …I will resume reading book …. I put countless signs in the book because I found myself in many cases described.
    It’s great to be able “to make clean” in your mind and in your body!
    Your book is a great help to many people.
    Many, many thanks!
    I will strive to apply what I have read.
    All the best, JOY!
    Irina

  23. Pauli says:

    I think this TED Talk is really interesting on the topic of stress. Watch it: http://www.ted.com/talks/kelly_mcgonigal_how_to_make_stress_your_friend.html

  24. LC says:

    Yes, this made a LOT of sense to me. For about 2 years I’ve bounced between being in a state of shock and depression….shock from how my husband treated me and was grossly disloyal to me (while I THOUGHT he was just the opposite, all the while he declared his unwavering love and devotion to me!) He filed for divorce and got it 1 1/2 years ago, yet he calls me regularly saying “our story is not over”, etc. etc. In spite of the denigration and disrespect I’ve experienced, I STILL think of him all the time and cannot see how I can ever be interested in another. Only a week ago I was diagnosed with a weak heart…when all my life I’ve been “healthy and strong as an ox”! I expect these situations are intimately related, if not a blatant cause & effect relationship. Help TAPPING!

  25. linda graham says:

    I have an insurmountable stressful situation. I have a 92 year old mother and a husband with Parkinson’s disease. That is very stressing. I stay with my mother all of the time.

  26. Donna says:

    I’m 65. Over the last 15 years I have experienced the death of both parents and a sibling, my husband’s affairs and eventually our divorce, losing my job and home, and great debt. I am digging my way out but the resulting stress resulted in clinical depression (now under control), and my doctor diagnosing adrenal depletion and esophogal ulcers. I was in a bike crash (yeah, I was racing) that resulted in a crushed collar bone and foot surgery, so no exercise, gym, or bike riding for the last 7 months has left my body out of shape and with an extra 15 lbs. Yikes! I could sure use some tapping to support my determination to get back on my feet and back to my Argentine Tango lessons! I want to go to Argentina to dance one day before I am too old! Thank you, my friend, for teaching me about this great technique!

  27. Peta says:

    Not all people are aware of Eustress or the normal stress r the good stress.

  28. Alexi Bracey says:

    With day to day stress, a “quick” fix is surely tapping, whether at a stop sign while waiting for the light to change or waiting for the dry cycle to finish. When I remember, and I keep post its to remind me, it becomes a daily ‘good” habit. Thanks Nick for the great article and all your work promoting tapping.

  29. Bhagi says:

    My stress is chronic right from birth with terribly mismatched parents, a mother who was a perfectionist and would tolerate nothing less, through adolescence and young adulthood when I married an older man. Life in general was intolerable since he had a violent temper, and this got worse through the decades till he was diagnosed bipolar. He also went away for over a decade to work in another country and I was left to fend for myself with 2 small children.
    Now I am sole caregiver to my old tormentor so I don’t need to say more I think.
    The stress over the years has made me weaker, overweight and on a short fuse with anxiety most of the time.
    I have become a recluse, never leave home if I can help it. Please advise.

  30. Nicola Girffin says:

    Wow this blog post hits home. I am suffering from long term stress and yes my hair is falling out and I’m overweight etc etc
    I’m new to this but it sounds great – so I’ve ordered the book and am reading my free 2 chapters.

    I have had 3 rounds and do feel considerably less stressed and more relaxed (which was a thing of the past)

    Thanks Nick for giving me some hope as all else seems to have failed!

  31. Sharon says:

    I am so pleased to hear you are reaching out once more to the vicitims in your community. I am sure alot of old wounds came up. My prayers go to those involed and affected by all this recent violance.
    I struggle with anxiety, stress, pain and am a cancer survivor and have been trying to use tapping to get control. I would love to be free of all my meds, and return to the person I once was.
    If their are any free tapping sessions or sites I could go to for stress I would love to know.
    I look forward to futher updates and enjoy following Jeccia on facebook.
    Thank you.

  32. Rose Bird says:

    I have just started EFT to relieve chronic stress and depression that I have been suffering from over the last 3 years. as yet I have not really benefitted from this but I feel committed to keep going as I know that in my particular case it is not going to work immediately..However I feel I am putting down the foundations and the benefits will follow . I am incorporating tapping techniques into my everyday life and very hopeful it will succeed.

  33. Rick Carter says:

    Chronic Stress used to be significantly unknown even into the late 60’s and later 70’s. In church we were taught worry was a sin and as one gets older stress is bad like sin! It’s bad for everyone because it seems to take away too many of my now moments if I let it. What I do for it is I try to recognize when I start to wear my shoulders up around my ears or my hands are clenched even a little. these are just a few of the things I try to observe and then do some deep breathing or tapping with the few routines I know! Each time I do catch myself it seems to happen less and less so my precious moments are saved to be enjoyed and give me smiles! The thing that stresses me most is trying to keep my necessary medical treatments related to my workplace injuries. I cannot take any kind of pain relievers now so I must rely on my acupuncture, chiro and massage mostly. Periodically I need PT as well when pain most affects my mobility over a period. I have found this to be helpful over the past couple years and I have to work on it every day! I wish you all out there great hope and peace! Rick

  34. I have learnt that stress is an indication of illness…when one is in stress and off stress both affects one’s health…I am a meta medicine healer and it says that when a person is in stress it accumulates water and during off stress it releases water from the body which is healing crisis and during this time a person falls ill…so according to me stress itself is an indication to illness..if no stress no illness.

  35. It shows me that we have an awful lot of control over our bodies and our health, and often western medicine is not needed

  36. Maggi says:

    I’m a psychotherapist :)I do see quite profound changes in my clients but I agree with you -Tapping is Fast and Immediate. When I first became aware of EFT I thought it was new age ‘stuff’ but I tapped along at the TWS with you last year and I was really impressed. What was so attractive was that I noticed you were using the language of psychotherapy so it was really convincing. So I’m sold ! I’m about to jump ship – well I’d really like to incorporate it in my work but I don’t know how to cut through the protocols of the service I work in! … and we’d all be out of work…..:)

  37. Marlene says:

    Tapping has created for me a physical touching technique that reminds me everytime I do it (twice a day) to focus on what I am commited to having. It is a physical way to remind me that I am solving a psychological problem. the ensuing strenght of tapping give my body an energy similar to chakra points, that I am releasing something important that has moved from my mind to my heart. I am different glady and stronger.

    Thank you. M.M

  38. Reina says:

    You are definitely talking about me !!
    I used Tapping a long time ago, but now you have inspired me again and I will start Tapping today relieving my stress, hoping also to lower my bloodpressure !
    Thank you !!!

  39. katherine says:

    As usual your helpful article on stress is helping me a lot. I practise often, and wish I could practise even more. Must make time next year to focus on the tapping technique every day.

    My gratitude to you.

  40. This is the most succinct and relevant statement on stress that I have read in a long time. Well done.

  41. M HUGHES says:

    I found this very interesting because I suffer from an auto immune disease known as Sarcoidoisis which tends to show up as immense pain in my head, neck and shoulders – I have been using diet at a means to fight back against this as I know that I have several food intolerances which tend to make my symptoms worse – whilst I know that stress plays a large part in my illness and I have been using yoga and meditation to help combat it I find that the use of tapping and the fact that it could begin to work so much faster really interesting
    Many Thanks

  42. Andrea Scott says:

    Nick:

    Thanks for this explanation of how tapping ultimately relieves stress. I’ve noticed that since I’ve been consistently tapping when I’m aware of feeling stressed my energy has shifted. In fact I’ve experienced some challenges lately and quickly identified solutions to the problems.

    Tapping changes everything. My life has been totally transformed since I tap regularly.

    Blessings,

    Andrea

  43. Diana says:

    I have been tapping for a year now. I tap whenever I feel I need help but also regularly just to maintain equilibrium. I think it has helped me enormously.

  44. Kamala says:

    Thank you for your contrubution to the people.This has realy helped me. I was going through physical and overload of work and stress this has helped me wonderfully.
    I was introduced by change people here in dubai and I then went on the internet and followed you.I am recommending to my freinds, family and patients. I will use it for my Good Samaritan project.
    thank you. keep up the good work. Kamala-

  45. Kaz says:

    If we used tapping to release past life trauma how would this affect our spiritual learning experience and what would we then draw into our lives?

  46. Barbara Vinogradov says:

    I was born into a very stressful family enviroment which set me on the adrenaline overload.
    Singing career (strain on adrenals) widowed early…3 sons to educate alone…suicide of son.. My children are very attentive but live overseas and also my small granddaughter. I have pushed through these events. but now I have Fibromyalgia/Chronic Fatigue. Was diagnosed years ago as a depressive. Don’t believe it.! I just have a rather sensitive nature. I feel my condition now is result of the unresolved grief of these events. Meditated (TM).) for many years had psycotherapy.I do Rekii…have been tapping for 2 years and know this is the answer but need a little help on how I tap for Fibro which is pain all over body.Central Nervous System malfunction. Sorry about history but relevant. Thank God For you!!! Regards…..Barbara Vinogradov

    fibro

  47. Melynnda* says:

    The 13 sad steps really make it clear. Thanks!

  48. Julieta says:

    Hi Nick, your observations are so true. I suffer fibromialgy and I am aware of what caused it (over stressed brain) and as you list I have tried many approaches (I am still on yoga and walking everyday, ) I am only 37 but my possibilities were very reduced. Found a pair of counselors who taught us tapping (I participate in a fibromialgy group at a hospital). As an engineer I usually distrust “magical” cures, but since it was not going to hurt me, I did the tapping anyway. It was awesome how I could easily shift the pain and then eliminate it. Then I came to internet for an understanding of the physics involved, and now it has became a daily habit. In a couple of months only with 6 group sessions and my youtube surfing I have increased my energy a lot. I am happier, I stopped taking my antidepressive and soon hope to stop taking pregabalina (which I am on the minimal dosis).
    I also stopped drinking coffe and caffeine beverages, reduced salt, reduced fat..introduced this healthy habits two years ago, but the results were very gradual
    :) Muchas Gracias, desde Buenos Aires, Argentina

  49. Diane Boisjoli says:

    I must say I fit your descrption very well. I have done a bit of tapping but I think I need to start taking it more seriously. I am so fed up of the pain and the fatigue. I am not used to feeling this crippling fatiuge but it is a year now. Time to get rid of it for good. Thank you for giving so freely of your information.

  50. fathimath says:

    i think tapping is a divine gift from above. thank you for introducing it to us humans, am going to try it. introduce it to my family, friends and relatives. to whoever willing to try. my god bless you always. hugs

  51. Janice says:

    This sounds totally amazing. Its like knocking on your own door to get inside.

  52. Karen Marrington says:

    Hi Nick, your blog post about the negative results of chronic stress was so succinct and the best and simplest summary that I’ve ever read of how chronic stress affects us! I have experienced EXACTLY each step and symptom that you mentioned and have been struggling with getting back to normal for literally years–it’s been an uphill climb!
    I’ve just recently had a huge, difficult and stressful experience regarding my work so I was off right at the time of the Tapping Summit and I truly wouldn’t have been able to get through these difficulties without having embraced and utilized Tapping! It was perfect timing and I was able to listen to each session and take notes and I got so much out of the Summit. I look forward to receiving my CDs, notes and downloads from the Summit Thanks and cheers, Karen

  53. Jeanene Rosenvall says:

    I will say that there is nothing better for your body, mind and soul than tapping! 2 years ago I was involved in a fatal car accident with my parents, daughter and myself, my parents were killed on impact and my daughter broke her C2 and suffered many internal injuries, for myself I broke my back and suffered many internal injuries, after it happened I was not sure I was ever going to regain my composure to go on in life. I then decided to tap and help myself through a challenging situation and to my surprise I was able to cope with this tragic situation . I knew I had to do something about how I was feeling because life just goes on and you have choices to go on or give up, I made the choice to use this most amazing method that changed my outcome from doom to “I can do this, I am not going to sit down and cry I am going to stand up and walk” and I did and I still use it instead of therapy and I will always use EFT!
    Thank you so much for your knowledge and devotion in helping people accomplish goals and overcome so many trials in our lives in such a most fullfilling way…..
    Jeanene Rosenvall

  54. L says:

    Very clear and useful review of the power of Tapping to relieve stress, in the context of other popular and/or complimentary options, without negating those options. Thanks!

  55. Julie says:

    Tapping sounds like an extraordinary opportunity to manifest using means
    of unblocking techniques to allow for energies to flow smoothly through our
    beings, some for the first time in their lives. Think of the incredible possibilities
    on the horizon to all who put this technology to use for the betterment of their
    lives! I for one, am excited and grateful this has come to fruition.

  56. Donna Shepherd says:

    16 years ago I noticed a warm swollen area on my throat. Dr said it was “Graves disease” and after a dose of radioactive iodine I was given thyroid medication. I knew my inability to deal calmly with my crumbling marriage, small children, rising debt and worries was caustic but I didn’t know how long the stresses would last. 16 years later…the children have flown, the husband disappeared and after battling on alone I got diagnosed with COPD. Crazily I swallowed every pill/potion the Dr gave me, even antidepressants. That was until I heard about Adrenal fatigue and started changing my diet to whole organic food and reading “Kryon” messages from Lee Carroll and Quantum Jumping with Burt Goldman. My health has improved so much I can move freely around the house again without help and garden in small doses. I would love to add Tapping because I believe I have Adrenal Fatigue. Maybe soon.

  57. Cyndi says:

    I have used EFT with reat results, but not consistently…I have been sooo stressed out with my divorce, that I will now start tapping DAILY!! I now understand better exactly how that quiet, and consistent voice in my head that’s often worrying, complaining, resisting, is what has lead to my bouts with exhaustion and depression over the past few months. Thanks for the article!

  58. Sabz says:

    After reading this post, my belief in EFT has strengthened. By also reading the scientific proofs and realities that back EFT’s effectiveness clear the doubts that whether it’s better than other techniques and therapies or not. Clearly, this seems to go to the bottom of the situation/problem and brings a person face to face with it and helps him work through it. I am not just saying it, I tried it and it did clear my mind from the stress I was having and keeps working for other issues I have. The best thing i find about this technique it that its utility is so broad. I mean i dont think any other technique can help us address so many problems as this one. It makes us work with our subconscious. We don’t realize that how important it’s role is in determining our personality. I had never really given it a thought until I discovered tapping. I think EFT should be encouraged and it’s use should be widened around the globe so that everyone can benefit from it. Stress is inevitable these days and everyone becomes a victim to it and it feels so bad that no one can really find a solution to it and they give up which is worst cause it has the ability to over power you resulting in many health hazards as mentioned in the article and ofcourse an isolation from all the happiness and peace one is worth.   So yes to EFT! 

