As you know if you have been following my blog, I recently set myself a personal wellbeing project and I have been using myself as a guinea-pig for some different wellbeing approaches.
So, when I saw Sonal Pandey’s free Tap Easy Challenge using the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), I signed up.
You can find a link to the challenge here: https://tap-easy.com/tapping-challenge/
At the time of writing, I am a week into this 3 week challenge and it involves tapping various points on the hand, head, face, collar bone and under the arm whilst following a script of statements.
I remember the first time I heard about EFT as a newly qualified Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and I am sad to say that I was quite dismissive about it at the time. I had been trained to value the evidence base for therapy and as far as I was aware, EFT wasn’t an evidence based treatment.
I’m glad to say that I have chilled out a bit since then!
I was surprised to learn that the scripts Sonal has put together for the challenge actually have many similarities with ideas used in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. I had not realised there would be so much over-lap between EFT and CBT. There is also a heavy emphasis on self acceptance, which I really like.
I wondered if the scripts would feel a little disingenuous as they are not the way I would phrase things but actually most of the time I have connected with them. I think on a couple of occasions I have re-worded small parts of it so it feels like it is a better fit for me, but that has been quite easy to do.
And I actually really like the tapping!
I have found the tapping itself feels very calming and grounding and it has been something I have wanted to fit into my day. It has been easy to fit in and hasn’t taken too long to do.
Having said that, I have wondered if I might need to spend a little more time on certain topics than others and I can see that they will need some repetition, particularly for ‘bigger’ topics such as self acceptance.
So far the topics covered have been:
Day 1: Overwhelm
Day 2: Let go of the past
Day 3: Self acceptance
Day 4: Get organised
Day 5: Self sabotage
Day 6: Negative thinking
Day 7: Stop worrying
My favourites so far have been ‘overwhelm’ and ‘get organised’ and on the very first day of using the ‘overwhelm’ tapping sequence, I did find that my day progressed smoothly and I was able to get on with my tasks in a way that felt easy.
Was it just a good day?
Was it the EFT tapping?
I think some of the other topics so far may need more practice and consistency to take root but overall I am enjoying this challenge.
Watch this space for part 2…
Thanks for reading!