Relaxation Stress Management

Have you been forgetting to schedule your relaxation stress management?

Bet that feels like fatigue?

If you stop and think about it, we schedule our stress, in fact we make it unrelenting if we do not pay any attention to our relaxation.

In other words, before I have the covers off in the morning, if I am thinking about work, I have changed that wonderful chemistry inside my body that comes from a good nights sleep to adrenaline and cortisol. Before I have the covers off.

And if I do not schedule relaxation, I will sustain this adrenaline and cortisol based chemistry until I fall asleep again, exhausted, but I may make a few very bad errors at work because I did not build in relaxation.

Most of us think that relaxation is what we do after a long period of concentration and effort, a fifteen minute break after a couple of hours of work, for example, but EEG biofeedback researcher Barry Sterman,Ph.D. has a different take on relaxation.

He says that we take micro breaks, at least our brain does, as it finishes a task, for example, gets to the end of a line of text on this page.

So it would seem that our brain takes many frequent and short breaks, measured in HZ. or cycles per second, and that is enough for our brain.

Relaxation Stress Mananagement Ends Very Bad Errors...?

"The Concentration and Recharge Cycle

Studies of pilots in the cockpit, as they actually flew their planes, showed that there was a short burst of idling rhythm between the individual tasks that they performed in the cockpit. The better pilots needed a shorter rest period before starting to focus again. We'll call this recharging period a microbreak.

In fact, there is evidence that this kind of cycling between concentration and the microbreak is a basic way in which the brain functions. For example, there are studies that show that when we read, there is a brief idling rhythm in the visual cortex when we come to the end of a line and move on to the next.

Dr. Sterman performed a study which showed that these idling rhythms decrease right after a person is presented with a target to respond to, and then increase again when they finish processing their response to the stimulus. In the back of the brain, this idling rhythm was an 8-12 Hz. (alpha) burst that increased as they became more familiar with the task. As he looked at sites that were further forward in the brain, he saw that there was also an idling rhythm at 5 to 7 Hz.

There are also good, common sense reasons to believe that the brain is set up to cycle between concentrating and taking a recharging microbreak. Even the best of us cannot concentrate forever. We need our breaks. They are built in to our work and school day. The concept that each of us has an “attention span” that increases as we mature from child to adult, and then decreases in old age is a clear reflection of this well accepted concept. People who fail to regularly take these necessary microbreaks between tasks set themselves up for stress-related diseases because they accumulate the tension and anxiety from the continuous effort in their minds, brains, and bodies.

The most fundamental lesson of Peak Achievement Training® is that we all need to cycle continuously between concentrating and taking a recharging microbreak in order to consistently be at our best without overtaxing our brains."

For the brain those microbreaks can be measured in HZ, so if the brain takes microbreaks, does the rest of the body follow along?

Heart Based Micro Breaks for Relaxation Stress Management?

For the brain those microbreaks can be measured in HZ, so if the brain takes microbreaks, does the rest of the body follow along?

Not sure about you, but I am going to learn a heart rate variability biofeedback technique that allows me to take breaks heart beat by heart beat.

Turns out that Heartmath, the heart rate variability biofeedback program that I am talking about, impacts the higher perceptual centers in my brain, so in this model, instead of relaxing from the top down, I am relaxing from the heart up, which does give my body time to change its hormonal bath, from adrenalin to cortisol.

Hopefully you are beginning to see the value in attending to our natural brain and heart based rthyms of work and relaxation.

The more I build in opportunities to take heart beat by heart beat breaks, the better I perform in my daily routine, the better my health is, and I discover rather quickly that the neurons in my heart are (yes, your heart has a brain) affiliative and cooperative, and taking breaks with Heartmath feels good.

Can you imagine every one of your team at the office getting on the same heart beat? Stress reduced, performance up, job satisfaction increases, stronger, caring relationships result.

And of course a relaxed external awareness makes your performance on brain fitness programs improve significantly.

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