When the fight-flight response is activated adrenalin gets released into the blood stream, your heart is beating faster and blood is pumped away from your internal organs to prepare your limbs for action.
This response has its roots in prehistoric times when human survival depended on our body’s automatic ‘fight or flight’ response, to run away from wild animals for example.
Today’s triggers are more of a mental nature, countless responsibilities, rush hour traffic, juggling family and work life and our busy lifestyle in general. On top of that we have very few opportunities to physically metabolise our accumulated stress experiences.
Here’s where meridian tapping (like EFT and TFT) comes into play. Similar to acupressure or acupuncture tapping uses the meridian system of the body to unblock unresolved emotions or experiences that have been stored in the body.
This is especially useful during trauma treatment to decrease hyperarousal responses to stressful memories. Through calming and strengthening the nervous system tapping can help to restore long-term memory functions that are disturbed during traumatization.
Short Meridian Tapping Exercise:
1.Consider the problem or situation. How do you feel about it right now? Rate the intensity level of your stress (10 being the worst case scenario and 0 being completely calm)
2. Also notice where do you feel it in your body? Is it in your stomach, chest, is your heart beating faster?
3. Start tapping on the “KARATE CHOP POINT” (It’s is the fleshy side of either hand, the place where your fingers wrap someone else’s when you shake hands – the the part of your hand you would use to deliver a karate chop) while saying: “Even-though I feel stressed/overwhelmed/angry/tension in my body/frustration, I deeply and completely accept myself.”
4. Repeat that slowly 3 times, while breathing deeply
“Be mindful in noticing your thoughts, feelings, body sensations, breathing & try to make that statement as accurate as possible! ”
5. After you finished your 3 rounds rate your stress levels again.