A New View of Stress:

How EFT Can Help

By Lisabeth Gutierrez, AAMET Certified Advanced EFT Practitioner

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A New View of Stress

Experience has given me a unique approach to reducing stress. 

Stress can be defined as any unwanted emotion, thought, behavior, or physical sensation that keeps your life from being the way you want it to be. Every experience we have is registered in one of these ways. If you consider your own problems you will find they fall into one of these groups. 

 A Powerful Tool

The principal tool I use to reduce and eliminate all of these stressors is EFT, because it relieves stress quickly in two important ways:

 1- General Stress Reduction - Like many other relaxation techniques EFT, used daily for 20 minutes, will reduce your overall stress, down-regulating your body’s chemical profile, and creating a sense of calm and balance. This is known as the Relaxation Response and its beneficial effects have been scientifically proven in over 35 years of Harvard Medical School research. EFT can be used to elicit the Relaxation Response.

2 - But, what makes EFT unique is the way it can be targeted at specific stressors! Targeted Stress Reduction is the real power of EFT. Relaxing the body by activating acupressure points effectively reprograms your stressful experience. It's strange, but true.

Your Bag of Rocks

If you think of all the stress in your life as a big bag of rocks that you have to carry all day long - and all night, too, as those of you that grind your teeth or suffer from insomnia can attest! - you realize how much energy this effort is taking.

Some of these rocks are enormous and heavy, others small and sharp. Carrying them wears you out emotionally and physically, interfering with your goals in life and, often, making you physically vulnerable to illness. Your body reacts to stress by producing reactive chemicals that interfere with the healthy operation of your organ systems and even your thinking. You do not see the big picture when you are anxious, frustrated and stressed out.

EFT Can Help

So, you have this big bag of rocks to carry. What can you do? I suggest there are two good ways to start taking control of your life.

1 - Build your muscles! Use general stress reduction techniques for a few minutes a day to build your resiliency to stress. That makes carrying those rocks easier. EFT and other techniques for focusing your concentration work beautifully to make you strong and calm. Research in neuroplasticity - your brain's ability to reorganize itself in response to your experience - has proven that practicing relaxation strategies will change your brain for the better.  

2 - Is this too obvious? Take the rocks out of the bag!

Make the bag lighter by clearing the stressful memories, events, worries about the future, beliefs, angers, frustrations, etc. EFT is the fastest, most effective way to clear all of these out of your life by reprogramming your body's stress response - replacing the stressful reaction with the relaxation generated by the tapping. That shift will change your experience of the issue and - the change lasts!  

The result? Now the bag is lighter and you are stronger and more resilient. It's easy to carry the bag all day. Even better, if something stressful comes up during the day you can handle it because you have emotional and physical energy to spare! 


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Author's Bio:

Lisabeth Gutiérrez is a stress educator with over twenty years of experience in adult education and personal development.  A graduate of Rutgers University and the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, she has lived and taught in Latin America, Asia, and the US. Lisabeth holds certificates from two multi-disciplinary health programs: Harvard Medical School’s Certificate in the Clinical Training in Mind Body Medicine and the University of Rhode Island/RI Geriatric Education Center’s Certificate in the Interdisciplinary Practice of Geriatrics.


She received AAMET Advanced EFT Practitioner Certification under the training of two EFT masters in London, England and is a Certified Hypnotist with the National Guild of Hypnotists. She maintains a private practice and offers workshops for organizations including All That Matters, the National Fibromyalgia Association, South County Hospital, and other non-profit groups. A perpetual learner, Lisabeth continues to further her study of the psychosocial aspects of stress, health and wellbeing through coursework and participation in professional organizations including Integrative Medicine at Brown Medical School. She is also an active volunteer with Home and Hospice Care of Rhode Island.


Lisabeth lives in Wakefield, Rhode Island, with her husband, two daughters, and six - yes, it’s true – six dogs.


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