Health & Medical Self-Improvement

Use Your Heart as Stress and Anxiety Management, Reduction and Relief Tool

When you feel some kind of a strong emotion, positive or negative, the amygdala (an almond-sized structure in the second brain) remembers it along with many other related details.
That's not all.
Even things that are not directly related to that incident may trigger the old feeling.
You may not be aware of what is actually happening! The amygdala stores all sorts of impressions including sights, smells, tastes, and sounds and uses a fast tracking circuit to find a match with something that has already happened.
Thus, our emotional memories can cause us to stereotype whole groups of people with certain physical characteristics.
And this may affect the way we perceive them.
However, you can use those emotional memories incredibly for your benefit when you realize that they are affecting you and in many situations, they are controlling and even limiting you.
This realization can help a lot to reduce your inappropriate fears, test anxieties, angry reactions in certain situations, and other unhealthy and negative emotional expressions caused by your emotional memories.
For years psychologists thought that emotions were nothing but mental expressions, generated only by the brain.
Thrilling new research has recently challenged such outdated assumptions about emotions.
Emotions, as we perceive it today, have as much to do with the heart and the rest of the body as with the brain.
Emotions can not be produced if brain and body do not act together.
It is the autonomic nervous system (operates at a subconscious level) that connects the brain, heart, and body in this case.
Brain needs something more than pure logic to make wise choices and decisions.
The heart and brain communicate with each other and the messages they send back and forth affect us in many important ways.
You must have good communication between our emotional and logical centers to recognize and understand for example, what others are feeling and how your behavior is affecting them.
A few simple and easy steps used in Freeze-Framer technique, can help you reduce those moments of stress and anxiety and even help you to take charge of your emotion: 1) Recognize: At the first point you must recognize that you are feeling stressed.
If you can do this, give yourself some time to put your thoughts and feelings on hold.
2) Shift your focus: Now, when you have identified your emotional position, shift your focus to the area of your heart.
Take some deep breath - breathe as if air is flowing through the center of your chest and getting out through the stomach area.
Take 4 to 5 seconds both to breathe in and breathe out and try to do it naturally.
3) Activate a positive feeling: Make a sincere effort to activate some kind of positive feeling; a true feeling of positive reception or care for someone, some place, or something of high importance in your life.
Try to feel it within and do not just think about it.
4) Ask for Solution: Now ask yourself to find out what would be the best solution at that situation, or which action would reduce your stress! 5) Notice: Notice the changes in your thinking process and try to find out newer avenues to overcome the problem.
These five steps are very effective and can boost up your living pattern if you practice the breathing process regularly for sometime.
Keep faith on yourself and you will see the difference.

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