For the past couple of weeks I have noticed a shift in my clients. The new clients are finding it hard to identify if and when they are stressed. FYI I and the Founding Director of Solonco Biofeedback Institute-where we work with individuals on peak performance and emotional regulation. Okay now you know why I am so passionate about teaching stress management.
Seeing this shift in my office has made me work smarter to find solutions to help reduce stress. I have already talked about what stress does to your body. I have also talked about the importance of reducing stress and how to reduce stress. Ah, I wonder how many people are using the quick coherence to stop emotional depletion caused by stress? Learn more here about those topics https://ninasonovia.wordpress.com/2014/02/06/rewiring-stress/
According to WebMD.com The human body is designed to experience stress and react to it. Stress can be positive, keeping us alert and ready to avoid danger. Stress becomes negative when a person faces continuous challenges without relief or relaxation between challenges. As a result, the person becomes overworked and stress-related tension builds.
Stress that continues without relief can lead to a condition called distress — a negative stress reaction. Distress can lead to physical symptoms including headaches, upset stomach, elevated blood pressure, chest pain, and problems sleeping. Research suggests that stress also can bring on or worsen certain symptoms or diseases.
It is my theory that when you can no longer tell when stress begins and ends in your life, you are in distress. If you are in distress try the follow to disconnect those stressful signals preventing you from performing at your peak.
The Neutral Technique from HeartMath:
- Timeout: Take a timeout to disengage from your stressful thoughts and feelings. Actually say to yourself, “timeout,” then step back.
- Heart-Focus: Shift your focus to the area around your heart in the center of your chest and feel your breath coming in through your heart and going out through your solar plexus, right below your heart.
- Heart Breathing: Breathe slowly and gently, in and out – four or five seconds in, four or five seconds out. Remain in this neutral zone until your emotions ease and your perceptions relax.