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A change of heart changes everything!


Heartmath, as seen on the infamous TV show, The Doctors, http://www.heartmath.com/the-doctors/ and http://www.twitvid.com/05BDX

About HeartMath LLC
HeartMath is a non-profit company that is dedicated to improving health, performance, and well-being at home and in the workplace.  Products and services are provided that enable people to transform stress, better regulate emotional responses and harness the power of heart/brain communication.

What is Stress?
Stress is a term used to describe the wear and tear the body experiences in reaction to everyday tentions and pressures.  Change, illness, injury or career and lifestyle changes are common causes of stress.  It's how we respond, however, to the emotional pressure and tension we feel from the little everyday hassles - rush-hour traffic, waiting in line and too many emails - that do the most damage.   

How does stress affect health?
Stress affects people physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.  According to the American Institute of Stress, up to 90% of all health problems are related to stress.  Too much stress can contribute to and agitate many health problems, including heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, depression, and sleep disorders.   

How stressed are you?
Everyone responds to stress differently. Take this quick test to see if you are experiencing stress. The items you check will reveal how much stress is affecting your life.

  • I feel overly tired or fatigued.
  • I often am nervous, anxious or depressed.
  • I have sleep problems.
  • I have repeated headaches or minor aches and pains.
  • I worry about my job, finances, relationships.
What can I do about it?
The first step is to understand how stress works. It’s not the events or situations that do the harm, but rather how you respond to those events. More precisely, it’s how you feel about them that determines whether you are stressed.

Emotions, or feelings have a powerful impact on the human body. Positive emotions like appreciation, care and love not only feel good, they are good for you. They help your body’s systems synchronize and work better, as a well-tuned car. Research at the Institute of HeartMath has shown that when you intentionally shift to a positive emotion, heart rhythms immediately change. This shift in heart rhythms creates a favorable cascade of neural, hormonal and biochemical events that benefit the entire body. The effects are both immediate and long lasting.

How does it work?
When you’re stressed, your body is out of sync. Negative emotions we feel when stressed such as anger, frustration, anxiety and worry lead to increased disorder in heart rhythms and the nervous system. In contrast, positive emotions like joy, appreciation, care and kindness create harmony in heart rhythms and the nervous system. Other bodily systems sync up to this rhythm, a process scientists call coherence. Because coherence leads to more mental clarity, creativity and better problem-solving abilities, it’s easier to find solutions and better ways of handling stressful situations.

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For most people in today's high stress world, it is rare for coherence to occur for sustained periods.  Now with emWave PC, emWave PSR or just doing the exercises on your own, you have a convenient and practical way to help you reduce stress and shift into a higher state of coherence anytime, anywhere. Your stress will diminish and your feelings of well-being, balance and enhanced energy will increase.

As a Certified HeartMath Practitioner, why not explore all the benefits and opportunities Heartmath can offer *you* to achieve a better work-life harmony within this high stress world! 

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