EFT Steps For Dealing With Depression

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EFT Steps For Dealing With Depression

In this article, we describe the actual steps used in the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) that you can take for dealing with depression naturally.

If you are interested, we have covered the details on what exactly EFT is and how it works, as well as the evidence for EFT’s effectiveness when used to fight depression, in previous articles. You could read more about these areas if they are useful to you. Otherwise, you could go straight to the EFT steps below.


“The Basic Recipe”

A basic form of EFT, known by Gary Craig (founder of EFT website “emofree.com”) as “The Basic Recipe”, can be used for dealing with depression, as well as any other emotional or physical problem that you might be facing, whether big or small. [1]

Besides this basic “recipe”, there are of course more advanced versions of EFT that can help individuals achieve even better results with EFT. But since it is crucial to get the basics right first, we would not be touching on the advanced versions here.

The “Basic Recipe” for EFT involves 5 brief steps

  1. naming the issue/problem/emotion that you have difficulty dealing with,

  2. rating the intensity of the issue/problem/emotion,
  3. performing the “Set-up”,
  4. tapping based on a sequence described below, and
  5. re-rating the intensity of the issue/problem/emotion.

Although it may seem like quite a few things to remember at first, once you memorize the steps, one round of EFT can be performed in less than a minute. And once you get the hang of it, EFT can become so easy you can even, in Craig’s own words, “do it in your sleep” [1].

Remember that millions have successfully learnt the steps, including children, so you can do it too. You will then have a tool that you can use for life, anytime and anywhere.


The 9 meridian points

Before we go into details on the 5 basic steps, here are the 9 meridian points [1] involved in the “Basic Recipe” for EFT. The names given to the points are arbitrary, and are chosen simply to help users remember the points better:

  • KC: At the center of the fleshy part on the outer side of the palm (which karate practitioners use to deliver a karate chop) between the baby finger and the wrist (abbreviated KC, for Karate Chop point).

  • TOH: On the Top Of the Head (abbreviated TOH). To find this point, draw a line over the top of the head from one ear to the other ear, and then draw another line from the nose to the back of the neck. The TOH point is where these two lines cross.
  • EB: At the Beginning of the Eyebrow (abbreviated BE), just above and to one side of the nose.
  • SE: On the bone bordering the outside corner of the eye, near the temple (abbreviated SE, for Side of the Eye).
  • UE: On the bone bordering the lower part of the eye, about 1 inch below the pupil (abbreviated UE, for Under the Eye).
  • UN: On the small area between the bottom of your nose and the top of your upper lip, anatomically known the philtrum (abbreviated UN, for Under the Nose).
  • Ch: Halfway between the point of the chin and the bottom of the lower lip (abbreviated Ch, for Chin).
  • CB: The junction where the sternum (breastbone), collarbone and the first rib meet. To locate the point, first locate the U-shaped notch at the top of the breastbone (near where a man would knot his tie). The point (abbreviated CB for CollarBone) is about 1 inch below and 1 inch to the side (toward the rib bones) of the U-shaped notch.
  • UA: On the side of the body, about 4 inches below the armpit, at a point level with the nipple for men and in the middle of the bra strap for women (abbreviated UA, for Under the Arm).

See diagram for an overview of the 9 meridian points.


The 5 basic steps

In the process of dealing with depression, you probably find that you face difficulties in several areas.

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