Overview

Science Summary

Low heart rate variability has been connected to worry and negative feelings, pain, and stresses at work [1-5]. On the other hand, higher heart rate variability enables you to recover more easily from stress, manage your pain [5], and boost your positive feelings and sense of wellbeing [2]. Higher heart rate variability is also beneficial to our ability to focus and concentrate, to think clearly [6].

The best way to increase your heart rate variability (HRV) is to calculate the 1 Best Breathing Rate for you at which Heart Rate Variability is maximal (your ‘Resonant Frequency’) and to train at this rate [3].

Example References

1. Princi T, et al.. (2004). Advances in Electrocardiology, 492-495.

2. Thayer J & Lane RD. (2000). Journal of Affective Disorders, 61-201-216.

3. Gevirtz, R. (2000). Biofeedback, 27 (4), 7-9.

4. Pieper S, et al.. (2007). Psychosomatic Medicine, 69, 901-909.

5. Humphreys, P. & Gevirtz, R. (2000) Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nuitrition, 31 (1), 47-51.

6. Porges S. (1992). Campbell BA, Hayne H & Richardson R. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Self Regulation Skills
Positivity-Negativity Bias

Resilience

Social Capacity

Feeling Skills
Stress Level

Anxiety Level

Depressed Mood Level

Thinking Skills
Sustained Attention

Flexibility

Controlled Attention

Inhibition

Executive Function

Processing Speed

Recall Memory

Working Memory

Motor Coordination