  59. Ash W. says:

    I just wanted to leave my testimonial about the eft method. First off I want to thank all of the people that brought this to light. I have been suffering from depression for over a year over a failed relationship with a person that truely is not the relationship type. I walked around with this heavy sharp pain in my chest for an entire year while trying to cope with the end of the relationship. I couldn’t see a way to stop the pain, and so I sort of learned to live with it. Last night the pain got too intense to just push down, and I began weeping uncontrollably. I called up that person and had a big blowout about how much of a terrible person she was to use someone like me for her own selfish needs. At the end of the call I told her she would never hear from me again. After crying for about an hour I decided I was going to fix this feeling that I couldn’t shake. So I pulled up an instruction video of the eft method and proceeded to follow along. After the first 15 minutes I could not believe how much of a difference there was in how I felt. I was dumb founded and almost afraid that it was so easy to eliminate so much hurt and physical pain in no time at all. I tested my new found feeling by going over old pictures of us, and it took roughly 20 minutes before the feeling returned, although it did not return as intensely. So I went through the video once more. And again I could not believe the results! No matter how long I thought about her or the things she did, I could not produce not one tear. Not one feeling of pain in my heart. And not one ounce of depression or sadness. It’s as if someone waived a magic wand and numbed my feelings. I’ve thought about her periodically today, but there’s no sadness, no depression, no anger, no hurt, no pain in my chest. Just acceptance. If only I had found this a year ago, I wouldn’t have wasted a year of my life being pitiful over someone who didn’t deserve to occupy my heart at all. I cannot thank God for you enough. Thank you thank you thank you!!

  60. Kate says:

    This was a well-written article! Thank you for the research you’ve done. There are logistics to the most important things for us in our daily routines. Tapping truly has benefits that can be documented by modern science and psychology. In my life, I try to make 25 minutes of yoga a daily habit because I know it conditions my body AND resets my nervous system. Since The 2012 Tapping Summit, I have decided to make tapping another part of my day. I’m on Day 7 of a 40 day “tapping” cleanse, as suggested by Jessica Ortner. Amazingly, my family and I are already seeing dramatic results in how I act and feel! With more clarity, I can see this as something that I’ve got to continue.

  61. Pamela Toro says:

    I too had looked at tapping years before. I guess I thought it seemed too weird. At this time in my life stress and past traumas had caused fibromyalgia, digestive problems, extreme fatigue, and hopelessnes. I signed up for the summit and began to tap along with Jessica and your guest speakers. I still am having the panic attacks and anxiety but now I can actually feel my body combating it for me. I can actually feel my muscles unclenching by themselves. Before I would have tell my body to relax. (even that was stressful) And then I can actually do some tapping that makes me feel even more peaceful than just the relaxing of my muscles. I thank God. It was what I had been praying for. The healing of my brain. Thank you ALL for going out on the limb and making Tapping availible to the hurting multitudes. I will continue to follow you all on your website. Again, Thank you and GOD BLESS You.
    Pam

  62. Susan says:

    Excellent article! I have heard about EFT for many years, but because quite a few therapists already do it, and do it well, and do it for me, I didn’t think I needed to learn it. Instead, I just sent clients to them! Nick’s article states facts and sites examples clearly and simply. I am now able to fully comprehend the personal benefits of learning the technique well and administering it skillfully and with compassion. I will be looking into taking a class and then buying the DVD to screen on an upcoming movie night. Mahalo for putting it all out there!

  63. Brenda says:

    I learned the effectiveness of tapping – immediate and efficient, doable and cost -free.. Yes, I am stressed out due to trying to get out of the situation I am in and trying to get ahead – finances are a big part of it. I am committed to trying to get out of it for real right now will try tapping on it for 40 days – hopefully I can do it right..

  64. Alma says:

    This is the story of my life. I have experienced so many of the stresses and have suffered through it without knowing there was relief. I have tried tapping and I feel as if a curtian has been lifted and I can see a new world out there.

  65. Naomi says:

    I think the thing that strikes me about these facts is something I may have known on a subconscious level, but never really was consciously aware of…. that EFT works SIMULTANEOUSLY on all levels – mental, emotional AND physical! I can’t think of any other therapy that does this right down to a cellular and energetic level on all three fronts, is so ridiculously easy to use, and immediately available at any moment. Even in public – since you can do it ‘in your head’ as a visualization and it STILL WORKS. How does it get better than that?

  66. Rayme says:

    These past few months have lead me to embracing changes and a chances to learn, expand and grow. Thank you so much for this tapping solution… I asked and it was delivered when I absolutely needed it most! May you and yours be blessed! Thank you!!!!! <3

  67. Nazir says:

    I suffer from Rheumatoid Arthritis and have realized that a lot of the symptoms are directly connected to the level of stress or how i manage stress in my life. EFT helps although there are times i feel it is stressful in itself. Did i get it right… why am i not seeing a difference…so what exactly am i not open to that may be effecting me. Is it a fear of knowing…buried for too long and in a memory that i deny…no idea. wish i had the answer. I have dealt with it …I am ok with it…why do i need to bring it back up again. EFT to go …lol

  68. Frankie says:

    I have had a wonderful D.O. that has been in to alternative therapies and has really gotten into different versions of tapping, exploring and developing some of his own. It is amazing how tapping can restore blockages along the meridians and reconnect the brain so the body can do what it was created to do; heal its self. I have recently really gotten in to learning about accupressure points and red light therapy as well as tapping. Yours is very timely information!

  69. Robin says:

    The flow of “dis-ease” you write of describes my experiences to a “T”!. Many years of traditional therapies have failed, and, acutally caused iatrogenic harm. They have failed for a reason, targeting the wrong issues, using the wrong paradigms. Ignoring mind/body connections, calling adrenal fatigue, etc. fadd. Prescribing pills. Not paying homage to flow of energy and where blockage occurs. Focusing on what is wrong, opening Pandora’s box, not putting Humpty back together again…..

    Just started working with an EFT practitioner in UK. Many issues to work on. But such a cleansing, kind method of healing. Accepting oneself unconditionally, even when others do not. The healing power of kindness, acceptance, embracing oneself…

    Aaaaaaaaaaah! Metta!

  70. David Thompson says:

    Those of us who suffer from a lifetime of tension need to be reminded of how tension increases cortisol and how much cortisol undermines our mental and physical and emotional functioning. And we need to remember how important EFT is in releasing tension, restoring equilibrium and transforming our lives by the renewal of our minds.

  71. Kathy says:

    I really enjoyed the physical explanation, thank you.

  72. The previous post makes so much practical sense to me based on my challenges and experiences during the past 40 years. I was properly diagnosed with PTSD and treated with EMDR in 2005. Since then,…my night sweats of 34 years have stopped and many other symptoms have lessened. However, I am still plagued with what I think is a phobia / anxiety that has developed during the same 40 years.
    I just puchased started using Jack Canfield & Pamela Bruner’s new book “Tapping Into Ultimate Success”.
    I look forward to utilizing this “Tapping” / EFT technique to peel back another psychological layer so that I can begin to live life rather than [exist] as I have been doing in isolation mostly.

    Howard Lovely, Jr.

  73. I have taught EFT to the students in my college Psychology class. Students are invited to come early on the day of the test and tap to reduce test anxiety. It works!

  74. santih says:

    I am looking forward to putting this into practice and I want to tell everybody. I thank the Universe for putting this in front of me. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you !!!

  75. Michelle says:

    I’ll admit I haven’t given tapping a real shot, but I’ve been hearing more and more about it from more and more different sources, and Its starting to ring a bell with me. I really want to try it out.

  76. Judy says:

    Looking forward to the summit and learning more. I find it rather interesting that stress could
    be the main reason for the terrible way that I have been feeling. I am excited to know that there is possible relief ahead.

  77. Karolina says:

    I’m so looking forward to take up my tapping again after a pause of many years now. Thank you so much for bringing hope and motivation to so many people, I get such good vibes from this event…. Wow!

    Love and tap, tap, tap
    /Karolina~ 

  78. Steven says:

    Absolutly incredible I have been finding my inner self in the last few months with little success until I stumbled over you guys . This EFT tapping helped me get over some of my pains I have and am going deeper too find whats blocking me from the past I’ve never been so excited over something in so many years fantastic Love your work don’t stop now. I’m looking forward to your Tapping summit 2012 and all the new info that you have to share.

  79. Srividya says:

    Thank you Nick- This came at the right.. Although I know about EFT for almost 3 years and have attended the summit for 3 years in a row somehow I am not very consistent in it. I know about all the benefits of EFT but when it comes to any day to day problem I fail to try it on everything. I really have big hopes from Summit 2012 and I am looking forward to use EFT more in day to day activities..

  80. Victoria Seifert says:

    Tapping is quickly achieving what years of EMDR could not. After a lifetime of suffering with PTSD and generalized anxiety disorder, I now have the cure with Tapping. My gratitude cannot be measured.

  81. lori says:

    Thanks for all this great information. A reminder that I need to get tapping. Look forward to the 2012 Summit!

  82. Marisa says:

    I have heard wonderful things about EFT but I have never tried it myself. I am very interested in learning and practicing it myself to see if it will help me with adrenal fatigue, high-stress levels, etc.

  83. Kerry says:

    Thanks Nick
    Good summary of the scientific basis of cortisol and the vicious circle. It has motivated me to go back and watch the first video again on how to tap, strengthening my intention.
    Kerry

  84. Shawnda Nagle says:

    I have been on a journey of my own to release chronic pain in shoulders and jaw and to relieve the huge amount of stress and baggage I have carried since early childhood. I started having panic attacks and depression after giving birth to my third child 4 years ago. It has been an incredible journey of refusing anti-depressants and seeing multiple specialists who tell me “Everything is Normal”. Thankfully I know myself well enough to know this is not normal. I have to agree that yoga and meditation are extremely effective sources to go to, but they do take time to practice. Through multiple sites I somehow landed on your site and while I do not understand it yet, look forward to learning more. I will not give up and I really hope that this is the answer I have been looking for. Thank you for healing and helping others.

  85. Candace says:

    This is the weirdest thing ever. I’ve just begun saying yes to the universe and with trepidation said yes to opening the link to Nick that was sent to me. I watched the video thinking it was total bunk, put what the heck, it wouldn’t hurt to try it. Did I feel a difference? Maybe. I gave it another round. Hmmmm, I dunno, but let’s go for broke and do a third round for the pain in my back, left leg, knee, and feet that has had me in excruciating pain for the last 4 – 6 weeks. Okay, whatever. Then I got up from my computer to use the bathroom, and noticed I wasn’t hobbling as badly, that my back felt like someone had oiled a rusty hinge, and my feet felt a bit more like feet instead of instruments of torture. I’ve been doing this now for a couple of days, whenever I feel discomfort, an ache, or a return of pain. And it’s working. I still don’t get it, it seems to easy. But the massages, pain meds, chiropractor, and water exercise were taking too long to do what a couple days of tapping have done. I still think it’s weird, but I’m doing it and feeling better and starting to explore using it for stress, insomnia, and emotional dis-ease. Thanks, Nick!

  86. Diane says:

    HOw about struggles related to a mental health diagnosis….someone on meds for schizophrenia, bipolar, ADD….how does tapping work in those diagnoses that involve chemical imbalance in the brain?

  87. Izabela says:

    I’ve had severe migraines for a very long time. They’ve gotten better through alternative treatement but I still get the ocasional migraine attack. Some are so sever that I can’t get out of bed because it hurts so much and I get nauscous. I tried using EFT Tapping to alleviate them but I would love more instructions on that. I have been also trying EFT Tapping for stress and anxiety. It helps while I’m tapping but I still get the anxiety.

  88. kath says:

    Providing a therapeutic method to decrease stress and improve wellbeing. Awesome!

  89. CJ says:

    Having read this article and feeling the lovely anticipation of this years Tapping Summit….I have finally found the silver lining to the condition of chronic stress in our society! I never would have discovered EFT and it wouldn’t be making such tremendous strides without stress, (physical, psychological or emotional)! Now we can ‘bless the stress’ as we tap away that and many other issues we’ve hung on to!
    I can’t wait for this years borrowing benefits! Very exciting to have the summit to look forward to – namaste, many thanks and many blessings, CJ

  90. Kristina says:

    I didn’t realize a simple thought that’s considered stressful can trigger such a dangerous chain reaction in the body. I thought exercise was enough to relieve it but apparently, I need to change this since I can only do it a few hours (sometimes days) after the stress trigger. Thanks for the tapping tips! Will tap away :)

  91. jacqueline says:

    I was introduced to tapping only a few days ago in a link sent from Bob Proctor. I have been practising it since but can’t say I feel any relief at all from the pain in my body! I can however identify with life experiences in some of the blog comments, but as I have had no immediate noticeable change (other than an increase in the pain! of course this could be a healing crises!) I can only conclude that like other meridian therapies, reflexology and reiki for example, the pace of recovery/healing varies for each individual – what may be days for one person, could be months for another. I think as with any holistic treatment it is still a matter of looking at the whole. Although it is new and exciting to discover the promise of a cure for a world plagued with sickness, – which is unbelieveably down to how we think , what we think and how we identify with both right down to the cellular level – I have my doubts! However I will keep on tapping in the hope of a painfree existence, and who knows??? I may be the next to rave about it!!!!

  92. Mary says:

    Great Job Nick, it has really got everyone thinking and talking.

    Would like to add a point that wasn’t covered in your article and that is:-

    Stress is the physical sensation and manifestation of internal conflict between mind, subconscious programs (memories, beliefs, trapped emotions etc) and our True Intuitive Self / Soul, Eternal aspect.

    Just clearing the Stress symptoms with EFT is rather like “shooting the messenger”, it may make you feel better for awhile when you don’t want to know the message.

    In the long run, unless you combine the tapping with personal life changes, the wonderful tapping effects will only serve as a salve. You will have to keep on and on and on tapping away the symptoms, rather like continuing to run on the same spot and expecting progress!

    True progress comes when you clear the drivers in your subconscious that are causing you to take actions that push you into unsupportive and non-nourishing situations.

    The key to stress relief is to clear the drivers, allow the power of your true inner intuition through, listen to it and act on it. Then work on clearing all the emotional discomfort and distress, still residing in the various parts of your body, THEN your body and your life will quite naturally rebalance and heal its’self.

    Have a great day everyone.

  93. Julia says:

    I learned that I CAN actually help myself get better from ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. After feeling helpless for so long I can see a light at the end of the tunnel. Thank you :)

  94. ellen garduno says:

    I had heard of EFT or Tapping several times in the recent past…but I had never tried it personally until today. I took a “mental health sick” day off today. Feeling stressed out because I worry over all sorts of things in my life. Work…I feel my job is in jeopordy. My finances…I worry that I will never be able to retire and I’m close to sixty years old. I worry about my relationship with my husband because he is a diabetic that does not adhear to a good diet or exercise plan and he has a huge amount of debt due to his gambling addiction. My relationship with my son…who seems to have no love for his mother or himself. I worry about my expanding waistline and my personal health…even though I work very hard at buying and making healthy meals.
    Laying in bed this morning, after listening to how to Tap from Nick and Jessica, I tapped for the first time. At first I tapped to have the willpower to sustain a healthy diet but then I began to change my reasons for tapping that led to an emotional past event. I tapped to release my guilt from not being able to say a proper good bye to my father. My Dad was a wonderful man and I was most fortunate to have him for my father. He died of Prostate cancer in 1995 and I have never forgiven myself for not telling him that I loved him. This is still very emothional for me as I am crying as I type this message but I do feel a relief after my tapping session. I will be listening to the 2012 Summit.

