Emotional Freedom Techniques / EFT Tapping

When you have ADHD, all kinds of things keep you from getting the important stuff done: Procrastination, distractions, going down a rabbit hole. Sometimes we get sidelined by negative emotions. Feelings of shame, sadness, frustration, or anger make it impossible to focus on the right thing.

Emotional Freedom Techniques, also known as EFT or Tapping, is a self-help technique that can neutralize negative emotions and free you to move ahead with your life. What you do is identify the negative emotion you’re feeling and a specific event that brings up that emotion. For example, maybe you feel angry when you think of the nasty comment your partner hurled at you this morning that you’ve been replaying over and over in your head. Then you tap on a series of acupressure points with your fingertips while focusing on that event.   EFT is based on the premise that negative emotion is caused by a blockage in the body's energy system. Tapping on the meridian endpoints clears the blockage and restores balance so you can focus.

You can do EFT with a practitioner or on your own. Starting out with a practitioner is a good idea because although it’s simple, it can be hard to zero in on precisely the right thing at first. I’ve been seeing great results with the clients I’ve been doing it with.

Here’s an article I wrote for ADDitude Magazine that explains in more depth what EFT is all about and how it can be used to help with ADHD: https://www.additudemag.com/eft-adhd-tap-away-negative-emotions

And here’s a website that explains it a different way and has a video of how to do it: http://www.tappingsolutionfoundation.org/howdoesitwork

EFT provides rapid and lasting results for a wide variety of issues. It's a great tool to help you put negative emotions aside so you can focus. Why not give it a try?