A new stress management method that has been successful in the US, England or France is also being applied in Romania. Emotional fitness does not involve physical training, but mental training that will help you cope with stress. "Through emotional fitness you get control over long-term negative emotions," explains the doctor Bogdanka Militescu, from the Heartmony Clinic in Bucharest, who introduced the concept to us a few months ago. The idea is to gain control for as long as possible (and after cessation of therapy). "We are all subject to emotion and we perceive it differently. To certain stimuli we react every time the same; this happens because of emotional memory, where emotions stored in the past are stored. For example, at work, if we are stressed, when opening an e-mail we can have an exaggerated reaction: our heart beats louder, we feel fear, anger that we have to do something extra in the same time etc. ", stresses the doctor Bogdanka Militescu. Emotional fitness aims to control these reactions.
During the course of six to eight sessions, techniques are learned that ultimately lead to emotional well-being. The essential element is positive emotion, love, love, appreciation. "If we like a flowering field, we think about the feeling we have when we look at it and try to retract it," explains the specialist. The learned techniques must then be applied daily. Unlike "classical fitness", the emotional one can be obtained by doing "training" anywhere and anytime, when cooking, driving, working etc. Stress level testing is an objective recording (similar to the EKG used for the heart). The investigation says what is the level of stress in the body: low, medium or high. Depending on the results, the duration of the treatment is also established. The cost is a minimum of 1,200 lei, but also includes some re-evaluations.
Emotional fitness is also recommended for treating anxiety, depression, anger, panic attacks or physical pain caused by stress. The method is used for both prevention and treatment of these conditions. Experts explain that emotional fitness is not a solution to treat diseases such as schizophrenia, endogenous depression (inherited) or serious conditions, in which patients have to take medications.
Read the whole article in: Evenimentul Zilei
March 9, 2007