Anxiety is a sensitive subject for me and it’s something I’ve struggled with for a few years now. As a kid, I was strong, outgoing and fearless. When I look back at my life, I can see where I felt the symptoms of anxiety, but didn’t really understand what was happening. Something triggered this feeling inside me and now every day I experience anxiety in some form or anticipate it happening. Each day is different and can be worse just from not sleeping well or not staying properly hydrated. Some days are better than others and the bad days can make it tough to feel good in my own skin. I’m happy to share how tapping has helped my anxiety.
Every day I experience anxiety in some form or anticipate it happening.
I feel lucky to live in a time where openly talking about anxiety is more common than ever. It’s been inspiring and normalizing to hear so many celebrities admitting to their personal struggles with the invisible feeling. Their stories have really helped me normalize my personal struggle with anxiety and give me comfort that I’m not alone.
My anxiety stems from feeling guilty for being happy, worrying what people think of me and moving to a new place and starting over. Especially related to my family. I was judged for starting fresh and it took a toll on me. I’m much better now, but I still have a way to go in building my confidence back to what it was and feeling great more consistantly.
Personally, I refuse to go on mind altering medications. It’s just not my thing. I want to be clear and confident through natural remedies and a living a healthy lifestyle. That’s where tapping has really helped me release all of these negative feelings instead of getting stuck in my own head or feeling like I need medication to get through it. That’s 100% just me and it’s not for everyone. I will always encourage anyone out there struggling with anxiety to do what works for them and tapping might just be a great tool to anyone looking to gain confidence mentally.
How Tapping Has Helped My Anxiety
I’m sure you’re heard the fight or flight feeling. Anxiety for me, happens even just for going out in public. I feel so helpless and overwhelmed and confused all at the same time. Ever since I had an anxiety attack in a restaurant it changed my ability to eat in public. I start to feel my throat close and struggle to swallow and panic thinking that everyone is watching me. I know it sounds silly, but it’s something that I haven’t been able to figure out. Until I learned how to tap.
I didn’t even know what tapping was until I first heard about it from Jim Kwik’s Podcast #38 Eliminate Stress and Make Anxiety Disappear in Minutes. I was actually driving at the time and even though it wasn’t recommended while driving, I tried it anyways and I was completely shocked at how relaxed my body felt immediately.
How it works
To make sense of tapping if you’re not familiar, it’s its a series of points on your hand, face and chest area that you tap with your fingers while working through what’s bothering you. Tapping combines Ancient Chinese Acupressure and modern psychology and I can tell you from experience, the results are incredible.
It works by tuning into what might be causing your stress or anxiety. It might be an upcoming deadline or a personal commitment. That’s the reason to tap. You give your emotions a number of intensities from zero to ten and tap through all the various points and say the sayings they recommend to your situation. For example: “Even though I feel all this anxiety, I choose to relax now.”
The tapping process helps your body slowdown that fight or flight feeling. I’ve done this before in a high anxiety moment and almost cried through the process. It’s incredibly powerful and it’s natural. It’s just a simple process to help digest your emotions and you’ll notice how you feel so much better after. Like the weight is lifted and whatever was building up inside you is calm. You’re back in control.
Nick Ortner the CEO of the Tapping Solution LLc has a few books out there and the best one, in my opinion, is the one that takes you through a 21-day process. You can adjust the process into every other day or a pattern that works for you. The first week is really about calming down the anxiety and that panic feeling. It helps you establish patterns in your life. The second week is for clearing out the old stuff that might keep you feeling stuck. The third week after things are calmed down and cleared out is the time to work on the vision you want for your life.
Nicks wife, Jessica, has her own tapping book for women focused on weight loss and body confidence. What’s even better, she has a step by step video to help guide you through how tapping process. It’s a great way to get your feet wet, but all their books themselves are where the real value comes from. There’s so much more to tapping than just simply tapping.
Coming from someone who never thought she would have chronic anxiety ever, tapping has really given me my true self back and I’m so thankful for that.