Forming New Habits
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
I recently attended a HeartMath Class to learn how to build coherence within my body and mind. The primary selling point of the class was to reduce stress in your life, but after taking the course, there were so many other applications for this method in my life.
The four levels to obtain coherence are: neutralize the stressful feeling, add the power of positive emotions, transform stressful situations and increase your coherence ratio.
Science proved 80% of emotion starts in the heart whereas only 20% starts from the brain....I know, WOW. They also proved the the electromagnetic field from your body can extend about 8-10 feet from your body...meaning you can pick up emotions or actions of others within your vicinty (and vise versa). Amazing....
Ok, so now that I've learned the people within my immediate area are pushing their emotions my way, how do I accept them or deal with them? Well, first is it positive or negative emotion and how can I neutralize the possible stress related to their emotions and how that affects me. It becomes a mind over body function, focusing internally and controlled breathing (neutralize or Neutral Tool) and once you have managed to grasp that, you add in positive emotions (heart feelings - good feelings). Just these techniques alone had results in my class like lower BP, less stress/confrontations, less road-rage, better sleeping, and an increase in overall calm. Again, WOW.
So now to the topic at hand, forming new habits.
We've all heard it takes an average of 21 (straight) days to form a new habit. Doesn't sound hard...until you are challenged to make this commitment. So here I am, with new "tools" in my health-improving arsenal, what am I going to do about it? I'm going to practice, practice, practice.
In addition to practicing the neutral tool before situations that may have caused stress in the past (meetings, speaking in public, reading unpleasant emails, dealing with co-workers, handling homework tantrums) I'm going to practice the neutral tool. Bring my mind and body to a place where instead of cortisol (bad) being released into my body (from stress or negative actions), I maintain a peace where DHEA (good) is released (positive emotions).
I'm also going to practice the Neutral Tool before bed each night (who wouldn't want better sleep?) as this has proven to give you a better night's rest.
Lastly, just because I'm attempting to get my body and mind to work together, I decided to throw in a physical part (such as walking 25-30 minutes each night) to building habits. Although I am involved with some other activities (circuit training, zumba, kickball, etc) I want to have something I can feel comfortable with everyday.
Do you have anything you want to become a habit? If you are in the right mind, it could take less than a month to become a positive force in striving for a healthier you.
I'm ready, this is my time. Join me and make some health habits, mind and body.
Thanks for reading, hope you were entertained, although the blog is for me to document where I am in my process/timeline, I'm happy to share with you.