Under stress, your heart rhythm shows up as a jagged line - the two branches of your autonomic nervous system (ANS) are speeding up and slowing down. What matters is the quality of that rhythm. If it's speeding up and slow down, much like a driver with his foot on the gas, then the brake, the gas, the brake, the gas and so on, which is what happens under stress, it's not doing you any favours. This wears out your nervous system, accelerates aging and sets up the scene for ill-health, along with a host of other things.
Learning to activate the power of your heart changes your heart rhythm. As the rhythm becomes more balanced, you enter a more coherent state. How you think and feel is reflected in real-time in your heart rhythms.
For example, this morning, I recalled what it was like to be in a state of flow. I went into high coherence; a stress-free zone. Then, a negative thought poked its way into my mind and I immediately saw red in the Coherence Ration window. That's how our thoughts and emotions affect our heart rhythms. When you're aware of this, you can make changes to benefit your health and well-being.
By regularly addressing and undressing my stress, I am able to decrease the amount of cortisol my body produces. I see the effects in my lab tests, too, with a lower value in my C-reactive protein (CRP). If you have RA, CRP, a marker of inflammation, will be part of your regular blood work. Cortisol contributes to the inflammatory response, so anything you can do to limit the amount of cortisol that you secrete is a plus, especially if you live with rheumatoid arthritis.
My morning begins with a cup of tea and time on the emWave. Often before I start writing, I'll do a ten minute session. I do know how it feels when I am in a coherent state; I like the verification I get when I use the emWave. It keeps me on track and honest!
Since starting this program over ten years ago now, my life is better in so many ways. In fact, that's why I became Auntie Stress. I noticed a change in how I moved through life and I wanted to help others do the same. Contact me if you'd like to address and undress your stress. I have various options available at a variety of price points to suit your budget.
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