IMPROVE YOUR BRAIN FUNCTION BY NEUTRALIZING YOUR STRESS
Brain function declines in moments of stress. So if thinking about “that thing” you “gotta do” is actually triggering your stress response, you are shooting your brain function in the metaphorical foot. We’ve all experienced this: you know you need to work on something, take action on something, yet you cannot bring your brain function to realize it. How do we get out of this cycle of “knowing” what you “need to do” but unable to accomplish it? This brain fog or brain function complication is part of being human and so has been studied. A solution exists. For many people, that is the HeartMath solution.
HeartMath requires 3-15 minutes a day for 3-5 months. HeartMath is not meditation, yet it is akin to meditation. HeartMath is next level in that it visually shows you, in real time, the quality of the communication between your heart and brain function, which directly impacts how you feel and perform. The effect of heart activity on brain function has been researched extensively over about the past 40 years. Scientists at the HeartMath Institute have extended this body of scientific research by looking at how larger-scale patterns of heart activity affect the brain’s functioning.
Emotional Stress Alarm Signals
Stress wears and tears on our body. Stress is what happens in our body and brain when we cannot control external situations. Emotional stress alarm signals are fatigue, confusion, panic, exhaustion, making mistakes, procrastination, disengagement, victimhood, perfectionism, self-defeat, hopelessness, future projections, distraction and impaired brain function, to name a few. Physical signs of stress are hormonal imbalances, body aches & headaches, inadequate sleep, high blood pressure, rapid heartbeats, nerve pain, indigestion and bloating, or oversleeping.
Take one minute and write down what your physical and mental/emotional signs of stress are. Then, ask yourself, what do you consistently do that not only neutralizes these depleting reactions, but over the long term stops them from happening? Exercise is a tested way to manage stress. Yet, exercise has limits. Injury, time restrictions, motivation and fears can prevent us from actually exercising. Furthermore, if we experience stress in the car, at work, in public, we can’t quickly do a lap or pound out twenty squats to flush the cortisol and adrenaline from our system. Rather, those stress hormones remain in our system, circulating around our organs and tissues like battery acid. Sometimes, exercise actually increases the cortisol in our body. Wear and tear on our body and reduced brain function is inevitable when we do not have an understanding of our stress response. Reduced life-expectancy and strained relationships happen when we do not have an active, easy method to process stress and approach life situations.
So ask yourself again, what do you do that consistently neutralizes your stress response so your brain functions optimally, and over-time restructures your response to external stressors? If you don’t have an easy way to neutralize and master your stress, you need to consider scheduling a HeartMath intro consultation and assessment at Los Angeles Neurofeedback Center. HeartMath is an evidence-based, time-tested, on-the-go system to create an automatic cushion against stress and reduce the effects of stress long-term, while maintaining your brain function. We do not have to be a victim of stress. We do not have to become self-defeating when we cannot get our brain function to do the thing we need to do. We can be pro-active and reverse the drain stress inflicts. Your brain function will thank you, and so will your loved ones.
Training Expectations to Improve Brain Function
Research studies show that restructuring your heart rhythm pattern can be achieved in 3-5 months with a consistent daily practice of 15 minutes. The 15 minutes can be segmented into smaller amounts through out the day. After a session with our HeartMath specialist, you will know just which techniques to use during this 15 minute coherence practice. Coherence is an optimal physiological state shown to prevent and reduce stress and improve brain function and wellbeing. Coherence is trained and measured through our Heart Rate Variability (HRV) aka our heart rhythm patten. With a HeartMath Inner Balance device, we can see our heart rhythm pattern in real time. As we train our heart rhythm pattern to be coherent, coherence becomes automatic and familiar to our system, making it much easier to remain calm and balanced in challenging or stressful times. When we remain calm and balanced, our brain function soars.
At the most basic level, you will use a visually stimulating breath pacer to slow and deepen your breath, then you will activate regenerative feelings and attitudes. Activating regenerative feelings and attitudes feels good. The 15 minutes flies by and becomes a moment of relief, a moment you look forward to and prioritize. Each 15-minute session has a carry-over effect of emotional composure and clear-thinking. The carry-over allows you to increase brain function to make clearer decisions and dramatically reduce personal energy drain. This state is called Coherence. Each 15-minute practice adds Coherence to your body system, creating a cushion against stress. With a cushion against emotional stress, you can better relate to others, you can perform better physically and cognitively because your brain functions optimally. No more excuses.
A Personal Experience of the Heartmath Training Over 5 Months
“I started using the HeartMath Inner Balance device and the breath pacer in the Inner Balance app on my iPhone. The breath pacer was beautiful to look at and became rhythmic to breathe with. I saw my heart rhythm lock into this even wave, where the peaks were equal to the valleys. The best part was the feeling. I don’t know how to put words to it, how do you describe not having anxiety? That’s what it felt like, being relaxed and clear headed, like everything slowed down and I had time to breathe and make decisions. I even used HeartMath to navigate dating and now I have a partner. When I look back at last Valentine’s Day and where I am now, it’s transformative.”
Read more about this client’s experience of HeartMath training in PART TWO: Heart and Brain Function: An inside experience to HeartMath Training.
Your brain function does not have to suffer due to your habituated stress response. If you experience any of the stress alarm signals mentioned above or find yourself making mistakes when you feel pressure, value your brain function and schedule a session with our HeartMath specialist today. Life is stress-inducing. Technology does not have to contribute to our stress and overwhelm. In fact, technology like the Heartmath Inner Balance device can help us neutralize and reduce stress reactions over-time so our brain function improves with age.