  95. coe scott says:

    what a grace-filled blessing.
    something so accessible RIGHT NOW to every man, woman and child.
    with no special requirements or cost to learn, offer and benefit by.
    Hallelujah!

  96. Lynette says:

    In my mind the benefit of EFT Tapping is irrefutable. All the self improvement seminars, meditation, spiritual practices and etc. etc. certainly helped me, but the benefits I have received in the last two years with EFT Tapping have cleared a childhood that was filled with abuse, self doubt, and grief and has taken me into a place where I have found the real me. Thank you Nick, Jessica and all concerned with this wonderful modality. Looking forward to all the new information that will come forward in 2012 Summit.

  97. Iceal Bretz says:

    Nick:
    I am a health care professional that sees how stress affects the body everyday. I began using “Tapping” to help deal with all of the negativity I am exposed to in my work environment, and, continue to use it with great results after only a short time. I am one of those people who has been looking for a way to be more healthy most of my life. Thanks for introducing me to “Tapping”, I am looking forward to seeing more science on this method.

  98. lora says:

    Sure makes me wonder if this is exactly what I need…..the first step starts the journey…..

  99. SJ says:

    Very informative. I imagine this could cause people with ‘insulin production problems’ to experience severe mood swings, confusion, etc. since the cortisol and adrenaline diverts blood (oxygen) away from the digestive system / pancreas. Maybe tapping will help those with diabetes and hypoglycemia. What a breakthrough that would be. Already ordered my 2012 platinum/gold package and can hardly wait for May 2012. Tapping 2011 helped me release FEAR and we made a much needed move to a new location. Thank you very much.

  100. Jose Caldeira says:

    Thank you, Nick and all.
    I suppose that, from a lay viewpoint, the most revealing part of this article is the reassurance that, for stress relief, tapping is symultaneously effective both on physical and emotional levels, as well as faster and more long-lasting as compared to conventional psychotherapy.

  101. Sujata says:

    Waht you seek will come to you when you need it at the right tim. Thank you for the information Nick. I was researching on this topic and received your article. I have known about for some time now and have used it intermittendly used it, forgetting at other times. So this is a reminder call to be more consistent and reap the benefits. And my biggest issue to begin with is procrastination and confidence.
    Love and blessings

  102. Jeannine says:

    I learned about all the signs of chronic stress. I am a care taker of a brain cancer patient and I am experiencing many of the symptoms described. i am trying to include tapping in my life to relieve my stress and help my loved one as well. After one tapping session that we did together, he fell asleep.

  103. Ruthi says:

    Thanks for the reminder about stress and how it affects me. Off to do some tapping now….

  104. Mjillie Stultz says:

    Reading this post reminds me of the incredible value I have received personally and professionally as I have used EFT in the past. This post has re-ignited the awesomeness of EFT and the simplicity of the amazing results that can happen in using it. I am trained in and teach many methods of healing and find EFT to be the simpliest for anyone to use easily and effectively for themselves and to share with others. What a gift. Sometimes we have to be reminded that the simplest things can also be the most powerful. Thanks for bringing more awareness about EFT to the World.

  105. Sherry says:

    I’ve used tapping for many things and it always works. The biggest problem I have is that I get too busy and forget to use it until my body reminds me that I’ve gotten all stressed out again!

  106. M L Tucker says:

    I love how EFT engages the mind & body together. So many things intended to take us further on our road to health & wellness engage the mind or the body seperately. But as we are embodied creatures, it makes so much sense that we benefit far more from a whole person approach to wellness like EFT.

  107. Lezlie Ely says:

    Thank you so much for this – perfect for ME – info.

    You described me pretty much to a T… bad digestion – getting worse, irritable, IMPATIENT, and my brain feels like it took a train somewhere! I just got a bunch of blood tests back and most all LOOKS good, but I certainly don’t feel myself these days. Thought it was just Menopause crap – age related stuff, and YES I have been “stressed out” – like alot of people money issues, and now physical issues, obviously stemming fr. the Stress!

    So glad to have an answer not only to what’s going on, but to a “Natural” way to fix the problem – YEA!! I do know a bit about tapping, but certainly could use some further guidance. I would LOVE to win the copy of that Tapping Pkg.:) It would be a wonderful thing to add to my Energy Healing/Life Coaching(yet to be).
    Love & Light ~ Lezlie

  108. 2011 changed my life. I’d experienced many forms of allopathic and alternative therapies over the years. My world crashed. My sanity plummeted. I received an invitation to tune into the 2011 World Tapping Summit. I’d experienced N.E.T in 1996 — it saved my life. I invested in Body Talk for years; it worked when nothing else did. I viewed many of the ‘experts’ during the conference; took voluminous notes and began practicing unrelentlessly — I thought I was losing all touch with ‘reality’ and I “desperately” needed something to grab on to for relief — I didn’t know how I would survive the life-altering shifts I was being subjected to without any warning.
    Since that time, thanks to so many team-players EFT provided what no other therapy had for sixteen years of searching for medical relief for a wide-range of diagnosed ailments including: CFIDS, Asthma, Candida, 40 percent life-force in operation – poor to no bowl function, and much more.
    For the first time in my life, I did not seek revenge for affronts perceived; my heart remained open and I refused to harbor any hatred towards someone I’d come to consider my Beloved.
    Bowl movements are regular — I’d been given colonics and the water had to be siphoned out as I could not pass even the water; I’d crawl to the bathroom to urinate; I was sick and dlying. I’d laid out over $100,000 out of pocket over twelve years searching, seeking resolution and healing — it didn’t come.
    EFT saved my life. In 2011 I earned my certification as an EFT Practitioner. I knew what I wanted to do: share this profound gift of life with as many people as I could without preaching, rather sharing and teaching.
    Today, I have my own EFT clients, teach Workshops, Adult Ed classes and share EFT
    everywhere someone is suffering and struggling. Iatrogenic illness is not a myth. EFT results are legitimate.
    This modality offers transformational life-changes. “The Tapping Solution” is something I ordered and present to my classes each semester — Seeing, hearing, tasting the wide variety of cases offers much credibility to those who harbor the “Apex Syndrome.”
    It still confounds the imagination that with all the evidence, we do not yet have full-scale programs in our elementary schools, churches, universities — all avenues of healing and energy psychology.
    Those who are willing , eager and hunger for change, who are willing to take responsibility for their health and well-being are the people who reap the greatest benefits from The Emotional Freedom Techniques. We are so conditioned – our paradigms can be shifted, but first, we must become aware that we are domesticated, programmed to think and act — and desire more than anything else, to break free — then, EFT can save your life.
    Reverend Debra Sue Lynn
    Certified EFT Practitioner
    Reiki Master
    Spiritual Counselor
    Teacher

  109. Ann-Britt says:

    Thank you for the information in this blog. I found it describing me, in many of those 13 sad steps!! It was really awakening!!!
    I have been using EFT since 2008 variating. Why not all the time..? The answer is in your information – my stresshormon/cortisol level has been so high that I haven’t been able to adhere to joga and meditation anymore as I did regularly for over 30 years! Now I’m convinced to continue tapping and also learn it to my clients in my practising Homeopathy, NES-therapy, Flower-therapy and Reiki!
    Thank you Nick!

  110. Inna H. says:

    Just came back from my doctor who suspected adrenal fatigue and put me on a Cortisol manager and gave me a lecture about stress. And now… this post, almost word-for-word of what my doctor has just said! Someone is trying to tell me something and I know exactly what it is. Back to my tapping. Now. Thank you so much for this post! And please spread the word, everyone. Do you know anyone who is NOT stressed? Even our kids!

  111. jimmy says:

    This could not have come at a better time! I have been “looking into” tapping for the last year or so, but not really making it part of my life. This information has inspired me to stop looking and start doing.

  112. Najla says:

    Thank you for the detailed information

    Tapping is a technique I practice on things while I use NEI on other issues as well

    Both protocols are excelant in Bioenergitic balance; this is my personal discription.

    Thank you again

  113. Rad says:

    EFT is a tool, and it is even useful as a placebo. But in order to get rid of chronic stress, you have to get deeply in touch with the root cause of that chronic stress. Always tap on the past events, tapping on the present only gives temporary relief. That way, you can clear it from your system forever.

  114. GiGi says:

    Thank you for reminding me to tap!

  115. Amir says:

    I have personally tried Tapping on different people in my family and have got immidiate results. Just yesterday, in the car with my wife and kids, when my daughter had a “HUGE” headache, I asked her to tap, saying, “I truly and deeply Love and Accept Myself” and the headache was gone in minutes.
    Wonderful cure without drugs.
    Keep Tapping guys and girls……

  116. Joanne Edmonds says:

    I am an author and there is stress attached to writing, and editing and proofreading, particularly if writing to a deadline. I have just begun ETF, know very little about it except that one taps various places on the face and body, but I have every faith that all the comments I have read will happen to me also. Thanks, Nick. Joanne

  117. Diana says:

    Thank You Nick! This article was like a gift dropped from the sky today :) Its now 4 months after the death/loss of a close family member & I’ve been feeling physically worse than during the actual crisis. It is quite a shock to me that I could forget to meridian tapping throughout the entire crisis of losing someone to cancer. Prayed yes, Meditated yes, supported and loved but forgot to tap :( I can see now how compiled chronic stress over the past year has impacted my body & my health, and all I was offered from 2 western doctors was antidepressants for the exhaustion & fatigue symptoms….even though I’m not suffering depression as such, thats all they can offer. I had forgotten about the hormone cortisol & its dangers and yes, I too have far too much cortisol & am suffering adrenal fatigue for sure. I’ve also gained alot of weight around the middle (which I never had before). So I am enormously grateful for this timely Reminder to use Tapping. For me, this has been an absolute OMG moment & huge wake up call! Blessings & Heartfelt Thanks to you Nick.

  118. Beverly Kosarek says:

    Reviewing the 13 sad steps was a real eye opener and that tapping balances activity between the sympathetic and parasympathetic regions of your brain, producing “a neutral emotional state,” the gold standard of health and wellness.Thank you very much!!

  119. Anita says:

    Hi Nick!, I guess I better get better at tapping ~ or at least keep tapping. I have a Dr’s. appointment set up for later in the week thinking it’s my thyroid ~ maybe it’s stress ~ I’ve had a lot! I’m tired, my hair is falling out, and I’ve even lost the passion to ride and train on my horses ~ it takes all my strength. I’ll step up the tapping! Thank you!

  120. Elaine Barbeler says:

    Hi Nick, Thank you for all efforts in helping me and others in understanding how tapping works and fits in to a healthy life style. I have benefited from tapping over the past few years
    since seeing your movie on the topic. I have tried all the other methods of healing as mentioned above for a period of 20 years and found some relief. Tapping has moved me from a place of management and slow improvement to a place where I have given up all other
    therapys and drugs to a place I am living my dream, just ticking off my “Bucket List”. I have just returned from a weekend in the Snowy Mountains near Canberra, Australia where I camped out and rode my horse in the wilderness. Thank ýou, Elaine

  121. Lucila says:

    Dear Nick, the article is excellent and promising for helping others to cope with stress situations through Tapping. Thank you very much and blessings.

  122. Randy says:

    Great Article!

  123. Trica says:

    Five years ago I first heard of tapping. I was intrigued and curious but it seemed, quite frankly, a bit silly, like what you would tell a child in order to get him to do something he didn’t want to do. I no longer believe this. Maybe it is silly, but so are some of the emotions and crazy ideas we get into our heads at times. I can’t believe how fast it works and how transformational it is. It does work, so I use it all the time now. Thank you Jessica and Nick and Dawson for all your coaching!

  124. Elissa Rattigan says:

    I always say to others that I swear by E.F.T., but what you have stated here spurs me on to make sure I put it as a priority above my other exercises rather than on a par with them. Thank Nick.
    All the best,
    Elissa.

  125. roy bryson says:

    I have used tapping for a few years and have done two World Summits. I t has helped me in many ways for stress and weight loss.

  126. Lucy Sadowski says:

    Thank you, that is the first time I have read an explanation of just how EFT works on stress.
    Very helpfull and encourages me to purservere.

  127. lila says:

    Thank you for this post .It reminds us on what is actually happening to us everyday and we usually notice it very late.Yes, the stress is killing us and yes ,the tapping makes the difference..

  128. Terri says:

    The information in this blog hit me deeply. The stressful scenerios described ME. It is disturbing. I am one of those who quit a technique because I feel it’s “not working” or I get bored. I am convinced my health issues are a result of chronic stress and I need to get tapping again today. I can only hope for follow through. Need these type of reminders to take charge of my health and wellness.

  129. Glenna says:

    I love hearing about the benefits of tapping – seems I can’t hear them enough. I need the reminders to keep me motivated to tap every day. Nick, thanks for all you do to bring health and healing to the universe!

  130. Mariam says:

    Hey, guys! That was a really nice article. I’m a newbie to EFT, and I plan to try it right away! Peace and warm fuzzies,
    Mariam

  131. Karina Li-Hurt says:

    Tapping is a much quicker intervention than other commonly recommended treatments for stress, even combined treatments. I did not realize that 20 minutes a day is the recommended time frame. I was doing much less and then gave up. I think tapping for 20 minute sessions is worth a try!

  132. jenny says:

    Reality check for stress. I know I am experiencing more stress, but wasn’t aware of the extent of possible effects. I intend to commit to more regular exercise (I used to exercise 1-2 hours/day 5 days/week), healthy eating, and tapping. It’s better to be consistent. Big stressers for me are lack of easy transportation (my own working car) and chickens that behave poorly, pooping where they shouldn’t and getting into things they shouldn’t, often damaging them. Also many irons in the fire, making it difficult to focus on any one thing fully.

  133. Haley says:

    I needed to see this really badly! Thank-you so much for this reminder. I have been chronically stressed my whole life and I have been using tapping for about a year now. Funny how I haven’t tapped on this stress as much as I should be, I tap for money and health and weight loss. The weight loss though has not really happened:( I’ll have to dig deeper.

    Thank you
    Haley

  134. Jean McCarthy says:

    Very interesting the timing of this article because I am seeing a counselor for work related issues causing stress and she mentioned the exact same things you mentioned about the areas of the brain and ways to decrease cortisol. She was very pleased to hear that I had discovered the field of tapping through your website. She gave it great praises. It always intrigues me how the “universe” brings correct information into your life at the time you need it the most. Thank you!

  135. Mauzie says:

    Fabulous information. Wish I’d known about tapping years ago. It would have been of immeasurable help. However, it’s great to see it helping so many in this way now. This type of stress is so destructive. To have this information is so invaluable to so many.

