Globally, as the pace of life increases there seems to be a correlation to the increase in people’s stress levels. You might be feeling stressed with any area of your life – e.g. your work, relationship, health or finances What tools do you have in place to self-regulate this stress in your life?
Remember the actual event is NOT stressful, it’s the meaning and emotion that we attach to the event that make it appear so. Our thoughts and emotions have a powerful effect in our bodies, both positively and negatively. When we’re thinking and feeling joy, gratitude, appreciation and love; it has a positive impact on all of our bodily systems, bringing your body into ease, coherence and harmony.
If however, we’re feeling unsupportive thoughts and emotions such as anger, shame, guilt, sadness, fear and anxiety we’re putting stress on our bodies, contributing to dis-ease, disharmony and incoherence in our bodies.
To reduce the energy depleting emotions, we need to develop skills to manage our emotions moment by moment, building mental and emotional resilience.
I’m fascinated with the current science and studies that are being released about the benefits of brain – heart coherence and how it reduces stress levels. Research has shown that when we shift our focus from negative to positive emotions are heart rhythms instantly change. As a result, harmony returns to our bodies improving our health, energy, mental clarity and much more.
Two simple techniques I’ve discovered through HeartMath Institute, that help bring your body back into coherence are :-
Heart Focused Breathing
Place your attention in the area of your heart/chest and imagine your breath is flowing in and out of this area. Gradually breath deeper and slower to a count of 5 seconds in and 5 seconds out.
Feel A Positive Emotion
Feel appreciation, gratitude, love or care for someone or something in your life. It could be a loved one, pet, special place or happy memory.
These are proven techniques to self-regulate your emotions in the moment. Start off by incorporating these techniques a couple of times a day to reap the benefits of brain-heart coherence, increased energy, mental clarity and a state of calm. Then you will be in a better position to self-regulate your emotions, in the moment, when you feel stressed.
Let me know how you go.
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