Written By Liz Oakes
Can stress affect your overall health? If you are severely stressed and you are worried about it affecting your overall health, its time you took action to change this.
Discover how to use EFT tapping for stress.
There are health problems caused by stress, so if you are worried about whether stress can affect your health, learn more about what stress is and ways to manage it.
EFT can be very effective to aid health problems including stress, and its easy to create your own tapping sequences for using meridian tapping.
Having stress affect your overall health is not always obvious, and some of the signs of stress may be heart disease, high blood pressure and severe tension.
This chronic tension can cause muscular pain and heaviness in the body. So are you looking to change the situation? If you are its time to use eft tapping, to help you to release some of the emotional tension that is built up in your body.
The word stress is known to mean many things and there are other words commonly used to describe the feelings you may have.
Anxiety, tension, apprehension and dismay are closely related to stress, and when you are stressed you may also feel fright, fear, anger, depression, irritability, even guilt and sadness.
All of these words relate to feeling not quite yourself, and this feeling out of sorts can go on for years.
It is valuable to discover ways to manage stress, as some of you may experience a range of feelings every day that may stress you.
If your work is creating situations that you find stressful, and you allow the stress to build up, this can also undermine your success at work.
It can even affect your personal relationships. Often it starts small, and after a while you get used to feeling this way, yet your body is reacting even if you are not aware of it affecting you.
How does stress affect your health? Once stress builds up it can lead to a number of health issues including hypertension, adrenal fatigue and other health issues.
Stress can lead to many other health problems, so if you have been wondering, can stress affect your overall health, well it certainly can, but there is an answer, as tapping can help.
In the article on meridian tapping, the main tapping sequence example was about anxiety and stress.
Although there were examples of lots of different things you could tap on, I used this topic to show you how to tap, because stress is so common now, and so many people are feeling stressed, anxious and depressed.
Having stress affect your overall health is not good for you, and can lead to major health issues. So you need to deal with it as soon as you are aware of it.
When I worked in a very stressful job in a real estate office, I regularly felt stressed.
It was during this period that I found EFT tapping, and began to deal with the issues that were concerning me.
EFT also known as tapping is an easy and very quick way of dealing with issues as they occur. The first and biggest was my stress, but you can also tap on the reasons for your stress.
If you are facing a deadline, where you need to get something done by a specific time, this can create stress. You can tap on the situation to relieve the tension related to the issue.
When I felt stressed I would go to the ladies room and sit quietly, no one disturbs you there, and tap on what was happening. You don't need to speak the words aloud for it to work, and it does work fairly quickly, often while you are still tapping.
There are lots of options you can use for this, as having stress affect your overall health is not good. You can really make up whatever words suit you.
The scenario used in the tapping sequence below, is one that affects many people.
So lets imagine that your boss wants you to do something, and you feel that it is unfair or unrealistic.
Or they want you to get it done faster than you know it can be done. This can be a source of stress to you, even if it is realistic, the stress can make you imagine that it can't be done.
What this sequence below also shows you, is how easy it is to make up a sequence that can fit any situation, even an imaginary one.
If you want, change the words to what you would use in that situation.
Have a drink of water before you start, then with three to four fingers together, tap on the karate chop point as you say the words. This is the point on the outside of your hand, located between your wrist and the little finger.
If you feel that you need to refresh yourself on the EFT tapping points, check them out here before you get started, if you are not sure, or simply follow the points in the diagram.
Repeat the following statements aloud, and each time you say them tap the karate chop point, tapping along with the words you are speaking.
Put emotion into the words so that you feel what you are saying. Even if you are doing this silently, still allow yourself to feel the emotion as you mentally say the words.
KC: Even though I have this deadline, that makes me feel anxious and stressed, I deeply and completely accept my feelings about this.
KC: Even though I am not sure that I can get done, what I need to get done on time, which makes me feel stressed, I deeply and completely accept myself and my feelings.
