How to reduce stress and anxiety with your heart?
Updated: May 16, 2019
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Are you confused about my question above? Just give me a minute to explain.
Did you know that you have two brains? Yep, you read it correctly – two brains. Of course, you already know about that thing inside your scull but perhaps what you didn’t know is that your other brain is where your heart is. Yes, research in the field of neurocardiology introduced the idea that our heart functions like a brain.
This is because the science discovered that our heart has its own nervous system which is so sophisticated it functions like a head-brain. It has at least forty thousand neurons and is capable of learning, remembering, feeling and sensing things independent of the brain in the head. Not only that, your heart begins to respond to things before your brain knows of it.
If I’d ask you what happens to your heart when it beats, what would you say? Most, if not all, of you would say that it pumps your blood across your body. But, what it also does, is sending information to your head-brain which influences your emotions, perceptions as well as having a regulatory influence on things like your stress response. So, it is not only a pump but also a control system which determines whether to trigger the stress response or whether to relax you.
So, what does it all mean for stress and anxiety? The institute of Heartmath was set up in the early 1990s to further research the physical heart in our health and wellbeing. What they discovered was that if you would actively focus on your physical heart, it reduces the presence of stress measurably.
Most of us spend a lot of our time in our head-brain. My clients often telling me in their hypnotherapy session how their head is so busy, they find it difficult to concentrate, relax and even wake up in the middle of the night with busy mind. They are overwhelmed, often fatigued and find it hard to come out of this cycle.
This research gives us very simple way of reducing stress and anxiety by taking some time to shift our attention from our head to our heart because this enables your body to relax and calms your mind so you can think clearer.
I have tried this meditation before and I love it and so do my clients. So, I have prepared a meditation that guides you through this process. All you have to do is get comfy, take some time for yourself and enjoy this amazing yet simple technique.
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This is one of the range of techniques which I use with clients who come to see me with anxiety and stress.
To find out more, contact me today to book your hypnotherapy session in Poole, Christchurch or London.