I get a weekly newsletter related to the HeartMath techniques/skills/whatever-they-are-called I learned while in regular therapy sessions and more later when I read the book I was recommended. The last two have been extremely good.
The first is on the stealth of stress. Unfortunately, it doesn’t get into the tools and how to use them (which wouldn’t take long to explain). So I will post the steps that I have in the “continued” section.
The second is a good list of things to indicate your potential stress level. It isn’t at all scientific, but these are good rules of thumb.
Here are the five steps of the FREEZE-FRAME (Quick Coherence) technique:
- Recognize the stressful feeling, and FREEZE-FRAME it. Take a time out!
- Make a sincere effort to shift your focus away from the racing mind of disturbed emotions to the area round your heart. You can pretend that you are breathing through your heart to help focus your energy in this area. Keep your focus there for ten seconds or more.
- Recall a positive, fun feeling or time you have had in life and attempt to re-experience it.
- Now, using your intuition, common sense, and sincerity—ask your heart, what would be a more efficient response to the situation, one that will minimize future stress?
- Listen to what your heart says in answer to your question. It is an effective way to put your reactive mind and emotions in check—and an “in-house” source of common sense solutions!
Reference: The HearthMath Solution by Doc Dhilre and Howard Martin copyright © 1999
The rest of the book is just great for working on better emotional management and growth.