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There’s a peculiar looking, decidedly simple daily practice that can help you deal with the workday’s emotional ups and downs. And you can do it while sitting at your desk, waiting for the computer to boot up or opening an email attachment.

Tapping, or the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), is a mash-up of ancient Chinese acupressure and modern psychology that is thought to help quell everything from chronic pain to serious addictions. Participants use their fingertips to tap gently and repeatedly on a sequence of meridian points on the body (under the eye, on the collarbone, etc.). While executing the exercise, they repeat a short phrase related to the issue they are trying to address.

Current research suggests that the repetitive process directly affects the brain. “When we have a stressful situation, the fight-or-flight response is activated in our body,” says Nick Ortner, author of The Tapping Solution: A Revolutionary System for Stress-Free Living (Hay House, 2013). “But when we tap on these endpoints, we send a calming signal to the amygdala and rewire the brain and the body to react differently.”

Typically, people focus on one of two areas of psychological strain while tapping: daily stressors, like a problem at work or an argument with a partner, and old traumas that gnaw away at the subconscious and make concentration a challenge.

Ortner recommends EFT when the day’s problems start to mount and notes that, while new practitioners may want to engage in the process more frequently to “clean up” deep-seated issues, most people report a calming shift after just one five- or 10-minute session.

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