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Stress Relief Tips

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Stress Relief Tips

By Sara Childre, HeartMath

My adventure of nourishment started with studying nutrition and becoming a vegetarian back in the early ‘70s in North Carolina when I started a health food restaurant. At that time, not too many people in North Carolina knew much about health foods. I next ventured into being the manager of two privately owned health food stores and studied all aspects of healthy eating and dietary supplements. As I continued to nourish my body I felt I needed something more. Thus, I began my journey of nourishing my heart.

For the past 30 years, I have explored the intelligence of the heart and self-empowerment, discovering which attitudes and perspectives are empowering, leading to balance and fulfillment and which are depleting and stressful. An “Ah ha!” moment was when I truly realized that stress occurred from my perceptions of events and my emotional responses to those perceptions, not from the actual events themselves. Another person can have a completely different perception and response to the issue that was causing me stress.

I began to see that it was my choice in how I would respond to situations. My heart guided me to use HeartMath tools and techniques to learn how to take my perceptions and reactions to a more neutral state and perceive situations through my the heart’s intuitive guidance — leading me to broader perspectives and much less stress. Nourishing the heart — my physical, emotional, mental and spiritual heart — helped me nourish my wholeness.

In this column, which we have named Nourishing the Heart, Deborah Rozman from HeartMath and I will share with you simple ways to nourish your heart with tips and tools to de-stress from the heart and to enhance your well-being, heart-healthy recipes, heart quotes, videos and more. I will also share some of the scientific research on the link between stress and the heart.

Next: 3 Steps to Beating Stress

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Sara, from Institute of HeartMath

Sara Childre is President and CEO of the non-profit Institute of HeartMath. Since 1991, Sara has helped oversee and develop HeartMath trainings, educational products and scientific programs. She was appointed vice president and CFO of the institute in 1992, then president and CEO in 1998.

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10:08PM PST on Dec 27, 2013

Thanks for Sharing.

8:35PM PST on Jan 28, 2012

I've heard of Heartmath before! I think that if we had more of this integrated into our system, we'd have better lives. Thank you.

4:35AM PST on Jan 22, 2012

Much needed practical advice, thank you!

4:26PM PST on Jan 18, 2012

Good advice, I will try it. Thank you.

5:56PM PST on Jan 3, 2012

Will give it a go.

2:35PM PST on Dec 28, 2011

Thank you for this wonderful advice

6:35PM PST on Dec 27, 2011

Brilliant! Thanks!

8:26AM PST on Dec 27, 2011

good tips thanks

12:27AM PST on Dec 27, 2011

Thanks for the article, very imformative.

9:39PM PST on Dec 26, 2011

Thanks for the useful tips.

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