  136. Anastasia says:

    Hi There,

    I am new to this whole Idea so the post above was really great!
    I have seen in people, and clients, that although the Bowen treatments I do
    completely relax them and they leave feeling lighter, stressfree, and totally relaxed,
    they go back to their lives, their habits, their habitual thoughts the very next week.
    I have been looking for something to help on a different level and I am thinking that EFT might just be the thing. I also believe that chronic stress is responsible for many of the dis-eases that we see today, or at least in part, starts the ball rolling. Everything in this article resonates with me. I am very much interested in learning more about this and perhaps taking some courses etc. If I win this package it would be a great beginning! :o)

    Sincerely,
    Anastasia

  137. Lynn says:

    Thanks for the evidence-based information about reducing cortisol levels with EFT.
    I know I definitely needed this nudge to return to regular tapping. My stress levels have been higher for almost a year now, and recently have ramped up even more, as I have a brother dying of cancer, and my husband is still out of work since last May.

    Interesting how the Universe provides what we need when we need it the most.
    With gratitude and appreciation for all you do at The Tapping Solution….

  138. Clare says:

    I found this explanation of the way the stress response works and what you can do about it very useful and clear. good luck with your next launch. Clare

  139. Anne says:

    Every single time I practice tapping, I get to the core of what’s stressing me out emotionally. It’s like a miraculous truth serum! However I didn’t realize, until reading this article, that it has such a profound effect on not just emotional but physiological health. I am a person who swings wildly between extremes of both thought and emotion, and that is a very stressful way to live life. The fact that tapping balances systems in the body adds a new dimension of valid reasons for doing much more tapping than I have in the past. Thank you for this article!!!!!

  140. Mary says:

    HELP!! HELP!!
    I have had migrane/cluster headaches every single night for about 28 years. I have high blood pressure, arthritis, gained a ton of weight, etc. I have exhausted every avenue for help. Visited many neurologists, same result: different doctor, different prescription that didn’t work. Please help or stear me in the right direction for help!!

    Thanks

  141. Catherine Miller says:

    Fabulous article – it read like my biography. Belive it all. 2 years ago it was like my body imploded with pain – diagnosis of rhuematoid arthritis. One of the primary tools that has helped move to improvement on any level is using EFT – I’ve had an amazing EFT specialist t work with me – Sue Hannibal; catalyst for fabulous breakthroughs. I still struggle with the RA – but even times when I wake from sleeping because of the pain – I can sit on the edge of my bed and do several rounds of EFT and it will release enough of the pain that I can usually fall back asleep. All told, I believe in my soul I will find my way to healing – and I also know the EFT is playing a big part.

  142. Louie says:

    The article tell me that I’m screwed! I’ve known it for a long time. There have been a lot of studies done on how a career in law enforcement negatively affects your health. Our pension system perpetuates itself on the assumption that a high percentage of us are dead within five years of retiring. Keep in mind that is in a profession where the majority are retired before they’re 55. Within that group, there is another group that are retired before 45. I used to workout regularly, eat much better, and have more quallity relationships. Now, my body just hurts all of the time, and seemingly for nothing. I feel isolated and have ZERO ambition, desire, or energy. Several holistic practicioners have said that it’s from chronic stress in my job. So, what to do??? I’m hoping that the use of EFT and other things will put me on the path to a new career that I can enjoy, and, of course, make a substantial amount of money. I hope to have good news for you shortly…

  143. gina says:

    This helped me trace what I’ve been experiencing for a few years. I’ve been searching here & there, no permanent results. I actually sometimes resist tapping. I do it while I’m exercising though. If I’d have kept consistent for all the years I’ve known about it, I would be quite well today. So, this is definitely back on my schedule, thank you:p.

  144. Krys says:

    I’ve been “studying” stress for many years, both academically and in my own body. I’ve tried everything, spent literally thousands of dollars on alternative therapies and nothing works like tapping! I want to commend you, Nick, for such an elegant, yet thorough explanation of how stress occurs in your 13 steps. It boiled down several graduate-level classes very effectively!
    Thank you.

  145. Julie says:

    I have suffered from Adrenal fatigue for a very long time- to the point of being very close to and Addison’s Disease diagnosis. I would love to see a specific tapping script to address these issues. I have been using tapping daily for a long time and tapping alone does not relieve the issue. An ideas?

  146. teresita says:

    HOLA : EL ARTICULO ES EXCELENTE, COMO ASI TAMBIEN LA TECNICA EFT.
    SIEMPRE ME SORPENDE CUANDO EN LA SEGUNDA O TERCERA RONDA EL SUT BAJO CASI POR COMPLETO EN LOS PACIENTES QUE ATIENDO. ACLARO QUE SOY MAESTRA DE REIKI Y EFT ES UN COMPLEMENTO PERFECTO .
    CUANDO DICTO EL SEMINARIO EFT SIEMPRE ACLARO QUE DEBEN USAR EFT PARA TODO, PORQUE POR LO GENERAL LA GENTE LO USA SOLO PARA CUANDO TIENE UNA DOLENCIA. TENGO UNA DISCIPULA QUE HACE MUY BIEN SUS DEBERES, Y SU CAMBIO FUE RADICAL.
    SE INGLES, PERO PREFERI ESCRIBIRLES EN MI IDIOMA.

  147. Kevin Larkin says:

    Thank you so much for this info. I started yoga three years ago to release stress from my life, and, while it has helped quite a bit, I am still aware of underlying tension and stress when I am supposed to be ‘relaxing’. I am definitely going to begin studying your methods as I really feel this might be the missing piece to help me understand and release my stress, and hopefully lead on to helping others as well.

  148. beckie says:

    I NEED to get rid of this feeling of fatique, lack of motivation and other physical negative effects i am experiencing. PLease select me as the winner of your 2011 package. I NEED it desparately!!!!

  149. Elizabeth Christine says:

    I have lived in a state of chronic stress since childhood. Through other work I do, I have discovered many ways in which I limit my life in order to protect myself from having the adrenalin levels heighten in an acute response. These limitations have held me back from fully giving all I have to give… and have been a source of self-hate. Through making conscious the source of the the patterns of compensation, I have discovered a sense of compassion for myself… and the child who developed these patterns in order to cope. I am now ready to give up protecting and clear them.
    A couple of years ago, I did a couple sessions in your big tapping seminar and followed these with many tapping session that were very powerful. However, the practice faded. A friend just sent me this because she heard me speaking of my struggle with adrenal blow out…. and god knows, the world is becoming an ever more stressful place to be!
    I am ready to apply tapping to this situation… and so need to brush up on it.
    Thanks for the free e-book… I look forward to using it.
    Sincerely,
    Elizabeth

  150. Thanks Nick, for all the articles. You are doing a great job. I have been always interested in ways to make life easier and happy. Having studied Acupressure in the early 1950 area in Japan; then the Silva system in the 60s, EFT in the late 90s . At 82 I am stll learning and looking forward to new horizons opening. Please keep up the great work you are doing.
    Still on the Path,
    Lester Armentor

  151. Jim Lentz says:

    This question is for Nick or anyone else who may be knowledgeable about the situation. I use both tapping & B E music to start my day. Do you see any conflict with tapping while listening to the B E music. Thanks for any comments or info.

  152. Teri says:

    Wow! These findings are amazing…I didn’t know that tapping could decrease cortisol levels so much. I will definitely use it to help myself and inform my stressed-out clients! Thanks for sharing.

  153. Lynette says:

    Stress, or better known as hypertension. Fantastic EFT Tapping really works. My G.P. has reduced my blood-pressure meds down from 300mg to 150mg and I have moved so much of that junk we drag around behind us and continuing to release. I am looking forward to reducing the meds to NIL. Thank you Nick, Jessica and all the crew for all you great work.

  154. Janice says:

    I’ve known for years now about the effect of stress on the body and been keeping mine under control with tapping and it works:-) I intend to pass on Nick Otner’s article to others.

  155. Dan'elle says:

    I know chronic stress is really affecting to me. I’m trying to keep tapping :-) Are there any certain things I need to be focusing on to help me tap through the stress moments? I feel like what I am doing now helps some but I need less stress.

    Thanks

  156. Laura Robinson says:

    What a great article Nick! I just tapped here at my desk and my stress and pain in my neck
    (lol, wonder where THAT came from?) felt so much better immediately. I LOVE TAPPING!
    Thanks so much for all your great work!
    Filled with gratitude,
    Laura

  157. Sandra says:

    Persistance works. It seems like there’s something new each day, or a new aspect each day. And as long as I make myself tap, the stress lessens. Sometimes it’s like exercising, I really have to make myself do it, so the tapping might start off with a lousy attitude, but it still helps. And it helps to have the encouragement of sites like this to be persistant!

  158. Grace Hedley says:

    You are very right about chronic stress and fatigue. It effects the mind, body and spirit. It’s true that stress can effect you positively. But how when it doesn’t and something goes wrong. When it’s sometimes too late then we seek healing. It’s never to late to learn new ways to improve your quality of life. You have to trust the people who are really genuine and not ripping you off. Others take advantage of someone’s vulnerability. But the time will come when you are ready. Thanks.

    Grace Hedley

  159. Faye says:

    I was diagnosed w/ADD. I’ve been symptomatic since a very young girl. I would say that all along it was stress which turned into chronic stress that I’ve learned to live with. Can’t do it anymore and will practice EFT with more effort. Can you suggest sources for teaching the technique? Thank you for that incredible break down of the pathology of stress! It’s all very clear to me now. Faye

  160. frank says:

    I’m a physio working in a socially deprived area and i’m seeing the evidence of the above day-in day-out. The amount of chronic pain and medical conditions that can be attributed to chronic stress is massive and IMO is where the future of healthcare lies. Give me the tools and i will make a difference to these people’s lives.

  161. laihin says:

    Very informative, easily to understand description and facts, very convincing people to do the tapping. good articles.
    josephine

  162. Debra says:

    Chronic stress. Yes, I am using tapping to release the years of accumulated stress. Saying good bye to quick fixes. Tap Tap Tapping along. One day at a time!

  163. Jane says:

    I believe stress is one of those things that just creeps up on people. All of a sudden, your body is in muscle spasms and you don’t even know why. What a great idea to be able to help our bodies with such a natural approach. And this can be done anywhere. I look forward to learning more about this approach because am currently suffering from neck and back spasms. I need some pain relieve and some sleep!

  164. Juan C. Blanca says:

    Yes….in long term stress is a killer, many times we even do not recognize the stress we put in our lives and live in denial until the body get sick and oblige us to look for solutions and relieve. One of the most powerful ways to aproach healing is EFT technique!

  165. Fern Kelso says:

    Wow – I love the information and the way it is presented. I have done some tapping but am so inspired to do it more regularly. I have a lot of stressful things that are affecting me in an adverse way – like trying to salvage an estrangled relationship with my brother and sister after 25 years. The chronic stress and cortisol are really high and I need to reduce my anxiety regardless of what my siblings chose to do. I am going to take this on like a challenge.

    Thank you so much,

    Sincerely,

    Fern

  166. Judy says:

    This is a wonderful article and a great reminder to those of us who use EFT that we need to use it more often – daily, as many times as needed. I find that when I go to bed and my heart is pounding and I can’t sleep it’s usually anxiety about something. EFT works to reduce that stress and allows me to sleep.
    Thanks for a great article. Very informative!

  167. Elizabeth says:

    Firstly I must thank you for all this wonderful information regarding Stress. I have learned today that it is not just stress that causes problems or should I say our mind and body reactions to Stress…. The key word for me in all of this that has sparked the flame is CHRONIC STRESS…. Stress overload. Once again many thanks.
    Bright blessings Happy Easter.
    Best wishes
    Elizabeth

  168. Linda says:

    WOW! 24% decrease in cortisol. Cortisol is a major factor in belly fat. Thanks for this insight.

  169. Donna says:

    I have never used tapping before but have been reading quite a few articles on this subject and like what i am reading. After reading this article i will definitely give it a go as my stress levels have been too high for too long, i will be sharing this article with friends and family thanks.

  170. Annie says:

    Over a year ago I was working for a large company when they changed my job and told me I was to do extra typing. I explained that I had a long-standing problem with my right arm and that I couldn’t carry out their orders. They made life so difficult I had to take them to court. It has taken this long for the case to be heard (May 9th). My lawyer wants to talk to me about the case, but every time I think about it I feel physically sick and start to cry because it brings to mind the way I was treated by them at the time. I feel so overwhelmed and imobilised by stress I can’t even do any tapping which I know works and has helped me before. A.

  171. Mary Ann says:

    I have used tapping solution to bring back my husband into a healthy state after an accident. Since then on I’ve been using it, not religiously though, but still I am getting result. I am looking for the right answer for my weight gain. I think I found it. I will use tapping this time. I will let you know and I believe I will get the result that I wanted.

  172. Margaret Hancox says:

    Its good to have reminders that we do not need to tolerate our high stress levels and it is also good to have a reminder of just how dangerous it is to our bodies. There is so much going on these days that one can lose the focus on health maintenance. To set aside a few minutes on a regular basis may help to reafirm the tapping message. The more it is used the less it is needed. I once taught my traumatised grandaughter how to tap whilst standing in a supermarket queue. She is unable to tolerate large numbers of people herself and can only leave the house with another person who will stay with her. Her stress levels skyrocket when there is even just a few people close to her and she is unable to go out of the house alone. Whilst tapping in the queue she was stressed and alert and her eyes were darting all around her – however with proxy tapping she was able to stand quietly in line and breath properly. When she is able to do this herself I believe that it will be so powerful for her. I have a wish that one day she will become a teacher of tapping just because of the emotion that she is living through right now. She is 14 and has had this for 3 years but is gradually getting relief. M, UK

  173. Anne Hilliard says:

    I have used EFT to overcome a bi-polar condition. I have been pursuing it for a year and a half and used a certified trauma EFT practitioner for the first “phase” of the disorder. I have even started an EFT circle here in Jacksonville Florida to help further the study and dissemination of the “art.” While I still experience anxiety, my capacity to function has increased dramatically.

  174. Rob Leifso says:

    I fully believe in EFT, but I never know what words to use to get the desired results.

  175. matt monahan says:

    tapping sounds intriguing. how long has it been in existence?

    matt monahan

  176. angiecafriend says:

    I love EFT and taught my husband to use it for pain relief. He says it’s the only thing that helps. I use EFT from time to time for immediate relief of various issues. But your article on stress reminds me that I should be using it on a daily basis as a stress relief and whole body health solution. I had heard this suggestion in a previous World Summit, but I never put it into practice. Today is the day! Thanks for all you do to spread the word.

  177. Lynn says:

    I’m confused. You say: “High sympathetic / low parasympathetic ratios have been linked to both psychological and physiological disorders…” From your description of what each does, it seems like you’d want both to be functioning at a high level and not want either one to be overactivated (i.e., stressed). So where does the high/low ratio come in?

    Thanks for all you do!

