I cannot imagine a more appropriate stress relief gift than a Heartmath PC tool.
I first came across a mention of the Heartmath tool in a list serve for EEG Biofeedback providers in the late 1990's and I was intrigued.
At first it was the "shiny new thing syndrome", so I researched it a bit and discovered a hospital not far from me that was doing trainings in Heartmath and actually used it with their staff.
I took the training and discovered that the tool was very simple to learn and use, so I bought a Heartmath package and began using it with anger management and domestic violence clients, and even clients referred by the Department of Children and Family Services, and clients were quite amazed to see how quickly their inside physiology was impacted by their thoughts, and how easy it was to change from stress to relaxation and back again.
Clients were amazed to see themselves sustain long periods of heart rate variability coherence, which we routinely call relaxation, and they were amazed to discover that they could effect an unconscious physiological process (time between heart beats) by thinking and breathing, as if their thoughts were not already doing that by creating way too much stress physiology.
Heartmath is easy to learn, and once you learn it, you can cue the Heartmath response without being hooked up to the computer.
That is right, it becomes just as easy to relax as it does to stress.
If you have been reading the brain fitness information at all in the last couple of years, then I am sure you have read about the pillars of brain fitness.
We keep growing new brain cells throughout our life, if we keep the neural fields fertilized, so to speak.
One of the killers of new neurons is stress hormones, especially if we generate them too frequently or too long.
The most recommended stress management tool available, recommended by no less than Alvaro Fernandez, one of the co-creators of the Sharp Brains site?
And by the way, what does it cost us not to take care of our stress?
When I was beginning my personal growth journey, a wise person told me that when I was feeling resentful or afraid or sad, that I should remember the phrase "gratitude is the attitude" when I was ready to feel better. That phrase has helped me feel better tens of thousands of times.
Would you share what you are most grateful for? Your story could be just what another person is searching for to renew themselves? Thanks.