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More suggestions from the Heart Math Institute De Stress Kit.

Sleep
Sleep is especially important during times of increased stress. However, many people can’t sleep well due to increased stress. If you have a hard time sleeping, get what sleep you can and try not to overdramatize your concerns about it, as that only makes it worse. Breathing an attitude of calm and relaxation for five minutes or so before bed has helped many people get more restful sleep. The Internet offers many suggestions for improving sleep, including diet, exercise and stretching. But as with most advice on the Internet, you have to use discretion. Due to increasing problems with sleep issues, many are turning to prescription medications. While medication may be necessary in some situations, people have a tendency to overmedicate in the pursuit of quick fixes. It’s worth checking out alternative methods, in case something simple helps. If medication is necessary, it is wise to follow the advice of a physician.

We suggest the Over Energy correction to cut the chatter in your head or calm you down when you are feeling  overwhelmed. To correct for over-energy: Cross the left ankle over the right, extend arms with backs of hands facing each other, bring right handover left, clasp fingers together, fold arms and hands inward and rest on the chest under the chin; rest tongue on the roof of your mouth behind your front teeth, breathe deeply for 1-2 minutes. It’s very calming for most individuals and can be used as a separate exercise to promote sleep and reduce acute anxiety.

For more information on how to reduce stress click on the link to the Heart Math Institute: www.heartmath.org

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This is from Doc Childre , from the Heart Math De Stress Kit.

Prayer or Meditation
Prayer or meditation can make attitude adjustments easier, especially as you center in your heart and try to find a more objective state. Feeling compassion for yourself and others or feeling gratitude can be a form of prayer or meditation. These practices help quiet the mind and can bring you new perspectives that restore hope and direction. Research has shown that sending appreciative or compassionate feelings to other people or issues can have a beneficial effect on the hormonal and immune systems. Anything that boosts the immune system is worth practicing, especially during periods of prolonged stress. Sending appreciation, care or compassion to others also helps to balance the nervous system and create more harmonious heart rhythms. This, in turn, helps balance your mental and emotional system, which helps reduce anxiety and feelings of overwhelm.
Whatever your religious or spiritual practices may be, genuinely applying them through these challenging times can be very beneficial. Such practices have been shown to restore hope and increase confidence. While stress can cause a disconnection from your heart feelings, this connection can be re-established. Many people have made comebacks from painful places. I have and you can as well, with genuine commitment and self-application. The most important step I took in recovering from a past crisis was reopening my heart through deeper care, compassion and appreciation for others. This sparked the gradual return of my inner self-security—the missing piece in moving on and recreating my life.

Tracy and I have a wonderful, transformational meditations in our book Shift: 12 Keys To Shift Your Life, which are also on 2 CD’s . Please visit our website for more information at: http:www.12keystoshift.com

Stay in your heart!

DocMarion

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