As you know, today stress and anxiety levels amongst students, parents, and their teachers are at an all time high. High stress levels have been linked to poor academic results in children, an increase in behavioural issues, as well as parent overwhelm.
If there was an effective tool for parents to help children overcome stress, anxiety, and behavioural challenges, would you be interested to learn?
An emerging stress reduction tool that uses a combination of ancient acupressure and modern psychology is proving to be extremely effective at helping children regulate their emotions, stress levels, and behaviour. Called Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), this brief stress reduction tool uses a two-finger tapping process on acupressure points on the face and body and reduces overactivity in the amygdala (stress centre) in the brain. It is commonly called Tapping as a result.
A Background on EFT Tapping
EFT Tapping is a stress reduction tool. It is a way of calming the body’s physiological systems, so you can think more clearly about your problem. Tapping has been researched in more than 10 countries, by more than 60 investigators, and results have been published in more than 250 peer reviewed journal articles to date. Many studies have examined how tapping positively impacts test anxiety and presentation worry in students at school. It has also been investigated for general stress, for high achieving students, and for sports performance and results all indicate significantly positive outcomes. Worldwide acceptance of its effectiveness for a range of conditions is growing (e.g. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence in the UK, The Veteran’s Affairs in the USA, and The National Disability Insurance Scheme in Australia).
Make Tapping a Part of Your Child’s Daily Routine
Daily tapping practice gives children and teens the opportunity to settle and calm themselves and develop focus. It may help them manage difficult thoughts and emotions. Tapping creates space, changing impulsive reactions to thoughtful responses. Children may then find it easier to get along with their peers and choose kindness and optimism.
Tapping can support the development of:
- Better focus and concentration
- An increased sense of calm
- Decreased stress, anxiety, fear of failure, and procrastination
- Improved impulse control
- Increased self-awareness
- Skillful responses to difficult emotions and expression of emotions in a self-empowered way
- Increased empathy and understanding of others
- Natural conflict resolution skills
Regular tapping for children and teens can help them:
- Recognise and understand their emotions
- Discover how to become confident, resilient, and adaptable
- Improve well-being, self-esteem, and academic success
- Improve friendship issues, anger, bullying, and related issues
- Reduce stress, anxiety, behavioural regulation issues, and procrastination
Parents can benefit from tapping themselves as well:
- Learn to overcome stress and overwhelm for day-to-day coping
- Increase happiness, energy, and a sense of well-being
- Potential improvements in physical and emotional health because of the decrease in stress
- Improve parent-child relationships and family connection
Scientific Findings Behind EFT Tapping
Emotional Freedom Techniques or EFT Tapping is an evidence-based practice. Over 200 review articles, research studies, and meta-analyses have been published in professional, peer-reviewed journals. The review of research studies into EFT Tapping has concluded the following:
- EFT reduces symptoms of a variety of psychological conditions including phobias, PTSD, anxiety, and depression.
- EFT improves physical symptoms such as pain and autoimmune conditions such as psoriasis and fibromyalgia.
- EFT aids in reducing cravings and promoting weight loss.
- EFT can simultaneously reduce a range of psychological conditions such as diminishing anxiety and depression along with PTSD.
- EFT is safe, both when self-administered and when administered by others.
- EFT is efficient and cost effective, showing efficacy when delivered in both groups and individuals.
- EFT works quickly. Treatment timeframes range from one session for phobias to six sessions for PTSD.
- Early evidence points to its efficacy when it is delivered online.
- EFT can play a useful part in early intervention following human-caused and natural disasters.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Does it matter which hand I use for tapping? NO.
- Can I switch hands while tapping? YES.
- Can I tap with both hands? YES.
- How many taps on each spot? 7 is most common but sometimes more is better – you don’t have to count though (you are normally saying your reminder phrase to keep you focused).
- Is the SET UP statement always essential? Not always, but it might be useful for you to get clarity on what to tap on. If you are in an emotional state and it is pretty intense, you can just start tapping.
- Will EFT Tapping take away natural (and healthy) emotional responses to situations? NO not at all. You will still feel the wide range of emotions – you just might be able to reduce the time the negative ones stay around.
- How long do treatment results last? As long as people want them to. Untreated aspects can make it appear like it “comes back.” Keep tapping and this will stop them from returning
- Does the treatment need to be repeated? Sometimes if there’s a different aspect, but it’s often less intense and if it worked once, it usually works with the “new” aspect.
- Can you use alternate taps like in EMDR? YES you can if you like.
- Do I have to believe in the treatment for it to work? NO – it still appears to work (sometimes it is worth doing some tapping on ‘not believing’ or doubting it will work, or worry that it won’t work for YOU).
- So do I use the same EFT process for every issue? YES, just modify the set up phrases for each issue.
- Can you tap on the positive? YES – best done though after you have cleared the negative.
- Do you have to say it out loud? NO, but it might have more power and work faster!
- Why tap with a negative phrase? The negative phrase is the truth of your feeling. EFT works with what really is, not what we wish it to be.
[FAQs – Courtesy Dr. Peta Stapleton’s Tapping in the Classroom]
In conclusion, if you are looking for a scientifically-proven, easy to learn, proactive approach to dealing with stress and anxiety, then it just might be in your best interest to give Tapping a try. In order to make it even easier for you to learn and practice, we at H-A-P-P-Ē.Life have created a Tapping buddy named Ellie to guide you along.
At H-A-P-P-Ē.Life we have created programs to support the continuous development of your psychological health and well-being. Actually, the letter Ē stands for teaching the Emotional Freedom Techniques. We are dedicated to helping provide you with the means to navigate life more fully and successfully through fun programs aimed at you and your child’s social, emotional, and mental health. The Mission I’m Possible series are short videos designed to teach kids lessons about self-awareness and relationship development. To sign up for the Mission I’m Possible series at no charge, click here. They’re enjoyable activities you can do together as a family that impart valuable skills.
Dr. Peta Stapleton is the co-founder of HAPPÉ Life. She has 25 years experience as a registered Clinical & Health Psychologist in the State of Queensland, Australia and has completed a Bachelor of Arts, Postgraduate Diploma of Professional Psychology, and Doctor of Philosophy. Peta is well known internationally in the area of Clinical EFT and is consulted for podcasts, radio, television, and print media for her expert opinion. She has been awarded many honors and is a certified practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Timeline Therapy, and Emotional Freedom Techniques. Peta’s most significant contribution in her research life has been to lead world-first randomized clinical trials investigating Emotional Freedom Techniques (or Tapping). The results have been outstanding. This treatment has now been compared to a gold standard, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and also in an online format.