Posts tagged ‘Auntie Stress’

February 14, 2018

#548 – Your Beautiful Heart

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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 10-12 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 10 years ago, 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. Email 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.

HeartMath is a registered trademark of the Institute of HeartMath. | emWave and Personal Stress Reliever are registered trademarks of Quantum Intech, Inc.

September 10, 2012

#357 – My Givens and a Giveaway

Be sure to get enough rest, water, nutrition, exercise and friendship.

Appreciate that you have enough rest, water, nutrition, exercise and friendship!

Schedule time for the things that bring you joy—the things that make your heart sing.

In order to manage my disease, I’ve developed a list of “givens”, which is another word for “habits“.

Here is an example of some of the things on my list:

  • Getting some form of exercise each day.
  • Choosing foods that are nutritionally sound.
  • Having my afternoon tea break which includes a piece of fruit and a handful of nuts.
  • Making sure I get enough rest.
  • Scheduling time with friends and family.
  • Regularly undressing my stress.

What’s on your list?

My, daily, year-long project is nearly finished. To celebrate, I’ve put together an Auntie Stress giveaway – one that will help you undress your stress, through the power of your heart. Please read on for the details.

Giveaway

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know that I often post about how undressing my stress has made a big difference to me.

Now I’m offering one reader a chance to win the following:

  • 1 hour of telephone coaching
  • 1 emWave®Personal Stress Reliever* (The emWave Personal Stress Reliever® provides advanced mobile technology that will help you reduce the negative effects of stress, allowing you to experience greater health, more energy, and improved emotional and mental clarity.)

The Rules:

  1. Complete the following: Stress is ____________ .
  2. Entries must be received by midnight PDT, on Thursday, September 13, 2012.
  3. Entrants must have a mailing address in either Canada or the United States.
  4. On Twitter? For an extra entry share the following: I just entered an undress my stress #giveaway from @AuntieStress – http://wp.me/p1OifR-13l.
  5. The winning entrant will be drawn from a hat. You will be notified via email. Your name will appear here and on Twitter.

*emWave and Personal Stress Reliever are registered trademarks of Quantum Intech, Inc.

September 7, 2012

#354 – Heart-Mind-Body

Since my one session with Sarah Lynn Joy, I’ve been able to augment what she did with me in the Watsu pool to give me a greater sense of fluidity to my movements. I’m noticing subtle changes as I continue to explore, and play with new ways to move.

As I combine my stress work, with movement therapy (for lack of a better word), I’m enjoying the discovery process. The heart-mind-body connection is potent and important. It takes a commitment, but given the alternative, it’s one that I enthusiastically, wholeheartedly and unequivocally endorse. It doesn’t take a lot of time; I build in the practice as I go about my daily activities. I’m thinking, feeling and moving, anyway. Why not make it count?

The heart starts it. Then, for me, it seems that where the mind goes, the body starts to follow. I’m looking forward to that! 🙂

Related post: Finding What You’re Looking For.

August 17, 2012

#333 – Pain, Pain, Go Away!

Image courtesy of Viktors Kozers.

I often hear people tell me, “It’s just stress.” Well, there’s nothing just about it.

When you are stressed, your brain receives signals indicating that you are under an attack of some sort. Regardless of the reason, real or imaginary, your system is flooded with chemicals, resulting in fight, flight or freeze.

Start to notice how often you are feeling stressed. This includes worry, anxiety, sadness, boredom – the list goes on. What was your perception of the events leading up to this? Did you see, hear, smell or feel something.

For example, in the past, it was common for me to jump on the worry train first thing in the morning. I’d have some swelling and stiffness and would immediately begin to worry. “Oh no, I’m having a flare-up! What if it gets worse? How will I . . . ?” On it went, and as a result, this would trigger the stress response. Those chemicals, a throw-back to pre-historic times, actually made the situation worse.

Better pain management is one of a multitude of benefits you’ll enjoy when you learn to transform your stress.

Now, if I do notice the morning stiffness, I let the worry train  go by. I choose to activate a different set of chemicals; I use positive thoughts and memories and watch how my heart rhythm evens out.

Exercise, laughter, music – doing the things that you love – help to change the chemical cascade. Endorphins—the happy hormones—rise. Cortisol—the stress hormone—levels decrease.

This bears repeating: your body is constantly making adjustments based upon what you hear, smell, think, see and feel. Develop your awareness, practise some techniques and choose to respond differently. It’s a skill I began learning in 2006 and one I continue to sharpen. Why? Because it’s worth it!

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