Why Do People Get Nervous And How EFT For Nervousness Works

                  Does EFT For Nervousness Really Work?

I was waiting at the doctor’s office, anxiously tapping my feet on the ground, taking in short breaths as my heart raced, my palms became clammy with sweat and an electric current intermittently pulsed throughout my body.

I was nervous waiting for my test results.

My mind amuck with thoughts of the worst case “what if” scenarios countered with an over-arching positive belief, “It’s going to be OK. Everything is going to be OK.” As I said that to myself, my name flashed up on the screen, “Rangana, Room 9.

Have you ever felt nervous? Perhaps like me, waiting for your medical reports, biting your nails prior to the board exams or in-flight as the plane is getting ready to take off?

Nervousness can strike during any stressful situation, for example, asking for a raise or before giving birth as the grip of the contractions take hold.

It could have even been as you got ready to experience your first kiss. It felt awkward as you leaned over not sure about what to do and then somehow it happened and it was over. The nervousness subsided.

Nervousness is uncontrollable, often accompanied by physical sensations that rather than detracting from the problem, can amplify it.

EFT For Nervousness

Eventually, there can be nervousness, accompanied by stuttering and an inability to communicate.

This feeling is very common and is completely normal.

Surprisingly, even award-winning singer Kelly Clarkson shared, 'I’ve never been more nervous in my life than singing the national anthem at the Super Bowl.' For her, it was the biggest stage that she had ever performed on, with the event being televised to millions.

Every time I get ready to go on stage, I feel the butterflies of nervousness in my stomach as they bubble up to my heart making me feel dizzy with light-headedness.

Nervousness and ambition are companions.

It could mean you are pushing through your comfort zones to breakthrough limits.

‘Being nervous is not something you should be ashamed of. Nervous means you care, you really want to do well.’

Paula Creamer

So, Why Do People Feel Nervous?

According to science, in stressful situations, your brain sends a signal from the pituitary gland to the kidneys where your adrenal gland resides (1).

Once the message from the brain is received, adrenaline is released.

What follows is the fight-or-flight response where the heart rate increases, muscles tighten, pupils dilate and tingling is felt in the stomach.

This is because blood is redirected from the stomach to the heart and muscles to help you cope with stress.

Physical Symptoms of Nervousness
Behavioral Symptoms of Nervousness

The body cannot discern between stress prior to an interview versus when under attack. In the latter, you need blood in your muscles to either flight or fight, however, before an interview, the last thing you want to do is run.

The nervous feelings are a deliberate side effect of the body’s response to stress to get the body prepared to cope with it.

Nervousness Vs. Anxiety

Nervousness is a natural response to situations and many of us feel it on a daily basis, but like they say, too much of anything is not good for us. So, even though this feeling is common and can be good for us sometimes, it can escalate to something severe, if we do not keep it in check. 

When nervousness takes up a more severe form, it is known as anxiety, which could turn into a disorder.

Although these two words and often used interchangeably, they are quite different; some of the differences between the anxiety and nervousness are:

  • Nervousness arises due to particular situations. For example, you feel nervous before an exam or an interview; while anxiety takes place for no reason at all, sometimes. It can creep up on us out of nowhere and we might not even be able to figure out why.
  • Nervousness is short-lived. Since it occurs only during a specific event, it stays with us only for that duration, but anxiety is long-lasting and constant.
  • Since we feel nervous only during some situations, it does not affect us too much. However, people with anxiety are likely to engage in self-harm and/or self-destructive thoughts due to the unbearable weight of this intense feeling.
  • When it comes to nervousness, we can get rid of it by talking about it to our friends or family. We can even manage it by coping methods like meditation, sleeping or EFT Tapping. But anxiety requires a talk with a professional, because the moment it gets out of hand, it could lead to mental health or psychiatric issues.



Accept Nervousness, It’s Natural

Nervousness is something that every human being faces, it is not something to panic about. It is a natural symptom of feeling stressed.


Believe In Yourself

I remember my friend Fatima sharing that when she was learning to drive and was feeling very nervous she would remember the words of her brother, “You can do this!” and she kept telling the same words to herself over and over again.


Just Do It

This is Nike’s tagline, or as author Susan Jeffers would say, “Feel the fear and do it anyway.” Just go out and do what you want without overthinking. You can find many “ifs” and “buts”, instead have trust and faith in yourself and do it anyway!


Prepare And Practice

Nervousness can creep in when you might not have prepared enough before an interview or a presentation. I coach my trainers to prepare as well as practice. I remember, the first time I had to share Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) with a groups of strangers, I was nervous. So what I did was practice with my friend in Germany over Skype. She gave me feedback and also encouraged me, which made me feel a lot calmer and more in control.


Journal Writing

Put pen to paper and write down your thoughts and feelings about what you are feeling nervous about. The act of getting it all out in a journal is a healthy mental outlet, making you feel calmer.



