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Finding your CALM through challenges and stressful situations can be a difficult task, and can seem impossible to do!
If there are two heart attributes to consider rebooting right now they would be compassion and tolerance – for our self as much as others. Many people feeling their emotions running high makes the topic of resilience even more important. Staying tuned to what emotions "drain" us and which ones help "sustain" our resilience is essential. You can't fix what you are not aware of.
Increasing Resilience by Managing Emotions
We know it’s impractical to try to tune out all that is occurring in the world around us or avoid everyday encounters that may not always be pleasant to us. We can, however, learn to increase our resilience so we flow more smoothly through challenges and sustain our positive creative intentions.
Resilience is defined by the HeartMath Institute as the "capacity to prepare for, recover from and adapt in the face of stress, adversity, trauma or challenge". Increasing our resilience also plays a highly effective role in strengthening our mental capacity, emotional stability and our health. It especially increases the personal energy needed for adjusting to change and uncertainty in the fast-moving scenes of life today.
Having a high level of resilience is important; not only for bouncing back, but for preventing unnecessary stress accumulation from frustration, impatience, anxiety, decision pressure and such.
HeartMath Institute has verified through its research, involving thousands of participants, that increasing and maintaining our resilience is highly dependent on our ability to manage emotions. Emotions are the principal drivers of a number of key physiological processes involved in energy regulation.
Moreover, while not dwelling on negative emotions is important, also learning techniques for replacing stress-producing emotions with positive, supportive ones can be a critical component to improving overall well-being. Practicing the following suggestion often produces immediate results, even the first time and within a few minutes.
A Suggestion for Replacing Stressful Emotions and Feelings
Take a few minutes several times a day to do this simple process.
With a little practice, you will surprise yourself with your heart’s power to change many unwanted feelings, emotions and attitudes.
If you would like a deeper understanding of resilience, please schedule a resilience training session.
HeartMath® provides tools that connect us with the heart of “who we truly are” for living healthier, fulfilling lives and building a brighter future.
Since 1991, the HeartMath Institute has researched and developed reliable, scientifically based tools to help people bridge the connection between their hearts and minds, and deepen their connection with the hearts of others.
The HeartMath Institute (HMI) researches heart-brain communication and its relationshipto managing stress, increasing coherence and deepening our connectionto self and others. HMI's scientists also explore the electrophysiology of intuition and how all things are interconnected.
HMI also has conducted interesting research on how the heart's magnetic field radiates outside the body and can affect other people.