A lot of people struggle with weight management. It’s so easy to grab a tasty snack when you have a stressful or busy day, but that doesn’t help you reach those goals. This is the time of year people set goals to make changes like exercise more, eat healthier and drop a few pounds.
Emotional Freedom Techniques or EFT along with essential oils can be a support when you are working on fitness and weight management goals. Emotional Freedom Techniques is a form of psychological acupressure. With EFT you are tapping on various acupuncture meridian points while you focus on a negative issue you would like to change. Add a couple drops of essential oils to your fingertips before you begin tapping through the points and EFT is even more amazing.
Tap While You Gripe is one of my favorite ways to use Emotional Freedom Techniques. It is a super simple technique. Just talk and tap through the EFT points.
There are times when you have had a high stress day and are at risk for emotional eating and snacking. Sometimes it helps to talk it over with someone. Talking and venting your feelings can be helpful. Why not try tapping while you are talking or THINKING about the issue that is bothering you. Just tap and tell the story. You can talk to a real person or pretend there is someone you are talking to.
Don’t get too worried about the exact wording you use or what order of points to tap. You don’t even need to say the words out loud. Just focus on the negative emotion you want to clear. Keep talking or thinking and tapping.
I use the Tap While You Gripe technique all the time, especially if I am really upset about something but I don’t know where to start. When you start tapping and talking, things will come to mind. Just keep tapping and expressing anything you are feeling until you have poured it all out. Focus on whatever you want to say about the negative, then SHIFT to the positive side. What you WANT.
The EFT Points:
KC = Karate Chop
EB = Beginning of the Eye Brow
SE = Side of the Eye
UE = Under the Eye
UN = Under the Nose
Ch = Chin
CB = Beginning of the Collar Bone
UA = Under the Arm
WR = Inside of Wrists
TH = Top of Head
You can also tap the fingertip points. Each finger can be tapped at the base of the nail.
Here are a few oils and ideas for supporting fitness goals:
Stress Away – This one is great for calming after a stressful, hectic, busy day. Put Stress Away on fingertips and start tapping about why you feel stressed. Sometimes I just tap about the desire to have a carby snack. “I know I want some chips but I know it’s not really going to help. . . ” Keep going with whatever you feel until the desire passes.
Peace & Calming – Another great one for calming after a stressful day.
Release – This one is good for releasing anger. If someone makes you angry or irritated, tapping with Release essential oil blend can help you release the anger or irritation of whatever it was that happened. Some days you just feel angry and don’t really know why. Put release on your fingertips and tap through the points saying, “I’m feeling angry (or irritated, annoyed or whatever). I choose to release the anger. I am releasing this anger. . . ” If you know the specific reason why you are feeling angry, tap on that first, then, tap while saying “I am releasing this anger. . . ” Use whatever negative emotion you want to release.
Motivation – Motivation oil blend is another one of my favorites. Just as the name implies, it energizes and motivates. I love this oil whenever I am having trouble getting motivated to do any task. Motivation oil is wonderful before exercise but also on days when you don’t feel motivated to stick to healthy eating habits.
Using Motivation oil and EFT For lack of motivation when you are not motivated to exercise. You could start tapping and say: “I am not motivated to exercise but I know I will feel great after I do it. . .” OR “I am not motivated to eat healthy today but I know I will feel better if I stick to my plan. . .”
Acceptance – This oil blend encourages feelings of self-worth and acceptance. This can feel difficult because we tend to beat up on ourselves when there are extra pounds we are wanting to release. You might be thinking, “I don’t like these extra pounds and I don’t want to accept them.” Accepting is not does not mean you want to keep the pounds. It just means that you love and accept yourself enough to take really GOOD care of your body and show it the love it deserves.
First, before you can really make changes, it is important to accept yourself and know you are worthy of success in whatever you goal you are working toward. Accept and love yourself enough to take better care of yourself through the process of getting to the goal.
Transformation – This is a good oil for focusing on the changes you want to make. Visualize yourself moving forward and reaching your goal. Focus on the positive thing you are working toward and see yourself achieving it.
Envision – Same thing! Focus on the changes you want to make. Visualize yourself already successful and doing the things that cause success. Focus on the positive thing you are working toward and SEE yourself achieving it.
Daily visualization is really important for achieving your goals. You need to see it in your mind’s eye to be able to achieve it.
Use Envision along with visualization. You can also use the Tap While You Visualize technique. Just close your eyes and think visualize reaching your goal. Get as detailed as possible in your thinking. Tap through the EFT points while you are visualizing.
There are other essential oil blends that would also be helpful. If an oil or oil blend feels right for whatever your situation at the moment, go with it. 😉