Strange Anxiety Cures #2: ETF Tapping

By Milly Hailstone

It's time for part 2 of my Strange Anxiety Cures series and I'm at it again with the YouTube videos, except this time I'll be exploring the world of Emotional Freedom Techniques or ETF for short. I'll be researching one technique in particular: Tapping. It sounds oh-so-simple, but many sources in the holistic community are hailing it as a cure for anxiety. So, let's try it out!


If you missed Part 1 of Strange Anxiety Cures, click here to read all about ASMR!


What is Tapping?


According to, "tapping is a powerful holistic healing technique that has been proven to effectively resolve a range of issues, including stress, anxiety, phobias, emotional disorders, chronic pain, addiction, weight control, and limiting beliefs, just to name a few." Sounds pretty great, right? 


In part two of the weird cure for anxiety series, I’m testing out an emotional freedom technique called tapping. I’m hoping this holistic remedy can reduce my anxiety and introduce me to an new kind of emotional healing.


It's basically a mash up of Chinese acupressure and psychology. In other words, you tap on specific areas of your body while focusing on negative emotions to release them. By doing so, you are able to rewire your brain and create healthier thought patterns. 


For a more in-depth, yet easy to understand description check out Brad Yate's Tapping for Beginner's video. He's a well-known ETF practitioner and has been uploading tapping videos onto YouTube for more than 10 years, so you could say he knows his stuff. 

Tapping Away a Panic Attack

So, I just got back from the gym and I had a panic attack in the changing rooms. This one literally came out of nowhere and I’m not even sure what it was about - I just felt like I couldn’t breathe.

Anyway, while walking home all breathless and anxiety-riddled I decided to try Tapping as soon as I got back to my flat. I started tapping using another Brad Yates video, this time it was one specifically created for anxiety (find it here) and I set to work.

Within minutes I was calm, the fog from my brain was lifted and my breathing had gone back to normal. I don’t know if this was because my attention had shifted away from the panic attack, but I can’t deny that Tapping made me feel better extremely quickly.

Usually after a panic attack, I’m tired, upset, and need a lot of comfort - but after tapping along to the 10 minute video I quickly felt like myself again. Since then, I’ve been convinced that tapping really works.

Ready for another strange anxiety cure? This week, I’m trying Tapping - an emotional freedom technique. The experts say it can not only cure anxiety but also depression, chronic illness, help you lose weight, and even make a million dollars. But, does it work? #anxietytips

From now on I’m going to add Tapping into my morning routine. If it’s as life-changing as people suggest, I’m surely going to reap the rewards! Interestingly, there are many things you can tap for, including wealth, happiness, weight loss, beating depression and chronic illness and a ton more. YouTube has many videos you can follow too.

Recommended YouTube Channels for Tapping:

What do you think about tapping? Let me know in the comments section if you are going to try it!