“Our views of our body image – what’s on the outside – are directly affected by our emotions on the inside.”
Are you feeling stressed out? Are you facing challenges? Are you having negative thoughts about how things are going? Are you having poor body image which affects how you present yourself?
Next time you are riding on the negativity rollercoaster, notice the mindless chatter that is taking over your cognitive reasoning. Recognize that tension and anxiety are the sources which are stirring up the useless inner voice that signals harmful criticism. This negativity is unrealistic and if it is not challenged, it will consume your health, your immune system and will turn you to a self-absorbed toxic person who is unaware of the world around them. So be aware!
Well, introspection and working on shifting your mindset to a positive state can be achieved through myriads of ways. There are lots of self-help books, treatments, training and the list goes on. However, it is possible to remedy the way we feel at any moment of the day! You are able to control the rush of negative thoughts and tensions in the heat of the moment by shifting your focus to your heart’s physiology.
Dr Alan Watkins, leadership expert, neuroscientist & CEO of Complete Coherence explains that we are able to balance our emotions by controlling our breath. He further points out the connection between the optimum level of our performance and our physiology. Therefore, to reach our “A game”, we need to get a grip of our different psychological and physical layers:
Performance – In order to be at our best we need to change our behaviour
Behaviour – To change our behaviour we have to change the way we think
Thoughts – Our thoughts are influenced by our feelings
Feelings – Our feelings are the awareness of our emotions
Emotions – Emotion is the energy in motion from all the streams of data
Physiology – Streams of data produced by functions and mechanism within our body
Therefore, in a stressful situation, practising rhythmic and smooth breathing to re-gain a coherent heart rate pattern, allows the flow of data in our body to function without a blockage. Due to our ancient survival instinct, our frontal lobe shuts off as the variation of the time intervals between the heartbeats increase. Once you master the smooth and rhythmic breathing, you have set the ground to gain control over the fabric of your mind. As a result, the mixed self-help efforts or developmental training exerted on those psychological layers will help you stay alert and energetic to give your best. Simply with practice, in an anxious state, you can steer your heart rate variability to an ideal pace so that your brain regains its clarity. The emphasis should be to breathe in measured, regular and smooth intervals to have a coherent heart rate pattern.
Now that you are aware of the connections and most importantly you have the elixir of control, next time you are restless and on the edge, you know exactly what to do: zoom out of the negative perception of your body or mind and zoom in to your heart and breathing rhythm.
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