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Ever Heard of EFT Tapping? Here’s How Tapping Helps Kids Destress

Ever Heard of EFT Tapping? Here’s How Tapping Helps Kids Destress

By Collette Schildkraut

Have you ever heard of EFT tapping or Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)?

Perhaps yes, perhaps no.

If you haven’t heard of EFT/Tapping before, it’s like acupuncture  – without the needles. Similar to yoga for kids, EFT consists of tapping the body, which activates energy points. Tapping is considered a healing technique that allows negative emotions to be released instead of pushed down – deep down. The modality is about 30 years old and known to be helpful for PTSD, phobias and anxiety.

Tapping basically helps shut down the body’s flight or fight response – helping you to calm down. The flight or fight response can be triggered in so many ways on a daily basis: Deadlines, bullying, social pressure, feeling different, and the list goes on.

Although we all deal with stress, kids are now faced with increased pressure to fit in and do well in school.  So many little things add up to cause high anxiety. Worse yet, this can lead to depression.

Before we dive in deeper, here’s a one-minute YouTube video that will show you how tapping works and how to do it.

How Can Tapping Benefit Kids?

Here are some ways that tapping can benefit kids:

  • Improves grades and test scores
  • Offers bully management tools
  • Lowers anger and stress levels to feel more calm 
  • Helps the nervous system function better, resulting in a healthier immune system
  • Increases self-control
  • Increases optimism
  • Improves sports performance
  • Reduces fears.. fear of the dark, water, dogs etc.
  • Helps with peer pressure 
  • Helps with self-esteem

Introducing tapping for students

Sometimes children’s beliefs can come from throwaway comments from others that mean no harm. Yet, kids attach meaning to these statements and immature minds  take on those beliefs. 

Negative self-talk will just wear students down, which is another reason why modalities like tapping and yoga in schools is so important. 

Tapping gives kids an easy tool to ease their worries and stress.I have recently started teaching stress management tools in schools, and I’m so excited that schools are now open to this.

Tapping to reduce stress

Daily EFT Tapping can provide a shield of protection from the unexpected things that life throws at you. 

Older kids can tap whenever they want in private, without feeling weird if someone sees them tapping on their face. Younger children, on the other hand, like routine and tapping can become a daily habit, like brushing your teeth.

The best way for kids to practice EFT is to tap on any worry or anxiety that comes up. I also teach kids how to tap secretly. This is a great solution for when they are sitting in class because students can tap their fingers under the desk. I’ve also used the secret method when my husband is driving too fast! He can’t even see me tapping my stress away!

Honestly, it’s like having a secret power. Young children in particular love this as they get it, and want a secret super power. It’s empowering.

With current “Social Emotional Learning” being taught in many schools, EFT Tapping can link it all together.

What is the Relationship Between Yoga and Tapping

Yoga is now taught in many schools, as is mindfulness activities for kids.

These are amazing lifelong skills to learn. Tapping for students is right up there with yoga for children and mindfulness for kids. 

Here are some tapping tips to help kids relax and calm down:

  • When a child has a specific worry, focus on the worry and the child: how big is this feeling, this worry? This is important as sometimes young children simply don’t have the words to describe how they are feeling.
  • Ask them “Are you feeling it in your body anywhere?” “If so where? The  stomach? The chest?”
  • How does this worry feel? Heavy, tight, etc.

See if you can get a measure on how big this feeling is, maybe using your hands to measure. Think: I caught a fish and it was THIS BIG!!

From here, you can simply talk and tap through the points, and you can either tap on your child or model the tapping so she can follow you. I recommend this as it’s empowering to your child and introduces a coping tool.

You can also start every day with a quick ‘Make your day amazing’ tapping exercise. It can take less than a minute.

Tapping for Anxiety Works!

After a few rounds of tapping, measure the worry or feeling again. Tap as many times as you need to reduce this worry.

I also recommend the tapping solution in schools to help kids start the day on the right foot.

The Wrap Up

As you can see, EFT Tapping is an easy technique that costs nothing!

Combined with yoga and mindfulness for kids, meditation and other healing tools, tapping is worth adding to your toolbox. Are you ready to give it a try? 

About the author: Collette Schildkraut is a married mother of three grown children and dogs. She’s from England and has lived in New York for over 25 years. (she moved to the U.S. in a snowstorm and the winters still horrify her). Collette is an EFT practitioner and teaches stress management workshops in schools and corporate settings. She is also an RTT Hypnotherapy Practitioner. You can learn more about Collette and tapping on her YouTube channel here. 

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