By Ken Scott
Chronic Stress is the result of prolonged engagement of the Sympathetic Nervous System, a branch of the Autonomic Nervous system often referred to as the Fight or Flight Nervous System. All living organisms can tolerate short term stress and in many ways acute stress can be beneficial to growth and evolution, but when we turn on stress and can't turn it off, we begin to push the genetic buttons that cause disease!
Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback (HRVB) is a foundational component of Transformation Coaching’s offerings where individuals are coached in self-regulating breathing techniques while being monitored by a Heart Rate Variability (HRV) monitor. The individual is then provided with a Coherence score which is a numeric output they can track and see improvement in over time. Coherence is a measure of autonomic balance, harmony, or order. When we are in a state of stress, we are Incoherent and as a result would see a lower Coherence score.
A meta-analysis of 881 studies was published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health in March of 2021. The analysis concluded "This systematic review shows significant improvement of the non-invasive HRVB training in stress related disorders like PTSD, depression, and panic disorder..."
According to the Stress in America Survey 2022…
Developing the skill of creating and sustaining a state of Coherence by using proven techniques and HRVB is an accessible way to reduce stress and the risk of stress related disease and disorders.
Interested in learning more? Contact Ken Scott.
Kennith James Scott
New Ideas for a New Year
By Kat Palms
The specificity and rigidity of new year's resolutions can make it challenging to maintain them. While the desire to set your resolution comes from an intentional place, the loftiness and significant lifestyle change a resolution requires can be overwhelming.
According to a study by the University of Scranton, New Year's resolutions are about self-improvement (living healthier 23% of people, getting happy 21%, losing weight 20%, exercising 7%, stopping smoking 5%, reducing drinking 2%). In addition, people resolve to meet career or job goals (16%) and improve their relationships (11%).
Despite their big plans, only 8% of people will achieve their New Year's resolutions.
To avoid a feeling of "failing: on your New Year New Me Resolution, here are some suggestions for a different way to embrace a new year.
Suppose you keep a new year's resolution. All the power to you! You're part of the 8%. But if you're like most individuals and cannot stick to your lofty vision of 2023, the above ideas can help you re-focus and continue to work toward what's important to you.
Whatever you do, please know you have the power in your palms to live your best life. You have to discover what works for your unique body, mind, and soul and then pursue it.
A quote for this new year: "Small daily improvements are the key to staggering long-term results." - Unknown
Wishing you a bright, beautiful, and blessed 2023!