Heartmath® Stress Management
What is Stress?
Stress describes the wear and tear on the body due to change, illness, injury or career and lifestyle changes but often it is little everyday problems such as driving in the rush hour, being late for appointments and even getting too many emails – that create the most damage.
Stress affects everyone physically mentally and emotionally. According to the American Institute of Stress up to 90% of all health problems are related to stress including heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, depression and sleep disorders.
How stressed are you?
- I feel very tired and exhausted most of the time
- I am often nervous, anxious or depressed
- I have sleep problems
- I have repeated headaches or minor aches and pains
- I worry about my job, financial commitments ore relationships
What can I do about it?
It is not the events or situations that do the harm but the way you respond to them. How you feel about them relates to how stressed you become. Emotions or feelings have a powerful impact on the human body. Positive feelings such as appreciation, care and love not only feel good but are good for you. They help your body systems to synchronize and work better like a well-tuned car.
HeartMath’s research has shown that when you intentionally shift to a positive emotion, heart rhythms immediately change. The shift in heart rhythms benefit the entire body. The results are immediate and long lasting.
How does it work?
Negative emotions like anger, frustration, anxiety and worry – lead to increased disorder in the heart rhythms and the nervous system. However, positive emotions such as joy , appreciation, care and kindness can create harmony in the hearts rhythm and the nervous system which scientists call coherence. Coherence leads to more mental clarity, creativity and better problem-solving abilities. It becomes easier to find solutions and better ways of handling stressful situations.
How can I create coherence?
Barbara Jones is a HeartMath Intervention Practitioner and regularly activates this simple Stress Management System with her clients. She uses the Professional version of the emWave Desktop. You will be connected to the monitoring system via a small sensor connected to the ear or finger and the Heart Rhythm Analysis enables her to evaluate your present state so you can observe your progress in real time.
Quick Coherence Tool
The emWave™ is a small portable unit and is an easy way unit to interrupt the stress responses and quickly bring your body back into coherence. The Inner Balance system works along similar principles and can be used via your mobile phone, ipad or computer. Either of these tools can be used prior to or during challenging events such as interviews, meetings, tests and examinations. They give you instant feedback and also keep a record of your progress so you can set yourself targets. Practice in the morning, evening and during break times or any time you need to rebalance
The HeartMath System also helps to reduce the stress of those with ADD/ADHD dyslexia, anger, anxiety and panic disorders, arrhythmias, asthma, chronic fatigue, chronic pain, depression, diabetes, digestive disorders, hypertension, sleep disorders and pain management.