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Tapping Script for Stress and Overwhelm

Feelings of stress and overwhelm tend to accumulate in the body-mind, making already stressful circumstances feel even worse. When we tap to release that pent-up stress, it can dramatically lighten our inner load, which then, as if by magic, actually makes our outer load feel lighter, too.

I've worked with people who were carrying around the imprints of past stress for years, and once those imprints were tapped away, they felt such a profound sense of release, relaxation, and lightness that their current set of responsibilities suddenly felt much more manageable.

These tapping statements will help free you from current stress, and you can also modify them to release the emotional charge from times in your past when you felt very stressed and overwhelmed. My guess is that you'll be amazed by how much lighter you feel in a very short amount of time.


As with all of my tapping scripts, these statements can be used as is, or modified in any way that makes them resonate more fully with your experience. Some of them will fit for you, and some will not. Just use the ones that fit your experience and have an emotional charge.

You may notice that when you start tapping on these statements, thoughts and feelings will arise that you can then turn into new tapping statements, which will then give rise to still more thoughts and feelings, which you can use to create additional tapping statements, and so on. I call this following the thread, and it’s a very efficient way to heal and release a lot of painful feelings in a short amount of time.


If, when working with this (or any) tapping script, you get stuck, aren't getting the results you'd like to get, or would simply like to have the support and guidance of an experienced professional, I recommend working with a trained EFT practitioner.


I’m feeling really stressed-out right now.

I’m so stressed right now that I can’t even focus on my work.

I’m really overwhelmed by everything I need to do.

I have so much to do that I don’t even know where to start.

I feel like I’m paralyzed by all of this stress.

I really need a vacation, but I’ll never be able to take one.

I’ll never be able to get through everything on my to-do list.

Every day I get more behind with everything I need to do, and every day my to-do list gets longer and longer.

Thinking about everything I need to do makes me want to crawl into bed and stay there forever.

Every single minute of my day is accounted for every day of the week, and it is totally exhausting.

I wish I could take a day off, but I can’t afford it.

Life moves at such a frantic pace and I feel like I can’t keep up.

I feel like my life is ruled by stress.

It seems like everything they say to do to relieve stress requires time and money that I don’t have.

I’ve been stressed to the max for as long as I can remember, and there is no end in sight.

I have too much to do and not enough time to do it.

I know all this stress is affecting my health, but I don’t know what to do to get some relief—every stress reliever requires either time or money that I don’t have.

I know you’re supposed to exercise for stress-relief, but I just don’t have time, which stresses me out even more.

I know I’d feel less stressed if I exercised more, but I’m already so exhausted, I just don’t have the energy.

There just isn't enough time in the day to do everything I need to do.

I feel like my to-do list is a mountain that I'll never get to the top of.

I wish I had the time and the energy I need to do everything I need to do.

I have too much on my plate and I feel like there's nothing I can do about it.

Something's got to give, but none of my responsibilities can be de-prioritized.

I can't even imagine what it would feel like to not be stressed-out.

I'm so tense that I can barely take a normal breath.

The last time I felt like I was really breathing normally was when I got a massage, and that was two years ago.

I almost wish I would get sick so that then I'd be forced to take a day off and rest.

Sometimes I am so tired and overwhelmed that I feel like crying.

I'm so stressed and overwhelmed that I wish I could just crawl into bed and stay there for a week.

For a downloadable PDF of this script, click here.


Heather Ambler is a San Francisco Bay Area based teacher and practitioner of EFT, writer, speaker, and founder of The 30-Day Tapping Challenge. Through her private practice and online programs, she has helped many thousands of people all over the world use EFT to find freedom from suffering and release the inner obstacles that were keeping them from living their best life. To learn more about Heather, click here.

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