We know our minds are designed differently, and there is no one-size-fits-all solution to stress management. How we deal with difficult situations in our lives, then, often relies on discovering creative ways to develop resiliency. That’s why The Balanced Brain invited John and Madison to exchange their unique perspectives on how breathing, heart tones, and visualizations can help each of us stay focused during challenging times in life. Join them for this fascinating conversation as they explore different avenues for building strong mental health!
HeartMath™ and Breathing
Simply learning how to connect with your breath and understanding how to make it stronger and more flexible can make a world of difference. But why stop there? HeartMath™ is a powerful component that can take your breathwork to the next level and transform your outcomes.
Unbeknownst to many, you don’t need to be a top-notch breather to master the art of HeartMath™. This innovative approach to wellness has a secret weapon up its sleeve: breathwork! Incorporating a HeartMath™ app and other resources into your routine allows you to fine-tune your breathing skills and tap into even more profound benefits.
To make sure everybody understands, HeartMath™ is a program for training heart rate variability, as differentiated subtly in some sense, from breathing. You can see the impacts of breathing very clearly in someone’s heart rate variability. As you breathe differently, you can change the structure of how your heart works—the physical organ. It’s astonishing! Heart rate variability is just one way to approach that.
Madison admits, “One of the things I truly appreciate about HeartMath™ is that it adds elements to the recipe. Can breathing enhance your HeartMath™ performance? Absolutely, it can. Is it the bridge that connects the body to the mind? Absolutely, it can be.” Additionally, Madison says our clients can use this program to experience more calm and learn how to shift and change their heart rate variability to be a little more connected, mind and body together.
Sense of Environment
When someone’s heart beats fast, and they have sweaty hands, it means their mind is busy. They might also have some energy in their body. The environment around them can tell them why this is happening.
However, it can be many things.
You could be standing in a dark alley, and suddenly, the lights go out, and the brain goes to anxiety and fear. This is the feeling associated with the physiology of what’s happening in the body, and it generates cortisol and adrenaline, powerful excitatory hormones preparing us for fight or flight.
Or you might be celebrating at a wedding. There is music playing, and you see people you love. You want to dance. You feel excited, your heart is racing, and your palms are sweaty. That means you are feeling joy! The physiology might be the same, but the environment says, “this is joy, this is excitement, this is right.”
Madison shared an important thought: “When you are with yourself and you connect into what’s going on in the body when we lack that communication bridge – heart to mind, mind to heart, the mind can often misinterpret what’s happening. Then it can falsely give you an idea of your experience, and then you experience that.”
HeartMath™ helps you understand yourself better. Think, feel, and remember things to help you understand it all. This is an important part of HeartMath™ that people often forget about.
Take it with You
Over and above, breathing well is sensing something that brings you feelings of joy, peace, calm, and gratitude—all of these or even just one of these things. All of this love, whatever it is, lights you up. When you end that HeartMath™ session, take these with you into your day to continue.
HeartMath™ is the elemental art method that is integral in terms of incorporating into your life and experiencing a real, powerful shift. It’s not something a coach can feed to you, tell you, or make you do.
This is an exploration of truth within ourselves as we search for things that give us power. We become motivated and inspired in all the new places it takes us, thriving to move and continue striving forward. There’s no limit to what we can do next, unlocking pathways that may lead us far beyond our wildest imaginations!
Influenced by what gives us a source of courage, we can take the necessary steps towards better enabling our growth and creating the opportunity for hope and a life filled with wonder.
Breathing, HeartMath™, Neurofeedback, and Resiliency
Everything we have just been sharing is the philosophy that we apply to neurofeedback itself. When people come to us and spend a few hours with us over a week, we help their brains work better and teach them how to use this in their everyday lives.
We’re not teaching your brain to operate more efficiently. It is part of what we do, but it’s not the entirety of it. It’s to take that efficiency, smoothness, flow, and better connectivity and put them into practice in real life. That’s the goal. It’s not for us to develop some mathematical metric to improve your brain waves. No.
We want you to be a better human. We want you to be successful and to work to your best capacity.
These modalities and interventions are complementary because they all support the same purpose. They all support YOU, the client, to be better able to withstand the stresses of everyday life. To walk through life’s stressors with the certainty of your ability to perform well no matter what comes at you.
We’re all going to struggle. We all have different starting points. The folks coming to us, by and large, have depleted resilient resources. They have a much lower baseline of resilience than they need to have in their lives.
Understandably, we all have certain limitations in our lives. But don’t let them define you! You can be so much more and grow beyond what anyone has told you “have.” Take ownership of your life and journey to discover the resources within yourself to act and function better. Unlocking the potential of your resilience and capacity will undoubtedly bring immense rewards, so start now!
All of these things will help improve your resilience and capacity to function at your peak.
Our discussion on breathing, HeartMath™, and neurofeedback has provided you with plenty of tips that you can use to increase your resilience. From understanding the importance of connecting to your breath and environment to utilizing HeartMath™ techniques, everything discussed today could help lay the groundwork for improving your resiliency in everyday life. It’s also important to remember that taking one or two gems from this blog post with you as you go about your day-to-day activities could make a world of difference. Ultimately, you can achieve greater clarity and success in any given situation by taking the proper steps to manage stress levels, enhance self-regulation capabilities, and practice resilience consistently. So don’t wait…if learning more about gaining resiliency interests you, then schedule a discovery call today—it may just be the best thing ever for your mental health!
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