Instant Stress Reduction

By Gloria Arenson MFT, DCEP

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Most of us are so used to living with stress that we aren't even aware that it's there. Here's a quick way to eradicate stress in two minutes or less. You can perform this procedure, called EFT, any time and anywhere.I enjoy doing it while stopped at a red light. It is safe and good for your health. Make sure to turn off your cell phone or iPod before you get started.

When you are feeling uptight because of physical or emotional stress, the body tightens, and you may experience a knot in your stomach, neck or shoulders. Restricted breathing is an indicator that you are stressed, so start by taking a deep breath to rate how stressed you are from 1 to 10. The deepest, most satisfying breath you are capable of is rated 10. Anything below an 8 indicates that you need this quick stress reduction treatment.

1. Take a deep breath. Rate the depth and pleasure of the breath from 1 to 10. 

2. If your rating is 8 or less, rub or tap the outer edge of your hand below the little finger and say, "Even though my breath is constricted, I am releasing all stress and tension now."

3. Using the index and middle finger, gently tap or touch the following power points for only 3 seconds while you say or think, "Release this stress."

  • The inner edge of the eyebrow near the nose,
  • The outside edge of the eye socket,
  • Under the lower lid of the eye,
  • Under the nose,
  • Under the lower lip,
  • Under the collarbone,  
  • On the side of the body about 4 inches under the armpit. 

4. Take a deep breath and rate it again.

Keep doing steps 2 and 3 until you are breathing deeply and pleasurably.

Do this exercise one or more times a day to instantly let go of stress even if you don't know what is bothering you.


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Author's Bio:

Gloria Arenson, MFT, DCEP, specializes in using EFT to help people overcome compulsive behaviors, especially overeating, bulimia, spending, and procrastination. She has successfully treated hundreds of people for stress, anxiety, trauma, and fears.

Gloria is the author of Desserts Is Stressed Spelled Backwards, How to Stop Playing the Weighting Game, Born To Spend, Freedom At Your Fingertips, EFT For Procrastination, and the award winning Five Simple Steps to Emotional Healing.

Visit her website at www.GloriaArenson.com or contact her at glotao@cox.net.


1 Comment


Sara A.
Posted August 06, 2010 03:02 PM

wow -never realized the flip side of "stressed" - thanks !



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