  178. Ela Barrett says:

    Taping helps. It’s a good tool to have handy and it is there whenever you need.

  179. Marie-Berthe says:

    I am in complete agreement with the above article. For those who have not tried it, it sounds almost like a miracle and somewhat unbelievable. I know, I felt like that at first. Then, I gave it “a try” and it worked… Now, I have used it for a long time on different topics for issues that needed to be dealt with, and it does work unconditionally. I am a firm believer in EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) or Tapping. Give it a try, no need to believe!

  180. Denise Brannick says:

    Hi Nick, as always thank you for all the work you do to bring EFT forward and into the public domain. This document is very helpful both for myself and to share as a practitioner. I have spent my life trying to find a way to ‘stay out of my head’ and by far EFT is the fastest and easiest method I have found to do this. What I love about EFT is I can use it myself anytime, anyplace anywhere. I am listening and tapping to the EFT Integration Day from last years summit each morning and it quickly moves me into a more present focused state to face the day. I am really grateful for you, Jessica and the team – for your integrity, focus and support. Denise, Dublin, Ireland

  181. Patricia says:

    I have used the tapping solution in many situations for many years. You have an excellent article above which is “right on target” as to isolating the reasons that it works so well. There are always skeptics who question its use, but I keep suggesting that people try it. I try to make an effort to use it frequently, but occasionally even I forget the strengths and purposes of its use. Thank you for reminding me! Patricia

  182. Jocelyn Durost says:

    Tapping absolutely, positively works! During times of stress, anxiety and health issues, it has become my natural go to for immediate relief. Thank you for all your inciteful articles and gentle reminders to KEEP TAPPING.

  183. Liz says:

    Great article, Nick. It is an easily put, yet scientific explanation of the benefits of EFT. Thanks for all you do. I will be sharing this article. Liz

  184. Anna says:

    Tapping seems to be an exquisite example of the greatest wisdom in Simplicity. Health crises and therapeutic solutions seem to have become so complicated, themselves stress inducing in their multiplicities. I love TFT/EFT because it is easy, fast and free!

  185. Lee Anne says:

    I have used tapping to get over a fear I had after a horseback riding accident. It is amazing how it works, and I am back in the saddle with a huge smile on my face.
    Just recently, I showed a cousin who suffers with anxiety disorder how to do tapping. He was nervous and shaky when we started and after just one round, his hands stopped shaking and he said he felt so much better. It was like a switch went off and he was able to take a deep breath and enjoy the feeling of calmness that was coming over him.
    Thanks for promoting this wonderful tool….it has helped me and my family in so many ways !!

  186. David Lamson says:

    Article read. Tapping initiated. Reduced stress beginning. Life changing!

  187. Helen says:

    I have experienced the amazing benefits of EFT and the article reminded me to use it more often and to continue to spread the work and demonstrate what it can do.
    Thank you so much

  188. Monique Bossy says:

    This is the best article on stress. All this is so very true. Chronic stress is a killer. It is all the more important to do an EFT routine every morning, and several times a day, and to tackle every disturbing little event of life with this fantastic technique. Thank you for providing this information.

  189. Terrie Walsh says:

    I had all the good habits you could think of. I exercised everyday,
    Meditated, yoga, ate clean. For years. I had it all. Slowly though, all
    These good habits were slipping away. I would beat myself up thinking
    I was lazy or undisciplined. I fell into depression and everything has
    Crumbled. What you described here is what happened to me. I
    Thought I was handling the stress …. But looky here…. I’m not. I feel
    Renewed and free! Thank you. I am so excited right now. A huge
    Weight has been lifted. I am ready to improve my life now! I have to.
    I want to be a light to my children, myself. Please consider me for your
    Generous package. I am going to conquer my stress! Thank you!
    Thank you! Thank you! Keep well! Live with passion.
    Xoxox Terrie Walsh. Xoxo

  190. reni says:

    Thank you very much for this synthetic and clear article. Looking forward to experiment.

  191. preethi says:

    Actions speak louder than words and EFT does it every time! Go for it!

  192. Margaret Deasy says:

    I am so thankful for your article and to read the many comments made. They and your article have acted as much needed reminders that i can use tapping as a resource to deal with the stressors, aches and pains I face. I remember when I first discovered your web page, I dutifully wrote down the sequences and even drew a diagram indicating the tapping points! Then I tapped for a while and stopped – why I don’t know. Thankfully I kept the notes and diagram and will now start tapping again as I truly believe when used it can be effective.
    Once again Thank You

  193. Mariken says:

    I wonder which is the reason (or are the reasons) that people hesitate to try out tapping as a help to decrease stress levels.
    Maybe knowing the answer to that question would make it possible to help more people.

  194. sarah says:

    Hi Angela, I have recently been diaganosed with an overactive thyroid too. Unfortunately most of the stuff on the net is to do with underactive thyroid i.e. hypo and not hyper thyroid. I have done some research on the throat chakra coz affects the thyroid and a blocked throat chakra could cause thyroid imbalances either way. I’ve downloaded a few throat chakra affirmations which resonate with me and I tap to that. Maybe you could try it :) Good luck.

  195. Stuart says:

    As a medical practitioner, the fact that tapping works on the sympathetic and parasympathetic systems means it can restore balance at the physiological level, which can only be good for our health

  196. Donatella says:

    I am a psychotherapist and having learned the basic tapping sequences I have used them with some of my clients with remarkable results. On the other hand it has proven very difficult to guide in that direction clients who are experiencing acute symptoms, as the trust and focus required by this discipline is not always accessible. Overall, by using EFT on myself and with clients I have extended my practice, and my effectiveness/satisfaction. So, thank you very much for the work you are doing!

  197. Max says:

    I put the metal bits on my shoes and I danced from here to Texas. Oh, not that tapping? Just kidding! Love your work, Nick.

  198. Ann Jamieson says:

    Tapping has reduced my stress levels enormously! I was right there in the exhausted/depressed/overwhelmed/adrenal fatigue category. Now I feel energetic, happy, able to cope, and excited about life. It really is nothing short of miraculous!
    Ann

  199. Laura says:

    No one has yet said it has lowered their blood pressure ,I would like to try it if it would help,

  200. Denise says:

    Thank you, Nick for this scientific evidence that EFT works. I’m excited to share it with the skeptics in my life that wasn’t able to give a convincing explanation of why it works. I know that all illness and injuries are connected with underlying negative emotions that caused or allowed them to happen. As a massage therapist among other holistic titles, I have the opportunity to help others heal their bodies and minds by releiving stress. Now I have a terrific tool to assist them. EFT is the quickest, easiest and most effective method I know of.
    I am excited to learn more and help people on a daily basis to live happier lives, myself included. =)
    Thank you for making the world a happier place!
    Denise

  201. 691 Snead Circle, West Palm Beach, FL 33413 says:

    I have used tapping for five years. There is nothing that I have used it for that has not improved, both mentally and physically. My doctor keeps telling me that both are connected and if one changes the other must also change. I am filled with joy, contentment and confidence that I have a “tool” in my box that I can use anytime and anywhere when I need it. If someone sees me and asks what I am doing, I show them and direct them to their computer for additional information. If each one passes it on, someday everyone will have the same “tool” that they can rely on. Wahoo!!!

  202. Issa Salomi says:

    What I learned is that chronic stress can become cellular memories that contribute to every disease known to man. Using EFT one can simply and quickly relieve the stored and destructive memories and regain the essential balance between the sympathatic and parasympathetic nervous systems which leads to excellent health and abudant energy. Best of all EFT needs little investment and can be used by all ages and easily replaces expensive alternative stress reducing methods such as meditation, yoga, and exercise.

  203. Ha! How synchronous. Awhile back I learned that I was the Queen of Cortisol…..
    My adrenals are in the basement……I will get right after it with MORE tapping.

    Thanks,
    Molly

  204. Theo says:

    EFT is very effective… if you use it:) Daily yoga and meditation are also very effective… if you make the time to practice:) That’s the hard part, many people who need it most, don’t know EFT exists, and even if they did know, they wouldn’t have the inclanation to try it. With the help of the internet, and easy access to information, videos, tapping blogs like this one, these therapeutic techniques are finally being found by the many and lives are changing for the better by those who make a resolution to practice and persevere.

  205. Mary says:

    This is a great article. Tapping is easy & so effective in addressing the stress that we face each day, which accumulates in the mind and the body. I have done it in the past but somehow let it slip. My cortisol levels are much too high and this is not a good place to be. Thank you for the reminder that I need to take action now to reduce this stress with EFT.

  206. Bettina Angilette says:

    I’ve learned that one can have substantial levels of stress without knowing it. Tapping seems to be a readily available protocol for relieving stress right away. There are other modalities that relieve stress but tapping is quick and gets results.
    Stress is dangerous to one’s health and should be controlled.

  207. Patsy says:

    Thanks so much for your article and the information provided regarding the huge benefits of tapping for stress. I have been tapping every day for over five years, and have overcome an abundance of physical and stress-related issues such as Crohn’s Disease, joint pain and phobias. But my biggest delight has been teaching the children in my class how to tap to relieve their own stresses and worries. Your article, with the evidence you cited, has further motivated me to teach and encourage young children about the many ways in which tapping can enable them to live happier, healthier lives. Much Appreciated!

  208. Jill S says:

    I have been tapping during walking.. I feel like the exercise and the tapping boost the results somehow. I pick a topic, today’s was feeling insecure, then tap on it in my mind. I even do the 9 step gamut process, but I found walking and doing the eye rolsl can be challenging at first. I was doing how I felt on the emotional scale about the topic — one to ten, ten feeling the most secure.. and I found I went to ten faster during the walk than if I were sitting down and tapping. I love EFT, it’s the greatest and easy to do, esp since there are ways to get the same benefit without the physical tapping on the points.. so I can use it anywhere. :-) Thanks for being such a sharing community, I get a lot of ideas from posters and the generosity of folks that own EFT websites.

  209. Margaret Ross says:

    I can relate very well to this artical. Having used EFT over the past 3 years to relieve the stress due to bushfires etc is I believe why I am still here today now living a happy and enjoyable life. This even though stressfull events in my live are still occuring . I recommend this tec to every one . A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL ENVOLVED IN THIS PROMOTON.
    Regards Margaret.

  210. Lynne says:

    I do get migraines from stress . . . I love to use EFT, but I also need to remind myself because it has not yet become a habit.

  211. Elizabeth says:

    yes I do have lots of strees at work and pains in my body and I started tapping inmediately after the conference, but this article you wrote make me start tapping while I was reading it,I it was wow ! aha! I was needing this rigth now , then I started feeling better thanks… that is of great help EC

  212. Carine says:

    It is only after experiencing the technique with success once that one truly believe its potential.
    I am a very emotional person.At the moment I have to overcome my emotions to look after my partner who is terminally ill with asbestos disease and cancer. I feel somedays loosing my energy and my stress is building up. Thank you for the suggestion.I will work with EFT for this too.Well done.

  213. Sujata says:

    Stress is an unavoidable factor in our modern day lives. I practise many of the mentioned techniques like meditation, yoga, nature walking and others along with EFT. i wish I was more consistent with EFT and do get frustrated at times when I dont see or feel the expected results. But I definitely know it works and intend to keep working on using it more regularly with guidance and intentions. Keep up the great work you are doing to spread it to the masses. A simple and much needed therapy.

    love and blessings
    Sujata

  214. Rhonda says:

    At the beginning of my sickness I forgot that tapping helps. I had created a defeated state of mind within myself and managed to get sicker. I started tapping again and I have found that although I am not healed, I feel much better about the possibility of being healed. The pain has lessened, my state of mind is more positive, and I am closer to being healed than before. This article has reaffirmed what I do believe and have experienced. Thank you for the reminder of all the benefits of tapping.

  215. Nancy says:

    Didn’t realize tapping would lower cortisol levels. Will give it a try. Thanks for the article

  216. Ruth Bray says:

    Yes, I still have some chronic stress.
    It affects my sleep patterns, as I wake with pins and needles in my foot,Medical scans and xrays have failed to find the cause of the problem) and have difficulty getting back to sleep. After a night with disturbed sleep, I am rather slow and foggy in the morning..
    With diagnosis of fibromyalgia, I guess i have lots of stress hormones floating around.
    Yes, I am ready to continue changing ,, in fact since starting tapping after the Pain Summit, I have had much better pain control.and the really really bad sleep patterns have improved to one – two nights a week instead of 3-5 nights a week.
    Ruth
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  217. Gloria says:

    Tapping has helped me and I combine it with prayer. You can tap anywhere you are. Thank you for this article.

  218. Ailbhe says:

    Thank you Nick! Even though I already know how amazing tapping is, I really enjoyed reading this post, it has spruced my enthusiasm and desire to “keep tapping” every day!! :)

  219. Harry Fernandez says:

    Thanks nick, documental about estress and all over different kind of illness of the mind body tapping and balancing the chacras it bring about wellness.it is very hard to believe that with such a simple tapping in some body points can produce such an effect of healing. I”ve been praciticing acuponture for over 37yrs. and believe me I get quicker results and no needles.
    Great work Nicky;
    Paz Universal;

  220. kreista grace says:

    The benefits of tapping extend far beyond the time commitment to do so. thank you very so very much for your emails, reminding me to stay on the path and continue tapping.when I see your emails in my inbox it reminds me to take the time to tap for myself and the benefit of all I interact with.

  221. maeuge says:

    We are so greatful and thankful to you for sharing this information. I believe tapping is awsome and has helped me tremendously with physical pain. It would be definitely appreciated if you could share some tap sequences to release chronic stress. That would be just fantastic. Thank you again for all these educational information you share with us all.

  222. Roberta says:

    I have limited knowledge of tapping and found this very informative. Would love to try tapping but live on limited funds. Wish you every success in your work.

  223. borjana says:

    Thank you Nick for putting an article like this, I already believed all what you said here , but it is a nicely -put- piece of info for giving it to those who are yet not aware of it!!!

  224. Harry Fernandez says:

    It’s really wonderfull how you feel after tapping, I’ Ve being practicing acupunture for over 30 some are years, and althoug are the same meridians, but some how it really work somehow different. congratulations for the
    good deed.

  225. Jo Ramchandani says:

    I believe in Tapping – I bought the EFT series (basic one) last year, but i don’t take the time to tap and I am reenergised to start today with this email because I am a classic case of over stressed with all the symptoms highly emphasized. I will start with the procrastination one, and I KNOW it will help me. God Bless you for spreading this technique in such a difficult world.

  226. julie says:

    Thankyou for such an easy to read and comprehend, overview. After having “stumbled ” into E.F.T. 4 years ago, I am still amazed and etrnally grateful,for how easy and wonderful it is to bring about change.This article is a beautiful gift for me to pass on to others so they too can create miracles in their life!!!

