The Role of Self-Regulation and Positive Emotions in Improving Patient Outcomes
This presentation will cover the scientific background and clinical applications of an effective approach to increasing patients’ capacity to self-regulate their nervous system and stress response. Increasing self-regulatory capacity has a wide range of healthcare applications, including blood pressure control, arrhythmias, chronic pain, cardiac rehabilitation, digestive system disorders, headaches, asthma, diabetes and a wide range of psychological conditions, including stress, anxiety, anger, ADHD, sleeplessness and depression. The presentation will discuss the physiology of heart-brain communication and how the rhythm of heart directly influences emotional experience and cognitive functioning. It will also discuss how and why heart rate variability (HRV) can be used as an index of self-regulatory capacity and facilitate emotional self-regulation skills and improved cognitive functioning.
Numerous studies have found that heart-focused self-regulation techniques and engaging a positive emotion provide an effective means to facilitate a shift in global psycho-physiological functioning, which is marked by a distinct change in the rhythmic activity of heart. This global shift generates a state of optimal functioning, characterized by increased alignment, synchronization, harmony, and efficiency in the interactions within and among the physiological, cognitive, and emotional systems. This state is called psychophysiological coherence. The coherent state reflects increased order in higher-level systems in the brain, increased synchronization between the two branches of the autonomic nervous system (ANS), and a general shift in autonomic balance towards increased parasympathetic activity.
Rollin McCraty, PhD, HeartMath Institute director of research, will present a practical framework for self-regulation and demonstrate heart-focused techniques and resilience-building tools that can quickly help people gain more inner poise and clearer thinking in the face of stress and overwhelm. Learn how increased heart coherence can be achieved for improved health well-being, performance, and cognitive functioning. Heart coherence practice also facilitates intuitive clarity and a stronger connection with your personal purpose and deeper values.
- Understand the fundamental physiology of heart-brain communication.
- Summarize the basics of heart rate variability and it clinical relevance.
- Understand how heart coherence improves a wide range of cognitive functions and clinical outcomes.