In my recent book I outlined the research related to EFT Tapping in schools and amongst students.
As you may know, stress and anxiety levels amongst students and their teachers today are at an all time high. High stress levels have been linked to poor academic results in children, an increase in behavioural issues as well as staff overwhelm.
But the combination of a short-term intervention, easy to master technique, and immediate results contribute to the hypothesis that EFT may be an effective tool for students in classroom situations. It is self-applied so students learn a way to calm themselves without needing someone to direct them.
Daily tapping potentially supports the development of:
• Better focus and concentration,
• An increased sense of calm for students,
• Decreased stress and anxiety, fear of failure and procrastination,
• Improved impulse control,
• Increased self-awareness,
• Skilful responses to difficult emotions and expression of emotions in a self-empowered way,
• Increased empathy and understanding of others,
• Natural conflict resolution skills, and
• Improved academic performance for examinations and assignments.
Daily tapping practice gives students the opportunity to settle and calm themselves and develop focus. It may help them manage difficult thoughts and emotions. Tapping creates space, changing impulsive reactions to thoughtful responses. Students may find it easier to get along with their peers and choose kindness and optimism.
For teachers, it may lead to:
- A decrease in staff stress, anxiety and overwhelm,
- Potential improvements in physical and emotional health because of the decrease in stress,
- Potential rekindling of motivation for teaching, and
- An increase in happiness, energy and a sense of wellbeing.
Many studies have examined the effects of EFT on test-taking anxiety and depression in students (Church, De Asis, Brooks, 2012), teacher burnout (Reynolds & Walden 2010), anxiety (Andrade & Feinstein 2004), presentation anxiety (Boath et al 2012A) and post-traumatic stress disorder (Karatzias et al 2011). More recently it has been investigated in relation to food cravings, weight loss and psychological wellbeing (Stapleton et al., 2011, 2012, 2013).
This interview below with Christine talks about how Tapping in being used in a school environment and how Christine has used it with Indigenous students. Please enjoy!
You can also explore our online teacher training here.