We will be posting a couple of tips a day from Doc Childre’s De-Stress kit. Doc Childre is the founder of The Institute of HeartMath, an internationally recognized nonprofit research and education organization dedicated to heart-based living – people relying on the intelligence of their hearts in concert with their minds to conduct their lives at home, school, work and play. HeartMath has been researching heart intelligence, stress and emotional management for more than 17 years and applied its findings to practical, easy-to-use tools that have been scientifically developed and tested.
IHM is a recognized, global leader in emotional physiology, stress management and the physiology of heart-brain research and I encourage everyone to go to their website at:http://www.heartmath.org
Here are some practices to help us reduce stress and reset our system to move forward in these changing times.
1. Communicate and interact with others.
One of the most important things that you can do is to communicate your feelings to someone or to a group of people going through similar experiences. Then engage in caring about others and offering emotional support. This especially helps to reopen
your heart, which increases fortitude and emotional balance. Whether you laugh together or cry together, there is often tremendous beneficial release. When people gather to support each other, the energy of the collective whole multiplies the benefit to the individual. It’s known that collective energetic cooperation can increase intuitive guidance and effective solutions for the problems at hand. When a group of people are “in their hearts,” and not just their minds, the collective support helps to lift their spirits, which in turn releases stress buildup and anxiety overload. If you inquire it’s likely that you will be able to find a group of people who meet to address the same issues that concern you. Many people can feel a resistance to being around others; but in times of crisis and stress, group support can be helpful. Often it can prevent the acute stress overload that puts your health at risk. You can also find interactive groups, blogs and helpful services on the Internet.
2. Re-opening the heart feeling.
It is normal at the onset of a crisis for our heart feelings to shut down, especially during the initial shock and anger phase. When our mind operates too long without the heart’s wisdom, it tends to overload from the sense of loss, and then our system gridlocks in anger, fear and despair. It’s understandable to experience this, but it’s really important to reopen your heart connection with people, as you can. When your heart reopens, self-security and confidence can gradually return. Be patient with the process and have compassion for yourself.
A good way to reopen your heart feelings is by offering kindness and compassionate support to others or volunteering somewhere to help others in need, even when you are in need yourself. Even small acts of kindness and compassion can make a big difference. This is one of the quickest ways to reestablish your footing and reduce the stress that could otherwise affect your health. Research has shown that care and compassion release beneficial hormones that help balance and restore your system.
Worry and uncertainty increase stress hormones, even when you feel that you have good reasons to worry. Much stress can be reduced by caring for and interacting more with others. If health problems prevent you from meeting with people, you can still benefit by sending genuine care and compassion to others. If you are home bound, try to have visitors so you can communicate your feelings to help release some of the emotional pressure. If that’s not possible, try to at least communicate with others by letter, phone or e-mail.
More tips later this week.
Stay in your heart!