What is Generalised Anxiety Disorder and How Does EFT Help?
EFT Tapping For GAD
In this article, you will learn about what Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is, some ways to defeat it and how to overcome it with the help of EFT Tapping for GAD. Since this type of anxiety is quite common, EFT tapping for GAD is very effective because in this technique, our body releases fewer stress hormones, thereby making the individual feel better.
Having gone through quite a lot in the past, I was always worrying and panicking about any sort of decision I had to make. Even the smallest of things that did not need any sort of overthinking, got me all flustered and anxious, every other day.
This issue ended up getting so bad that there was not a day that I got through, without an anxiety attack. It was starting to affect my personal as well as my professional life and it got to a point where I was scared to even leave my bed!
Now, being an adult, we have so many responsibilities and so many things going on that we cannot afford to have anxiety, right? Because the moment it starts taking a toll on us, we fall behind on tasks and schedules, which makes everything worse. It's like a never ending loop that just leaves us exhausted.
So, it didn't come as a surprise to me when I got diagnosed with Generalised Anxiety Disorder. It just felt like I could finally put a name to this weird phase that I was going through, but I still did not know how to help this behaviour.
Luckily, I had a friend who was an EFT Practitioner and she convinced me to attend a session with her, regarding the anxiety; and I was shocked to see how quickly this nightmare of a disorder died down!
What is GAD?
Generalised Anxiety Disorder (or GAD) is characterised by excessive, exaggerated anxiety and worry about everyday life events with no obvious reasons for worry. Sometimes, people with this disorder can't even explain what exactly causes their anxiety; they just have feelings of paranoia where something bad is going to happen to them, or they are just unable to calm down (1).
People with symptoms of generalised anxiety disorder tend to always expect disaster and can't stop worrying about health, money, family, work, or school, even though they are aware that there is no reason to worry about all of this.
GAD affects the way a person thinks, but the anxiety can lead to physical symptoms as well, that may affect our everyday lives.
Symptoms of GAD can include:
- Excessive, ongoing worry and tension
- An unrealistic view of problems
- Restlessness and/or irritability
- Muscle tension
- Headaches & nausea
- Difficulty concentrating
- Trouble falling or staying asleep
- Numbness or tingling in the body
According to the Anxiety & Depression Association of America, Generalised Anxiety Disorders affect almost 6.8 million adults in the US; yet, only 43.2% of the, actually receive treatment. When it's statistics and demographics were discussed, it was found that the GAD was the most common cause of workplace disability in the US (2).
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Emotional Freedom Techniques (tapping) is clinically proven to lower stress, tension, anxiety, past-trauma to enable health, happiness and vitality.
EFT TAPPING FOR GENERALISED ANXIETY DISORDER
EFT Tapping for GAD is an alternate therapeutic method and is also clinically proven. It happens to be a quick relieving technique that helps you get rid of this unpleasant feeling.
For the physical symptoms, for example pipe tiredness and muscle tension, use the classical physical tension process to reduce these sensations.
1. To get started, begin by investigating the physical nature of the anxiety.
Connect with the anxiety and notice where do you feel it in the body. Briefly, you can begin by asking the following questions to explore further:
- Where in the body do you experience the anxiety?
- What is the colour, texture, size, shape of the anxiety in the body?
- What are the sensations like?
Anxiety can sometimes be felt in a specific location like the heart and/or chest. The symptoms can involve the heart racing, general restlessness, shaking legs and hands.
The important thing is to use your specific words to describe the anxiety.
2. Then measure the level of anxiety by asking:
- "What number is the anxiety at, where 10 is really high and 1 is not high at all." Just go with whatever comes up spontaneously, without thinking too much about it.
3. Begin by Tapping on the Karate Chop or Side of the Hand EFT Tapping Points:
- Even though I feel anxious and I feel it in my chest and its at a number 6 and it's red in colour and it feels rough, I deeply and completely love and accept myself (Repeat 3 times).
4. Then Tap on the facial and upper body EFT Tapping Points for Anxiety using the phrases:
- Eyebrow: This anxiety...
- Side of the eye: So anxious...
- Under the eye: Anxious in my chest...
- Under the nose: It's a red colour...
- Chin: At a number 6...
- Collarbone: So rough...
- Under the arm: This anxiety...
- Thumb: I feel it in my chest...
- Index Finger: So anxious...
- Middle Finger: Really anxious...
- Little Finger: The colour red...
5. Close the sequence by coming back the EFT Karate Chop Tapping Points and repeat once:
- Even though I feel anxious and I feel it in my chest and it's at a number 6 and it's red in colour and it feels rough, I deeply and completely love and accept myself.
6. Relax: Take a gentle breath in and out and take a sip of water.
7. Test: At the end of the EFT Tapping for Anxiety Relief Process, you can ask yourself the following questions:
- What number is the anxiety at now?
- What happened?
- How does it make you feel?
You can repeat this process by going back to Step 1 if you feel like the number could come down a little more.
Then explore the root cause of the worry and anxiety by exploring past memories.
These types of memories can trigger Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), where the anxiety is a surface symptom of a deeper root cause.
When working with any form of trauma it is better to use the gentler methods of trauma release taught during Inner Child Matrix Training or during EFT Practitioner Training in the form of Tearless Trauma.
If limiting thoughts come up clear them with the limiting beliefs protocol.
Limiting beliefs are thoughts that limit health, relationships, wealth, career or finances. These thoughts can be conscious or unconscious and can end up becoming responsible for self sabotage, procrastination and low self-esteem, in an individual.
With anxiety, first uncover the limiting beliefs which can either be at the surface level or associated with the deeper root memories; then shift them from stressful to empowering. For example,
- “Something bad is going to happen” to “Everything is going to be OK"
- "It not safe" to "I am safe now"
Close the session with positive tapping and affirmations. It is best to first ask your client. Some examples include:
- "I feel safe now"
- "All is well"
- "I choose to be calm"
- "I choose to breathe"
Hold the thumb to calm the body and mind and release any residual anxiety. You can also use the Jin Shin Jyutsu finger hold process to gain relief from anxiety.
Anybody suffering from anxiety is no less than a fighter.
A person can feel anxious due to a variety of reasons and with EFT Tapping you can uncover and clear the root cause. It is clinically proven that EFT Tapping for GAD not only lowers the feeling, but also restores a sense of balance and calmness in our minds.
You can also embark on a program that includes Yoga, Meditation & CBT Therapy. If you are feeling overwhelmed, it is best to ask for help.
Dr Rangana Rupavi Choudhari (PhD)
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Disclaimer: The information on this website is purely for educational purposes and does not in any way replace the requirement for medical and psychological diagnosis and treatment. Please do seek professional medical and psychological diagnosis and advice for all medical and mental health conditions. It is advised to always book any consultations with qualified professionals.
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