How to emotionally shift gears

Hey folks, sorry for the delay in an update here. It’s been a crazy week here in Austin with the tropical storm that just moved through here. Check this out: on Tuesday at our house just north of Austin, we received 13″ of rain in one day, 9″ of rain in one 7 hour span! Then we got several inches of rain the next day. It was wild. Sure topped off the local lakes, which is a great thing.

So, here’s a new post, and a great way to be able to de-stress in just a couple of minutes.

I’ve written before about the folks from The Heartmath Institute. Here’s a great article from their latest email newsletter about a practical tool anyone can use to quickly de-stress. Try it and tell me what you think!

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All you have to do is turn on the news or read the headlines on a regular basis to understand why so many people are experiencing so much stress.

Whether projecting into the future or dwelling on the past, sustained periods of negative emotional reactivity to people or events, real or imagined, drain energy reserves, compromise effectiveness and bathe the system in a hormonal mix that can, over time, compromise health and accelerate the aging process.

During periods of high anxiety, rapid change, flying rumors and worst-case scenarios the ability to achieve and maintain a state of neutral needs to be part of everyone’s health ‘plan’.

Neutral is a powerful state of emotional balance, a quiet yet dynamic inner calm. It’s a mental and emotional state from which we can reach physiological balance, find objectivity and function at a high degree of mental clarity.

And while we don’t typically think that being too positive or too energetic can be a problem, in the long run too much energy expended on the positive side of neutral can be just as debilitating.

So, next time you feel intense emotion, whether it be positive or negative, put these steps into play:

Take a time out. Breathe slowly and deeply. Imagine your breath is entering and leaving through the heart area or center of your chest.
Try to disengage from the stressful thoughts and feelings as you continue to breathe.
Continue until you have neutralized the emotional charge around the issue.
A few seconds in Neutral can save minutes of wasted time and energy.

Take care,
Kim Allen

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