Q: What is HeartMath?
A: HeartMath LLC is an international training, consulting and coaching organization working in the field of performance improvement since 1991. HeartMath provides a unique set of scientifically validated tools and techniques which are:
- Proven to reduce the physiological impact of stress and improve performance
- Easy to learn and implement
- Designed to directly address and transform emotions at the source of distress
- Proven to improve outcomes for hospital leaders, staff and patients
Q: Why now?
A: We know working in a rapidly changing healthcare environment can be stressful. We are doing more with less. The Resilience Advantage HeartMath workshops provide information, tools, and resources to increase personal resiliency, enhance overall well-being and transform stress.
Q: What is the goal?
A: That we care for ourselves as we care for our patients. Classes are designed to enhance personal well-being for Gundersen clinicians and staff and increase our ability to respond to change. HeartMath classes are a way to equip us with personal resilience tools and techniques that when used consistently have the potential to improve many aspects of our lives. Many other healthcare organizations have seen improvements in employee engagement, patient satisfaction and improved patient safety.
Q: Is it hard to learn?
A: The techniques are very simple to learn and most people start noticing changes almost immediately.
Q: How is this different from other stress-reduction programs?
A: The techniques learned in these workshops can be used in the moment, anytime, anywhere. In addition, the techniques address our emotional reactions to stressful events and situations to reduce the physiological impact of stress while improving mental clarity.
Q: Is this scientifically proven/validated/evidence based?
A: Yes. Research shows that use of the HeartMath techniques facilitate high performance, reduced stress, increase emotional stability and numerous health benefits. HeartMath research studies have been published in peer-reviewed medical journals such as:
- American Journal of Cardiology
- American College of Cardiology
- Integrative Physiological and Behavioral Science