Written by Kim Allen Thursday, 02 February 2012 12:03
Americans’ stress is down for the first time in five years and at its lowest point since 2007! It must be true; I read it on the Internet!1
Well, the truthful truth is we’ve all just adapted to stress; it’s become normal operating procedure.
The dictionary defines ‘normal’ as average, regular or standard. When something is normal, it’s what happens, on average, most of the time. And a lot of us are stressed most of the time. Whether it’s the traffic, deadlines or annoying people, we’ve all grown accustomed to a 24/7 stressful way of life.
If you’re familiar with HeartMath’s emWave® heart rhythm devices, you know it’s possible to see in real time how emotions have a profound and quick impact on the heart’s rhythm. When the emotion is a stressful one, the heart’s rhythmic pattern becomes chaotic and jagged.
On the other hand, during positive emotional states this rhythmic pattern becomes ordered and you achieve a state scientist's call 'physiological coherence'. Coherence not only feels better than stress, it’s the body’s natural way of rejuvenating itself: innate, untreated, and unaffected. As a matter of fact, overnight, during brief periods of deep sleep, the heart’s rhythm will naturally go into coherence. While coherence may be natural it’s not normal for a lot of people and could be one reason a lot of people are not sleeping as well as they used to!
Here’s one easy baby step: Remember or recall a person or thing or time in your life that brings a smile to your face! Start with life’s little stressors first: The next time you’re anxiously sitting in traffic, for example; or impatiently waiting on line at the grocery store. With practice, you’ll be able to make the shift during more challenging situations.
Natural can be your new normal.
You’ve heard about sleep problems and you have probably suffered a few sleepless nights yourself, but did you know all the facts? Did you realize just how pervasive it is and how many ways it affects us?
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