  227. dhiresh says:

    Excellent information, I haven’t really tried Tappiing for chronic stress, but I know for a fact that chronic stress, causes all kinds of illness and adds to your waistline as well. I have been on antidepressants for the past ten years as i was diagnosed with GAD,which caused the start of many panic attacks, and i have been many times to the emergency room. I eventually came off the medication two years ago, but it seems the GAD is back. One of the major causes of chronic stress is worry, which eventually leaves you drained and exhausted. I will most certainly try Tapping!

  228. ine says:

    Thank you for reminding me all the benefits. I will include EFT in my life again.

  229. susan says:

    chronic stress lead to chronic fatigue for me. I agree talk therapy does not relieve stress since it generally concentrates on recognising bad stress situations and amplifying it.Only tapping has freed me from the emotional stress and the causes to help me move on. After 11 years of chronic fatigue I can now see light at teh end of the tunnel…

  230. Tania says:

    Hi there,
    I luv tapping its easy to do & effective!
    My husband who meditates & does yoga,
    Wouldn’t believe something so simple would be so effective!
    If he Dosent tapp I can tell straight away!
    It’s amazing what a difference tapping has made in my life!

  231. Beth Haggett says:

    This is an excellent article Nick. I am finishing up a PhD in Mind-Body Medicine at Saybrook University and everything you have said fits with what I have learned. I love EFT and have recently learned about Faster EFT which is a pretty quick, easy version of regular EFT without the need for the set up phase. What do you think about this? I have found that some people struggle to say “I deeply love and accept myself” and with the faster EFT they only have to tap while feeling the negative feelings and say “let it go…” It seems to work great. Thanks for your good work and great articles, they are always right on the money!

  232. Marilyn read says:

    Since I added EFT I to my Energy Medicine practice I have seen a massive improvement in the speed of recovery in my clients Thanks Nick for such an easy to understand explanTion. Kind regard Marilyn Read U K

  233. Leonard Cantu says:

    Even a supposedly, insignificant incident to highly sensitive people can leave a negative energy stress,fear, anxiety combination that in some cases may continue to fester and become significant, and so I find that a set routine for self correction or clearing, is very useful and beneficial to the whole organism.
    Leonard

  234. Joelle says:

    I have gone through severe depression and all and I have come to the other end of it and I can credit part of that success to tapping. I have used tapping to release stress from the past (and it was heavy!) from the day to day life of running a family with children with special needs or from work. I have also successfully used it to help my autistic kids getting some reliefs from their day to day stress. And it gets pretty stressful when you don’t understand the world around you. And to my ever growing surprise, it works, again and again even with kids with no preconceive ideas, other than, here is mum and her crazy idea… They are coming for more…. So yes, it works and it only takes a few minutes when ever you feel the need…. Thanks

  235. shona says:

    amazing technique just to be free,, come tap with us and try it ….I am a scientist BSc in optomet and neurosccience I love it

  236. Karen says:

    It is nice to understand the science but I feel that the best test is in trying it and experiencing the results. As they say, the proof is in the pudding. I am happy to say that I have enjoyed benefit from it.

  237. Janet says:

    When I am under attack from stress (created by myself) and get into a downward spiral I always feel better when I take the time to remember to tap. It’s funny how I offer to help others and forget to help myself so consistently. I would love to incorporate tapping daily and be able to get into the habit.

  238. Linda Storey says:

    FABULOUS article! I love the way you explained the science relating to stress in such easy to understand layman’s terms. My soul seems to be taking me on the fast track of spiritual growth and evolution with one stressful situation crossing my path after another. EFT has saved my sanity on many occasions and I’ve been teaching it and using it in my coaching practice for years.

    My 91 year old mother is in a Palliative Care Home Program due to the advanced stage of her lung disease and when I’m in her laundry room and realize that I’ve stepped into the Cinderella story again I start tapping right then and there. I sometimes tap in the hallway walking to her apartment, and tap again on my walk home. It helps me to put things in a new perspective, to let go of resentment, to ease the grief, to increase my compassion, and to get grounded in my world again.

    EFT also helps me to clear my head when acute and chronic stress feels as though it has wrapped my head in cotton batten which creates difficulty in focusing on my own life and on my business.

    I use to go for Acupuncture treatments on a regular basis and now my first choice is using EFT.

  239. :) says:

    I get very stressed a lot.So much so that I am crying and puking. I tap now when I feel it in my mouth so don’t puke as much. But I find I don’t really now what to say when tapping to get the stress to go away so I tend to use that as an excuse not to tap. i just don’t know why I’m stressed or so upset and feels like hurting to tap when i feel so tender. I often wait a couple of days until my life is really messed up to try and tap if I can think of something that is bugging me.
    Thanks for your post

  240. ANNE PATON says:

    I think we forget the instant benefits of tapping. Like the article said, everything listed works, but over a period of time. It’s good to be reminded that we can get quick, easy relief from our chronic stress by getting into the good habit of tapping daily.

  241. Agnes says:

    What stresses me out most is stress itself. I know the pitfalls of thinking that I function better under stress. It almost killed me 6 years ago. After being totally stressed for 10 years straight – one mishap after another – I fell apart. I developed breast cancer, severe pain in my neck and back, ending in having a fusion in my lower back and having a plate in my neck ( no accident had caused the imbalances that created the herniated disks). I ended up not being able to work. I changed my eating habits, made every effort to think positively, started Yoga, walking and brain wave training. The next step is tapping – I have been reading and the newsletters and I am convinced that this is the link that will tie all my efforts together and help me to become the 100% healthy me I am striving for. Thank you for the article, it really clears things up and is giving me that last push I need for ultimate health.

  242. Lacey says:

    Thanks for this great information, Nick! I have been experiencing chronic stomach pains for about 6 months now, and have been through the ringer with doctors and alternative therapies. I never connected the dots that not only could it be stress, but that EFT could help. Living in Japan as an American is turning out to be much more stressful than I had anticipated. This article really gave me the kick in the pants I needed to try EFT to heal my stress! Thank you!!! You are such a blessing! I am so grateful to you for bringing this to the masses. Thank you from my heart!

  243. GL says:

    Tapping is a wonderful tool to relieve stress & all other forms of ailments! I use it anytime any one of these events arise, to relax & focus on what’s important & get back on track to a resolve! Thanks Nick!

  244. Judy Hart says:

    I learned that there is good stress and bad stress. I learned a working definition definition of the sympathetic and parasympathetic regions of the brain. Also that shopping is a quick fix for stress. Finally that tapping is the most effective in reducing cortisol.

  245. JUNE says:

    The thing that stresses me most is people who think they can do just what they want regardless of whether its hurting someone else and seeing only their own point of view . the majority of people today are just out for themselves. its so sad.

  246. Kevin says:

    Tapping has helped me a lot managing my stress levels! This technique is amazing and it has opened many doors to me by learning many different techniques to help me get through my life! Thanks Nick!!!

  247. Tom Simpson says:

    Wow! I’ve been using tapping for about a year now and all those things you mentioned have occurred in my life. You describe perfectly what so many people in this fast-paced world are experiencing. As a wedding photographer there can be a bit of stress at times, no, actually there can be a lot of stress. I have actually slipped away from a shoot for 2-3 minutes for a quick EFT session in a restroom or empty ballroom corner and returned re-energized and ready for any thing bridezilla and her mother-in-law can throw at me. My gratitude for this technology is endless. Thanks!

  248. kazine says:

    Knowing full well the science presented about cortisol release and the flight or fight
    mechanism, an immediate technique is necessary.
    Deep breathing is most helpful until we hyperventilate.
    Laughter would release oxytocin and yet who can laugh when they are about to explode?
    What then is the remedy in such a conundrum?
    Distract by an action such as tapping coupled with the vocalizing prevents suppression
    of feelings while warding off the ‘shoulds.’
    Knowing children’s spirits are squashed by control is what stresses me out the most.
    Yes, I am committed. When? Now.

  249. Deb says:

    Thanks Nick.
    I really wasn’t aware of exactly how stressed I was and the damage it was doing to my person until I read this.
    I’ve always thought I could handle everything that life has thrown at me, including my autistic 18 years old but lately my mind hasn’t been functioning quite the same, my body hasn’t been reacting as well and I feel as though I’m from another planet and hoping my visit here ends soon so I can get back to the fun, enthusiastic individual I used to be.
    Tapping has helped in the past and so I will resume what I know to be a tool that works.

  250. cynthia says:

    I knew that constant stress was not good for me but I didn’t believe it was having a physical effect on my body. Until NOW ! I am grateful that I received your article today ! It sure does explain a lot of the problems I’m having. Among other things the main problem is that I have a broken foot that is not healing ! There has been no progress in the healing after 4 months treatment and I am getting more and more depressed. I am going to check into Tapping Right Now ! Thank you so much for all your information! God Bless You ! Cynthia

  251. peggy says:

    I have been dealing with chronic stress for years now and it has affected every area of my life. I would gladly take part in EFT and tapping but do not have the financial wherewithal to do so. I went from a middle class professional to someone hoping to qualify for social security disability because I feel I am out of financial options. I have had recurrent breast cancer, have serious changes to my amydula (sp?), arthritis, adrenal exhaustion, insomnia, anxiety, etc.
    I believe my chronic stress started with a divorce followed by a move for a new job and the adjustments that go with all of that. Then I was hit with breast cancer and on it goes. I am desperately trying to get off this merry go round but could use some help.

  252. Samuel Waltner says:

    This is something I am currently battling. Being “stressed out” and people so say I am depressed and not interested in things I used to. I recently stumbled upon EFT and have used it to eliminate or drastically diminish my migraine headaches caused by frustration. I do not use EFT as much as I should and for some reason I wait until things get really bad before using it. I am committed to using it more and I have learned a lot about the science of my stress in my body from this blog. Thanks so much for sharing.

  253. Rose says:

    Fascinating results, thanks for your blog, Nick. Did not realize your 2012 World Tapping is so soon! Can’t wait. I still like to “tap along” though I know I can do it by myself :-)

  254. Vanessa says:

    Great article – I understood the relationship between physical and emotional stress factors and health etc (but thought it was clearly restated). This really helped me see the relationship between therapies and tapping and how they can work together. Encourages me to keep tapping in daily life to combat the challenges we all face at this time.

  255. Bram says:

    i have been tapping for two years now. I also meditate (Holosinc) for mostly an hour a day.
    I am 81 years old, I didn’t think I had any stress, not living in Florida for six months of the year! I had to dig down deep, very deep. I think there maybe some stress which I did’nt know was there! so I will also tap for that now! Keep up the good work guys.
    Bram Ogden.

  256. Jesus Salaices says:

    Excellent article, very interesting, I’m not in the tapping practice yet, but i feel burned out from day to day activities, I’m looking to learn more about tapping and see if it really works for me.

    Thanks.

  257. Jackson Hawk says:

    Thanks for the great information, Nick.

    I have Gary Craig’s set of DVDs, your “Tapping Solution” DVD and several books, lectures etc. on EFT, so you might say that I am somewhat of an “expert” on tapping; I know that it works, I am convinced that I would benefit from it, and yet I never do it.

    Maybe in a future article, you could share some ideas for making EFT a regular habit in one’s life.

    Again, thanks for the article, and thanks for spreading the word about EFT.

  258. Cynthia Niernberger says:

    EFT is so amazing…have been using it quite successfully for 6 weeks, but this gave me a new
    clue to always tap for underlying emotions and stress…thanks!

  259. Barbara Paschner says:

    Dear Nick,
    Thank you for the article. EFT is always a relief. I love EFT. I use it for myself sometimes I just tap without words, sometimes I tap with affirmations, sometimes I tap with prayer, and I also do regular tapping.
    I could even help my 14 year old son, e.g. after tapping only once on school and once on his French Teacher he was able to get much better results, even after his French Teacher had told him that he had no chance.
    I want to become an EFT practitioner; you just made it more clear to me how important the work with EFT is.
    Thanks again.

  260. Jennifer Sterling says:

    Excellent and concise! This was very well written. I actually just finished a paper for a doctoral level mind-body course on the same topic. There is much research that validates this. Thanks so much for spreading the word in an easily received format.

  261. Beverly Ausman says:

    This is excellent information…with so much brain overload, “tapping” helps focus on primary issues…rather than tackling everything at once. Adds to a more successful, organized approach to life and relationships…and further helps us to appreciate and understand the overall good that the Lord has for us. So often, it isn’t the situation or stress…but our view and understanding.

  262. Cathy Reiling says:

    I appreciate how Nick put this article together with the scientific data and the easy to relate to information. I love the simple to read format with bullets. I am going to copy this and snail mail, & email it to all of my friends. EFT is a simple tool for anyone to use, with such amazing results! The shifts that are experienced using this technique are truly LIFE CHANGING :)

  263. Tom Piekarski says:

    Great article,stress kills,need to tap more
    Tom

  264. Tooie says:

    Thanks Nick for the awesome reminder of HOW beneficial tapping can be. I have been off work for 3 months suffering from “burnout” and now depression. I know about tapping but when you are overwhelmed with emotion or lack of, it is hard to remember to use the tools we have!! I would soooo very much appreciate a tapping sequence that I could use on a daily basis to get me past this huge BLOCK I am battling with. You are a shining bright light in my current sea of darkness.

  265. Heather says:

    Anything I can do to eliminate or reduce stress — I am all for it!
    I have been dealing with chronic fatigue and adrenal crashing for a few years.. I found taking sugar, dairy, wheat and alcohol out of my diet for a few months helped a ton too… now I have the energy to work out again which helps with the stress… but EFT would probably really help~

  266. Kasha says:

    Thank you for this article. It came at the right time in my life. I started using EFT about 8 months ago and witnessed amazing changes with my depression. Somewhere down the line I stopped tapping because I felt like I didn’t need it any more. I feel like I have been experiencing a lot more stress in my life and have started using EFT once again! I believe EFT is something I must do on a daily basis to rid my body of stress and depression. Thank you, again!

  267. Denise Fisher says:

    Every year I usually have a chronic cold all winter. This year I used tapping to stay illness free and have done very well . I had 1 cold which I was able to get rid of in 3 days instead of the usual 3 weeks. I use tapping to help with my daily stress and anxiety which at times can feel very overwhelming. It helps me to get past the stress and be able to look for workable solutions.

  268. Irene says:

    I loved this post. It was very clear and informative… We have to TAP and TAP and TAP…….
    EFT is great and always has helped me in many aspects of my life but the only problem I have found is that it is not always possible to do the tapping when needed (sometimes I have to wait a few hours until I am alone and have the time to do it).
    However I am quite sure that if done often enough we could restore the sympathetic / parasympathetic balance during a long enough period to regenerate our body at a speed that equals the deterioration processes caused by aging; and when we reach this state we can live forever, because human beings living 150, 250 o more years will NOT break any scientific law!

    Thanks for your contribution.

