One way to combat stress is to have a healthy coherent heart. Coherence is defined as smooth and balanced heart rhythms.
Stress can cause heart rhythms to become incoherent or unbalanced. If the heart remains in an unbalanced state for too long, an individual can become use to living in a chronic state of stress and the heart will become incoherent. For over 40 years, research has found ways to combat stress. Today we are going to focus on a stress management technique developed by HeartMath. This technique allows stressors to be rewired in to positive grateful emotions and helps the incoherent heart become coherent again. According to HeartMath, Science has shown that the heart communicates with the body and brain on various different levels.
- The heart sends neurological information to the brain and the rest of the body.
- Through the pulse, the heart sends energy in the form of a blood pressure wave. Researchers have seen that changes in the electrical activity of brain cells occur in relation to the changes in the blood pressure wave.
- The heart communicates on a biochemical level, releasing atrial peptide, a hormone that inhibits the release of other stress hormones.
- The heart communicates electromagnetically. An EKG measured in the doctor’s office is actually an electrical signal produced by the heart. This signal can be picked up anywhere on the body, and permeates the space around us.
Try the following HeartMath techniques when you feel stressed and need to get in sync quickly:
Step 1: Heart Focus. Focus your attention on the area around your heart, the area in the center of your chest. If you prefer, the first couple of times you try it, place your hand over the center of your chest to help keep your attention in the heart area.
Step 2: Heart Breathing. Breathe deeply, but normally, and imagine that your breath is coming in and going out through your heart area. Continue breathing with ease until you find a natural inner rhythm that feels good to you.
Step 3: Heart Feeling. As you maintain your heart focus and heart breathing, activate a positive feeling. Recall a positive feeling, a time when you felt good inside, and try to re-experience the feeling. One of the easiest ways to generate a positive, heart-based feeling is to remember a special place you’ve been to or the love you feel for a close friend or family member or treasured pet. This is the most important step