Traffic Lights Tapping

Traffic Lights Tapping

DIY Tapping for First-Aid, Self-Help and Calm-Down

Sometimes your body gives you the signal that stress and anxiety are getting to you. Often you soldier on through the warning and hope that it will go away. So your body shouts louder. What if there was a quick, simple way to ease tension and bring yourself some calm? And what if you did not have to talk about it, or even think about it? Traffic Lights Tapping is here to help. This is a simple, short tapping process that does not need any words. Give it a try, it will only take a few minutes. Make an Appointment if you would like a coaching session to get you started.

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You Are the Expert on Yourself

We are all different. We all experience stress and anxiety in our own way. And we can all adapt this Traffic Lights Tapping process to our own needs. Some people like to do it when they get a stress signal. Others like to do it several times a day whether they need to or not – its the equivalent of brushing your teeth for stress and anxiety and stops stuff sticking with you. Think of tapping as WD40 for stress! Others like to tap whilst waiting for the kettle to boil or in the shower. You can make it your own and fit it into your routine. And yes, it does look daft and it does feel silly. But so many people are finding that it helps.

Traffic Lights Tapping

How To Tap – First Notice Your Signal

Notice what your mind and body do to give you a stress or anxiety signal. Is it pounding heart, shallow breathing, or tensing shoulders. Maybe churning tummy or agitated legs. Perhaps your thoughts race and jump around, or you get in repetitive loops. Notice your signal and rate it green, amber or red. Green is calm so carry on. Amber is a signal to slow down and prepare to stop and tap. Red means stop and tap now. Just like driving – we don’t go through a red light!

Now Do Traffic Lights Tapping

Download these slides for simple instructions to get you started. Or listen to the podcast interview with Suzy Glaskie or watch the video with Emma Johnson, you can tap along with us.

Breathe > Tap > Breathe > Tap > Breathe

Podcast Interview


Watch the Video


Breathe > Tap > Breathe > Tap > Breathe

That is all you do! Notice your stress signal. Do your tapping. You don’t have to talk about it. You don’t even have to think about it. As you tap your mind can wander or go blank.

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The Traffic Lights Tapping Points

Traffic Lights Tapping is an adaptation of the TTT process that Swedes Gunilla Hamne and Ulf Sandstrom have used to help survivors and refugees in many countries. You can find out more about their work and lots of TTT resources at www.peacefulheart.se

Some people get great results on their own.  Others need to tap with another human being.  Its great to learn in a group or workshop

Make an APPOINTMENT WITH GWYNETH by Zoom or in Ilkley for more help and guidance.

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