  269. Carole says:

    Thank you for the wonderful information, Nick – comprehensive and to the point. I love EFT, and recently discovered, that when I am in the midst of a negative emotion, I am a PARTICIPANT. I get irritated or frustrated, and beat up myself for feeling that way. But, if I become the OBSERVER, I can step back from the emotion and say, “Oh, that’s just something for me to work on with tapping.” It’s great feedback, it immediately reframes my entire perspective, and the negative thoughts just disappear. Then, by tapping, the negative emotions dissolve. Looking at things this way, has FINALLY allowed me to cut the endless loop of negative thinking that had become my constant companion.

  270. linda says:

    Very informative, I will be passing this along to a friend who is going through a divorce. I think the kids really use it too. Thank you very much.

  271. Karmen Smith says:

    I have been using tapping for a few years as well – but have not been really interested in consistency until recently. I use it on everything that I am interested in consciously changing, but am thankful for Nick’s article on tapping about stress because that is one thing I never have thought to tap on. I think it is effective for me. Lately since I have been much more consistent, I am seeing some real change in how I feel about my life, which is really all that matters to me. I work in a nursing job that can be very stressful sometimes and tapping has really helped me to calm down and assisted me with clearing my head just to make good decisions regarding the patients I am caring for. Thank you for the emails – they are a good resource that I draw on for direction with tapping.

  272. ilene kelstrom says:

    Dear Nick,
    Wow, where to begin…..My life is so full of things I want to do, things others want me to do and things I need to do. I’m a walking ball of stress. I am employed full time and after I get home from a day at work, I’m frazzled. I don’t even want to answer the telephone. I try to make myself exercise before dinner to have some me time to unwind, but it doesn’t always happen. I have a hard time sleeping too, because I can’t stop thinking about all the things I didn’t get done. I feel like such a whiner! I have tried tapping, yoga, meditation, qigong, and I read about all of these helpful things. I just am having a hard time getting them into my life on a daily basis. I would love to be the one to win, because I need help. Also of note: Fibromyalgia has me right now, I don’t have it. Sometimes I want to run away to a tropical island and start over, but then I’d probably stress about what kind of coconuts to pick! hahaha

  273. victoria woodward says:

    Thanks for the great article. Just reading it and realising the truth of it made my stress levels soar – a kind of panic because of recognition of the symptoms even though I am doing lots to reduce it, I’ve got out of the habit of tapping on a very regular basis – like daily. I think once you get into the habit it can surely help, but to begin with if chronically stressed, the enormity of the tapping even seems too much as there seems to be too much to deal with to tap down. April kindly suggested just tapping without any words whatsoever, just thoughts, and I am still using this to try and clear some of the forest.

  274. Treena says:

    Hi there, I can totally relate to everything this article says! I’m walking and breathing proof on how stress can effect an individual in a seriously dangerous way! I get to the point I can hardly function. For 3 days now I have been hibernating! Even though I know tapping is GREAT! It’s hard to gauge what will actually eliviate this! I’m contemplating going back to drugs because I can’t live like this! I’ve tried talk therapy but it doesn’t seem to last long! I want to end my relationship because it can’t meet my needs! BUT I’m scared so that’s making me more freaked out!
    What I have learned is I need something deeper which includes tapping!!! I just need some direction on the best methods to get that!!!

  275. I have been using the EFT tapping now for several years on myself, clients and loved ones. If there is one thing that it does do, every time, is get people out of the sympathetic overdrive. It is a “no-brainer” for helping people to relax, fall asleep, or just stop panicking.

  276. Anita de Dreu says:

    Stress is a reality of life. We encouter stress weekly, daily, possibly hourly, often unknowningly. We have to educate ourselves on ways to mitigate the stress in our lives – it truly affects everything in our bodies, minds and lives! It’s a nasty beast! Tame it!

  277. Lise C. says:

    Nothing works for me – I take no medication except Ativan 0.5 sublingual when I have a panic attack which works within a few minutes (if I don t take it I think I m going to die feeling sooooo bad) Do you think it can have an effect on EFT – because when I do some tapping I m feeling worse !! I have middle back pain and lower back pain also – don t know what to do anymore. COULD SOMEONE HELP ME PLEASE !!!

  278. kathy says:

    great explanation of the relationship of parasympathetic to sympathetic nervous system. I’m eager to try tapping, since I’m familiar with meditation and, of course, exercise. Bring it on!

  279. Steve A. Kozma says:

    1. You think about something stressful-work, money, relationships, family, whatever’s bothering you.” What’s bothering you is your “thouight about….” ‘Thought’ is the ‘culprit/cause’ of stress or any emotion. (Content is variable, thought the constant in every case.)
    Example; ‘work stress’. you see anyone who can do the same job and not experience ‘stress”? Are you ‘allergic” to your own thoughts? Only “believed thoughts’ result in 2 thru 13. Fine article Nick. I love EFT, Changed my experience beyond expectations.

  280. Jed Diamond says:

    We all know we are over-stressed and that stress is harmful. The importance of what you are saying, is that you take concepts like “stress” that are somewhat value and you draw on the latest research on what stress does to the brain and how it impacts our cells and even changes how our genes express themselves. Even someone, like me, who has used EFT for years, is still surprised at how powerfully it works and how easy it is to share with others. Tapping together adds the social support that makes individual tapping even better. If we are able to handle stress more effectively, we will turn around our dis-ease oriented society to one where health and well being are the norms.

  281. Jo Havenhand says:

    A brilliant article putting all the facts so succinctly.
    I’m a UK EFT practitioner and would greatly like to make this info available to my clients – would it be OK with you if I print it out and hand it on? Unfortunately new EU regulations are making it almost impossible for any complementary practitioners within the EU to dispense useful information and I’m hoping that by merely quoting you I will be within the law!!!!!!!!!!!!

  282. Nick Ortner says:

    Hi – I’m sorry to hear that you’re in so much pain. But hope is there! I’m not a medical doctor and can’t promise anything, but i can share that I recently worked with a client who had chronic migraines for 11 years and is now pain free and off all meds… just by doing EFT. :)

    you can do this…

    Nick

  283. Vanessa says:

    I feel my life has been consumed by stress to the point where I’ve had an ‘anxiety disorder’ for years now. I’m ready to overcome it NOW! I believe I deserve to be free. EFT has given me hope and a lot of relief over the years. This article reminded me why it’s so important to deal with this issue. Thanks.

  284. Gail Malle-Davis says:

    I use EFT daily for depression. I also use Reiki everyday on myself. I also believe stress sabotages your health. I have been using EFT for 3 years.

  285. Donna Maher says:

    EFT is one of the best modalities to use to deal with any problem, especially stress, which today’s world is filled with. I have used it for years and recommend it to anyone and everyone because it works. It’s easy to learn the basics and then over time, you can learn better and better phrases to repeat with your tapping sequences. The most difficult part is remembering to use it on everything! Just because it’s simple and requires no tools or money to use doesn’t diminish the amazing power of tapping. Try it and see, the results will be your proof and you’ll feel so much better in the process.

  286. Callie B. says:

    I love the fact that tapping is able to quickly reduce stress. When I was reading the text every part of it resonated with me. It sounds exactly like everything I am going through and all the techniques I have tried to reduce my stress level. For me, stress comes from many different directions. What stresses me out the most is the idea of “losing”. Losing control, losing my health, losing my job, losing too much weight, etc. But, I am fully committed to changing my life NOW. And, I am sure that tapping can help.

  287. I believe that my aging is stressing me out. I am now 85 and can no longer do what I used to do, as well is having more physical symptoms. Basically, though, my life is pretty good. I think I need to change my attitude about my aging, so I try to tap, but unfortunately it’s very easy to forget to use this tool. When I read emails such as yours it’s a good reminder, so thank you.

  288. James Meyer says:

    Even though I have lost 20 pounds and removed a ton of stressors from my life since 2011 Summit, I still want to know more about how to lower my cortisol, end adrenal fatigue, and get rid of the fat around my belly. I’d like to know the best techniques and how to tell if the the cortisol is really down.
    James

  289. Lori says:

    I never realized that stress does all of that to your body. I have been suffering from chronic daily migraines, depression, exhaustion, severe lower back pain, etc. Everything your article stated. My life has stopped because of pain. I spend 3 to 4 days, every week due to the migraines. I can’t walk further than three blocks due to the pain. I don’t leave my home other than to visit the doctor every 2nd month. I have become a prisoner in my own home. I have suffered two heart attacks which the cardiologist said was due to stress. I am going to give tapping a try. The research I’ve been doing on it and the comments posted from those who have tried it are amazing. I want my life back. Tapping may be the miracle I’ve been looking for. I’ll keep you posted on my results. Thank you.

  290. Brenda Helmerichs says:

    I received the DVD several weeks ago and haven’t taken the time to watch it. After reading this makes me wonder why I haven’t watched it. But I am going t watch it and start tapping. The fatigue and pain have got to go so a tapping I go.

  291. zyxomma says:

    As a professional in holistic health, this didn’t really teach me anything new. It was interesting, however, and good to see it all laid out in one place. Health and peace.

  292. Jola says:

    I apply EFT every day and teach my students in school (I am a teacher). They found it very helpful and love to do it. EFT has recently helped me to survive in my personal life challenge.
    I truly agree with a concept of stress sabotaging our organs. EFT is a great tool to overcome it.

  293. Tori says:

    This is amazing! I am just getting into understand this and I am amazed at how such wonderful and simple procedures can make us such a healthier being. Thank you so much for posting this! :)

  294. Sandy Ludlow says:

    This is an excellent article for all of us who suffer from stress, delpression etc, I have found that tapping really helps release tension in my body, I don’t know that many tapping methods just the regular tapping routine, the eyebrown outside of eyebrow, below eyebrow, below nose ,below chin ,
    chest, under arm top of head I would like to learn more tapping routines, so I guess I should buy a book., thank you for this article, so interesting and true, now I think I shall go and do my little tapping routine, by the way when I get frightened, which is quite often , I find great comfort in the tapping method Thank You again Sandy Ludlow

  295. Vicki says:

    Thank you for sharing this information, free, without a hype for money. This is truely a gift.

  296. Ingrid says:

    I love your article, in fact I am right now working on my Nourishing Foods Cleanse for Beginners where the focus is providing support our fatigued adrenals.When our adrenal glands are fatigued we crave sugary foods due to exhaustion or we crave salty foods in order to stimulate the nervous system into action and help balance the kidneys. The focus of my Spring cleanse is cleaning up the digestive system and supporting the adrenals by balancing blood sugar. You can never overcome adrenal fatigue if your blood sugar is not stable. You can’t nourish and support your adrenals if your digestive system is in chaos. This is what this cleanse is all about. I am inculding EFT to reduce stress in my program. So how divine for you to write this article to articulate this right now. I will certainly be advocating tapping in my cleanse.
    In my personal life, I went through a very stressful time a few years ago when my business and marriage ended. This was when I started tapping and went on to study tapping. It has changed my life. In fact I say tapping saved my life. I know it would have taken me many years to bounce back without it. I tap every day and I will continue for the rest of my life.
    Tapping enables me to tap down my stress levels so I can access my creativity. It has been a process but I always feel releif. I feel safe with my feelings knowing I have the tool of tappping to be with them, releasing the energy. Thank you for the article to reinforce the value. Woo Hoo. I will share it with everyone .

  297. Cheryl Schulz says:

    Studies sound convincing. Would like to try it.

    Cheryl Schulz

  298. Mike says:

    I have used EFT to stop snoring, improve my golf score and eliminate allergy medication.

    Eliminating stress and anxiety reduced alcohol consumption, over-eating, and increased energy.

    I use my 3 x 3 rule on EFT – If you are within three feet of me for three minutes, you will hear about EFT.

    Thanks to you,

  299. Charleen says:

    BINGO! You just described what I am experiencing to a T. Sometimes what seems to us what might be the obvious stressors perhaps are not the culprit. A little tapping to determine the hidden stress cause may be needed.

  300. marina says:

    i understand the negative effects of stress. the mind can be supported to be a powerful healer in many ways. flower essences can also be powerful for healing stress. it starts with self care.

  301. Martela Beck says:

    I have been tapping for almost a year and am proof of the validity of your article! Tapping has enhanced every other “good” thing I do. It has been the “tipping point” in my growth—emotional, physical and spiritual. It is my intention to tap for the remainder of my life! I turned 65 this year and am daily grateful to have found tapping and wonderful resources such as yourself.

  302. janet fitzgerald says:

    1. tapping provides most relief in the shortest amount of time and has the longest lasting, most effective healing.

    I had bypass heart surgery have been treating it with the standard – heart healthy diet, yogaand medications – but have not dealt with the major stress issue, which is financial. I do tapping but did not consider it for stress.

    Thank you for this insight. I learned the technique several years but did not realize how effective it was until your first workshops (on line). Now this an excellent reminder about how many ways and the strength of tapping .

  303. This is the best description of the effects of stress on the body that I have ever read — and since I write about health, I’ve read hundreds of books and thousands of articles. Nick explained succinctly and accurately the entire process of stress — and even better, a way to overcome it. I’m a believer in EFT/Tapping — and this is just one more example of its many benefits.

  304. Rosemary says:

    Even though all of the article is excellent and correct there is a far more important, deeper level that urgently needs to be adressed (as indicated by the intensity of the stress) and it is that that is the reason why there is the stress response is there in the very first place.

    The reason for stress is the negation of acting in alignment with our true core eternal self and all that means for what we need to do in our lifetime.
    When we live our lives making decisions that take us away from our true self we experience stress, the further we stray the more intense the stress.
    Tapping will bring relief, yet until we actually start aligning our daily decisions and actions in accordance with that inner self we are only applying a temporary bandage on something that needs deeper assistance. It means we have to link mind heart and our creativity into one organic whole and come from that pure place of inspired creativity. That is when we begin to completely release the stress from our life and live a life of inner and outer harmony.
    Love to all you are doing wonderful work. Rosemary

  305. Bev says:

    I didn’t know about tapping until last summer. I stumbled on a Pain Relief Summit and with Degenerative Disc Disease in my back which was causing Siatic Pain down my left side, I was willing to try anything. I was so skepitcal of tapping and even scoffed at the idea, but after all, I WAS WILLING to try ANYTHING! I was absolutely amazed at the instantaneous relief I recieved after my first guided tapping session. I now tap daily for just about everything! I am a firm believer in its benefits. I am so greatful for your website and all you have done to get this out there!

  306. samuel chiu says:

    i’ve been doing 15-30 min.EFT for a few months during morning walk. It does balance physically and emotionally on top of other modalities like tai-ji, meditation etc.thanks for the information.

  307. Patricia Clapp says:

    I have read about tapping, used it intermittently, pasted the diagram on the back of my bathroom door…and then gone on to study Qigong, and now am a student of Eden Energy medicine. I am gaining respect daily for the impact of tapping, and beginning to understand the *why* of its’ effectiveness.
    Tap On, Guys….What a great program!!!

  308. Allison says:

    After reading this article I realize more completely how chronic stress is affecting my life in several areas, and I am grateful that I have EFT to turn to for help in the elimination
    of the causes. Thanks for this heads-up.

  309. Lily L. says:

    I believe, we need more information&education on a subject ! Thank you for the good (and FREE) article!

