Tapping to Reduce Feeling Overwhelmed

Oh, tapping, how I love you.  And oh, I don’t know what would I do without you.

As I mentioned before in Tapping To Reduce Toddler Meltdowns, Tapping or Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is a tool I have used for over a decade. It is great all around self healing tool and I relied heavily on it while pregnant with Penelope to reduce anxiety about loosing her.

Tapping EFT to reduce feeling overwhelmed

One of my favorite times to use tapping is when I am feeling overwhelmed.  Watch the video below to see how to use tapping and what I say while tapping. Repeat everything I say and do in the video on yourself, and after doing it with me a few times, you will start to be able to do it on your own, using whatever words flow and work best for you and your specific situation.    You will feel better almost instantly! 

The script is below in written format. Remember, once you get the hang of it, use your own words.

During the first round of tapping, validate your current feelings. Don’t try to analyze what you’re feeling, just name it and own it and really feel it. Then take a deep breath and start the next round of tapping. This is when you hit the reset button and add in the positive affirmations. Make sure to take note of how stressed you are on a scale of 0 to 10, so you can really see how much better you feel when you are done!

I am so stressed out right now.

I am so overwhelmed right now.

I have so much to do it’s insane.

I am so tired.

I don’t have enough time to get it all done.

I don’t know how I am going to get it all done.

I am so overwhelmed!

I am so irriated.

I hate feeling like this.

I am so stressed.

My kid is driving me crazy.

My spouse is really annoying me.

I am SO overwhelmed!

So much to do and so little time to do it.

Ugh, I think I bit off more than I can chew.

I hate feeling so rushed and stressed.


But I am gonna let it all go.

I am going to release this stress and worry.

I am open to healing this feeling of overwhelm.

I am open to slowing down and not getting it all done.

I am going to calm down.

I am going to relax.

I am going to take care of myself.

I am open to not getting it all done.

I am going to listen to my body.

I am open to learning the lesson of this experiene and these emotions.

I feel my stress releasing now.

I feel my body calming down.

I am not my stress.

I know that even though I feel overwhelmed I am still a good mom.

I am imperfect but I still love myself.

I feel calm!

I feel better!


What’s your stress level now?  See!  It works!

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  1. Jennifer says:

    It felt like you were speaking directly to me! Thank you so much for posting this video and script. I do have a couple questions if you don’t mind as I am very new to tapping but it keeps drawing me in and showing up in very different places so I know I am meant to explore it more. I have tried before but just feel like I’m doing it wrong so I quit. Ha I’m sure that speaks volumes.
    So my questions are, is it necessary to do the talking part out loud and does it help more when you alternate sides while tapping? Also I would love to start down this path with my just turned 2yr old daughter. We are working on taking deep breaths when she’s feeling a lot at once (overwhelmed or frustrated or tired or a combo of all etc) and I’ve noticed her doing it on her own so my little mama heart knows this is something that will work for her too. Any tips on introducing it or is she too young? I can’t find much online about toddlers and tapping – your video with your daughter is adorable and about all I can find but I know she is a bit older.
    Thanks so much for your blog and all you put into it!

    • Sorry for the delay, I was out of town for a few days. So… no, you don’t have to say it out loud if you prefer to say it to yourself in your head. Either is totally fine. It doesn’t help more if you alternate, but if you feel called to do that, it’s for sure not going to hurt anything. Sometimes I like to use both hands to get both sides at the same time, because I am a typical over achiever and I want to do “more” and really feel like I am “doing” something, but it’s not necessary. 2 years old is a great age, just have her watch you do it first and get her used to it. Then you could make a game of it at first, introducing it more when she is already happy and in a good mood. Tapping on her, or tapping on you, as a surrogate for her. And saying things for her. So many times they just want to be validated at that age. They just want to make sure you really know that they are PISSED or UPSET and as soon as a parent really validates that for them, they calm down. So outside of the acupuncture/energy healing/psychology/affirmation aspect of this self healing too, it’s just a great way to validate little ones emotions. :)

  2. Thank you SO much for sharing this! For the past month I’ve been going through a particularly stressful time and anxiety and panic attacks have made it all the more difficult. I’m going to give this a try.

    • So sorry to hear you are going through a hard time, remember the hard times are temporary, we are built to overcome and become more alive, joyful and resilient after a cycle of hard times. Lots of love to you. And if you ever want to talk, or would like to do some stress relief healing modalities, check out my clients services page. I am doing half off sessions for the month of May.

  3. This was amazing! Everything you said, I am feeling. Thank you for sharing, much success !


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