When I first heard about tapping, or the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), I thought it was really weird.
Seriously, could tapping my hand on points on my body really be an effective strategy for overcoming pain, anxiety, or any of the other things it claimed to help?
As it turns out . . . YES! When I first tried it I was literally amazed by how much better I felt. As someone who’s had a history of anxiety, I’m a great candidate for tools that help calm the mind and central nervous system.
But what I hadn’t really thought about until I read my friend Jessica Ortner’s brilliant new book, The Tapping Solution for Weight Loss & Body Confidence: A Woman’s Guide to Stressing Less, Weighing Less, and Loving More, is the connection between patterns of panic and body weight.
Jessica reminded me that the cocktail of stress hormones released when we panic (like, for example, about being able to fit into our wedding dress) actually prevents us from losing weight. So, the very thing that happens when we want our bodies to be a certain way when they aren’t (panic and anxiety) is what keeps us from losing weight (stress hormones like cortisol and insulin).
Reading Jessica’s book and going through the tapping meditations she’s written on my own has been transformative for the way I think about my body and weight loss. Instead of obsessing about the surface level stuff like how much I’m exercising or how much I’m eating, I can now use tapping to dig into some of the deeper emotional issues that lead to behavior.
(And what’s really cool is that doing the tapping makes eating healthy and exercising feel so much easier and natural. I’ve noticed a HUGE decrease in emotional eating and I’ve fallen in love with exercise in a way I didn’t know was even possible.)
Some of the things that have come up for me during tapping are a fear of shining and feeling overly responsible for others. Who knew those things were connected to my body stuff?
If you’re itching to get down to some of the deeper layers underneath your “stuff,” Jessica and I are both going to be speaking at REVEAL this Saturday, May 17th in New York City. REVEAL is the event where I feel safest and most supported to be my whole self and to peel back the layers.
Jessica will be sharing more about her revolutionary approach to weight loss and body confidence and I know we’ll be tapping with her live. Join us for this sisterhood soul party of truth, love, and freedom. Click HERE to get your ticket.
You’re in luck! Jessica and I sat down a couple of weeks ago in NYC to chat about her new book, her love of dancing, and how this whole tapping thing works. She even led me through a live tapping meditation that you can follow right along with.
Tune in to the Glimpse TV episode below to learn:
Jessica has some pretty amazing bonuses for you (including one with my mama) when you get your copy of the book, so check it out!
When it comes to your weight and body confidence, what do you struggle with the most? What have you found works for you when it comes to weight and body confidence?
Leave a comment below and try the tapping meditation in the video. I’d love to hear how it worked for you!