KC: Even though I feel upset at my boss for putting me in this position, and I blame him for my stress, I choose to forgive him and to accept myself and my feelings.
Now take a deep breath and let it out. Note: I changed it as I went along. Say whatever feels right as you do it. Now lets continue on doing the actual meridian tapping on the points on your face.
Use your first two fingers together when you tap on your face, and when you get down to the collarbone point and under your arm you may like to use three or four fingers.
Tap hard enough for it to be felt, but not so hard that you harm yourself!
There are a couple of ways you can do the next part. You may choose to simply use a reminder phrase such as, this stress, or say the whole phrase, or change it as you go along.
I actually like the idea of changing it as you go along, as it allows you to vent some of your anger. It may even help to resolve parts of the issue, that you may not have been aware that you were really quite irritable or upset about.
So let's try a possible sequence to see how this could be done. Does stress affect your overall health, if so it needs to be dealt with.
Remember: if there are better words that pop into your head while you are doing the tapping, this may be your intuition guiding your choice of words. Even if you don't have this problem it can help to tap on it. (They call this borrowing benefits.)
TH (Top of the head): I feel so stressed about this
EB (Eyebrow): My boss just doesn't understand
SE (Side eye): There is no way I can get it done on time
UE (Under eye): I feel so upset and angry that he doesn't understand
UN (Under nose): My boss just doesn't understand and it makes me feel so stressed
CH (Chin): I feel so angry and stressed that I'm not being considered
CB (Collarbone): I'm a good worker but I just won't get it done on time
UA (Under arm): He just doesn't understand how stressed I feel
TH (Top of the head): I just feel so stressed about this
and continuing another round of tapping...
EB (Eyebrow): My boss just doesn't understand why I'm stressed
SE (Side eye): Maybe I can get it done on time
UE (Under eye): I just have to let go of my anger and stress
UN (Under nose): I'm stressed cause my boss doesn't understand
CH (Chin): I'm upset that I'm not being considered
CB (Collarbone): I'm a good worker, maybe I'll get it done on time
UA (Under arm): Maybe I can talk to my boss about how this stresses me
TH (Top of the head): I am a good worker and I will do my best, I just don't like feeling stressed.
Take another deep breath and let it out. Having stress affect your overall health can be harmful, so take action. Its easy to construct a sequence like this and you can use it to tap on any issue that is worrying you.
If you find it hard to change the words, just saying my stress and thinking about the issues will work. If you are doing it silently in the bathroom, just think about what is stressing you as you tap.
If you have a bad day at work, when you come home, tap on it that night and allow yourself to be emphatic. This also works if you are at home with little ones and feel very stressed.
Let out the words that want to come out as you tap. Tap on it a few times changing the words as you go. Do a tapping sequence as soon as possible. Having stress affect your overall health is not good long term.
As having stress affect your overall health is not good for you, and can lead to major health issues, try to tap on it as soon as possible after you feel the stress.
Its valuable if you are severely stressed and you are worried about it affecting your overall health to take action to let go of the issues that are causing stress.
You can do it silently if you wish. If you are at home and free to speak aloud, verbalize your frustration. Its quite interesting how differently you can feel about things after you have tapped on them.
I made a list of issues to tap on when I first started tapping. When you look back, its interesting how little emotional impact they have now, even though they were issues that were very big at the time.
Its easy to create your own tapping sequences to use for meridian tapping. Tapping works very quickly to change your vibration, and helps you to let go of anger and frustration that can lead to serious health problems.
There are also a number of other natural herbal remedies that aid stress. There are benefits to using Ashwagandha for stress.
Ashwagandha is one of the herbal adaptogens that are highly beneficial to aid stress and will also help to boost your immune system as well.
Drinking chamomile tea is also quite calming. You can combine a range of different natural health approaches, just make sure you take action to help you to release your stress.
Having stress affect your overall health can lead to serious health problems so take steps to prevent it. Using eft tapping can be very effective to aid health issues including stress, anxiety and depression. Use it and see for yourself how well it works!