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EFT Tapping to Overcome Back-to-School Overwhelm

Hello to all my mompreneurs out there that are trying to make the world a better place through all of the soulful and heart centered things that they’re putting out there and also are trying to make their families a better place to and raise kids. This is a crazy time of year guys, it’s back to school time and I know some of you have already gone back to school but where I live in Maryland, back to school happens after labor day.

So I’m in the midst of it all right now and I was thinking about it. I’m like, I normally put so much stuff out there about business and female entrepreneurs and everything and I’d really like to focus for a bit here on the mom’s side of things because it’s such a huge part of who we are and the overwhelm is super real now.

You know me, I also am one that will preach over and over again. That overwhelm is a choice. So dealing with it is definitely necessary if you’re going to not fall into being a victim of overwhelmed and the emotional freedom technique is a great way to do that for us moms.

So I felt like I was in a really good position to help other moms with back to school because this fall, I have a child in preschool, a child in elementary school, one in middle school and one in high school. So we’re kind of running the full spectrum here in the living household and it’s exciting.

But it also means everybody has a different schedule, everybody has different school supply lists, different needs, different requirements. And it’s insane. I was doing– and my youngest who didn’t get to go to preschool last year due to covid is actually going to be attending to different preschools this year.

You know what that means twice as much paperwork. I literally spent seven hours doing preschool paperwork in the last week, insane, but necessary. And I know and I keep telling myself that all the work, you know, getting the kids ready, regimented things, putting things on the calendar, all of that is going to pay off and make things so much more organized when the school year starts.

But then we also have worries about things going on, you know, with sickness and covid and everything else right now, right. I know that many moms that I talked to her like, you know, great. I’m already for it and planned, it’s all set to go.

But what if we don’t go or what if they end up at home again or what if we have to do virtual or you know, and all these things are going through our head and it can be a little bit crazy. So let’s do a tapping round together and I’m going to be kind of tapping through a whole bunch of different things here in relation and what I want you to do is tap along with me.

But also me to keep a note pad nearby. And when I say things that you’re like, that’s me write those down and then go back through these tapping motions and just say those particular things while you’re tapping through. So we’ll do the setup stuff together here on our hand. But when it comes to actually going through your tapping points, then I want you to think what resonates with me, what speaks to what I’m feeling.

And when you’re going through those points, I want you to say and think about those things. So if I’m saying something that doesn’t apply to you at all, it certainly doesn’t hurt you to say it. But I want you to be thinking about those things that really evoke connection with what you’re going through. Okay. That should be your personal focus.

And of course I am one person. I am one mom.

I have things I’m going through and I’m going to try to speak to things that I know other people are going through. But that doesn’t mean that I’ve hit it all or nailed it all for you.

So you have to feel into that and reach out if you want to talk about it.

But let’s do this and see where it goes. And hopefully it can bring your stress level down. So just taking a deep breath and claiming that responsibility for your emotional state. I want you to begin by writing down a number from 1 to 10. Um with what could be 0 to 10, 0 been, I’m not stressed at all about the beginning of the school year or anything that you know is part of that and 10 being I am so incredibly stressed out. I don’t even know what to do with myself.

Okay, write that number down. We’re gonna try to shift it towards a better place, okay.

Even though school is starting and there’s so much to do and I feel really overwhelmed. I want to love, accept and forgive myself anyway.

Even though I have no idea what’s in store for this year and sometimes I’m not even sure what I’m preparing for.

I honor those feelings and I accept myself.

Even though I have so much stress anxiety and overwhelmed about my kids heading off to school this fall because there is heightened uncertainty in our world. I love, accept and forgive myself.

All this overwhelm about the school year starting up again, it means my kids are getting older and time is slipping away always.

Such a crazy push and pull between wanting them to stay little and knowing that change is the only constant and that them growing up and becoming more mature is really the best case scenario.

There’s so much to do to get ready for this, their school supplies to shop for close to get ready schedules to prepare.

Oh and all the paperwork, the emergency forms and all the other stuff maybe you have stuff to fill out for allergies or medications or immunization forms or health forms or background checks.

All the things are so so much to fill out. When am I going to find time to do all of this?

I’m so glad that schools take all these precautions. But boy, there’s a lot to do as a parent and it doesn’t mean that any of the other things I have to do on a day to day basis are slowing down because of it.

So this is all in addition and I’m really enjoying this summer with my kids and I don’t know that I’m ready for that to end.

There’s such a routine shift and a change in the way we operate between the school year and the summertime and I don’t care who you are.

Change is hard and we all resist it. I’m just wanting to welcome this change to accept that it’s coming and to make it as good as I can to be a supportive mom and to provide my kids with the best possible circumstances so that they can become more educated so that they have opportunities to socialize and to grow with their peers.

And I’m just hoping that Covid doesn’t complicate things even more this year and I worry about my kids staying healthy.

My family and loved ones staying healthy and I’m worried about all the parts of their schedule. I’m not aware yet about like extracurricular activities or clubs or sports and then there’s all this stuff before and after school like bus rides or carpools or walking or figuring out, drop off and pick up.

There’s so much to figure out. Sometimes. I just don’t know how I’m going to get it all done okay. Mhm. Yeah. Mhm.

And maybe kids are starting at a new school and there’s anxiety about the way that they’re going to fit in or the friends that they’re going to make or the people or crowds they’re going to fall into and spend their time with.

And I know that whether it’s a preschooler or high school or let them going off to school, it means that I am relinquishing some control and authority in their life, entrusting in so many others to be part of their tribe and help them grow and it’s so hard to let go of that control even though I never really had it totally anyway, really want this to be an amazing year for them at school for me and my business, for all of our relationships and I know that it can be, I know that when I can draw my mind back and be present, it’s also crystal clear and that I’m doing as good as I possibly can considering all of these circumstances that I can’t predict or control.

And then when I show my kids how I can navigate these uncertain times with a calm and centered heart and with patience and kindness and love. Yeah.

That’s as good if not way better than anything they’re going to learn at school. Yeah. It is so important for me to make this a priority.

Mhm. And to regulate my emotions and release my stress and anxiety. All right. Mm take a deep breath in you too. Mhm. Where is your number now? I’d love it if you were to share where you started the number for your start and the number of your finish. I’d also love it.

If you were to share the things I said that resonated with what you’re going through and then of course so that you can really see impact in doing this. I’d like you to go back through do the same set of statements that I did on the side of the hand or create your own if you know how. And then do your regular tapping points using those things that resonated with you the most or just feeling into it and telling your own story right now to release those negative emotions.

And I feel so much better. More aligned, calm, comforted, less stress regarding the start of the square. I wish you so much peace and clarity with all of this. I know it’s hard lean into those feelings. Feel them so that you can release them.

Have an awesome day and keep tapping.