 Experts have proven that meditation can reduce the negative effects brought about by nervousness (2).


Tap Out The Nervousness

Use Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) also known as tapping to reduce the nervous symptoms and restore calmness. The technique is clinically proven to lower stress, anxiety, tension and fear. Learn EFT for yourself.

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Lack of proper sleep can also make you feel nervous as your brain needs enough rest to function at its optimal best. If the brain does not get enough rest then it is unable to process the information properly and starts to generate stress hormones which create nervousness and anxiety.


Shake It Off

When you feeling nervous just stand up and shake it off. Shake your arms and legs and breathe in and out.

Nervousness with EFT Tapping


EFT Tapping for Nervousness is an alternative therapeutic method which has proven to be long lasting and effective.

The procedure of EFT Tapping for Nervousness, is as follows:

Step 1

Take A Quick Temperature Check

Ask yourself the following questions:

  • What or who is it that makes you nervous?
  • What triggers the nervousness you face?
  • What calms you down when you feel nervous?
  • Where in the body do you feel this nervous?

Step 2

Identify The Physical Sensations

Begin with exploring where nervousness is affecting you. Pick out any one example of when you have felt nervous, and make a note of,

  • Where is the body do you feel this nervousness?
  • On a scale of 1-10, what intensity is the feeling at?
  • How are you feeling?

Step 3

Start Tapping On The Side Of Your Hand (Karate Chop) 

  • “Even though I feel nervous about ….. and I can feel it in my ….. and it’s at a     number ….. and   it makes me feel ….., I deeply and completely love and accept myself.”

Repeat this 3 times.

Step 4

Then Tap On The Facial And Upper Body EFT Tapping Points By Saying:

  •  Eyebrow: I am nervous about …..
  • Temple: I feel it in my …..
  • Under eye: It’s at a number …..
  • Under nose: It makes me feel …..
  • Chin: It’s in my ….. at a number …..
  • Collarbone: It makes me feel …..
  • Under the arm: So …..
  • Thumb: So …..
  • Index Finger: Nervous because …..
  • Middle Finger: I feel it in my …..
  • Little finger: So …..

Step 5

Complete The Sequence By Tapping On The Side Of Your Hand Again:

  • “Even though I feel anxious about ….. and I feel it in my ….. and it’s at a number ….. and it makes me feel ….., I deeply and completely love and accept myself.”
    Say this once.

Step 6

Take A Gentle Breath And A Sip Of Water, To Calm Yourself Down.

Step 7

Test Yourself:

Check what number your anxiety is at. If it has reduced to a level, you’re happy about, stop. If you feel like you could reduce it a little more, begin again from Step 1.


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Does EFT Tapping For Nervousness Really Work?

Now, Emotional Freedom Techniques are clinically proved and approved alternative therapeutic methods that allow us to get rid of all the negative, toxic energy that is built up in ourselves.

This is basically an intervention and is very helpful when it comes to fixing your mental or physical problems. As mentioned previously, nervousness and anxiety are often used as synonyms, even though they differ. Nevertheless, both of them are also quite similar and sometimes to hand-in-hand.

Nervousness is a symptom of anxiety. The only difference is that, while nervousness tends to stay for a specific situation and goes away quickly, anxiety lasts for a longer amount of time and requires treatment. 

Symptoms of anxiety and nervousness also seem to be a little similar, like

  • Feeling fear or panic
  • Problem sleeping
  • Fidgeting
  • Nausea or fatigue
  • Racing pulse
  • Tinging / butterflies in the stomach
  • Shortness of breath

Just like EFT for Nervousness is helpful for the short term feeling, there is a very effective EFT Tapping for Anxiety as well that happens to be helpful for getting rid of this intense, often unbearable feeling. This anxiety as well as nervousness relieving technique stimulates the body's energy and ability to let go of or overcome any sort of trauma or unwanted event that the individual has faced previously.

EFT tapping is something that you could consider trying, if you feel like you are ready to let go of things that have been bothering you and need professional help. The technique will help you grow personally and make you feel better about yourself. EFT tapping for Nervousness and EFT tapping for Anxiety has been quite helpful to Army veterans, students having test anxiety, women who went for surgery, dental patients and so many other individuals who were facing some difficulty trying to cope with their feelings of nervousness.

If you feel like your nervousness is escalating to something that you are unable to handle, you need to consider consulting a professional for it, because avoiding the feeling will only make it worse.

So, the next time when you’re nervous, just accept it, focus on your conscious mind and take that step!


Dr Rangana Rupavi Choudhuri (PhD)

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In summary, you need to handle your feelings with acceptance and conscious mind,. Nervousness is something that we have all experienced at least once in our lives. It happens to be a good thing, because it allows us to be self-aware and makes sure we do our best at whatever we have to, at that point of time. However, if it increases to an extent that you are not able to handle, consider seeking professional help once you are comfortable and have accepted that you require it. 

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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