'Your most natural super power is your breath, learn to control it and you'll soon be feeling like a superhero!'-Amélie van den Brink, child therapist
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) Tapping
Like adults, children, too, experience daily stress and anxiety. But it does not have to overwhelm them. Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) tapping can help them manage anxiety, especially during and after a pandemic, such as the current Covid pandemic that we’re going through.
EFT tapping or ‘psychological acupressure’ is an alternative treatment for physical and emotional distress. It is based on the same Chinese medicine as acupuncture and uses meridian points-or energy hot spots-to restore one’s body energy balance. But instead of using needles to apply specific pressure to the meridian points, EFT tapping uses fingertip tapping to apply pressure to the meridian points.
Due to children being unable to articulate how they feel, (they rather express themselves through tantrums or keep their emotions bottled in), EFT tapping wonderfully helps them learn to use it whenever a negative emotion surfaces. The process is easy and produces instant results, even for children who are resistant to trying new things will feel it!
Tapping can help with numerous physical and psychological conditions including:
- Chronic pain
- Phobias and social anxiety
- Muscular tension and joint pain
- Fatigue and insomnia
- Attention focus and coordination
Breath really is our natural superpower. And for kids, breathing teaches them to connect with their bodies, slow down and control their response, especially at the end of the day or during strong emotions, such as anxiety and anger that make them feel like they are in fight mode.
Like many of the techniques I use, the point of calm breathing is to not avoid the emotion completely but to help the child take the ‘edge’ off, ride it out and hopefully give him or her a sense of calm and control back. It’s a powerful anchor for our children and life’s messiness.
Benefits of Deep Breathing for Kids:
Reduces stress and anxiety
Ignites peace and calmness
Lowers blood pressure and heart rate
Improves focus and concentration