  310. Heather Hannam says:

    As a physical therapist who has specialties in pelvic floor issues for women and men, TMJ (the jaw), and general orthopedics, I teach Physiologic Quieting and Stress Management tools, including the use of sEMG for neuromuscular downtraining and breath mechanics, with ALL my clients. EFT at the basic level is another tool I now introduce, and I share THE TAPPING SOLUTION and related materials to get them started. I share my own successes with EFT. I love the potential for this modality; the best part is it is essentially free, drug free, and can be done anywhere/anytime. Thank you for consisely summarizing stress’s effects on the body and how EFT can make fast and lasting changes. Heather Hannam PT Portland OR

  311. Patti Manning says:

    WOW!!!!!! 24% decrease in cortisol. Chronic stress is definitely affecting me. I had a serious accident. I am in constant pain. I have limited ROM and money going out and nothing coming in. I have been studying everything I can get my hands on to transform my life not only to make myself better but to live a more valuable life inspiring others to do the same. I am absolutely committed to changing this.NOW! Thank you.

  312. Denise Katz says:

    I did not realize how long it really takes for stress to be reduced by exercise. This post also helped me to realize why it is so easy to spiral down and stop doing the beneficial activities and so hard to get back into “good” habits like exercise.

  313. Rose says:

    Like the tapping idea, what is best affimations are best to use? Thank you.

  314. Ann LeClaire says:

    Very well stated. Stress was a major contributor in my year and a half from hell (lots of pain). I need to use tapping much more.

  315. Nancie says:

    This is great info. I am a psychotherapist that teaches folks exactly what you have said here! And I agree that meditation and EFT are wonderful ways to handle stress! And I have a whole ezine about this subject on my website!
    Yeah, Nick!

  316. gloria perkes says:

    I’m excited to hear more about help with stress and adrenal fatigue. Using tapping instead of medication to treat the problem is wonderful for me, I seem to have all the side effects from any medication I take. I will share this information with a sister that just found out adrenal fatigue is her problem, maybe this will save her having to go through the prescription route.

  317. Maria Alejandra Sosa says:

    This article confirms with scientific proof what I have already experienced in my body and soul. When I actually get in touch with my soul -instead of running away from it when I’m stressed out-(such as the smoking or shopping thing, among others) I must confess I do reach a of state of instantaneous relaxation and serenity. Everything is completely solved, but it does get you closer to a sense of it will be alright.
    There is simply something about tapping on these points and reaffirming to ourselves that “even though” such and such dis-likable feelings may arise, they seem to smooth and soften the sense of intensity the chaos I feel I am in.
    But really, I just wanted to say thank yo to the Tapping Solution Team, because every time I forget to connect with my true self, there is always a little mail from you guys reminding me to do the homework….or in your words, “keep tapping…”
    Thank you,
    Maria Alejandra Sosa

  318. I learned the scientific reason that EFT helped the lady in The Tapping Solution movie to heal her fibromyalgia symptoms.

  319. Judy Dionne says:

    Great information, the best I have had it explained in a short concise way. I have done tapping now and then but this article reinforces the fact that I should be doing it everyday. Thanks.

  320. Kitty says:

    As a therapist who uses tapping (and ho’oponopono) as often as possible, the study comparing cortisol levels was validating. Are there any other similar studies available?

  321. Pamela says:

    This is an excellent article. I posted it on google + :-) I am very aware of stress and I now know it is the major cause to all my problems. The problem is making it a routine. I do affirmations for awhile then stop. I do my affirmations with tapping.
    The thing is my worst problem is anxiety attacks. No matter how often I tap or what I say in that tapping process I have yet been able to over come this dreadful and deabilitating disease. Maybe I need to tap daily for a year to over come I am not sure. I just know tapping is the answer. I just wish for the more serious problems I would get quicker results.

  322. Lorna says:

    That hit home really hard. Have been dealing with all of the things mentioned in your article. Have been trying to get into tapping but just can’t seem to do it on a regular basis. This makes it quite clear that if I don’t take the time to do it I won’t be able to deal with all the stress.
    Is there a stress tapping program I could follow. I am using Jessica’s 2012 one and really enjoy it when I do it.

    Thank you,

  323. Julie says:

    I am experiencing dramatic symptoms of stress in the body to the point where I am going numb in the limbs and can hardly walk or get out of bed. I have a little boy and work at home. If I don’t find a solution fast, I am concerned I might not be able to function. I am positive that EFT is amazing. The only problem is that the tapping effects the pain in my hands. I registered for the conference in Hawaii and had to cancel. I feel really stuck.

  324. Angela says:

    I am in the midst of an incredibly stressful life passage. Result? Over active thyroid. The endocrinologist I met with today had no interest in discussing adrenal function or hormone imbalance or diet or anything. Are there any direct studies or testimonials about tapping related directly to thyroid function?

  325. Maya says:

    Yes, I completely agree. Thanks for this wonderful article. I am a therapist and Life Coach in the Bay Area and I use EFT with all of my clients to help them release negative emotions and stress so they can have a successful and fulfilling life.

  326. Sue says:

    Hi – I have been doing EFT tapping for over a year about twice a day – It does slow me down for a few minutes to do the tapping – but I do not know whether it has helped reduce my stress due to health issues.

  327. Maya says:

    I live in the Bay Area in northern california, it seems everyone here is busy, busy, busy! With the increase in technology, fast-paced culture, and increase in crime- adrenal fatigue is increasingly common. I use tapping every day, like brushing my teeth to relieve stress as well as emotional blocks. I cannot recommend it enough! I am a therapist and Life Coach and I use it with my clients to help them move through their emotional blocks so they can get what they want.

  328. James says:

    script?

  329. Steve says:

    It’s like I am reading a profile of myself. But of course as the “man” of the family I should be able to handle a little stress,right? Even the fact that I realize that I’m stressed out is stressing me out! I recently received the free tapping book- time to give it a try. Thank You- Steve

  330. Emily says:

    Tapping has changed my life and my stress responses. I used to get debilitated by stressful thoughts, in all the ways this article describes. Now when I feel those feelings I can tap on them, not deny them, and let them be as loud and obnoxious as they want. As I’m tapping I know I’m deeply addressing the issues (not just wallowing in them). Just this morning in my car I had an all-out wail ‘n tap fest before I went into my stressful job. I felt significantly calmer and more grounded, ready for the day.

  331. Michelle says:

    This is great information. I just received Sandra Radomski’s Laser Meridian program and will be using it, along with the information in your blog, to help reduce stress in my life. Thank you!

  332. Cindy Conner says:

    I love tapping and use it most days. I didn’t realize all the great benefits it has. I just do it out of habit. Have noticed that I am calmer than I used to be. My children have noticed that I seem more relaxed. Thanks for doing a great job and getting this out to everyone.
    Cindy

  333. Barb says:

    I can definately relate to those symptoms. My Mom has all of those health issues & has been stressed for as long as I can remember. I also suffer from depression & have no motivation. Antidepressents help some but I would love to try tapping as well as teach my Mom. Stress is horrible, takes so much out of you & yes, ruins your life. Your post is dead on.

  334. Susie says:

    Very good stuff! I’ve been tapping for 9 years and no longer have panic attacks, or anger flares, which used to be a regular thing. I was seeing a therapist every week for 3 years, it took me a while to figure out to add tapping during my visits and ta-da! no more therapy sessions. Some time ago I got your Try It On Everything book and DVD too, which helped me move along the tapping road.
    Thank you so much for the work you’re doing!

  335. VIVIENNE says:

    Tapping……..what a great way to be aligned and feel refreshed. Thank you…thank you……thank you. It was great seeing you and your sister in San Jose, CA.

  336. Sharon Crump says:

    I learned that going shopping, eating, and watching tv does not really reduce stress but adds to it because these are addictions, not stress reducers. Tapping is the way to go! As it does reduce stress and produces real relaxation. I hope I win this, as I will put it to good use!
    Thanks for informing me Nick!

  337. Sandra says:

    Interestingly, I always thought stress was emotional, and I’m a level-headed person, so it took me a long time to realize that my body had its own reaction to things, which my conscious mind was unconscious of, and that just because I wasn’t experiencing strong emotions didn’t mean I wasn’t having a stress response to the daily grind.

  338. Judy Stafford says:

    I loved the article! I learned how beneficial it is to tap to lower cortisol levels! Wow! So many people are chronically stressed. This is a wonderful tool to know. I’m a school nurse and I often use EFT to calm my high school students who, most often, are under a great deal of stress and don’t know it. They respond well to EFT. It’s nice to see them feeling better in such a short amount of time. And, it’s a tool that empowers them. They don’t need to rely on external sources (good or bad) to make themselves feel better.

  339. Sandy says:

    Nine years ago I had a stroke. When it happened I was under a tremendous amount of stress so knew that was a contributing factor. I started doing online research because quite honestly I was just so tired of living in fear and stress. I came across the EFT website [Gary Craig’s] and learned how to tap in one day for free. I’ve worked on childhood traumas, stress and fear with tapping and I know without doubt how beneficial it is…it’s helped me tremendously.
    Blessings to you , Nick and your family for all the good you do getting the word out about the wonderful benefits of Tapping. I read everything you guys send me!

  340. Dawn Ferrara says:

    You are absolutely accurate. I was the prime example of a person who didn’t even understand the impact of continual stress, until all the medical issues arose. For years, I was very ill until one very brilliant doctor told me, “You are causing all of your medical issues because you are so stressed. You will be dead in 10 years if you continue like this.” My nasty response (back when I didn’t understand) was, “Your nuts!” Luckily sometime about how she said it, the tone, the sincerity, the examples got past my ego (which I didn’t even know what that was then) and hit a nerve (probably my smarter self). I walked out crying and at that point began a new journey. Eleven years later, I am alive, healthy, happy than ever and look 20 years younger. I even get checked for my ID when I buy alcohol in a grocery store now (I am 45)!!! I have done all the methods of meditation, YOGA, eating well, exercise I enjoy and tapping. Tapping has been the most deep of all the methods and has cleared years of issues. I do it all the time and I am so thankful and grateful that this message and method is getting out to everyone. It seems so easy that sometimes we don’t believe it could work but it does. Trust me, I am a walking, living example. My friends want to know what I am doing. They think I am on a special diet, taking some pills, etc. When I teach them tapping, they laugh and can’t believe it. Some have tried it, some not. My children even know it. Anyone who has been willing to go for it, has seem improvements. I will continue to spread the knowledge.

    Thank you again for all that you are doing!!
    Dawn

  341. Diana says:

    Tapping puts your life back into your own hands. Period. Thanks for a great article!

  342. Claire says:

    When others ask me why I tap to relieve stress, my usual answer is, “It just works.” It is so nice to read a short posting like this as a reminder of what exactly Tapping does on a biological level that allows it to relieve stress in the mind/body so well. The concise information here is a great set of facts I will actually remember and reiterate to others from now on when they ask me why I choose to Tap. Thanks!

  343. Veronica says:

    I know for sure tapping relieves chronic stress, I use tapping on a daily basis. I also do yoga and exercises, but the tapping is (for me) the most successful tool for relieving stress. Stress brings on fear, anger, and other emotions, which also can be reduced,if not cleared,with EFT.. It is such a powerful tool.

  344. Suzanne says:

    Thank you Nick for such a great blog post. This helps me realize the stress I have endured for many years in my life are probably contributing to my slowed metabolism which has created weight gain that I never seemed to have before. I am so grateful to have EFT in my life, now even more so as I continue to tap away at stress in my body.

  345. sheelagh says:

    thank you for this article,
    Response to Jessica re fave yoga pose: (no fb)since recovering from being a cortisol-fueled competitive athlete, I’ve thank-fully discovered bliss in the expansiveness of rest-ful states.
    and now, My favorite Asana Practices are “Heart Yoga” and “Restorative Yoga”
    my favorite Asana is Savasana, my other favorite is Salamba Baddha Konasana.
    My favorite Bhakti Yoga is Kirtan
    My favorite Karma Yoga is Resting
    My favorite Pranayama is noticing breath, receiving breath, releasing breath, thanking breath
    “May the longtime sun shine upon us, all love surround us, and the pure Light within us, guide our way on”

  346. Kimber says:

    WOW! Tapping is so immediate and long lasting!
    and Stress is so invasive.
    What I can’t figure out is why I resist doing it?
    Why don’t I tap tap tap as soon as the going gets rough?
    It seems that this is a common reaction, this resistance…
    So my solution is to tap as a regular part of my day. I agree with Iris, tapping before I leave the house seems like the right action for me.
    YAY TAPPING!

  347. How powerful is tapping. In theory tapping and its techniques have been around for ever! What people are realizing now is that the brain, no matter what your age, can change. It is called neoplasticity and one great way to change the neurological pathways or our bad thinking habits is by reprogramming our mind to and body to new experiences. Tapping has been proven to create immediate benefits and changes and could be one of hte most powerful means to more vibrant health. It is becoming more widely accepted that the most powerful tool there is in the health equation is the role the mind plays within our body and health.The mind controls the release of the 1000’s of chemicalsd that our body produces. A healthy mind releases the most healthy body chemistry. Training our minds to think, feel and experience positive things creates vibrant health. Even a perfectly helathy diet can be negated by a toxic mind. We must first heal our mind to heal our body, Tapping is one of the greatest tools to do so..

  348. Shannon says:

    Makes sense! I would love to try this.

  349. Anna says:

    Tremendous information, thank you! I can’t believe that stress impacts us so badly, and I am happy that tapping helps so much! This is the boost that I needed to start tapping… I have had the DVD for a while now, and I delayed starting to use it. Cheers!

  350. Betsy says:

    What a great reminder….I get so caught up in life I don’t take time to do the self-care things I know will help. I realize tapping doesn’t take much time, but when I am in my ‘hurricane of activity’ mode, I have a hard time stopping to do a tapping exercise to calm down. Thanks for the reminder!

  351. Beverley J. Anderson says:

    Thanks for this great article. It reminded me of the benefits of tapping – something I did on a regular basis but haven’t for the past 4 years. WHY – not sure. Seems like life just got in the way and the more it got in the way, the worse I began to feel. I had this at my fingertips (how true) and wasn’t using it. Well, no more. I am now getting myself back in the habit of ‘tapping for everything”.

    THANKS for the great reminder,

    Beverley

  352. Iris says:

    You’ve hit the nail right on the head. That’s exactly how I feel today. Could feel it coming but unable to do anything about it until now. Tapping. Having a healing touch treatment today and will get balanced out there, I know, but tapping helps a lot to open chakras, balance and feel lighter. I have 1 hour to shower and tap, so goodbye.
    Cheers and thanks
    Iris

  353. DMcClain says:

    I am convinced that my inabilty to handle stress was a major factor in my breast cancer. I have since learned to not make it means so much and tapping has helped. I work on it all the time.

  354. Joann H says:

    Combining tapping with talk therapy has helped connect and identify stressors which are then released faster than just talking about an issue. Thank you!