Stress damages your physiology and drains your energy!
Stress keeps you stuck in a pattern of negative emotions. Negative emotions cause energy leaks.
Stress reduces overall resilience of a person’s ability to cope with the impacts of stress on the mental, emotional and physical body. It keeps you in a state of distress, disharmony and depleted performance. The effects of stress on your physiology can cause ill health and disease because stress is the basis of up to 95% of all disease.
Heart Math Organisation defines resilience as: ‘the capacity to prepare for, recover from, and adapt in the face of stress, challenge or adversity.
It relates to increased energy, decreased stress and increased overall performance, having control over how you feel, respond or perform.
For management, one of the primary goals of instigating a work-based stress resolution program is to build resilience of staff to the effects of stress. When this happens it leads to increased energy and greater control over work/life balance.
How do you increase your resilience to stress?
How do you know you have increased your resilience to stress?
One of the easiest ways to increase your resilience to stress is by way of a combination of “correct breathing” and increasing your state of positivity. “Correct breathing” is belly breathing, rather than breathing via the upper chest and upper lungs.
Because breathing is an automatic function run by the subconscious part of the brain, when you are stressed this is one of the first functions to suffer. “Incorrect breathing” is evidenced by shallow or rapid breathing. When this happens you automatically deplete the amount of oxygen circulating within your blood. Consequently, you start to deplete energy immediately. You then need to increase your state of positivity. It helps you feel better about yourself and your circumstances.
Energy can also be depleted by remaining “stuck” in stressed states or by being locked into negative emotions and negative patterns of behaviour. Negativity depletes energy because it causes energy leaks.
So, when energy is being depleted by whatever method, your physiology is affected, as well as your emotional and mental states. This means that your performance on any level is reduced. Consequently, your overall level of resilience to stress reduces.
Reduced resilience is evidenced by:
Difficulty in thinking clearly and lack of focus
Not performing tasks well
Reduced ability to bounce back
Increased negative emotions
Lack of ability to gain restful sleep
Resilience can be thought of as the amount of energy you store in your inner battery. The more energy you have available the greater your resilience will be.
Having a more positive outlook is also part of true resilience.
So, how do you increase resilience?
The simple answer is by utilising energy management techniques. Heart Math Organisation utilises a combination of “correct breathing” and fixating on positive feelings.
“Correct breathing” calms the automatic nervous system and increases oxygen flow. It slows down the stress response mechanism, so that you gain control of how and when you respond to stress. It shuts down energy depletion and leaks, and gradually helps you move from a negative state to a more positive state of wellbeing. It gets you back in sync and on track to better health faster. You will also be more present and gain more composure and clarity.
Having more energy through “correct breathing” and focusing on the positive, means having greater capacity to self-regulate and be back in charge of how you react or respond in stressful situations.
So, instilling energy management techniques, especially “correct breathing”, and feelings of positivity, will increase your energy reserves and hence lead to increased resilience to stress. You will be able to:
- Sleep better
- Your work performance will improve
- Your ability to think clearly will improve and
- You will increase your capacity to be in charge of your emotions.
- Improve health and well-being
- decrease stress and burnout
- Maximize creativity and innovation, and
- Boost performance and overall intelligence