Almost everyone has a bad habit that they want to break. Some bad habits are easy to get rid of but others can be more challenging. Psychologists and other experts offer solutions to break undesirable habits, but these days one particular technique is rapidly gaining attention. Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) using tapping has been shown to be an easy yet effective way to get over bad habits.
Some habits are simply annoying, such as nail biting, chronic coughing or clearing the throat, fidgeting, or procrastinating. Others can pose a serious threat to your health or safety, such as smoking or excessive drinking. Practitioners of EFT recommend tapping to free you from the most tenacious bad habits.
What is EFT?
Emotional Freedom Techniques or EFT is based on the principle that illnesses and psychological disorders are caused by a disturbance in the body's life energy. Tapping on the acupuncture points restores balance and allows the body to heal itself. Tapping on specific points can also relieve stress and the emotional ties binding you to the undesirable habit.
Tapping to Break Bad Habits
People often develop bad habits because they are stressed, bored, or want instant gratification. You may avoid vacuuming or doing the dishes because you'd rather watch TV. Nail biting and cracking the knuckles can be signs of stress or nervousness. Many of these poor habits can be eliminated by tapping. Tapping on specific meridian points removes stress and releases negative emotions. Although it will not happen overnight, you'll start to feel better and eventually free yourself from bad habits.
If you have a number of bad habits, you can start working on one of them first. Perhaps you want to break your habit of biting your nails, smoking, slouching, or running late. Pick one of your bad habits, such as nail biting, and start tapping to get rid of it.
The great thing about tapping is that there's nothing complicated about it and you can do it on your own. Simply focus your thoughts on the habits you want to change and start tapping. You can easily learn about what points to tap and where to start and end. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain with Emotional Freedom Techniques tapping.
How to Tackle Bad Habits with Tapping
If you want to break bad personal habits with tapping, the first thing to do is tap while acknowledging your bad habit. Next, tap to get rid of the habit itself. Keep in mind that you have to be patient and honest with yourself. Do not expect to get overnight results. Many people say you don't have to follow a specific sequence of tapping points. However, you may want to follow a particular routine.
EFT tapping always start with the Setup, wherein you acknowledge your bad habit, ailment, or emotional problem. Tap on the Karate Chop Point 5-10 times while saying, “Even though I [state your bad habit], I intensely and wholly accept myself.”
Next, start a round of tapping through the following meridian points – the eyebrow, under eye, side of the eye, under the chin, under the nose, under arm, collarbone, and top of the head. Use two fingers of your hands to tap 5 to 10 times. While tapping, you can say words to acknowledge your bad habits, such as:
- I often bite my nails when I'm nervous
- Sometimes I bite my nails
- I seldom bite my nails now
- I choose not to bite my nails
- Even though I bite my nails, I completely love and accept myself anyway
- I don't bite my nails now
You can make up the phrases you want to say as you go along. The important thing is to stay focused on the issue rather than on the words. Before long, you'll see an improvement in your behavior and your bad habit will be a thing of the past.