STRESS REDUCTION -- ideas from Heartmath

By Caroltoo Latest Reply 2012-05-01 08:47:31 -0500
Started 2012-05-01 08:47:31 -0500

About 15 years ago, I attended a training given by Heartmath about dealing with stress. They are now known worldwide in the stress field. Here is an excerpt from a larger article that I was reading this morning, that gives two ideas for dealing with the presence of stress in your life.

Stress is too much of anything: positive or negative. Either kind of stress does affect our BGs negatively, so learning how to reduce the affect is healthy for us.

Here are two tips from HeartMath that have worked for thousands of people:

Tip 1 – Heart-Focused BreathingTM – Reduce Stress and Anxiety

HeartMath research has shown that heart-focused breathing can help you quickly reduce stress. It’s especially helpful during times of crisis, or whenever you experience anger, anxiety or emotional overload. Heart-focused breathing exercises help you shift stress-producing attitudes and reset your stress set point.

It’s easy to do and takes only a few minutes .Just imagine your breath passing in and out through your heart area or the center of your chest. Envision yourself taking a time out to refuel your system by breathing in an attitude of calm and balance (like breathing in an emotional tonic to take the rough edges off). The key to making this exercise effective is to generate the true feeling of calm and balance as you breathe in and out through your heart area. You can substitute calm and balance at times with breathing the feeling of appreciation or compassion (or whatever soothing attitude you choose to breathe). This can be done in a quiet place or while walking, jogging, and even in a conversation once you get familiar with it. It’s very helpful for reducing anxiety, anger and mild depression.

Tip 2 – Decrease Drama

Another effective way to help stop energy drain from stress and reduce anxiety is to practice not feeding “drama” in your thoughts and conversations. When we constantly spin thoughts of blame, anger and “doom and gloom” projections about the future, it increases drama, which always makes things worse. Adding drama to a situation blinds our intuitive discernment, which we need to find the most effective ways to navigate through challenges. Start by trying to decrease drama when sharing with others. When we genuinely share feelings from the heart with others, this reduces the tendency to keep amplifying and repeating the downside of situations—and increases the tendency to strengthen and encourage sober support and solutions. Naturally, there will be some drama while expressing our feelings to others. But when excessive drama continues, it blocks solutions because it drains the mind and emotions, leaving us feeling worse. Practice reducing drama, but try not to judge yourself or others for creating it. Everyone is doing the best they can until they get more stable and secure. Try to proceed with compassion through all your interactions.

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