A quick explanation on what it is before I tell you why you need to know about it…
Heart Rate Variability (HRV) is the spacing between your heart beats rather than how fast your heart beats. When you're in a relaxed state your parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous system are in balance and there is variability in the spacing between your heart rates. When you are in a stressed state, your heart rate is more rhythmic with little or no variability
Why is this important?
- HRV is emerging as a key indicator of health and likely longevity (ref: 1)
- HRV is a key indicator of your emotional state, how well you cope with stressful situations and if you're in a state of peak performance.
Many of my Clients feel pressure from the demands of their business, family, social life, following their interests and living a very full life. It's no surprise that stress levels are often running high with the need to balance personal life, with the professional pressures of critical pitches, keynote presentation, back-to-back meetings and looming deadlines.
Ever come across the freeze, fight or flight response?
When we are in a stressed state, we aren't operating in a state of Peak Performance, we get easily distracted, allow our minds to tell us self-defeating stories and beat ourselves up for not doing well enough.
What if you could train yourself to naturally have good heart rate variability and:
- Take stress out of the equation and shift stress producing emotional states
- Access intuition for making better decisions
- Increase mental clarity, energy and focus
- Release and prevent overwhelm
- Boost your resilience
Well you can!
By using a heart rate variability monitor and focusing on positive emotional thoughts, while carrying our controlled breathing exercises you’re able to increase your heart rate variability and fundamentally change your response to stress.
Learning to deal with your sympathetic nervous system used to take years of mediation to achieve but now with Heart Rate Variability Training this is no longer the case.
I use a specific biofeedback device with my Clients to increase their HRV over a six week period and it only takes 10 mins per day. This type of training can have a profound impact on your life and will keep you in a state of peak performance.
If you would like to find out more, get in touch for a one hour complementary coaching session.
ref 1: Relation of high heart rate variability to healthy longevity. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2038167