Heartmath 

According to Heartmath.co.uk, HeartMath is a system of simple and powerful self-regulation techniques which are easy to learn and designed to be used “in the moment”, whatever the situation, meaning that you can bring your best self to your personal, social and professional lives. 
 
I'll be honest with you, I haven't studied Heartmath in great detail, but I did come across a brilliant exercise using Heartmath in a book "The Stress Cure" by Patrick Holford. I tried the exercise and couldn't believe how effective it was and it is now my "go to" technique for instantly lowering my stress levels, so I thought I would share it with you. 
 
There are three parts to the exercise: 
 
 
First of all bring your attention to the heart area of your chest  
 
Now imagine synchronising your breathing with your heart rate - imagine your heart slowing down to beat in time to your breath. Visualise your heart beating in your chest slowing down to beat at the same time as your breath (don't worry we are not really trying to get the heart beat to be this slow, but it is a really effective way to calm yourself down) 
 
Now whilst concentrating on the heart area of your chest think of a scene that bring you to a place of peace and serenity - it could be going for a walk in a favourite place, stroking your dog - anything that is positive and calming and makes you feel good. Take a few more breaths whilst thinking of this image. 
 
That is about it! The hardest thing often is to get a suitable image in your mind. I would suggest that once you have a suitable image that you stick to that one always, as it makes it easier to recall and you don't have to think about it. In the video above, I share what image I think of - hint, it is very cute :-) 
 
I hope this has been some use - please let me know what you think and how it works for you. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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