Tap Out the Stress!


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It's Sunday night. 9:00. You haven't even touched your backpack since Friday when you threw it on the floor and jumped up and down in thanksgiving for the weekend. Exhausted from this past weekend's festivities, you sluggishly sit down at your desk and look at your planner. Your eyes bulge out of your head as you realize the very large amount of work you need to complete before tomorrow's classes. You attempt to start your work but find yourself too stressed and upset to even focus. "There is absolutely nothing I can do to calm myself down," you think. WRONG!

Although what I'm about to talk about is a very unconventional technique, keep an open mind and learn what its about! Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), also known as "tapping" has been making a difference for people all over the world. It has helped people with problems such as chronic physical pain, emotional trauma, addictions, phobias, PTSD, and even physical diseases. Tapping, as stated from the official Tapping Solution website, is defined as "a set of techniques which utilize the body's energy meridian points." To perform the therapy on yourself, you simply tap these specific areas to literally "tap out" the negative energy your body is hoarding. In addition, you talk yourself through the stress you are feeling. For example, "I have so much work to do. I am so stressed." The reason you do this is so that your brain can fully register the emotions you are having or the physical pain you are feeling and begin the process of letting go of that negative energy. 

Tapping approaches health with a very holistic attitude. It addresses all aspects of a person's health as well as addressing the cause of a problem instead of just treating symptoms. As college students, we face a lot of stress, anxiety, or even a bad memory or two. These negative experiences create negative emotions, which in turn take a toll on the body and can show up as physical or emotional pain. Tapping forces a person to deal with the root of the problem. 

Tapping faces its fair share of skepticism, as do most alternative medicine techniques. However, in the past few years, studies have shown that tapping really does work. For example, a study at Harvard Medical School proved that the amygdala, which controls stress and fear in the brain, is soothed by stimulating the body's meridian points.

This picture depicts the body's meridian points.meridian.jpg

In This video, Jessica Ortner, one of the producers of the documentary film "The Tapping Solution gives instructions on how to go through the Tapping Sequence. I highly suggest watching it. I think it will really bring everything together and provide a better understanding of this technique.

So, before starting that immense amount of homework at 9:00 on Sunday night, give this a try! I must say, it does take practice and a few tries to get the hang of it and feel comfortable with it, but I can say from experience that the Tapping Solution has truly helped me with stress and emotions. Give it a try!


Sources:
- http://thetappingsolution.com/about/
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=pAclBdj20ZU

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That was a really cool article and I appreciate you sharing that information with me! I've heard of those stress points you've listed before and have heard that even pressing your hands or fingers to them can help as well. Being a freshman in college I'll definitely be trying out this technique so I can take on my work load as efficiently as possible, so thanks for sharing! Here's an article that shows what I'm talking about, if you're interested!

http://health.howstuffworks.com/diseases-conditions/pain/nerve/how-to-find-pressure-points.htm

That statement pretty much sums up most of my sunday nights if not all of them. I always push the work since nowadays Friday nights I am too lazy and on Saturdays the football game takes over most of the day. So Sunday, after I wake up after my 12 hour slumber, is my day for work. That's when I realized that I have like 6-7 assignments to finish before Monday.

Other ways to relieve stress
http://www.foxnews.com/health/2012/01/27/10-ways-to-relieve-stress-naturally/

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