How To End Frustration With EFT Tapping?
EFT Tapping For Frustration
When things don’t happen as per our expectations, our natural response is to get frustrated. Everyone feels frustrated at some point or the other.
This blog explores what is frustration, signs and causes of frustration, and how to use EFT Tapping for Frustration.
Have you experienced moments where you feel so done that you just want to shout out loud?
Does it make you want to quit everything?
I am sure all of us have. From the small irritations of losing something to the bigger problem of continued failure towards a desired goal, we all must have gone through frustrating situations in life.
Sometimes you may have had a bad day, and you felt so frustrated, that you just wanted to take your glasses off and throw them on the table!
Or perhaps, you're in the loo and you're pushing and pushing, and no matter how hard you try, nothing seems to be coming out, and it feels so frustrating!
Other times, you may be frustrated because you wanted to win at something, like a game or a dance competition, and you lost just because of one point!
The most frustrating situations I can recall myself in is when my phone, laptop or internet faces issues. Aaahh! I feel like clenching my teeth tight!
So, there are various situations that may make us feel frustrated. Frustration can be triggered by trivial as well as serious issues in our day to day life.
WHAT IS FRUSTRATION?
Frustration is an emotion that is experienced as a result of not being able to get the desired results. It is usually experienced when we can’t get what we want or can’t achieve something after trying multiple times.
On the other hand, frustration can also be triggered by something silly or unimportant, that is annoying for us.
Although it is common for everyone to feel frustrated, some people may experience frustration to a greater extent in terms of duration and causes.
When frustration results in other negative emotions like anger, stress, resentment, or a spiral downward where we have a feeling of resignation or giving up, it can be harmful.
Here are a few signs of frustration:
- Losing temper over little things
- Hopelessness/Giving up
- Substance abuse
- Difficulty sleeping
- Feeling worried or anxious
WHAT CAUSES FRUSTRATION?
Frustration is commonly experienced by everyone in their life. Sometimes people experience frustration in the short-term — for example a child crying loud for long — but for others, frustration can be long-term.
Frustration can be caused either by external factors or by internal factors.
However, we tend to use the term “frustrating” for many emotions that we actually feel. Frustration is possibly only the top surface of a feeling.
Beneath that surface, many deeper underlying emotions could be present. Let’s try to figure out exactly what those deeper emotions are (3):
If you have been experiencing frustration since a long time, you should probably explore if there are feelings of shame associated with it, as it may be connected to the frustration that comes from a sense of you not being worthy enough to live the life you want.
Being able to better identify your deeper emotions would help in dealing with it from the root cause. So, the next time you feel frustrated, ask yourself, “What has caused me “frustration” lately?” Try to dig deeper and better identify the root of the problem.
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HOW TO DEAL WITH FRUSTRATION?
There are a few simple steps that you can take every day to keep your mind calm and free of all the negative emotions that lead to frustration (4):
- Share your thoughts and feelings with someone you trust. Talking out loud can help you get out what you’re feeling, instead of keeping it inside. Not sharing and suppressing your feelings increase the feelings of frustration as everything remains bottled up inside you.
- If you can’t or don’t want to talk to someone, start journaling. Writing your feelings and experiences down gives you an outlet of expression and can help you gain some clarity and relieve frustration.
- Practice meditation as a tool to practice mindfulness. The root of frustration and all other negative emotions is our inability to stay in the present moment. We either keep on ruminating our past or keep on imagining the future outcomes causing stress, anxiety, worry, guilt, shame and of course, frustration.
- Practice breathing exercises or Pranayama to calm down your nervous system and your brain. A relaxed state of mind is free of frustrations and worries.
- Add Yoga or any other physical exercise to your routine. Exercise has great emotional and cognitive benefits along with physical ones. When we exercise, neurotransmitters known as endorphins are released by the brain, which make you feel accomplished and improves self esteem. As a result, it lowers your frustration.
- Take some time off to spend with yourself and do things that you like. Relaxation activities like watching a movie, taking up a hobby, or going for a vacation can help you feel rejuvenated and fresh, lowering feelings of frustration.
- Take the help of mental health professionals in the form of psychological counselling or psychotherapy.
- Find new and alternate way to achieve your goals or restructure your plan.
- Most importantly, recognize and accept what you can change and what you can’t. Accepting and making peace with the situation can relieve frustrating feelings when you realize you don’t have control over what happened.
HOW DOES EFT TAPPING HELP IN DEALING WITH FRUSTRATION?
EFT or Emotional Freedom Techniques is a unique and one of its kind therapeutic technique that uses talk and touch to heal emotional, mental as well as physical problems.
This technique is relatively new and was invented in the 1990s, but it is based on the ancient knowledge of Chinese medicine (acupuncture) along with modern psychology.
In this technique, a person taps on a few specific points on the body that are based on acupuncture, while saying out certain statements related to the problem that he/she wants to resolve.
This method of tapping on meridian points along with saying specific statements is proven to be clinically effective for stress, anxiety, phobias, weight loss and cravings, PTSD, depression, as well as chronic diseases.
As discussed in the above section, there could be many underlying emotions beneath the surface of frustration.
EFT Tapping for frustration will enable you to uncover deeper emotional aspects associated with the feelings of frustration, and heal them from its root cause.
EFT TAPPING FOR FRUSTRATION
DOES EFT TAPPING FOR FRUSTRATION ACTUALLY WORK?
EFT has been scientifically proven to heal a wide range of physical as well as emotional and mental issues.
It is effective to deal with all kinds of negative emotions including fear, anger, sadness, hurt, guilt, shame, worry, resentment, stress, anxiety and so on. A lot of these emotions are at the root of the feelings of frustration.
In one of the research studies, there were 52 participants who were 3rd year Foundation Degree level students undertaking a Research Methods Module. The module included an evaluated presentation, which was known to elicit anxiety among students.
The students were given a brief assignment workshop followed by a 15 minute lecture on introduction of EFT. They were then guided though one round of EFT Tapping emphasizing on their anxiety of public speaking.
The student’s level of distress, and level of anxiety were measured pre and post EFT sessions. The students were informed that they could continue to use EFT Tapping at any time to reduce their anxiety regarding their assessed presentation.
Immediately after their presentation, the students were asked to take part in a brief face- to-face interview. This was to identify who used EFT and to explore their use of and feelings about EFT.
It was also to identify those who had chosen not to use EFT and explore their reasons for not choosing to use it. 88% of the total sample participated in the research. A significant reduction was found in the level of distress, and level of anxiety.
The qualitative data were analysed using a framework approach which explored the following three themes: helpfulness of EFT in reducing anxiety and staying calm and focussed; using other complementary therapy skills; and their reasons for not using EFT.
There is a growing research in the area of EFT and there have been multiple studies till date that validate the effectiveness of EFT.
EFT Tapping is a simple and effective to help you dive deeper into the feelings of frustration and calm your mind and body. When the mind and body are calm, it allows you to find solutions.
Try EFT for yourself and make yourself free of frustration!
Continue to learn and explore!
Dr Rangana Rupavi Choudhuri (PhD)
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