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EmWave Tutorial

Transforming Stress

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Practice Makes Perfect
When we experience stress our emotions can overwhelm us and we can feel emotionally hijacked. In a state of coherence a person can overcome emotional hijacking and access
heart intelligence
. It allows you to listen to your heart in times of stress and maintain more effective control over your stress reactions. It helps you to cope and problem-solve.

We generate coherence through a simple technique.
Why is Coherence Desirable?
is a state of peak physiological functioning. The
are working in sync with each other and the respiratory system to achieve peak performance.

In a state of coherence, emotions are
, thinking is clearer and the branches of the autonomic nervous system are working smoothly and in sync.
What is Coherence?
By learning how to use emWave™ PC, a simple biofeedback tool.
“How Do I Do That?"
By addressing emotion you can transform your response to stress.

Generating a sense of "appreciation" can help you shift from a state of distress (frustration) to a state of calm and peace to handle whatever stressor is being faced.
The Power of Positive Emotion
Physiological (Body)
Affective (Emotional)
Behavioral (Actions)
Cognitive (Thoughts)
Effects of Stress
The heart is a sensory organ that has its own nervous system - “heart brain” and “heart intelligence”.

It operates independently from the brain and communicates with the brain through the nervous system.
The “Heart-Brain” Connection
Emotion is not only regulated by the
; it is a complex neurological process in which the
plays a crucial role.
There’s a New View of Emotion
Content of presentation developed by Gregory Snodgrass, PhD
Blanca Sanchez-Navarro, LPC-S, LCDC

Presented by the Texas State Counseling Center
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Using emWave™ PC for Greater Coherence
Call the Counseling Center for an “emWave appointment”.
Let the receptionist know you have watched the tutorial.
Check in at the front desk of the CC at your appointment time and the staff will open the room for you.
Log in according to the directions on the laminated sheet and begin your emWave session.
By logging in you create an individual file where you can monitor your progress.
For more information about the research behind this program please visit the links on the Transforming Stress page on our website.
Our hearts do not beat at a steady rate. The heartbeat rate is constantly increasing and slowing down as we deal with daily tasks, events, thoughts, emotions, etc.
HRV is the pattern with which the heartbeat changes. The pattern can be very smooth or very erratic.
What is Heart Rate Variability?
l of emotional stress reactions

mental functioning & concentration

the harmful physiological effects of stress
College is Stressful

Heart Focus – Focus your attention on the area of your heart in the center of your chest.

Heart Breathing – While maintaining heart focus and while breathing, imagine your breath is going in and out through your heart.

Heart Feeling – While maintaining heart focus and heart breathing, try to generate a positive feeling. This could be a feeling of care you have for someone or something or a feeling of appreciation for the good things in your life.
Quick Coherence Technique
The Heart-Brain

of Positive Emotion
Important Concepts to
Understanding Emotional Regulation
Students see stress as the most impairing aspect of the academic performance.
Learning coherence is much like learning to ride a bike – you get better with practice until the point that you become proficient.

Coherence can be utilized for any difficult situation: readying for an exam, job interviews, dates, sports performance… the uses are infinite!
This software uses feedback on Heart Rate Variability (HRV) to help individuals achieve a psychophysiological(
mind & body
) state of coherence.
Using “Heart-Brain Connection” you can:
What do those graphs mean?
After completing a session, information about the session can be viewed by clicking on "View" > "Progress" > "Session"
HRV graph
shows your HRV pattern indicating levels of coherence - remember the smoother the pattern, the more coherence gained;
Accumulated Score
shows progress toward being "in the zone" (2 grey lines);
Coherence Ratio
indicates how much time is spent in low, medium and high coherence.
Start with a "Low" challenge level, then over a series of sessions of staying for more percentage of time in high coherence, slowly increase from one challenge level to another.
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