Jessica Ortner, author of The Tapping Solution for Weight Loss and Body Confidence, has discovered that her technique for coping with stress also has another positive effect on the body – it promotes weight loss.
Jessica explained that weight loss often begins with taking a step back and re-evaluating your relationship with your body, exercise and food. Jessica, who used to struggle with her weight, admitted that she had an unhealthy relationship with her body prior to discovering “tapping.”
To “tap,” you gently press nine acupressure points on the body—beginning with the side of the hand, then moving to the eyebrow, side of the eye, under the eye, under the nose, the chin, collarbone, under the armpit and ending with the top of the head—as you repeat a "setup statement" which vocalizes your emotional and physical stress. See this video for a demonstration.
“I used to think of exercise as punishment,” she said. “I’d look at people in the gym in great shape and wonder why they were even there."
Once she began to “tap” on her stress and better understand her relationship with food and exercise, she was able to have a breakthrough and achieve results.
To confront weight and body issues, Jessica recommends starting with “tapping” for just five to ten minutes in the morning, focusing on your weight loss goals, to get in the proper state of mind for the day.
“Sometimes, weight is a symptom of other things. Being able to work on the stress by ‘tapping’ in the morning is a great starting point,” she said.
“Speak your mind about how you feel to begin the flow of releasing the stress.”
For more of Jessica's tips, view the slideshow below:
Take notice when you’re overeating and ask yourself, “What am I trying to feel or avoid feeling?” It’s often our emotions that drive us to unhealthy habits. Awareness is the first step.
"Tapping" tip: Be as specific as possible. When you tap to relieve stress, get clear on what’s triggering your stress. Give that thought a voice while you stimulate the point to experience the relaxing effects.
If it’s not pleasurable, it’s non-sustainable. Find ways to make healthy habits and self-care fun by asking a friend to join you.
We tend to put everyone else’s needs before our own, which leaves us depleted. Make self-care a priority by scheduling 10 minutes in the morning or evening for tapping.
Body confidence is the knowledge that all your dreams are possible in the body you’re in (because they are!). While tapping, recite the mantra, “All I need to make my dreams come true is within me now.”
When you feel a craving arise, ask yourself, “What am I really craving?” Often times we are craving a way to relax. Find new ways to relax that don’t involve food -- such as tapping, taking a bath or going on a nature walk.
You can’t hate yourself happy or criticize yourself thin. Real change begins with self-love and self-care. Stop that critical voice by becoming aware of it and tapping.
Give yourself permission to feel good now. We often create rules about what needs to happen before we feel good about ourselves -- like needing to lose weight or getting that promotion. Dump the rules, sit back and smile. You have the right to feel good now!
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