Yes its been a while since I posted about tracking my HRV. Does that mean I've stopped stracking it? Well actually, no. There have been some life changing events, happening, alongside some brilliant opportunties which meant that blogging about it took a back seat for a while, but I still update via twitter (so you can always connect with me there).
So rather than the whole 3 week period! I'm giving you a snap shot of my HRV reading, take a look.
I'm sure you'll notice the red dip right? That's the day after I found out my friend Brtian Appiah Obeng died. I was in bits the day before and all through the night, until the final details of what happened became clear.
Not only was Brian a good friend, a superb photographer, and actor, he was also a internationally respected Parkour Coach. The Standard Newspaper did a good write up on him here. Tributes flooded in, and B will forever be in the hearts of those that he touched.
I managed to get my HRV to swing back by making sure that I had an outlet to release emotional tension, and a strategy to support myself mentally. This included conencting with friends, physical training, breath work (used the options onf the elite HRV app too) and making sure I was eathing the right kind of nutritious food that was rich in antioixdants, supported healthy mood and also myimmune system, when we are in a sympathetic state our immune system can become supressed making us more susceptable to illness.
This was not something I did as a one off intervention, but made sure I had it firmly in place in the coming days, as well as making sure that the sleep that I did get was quality (even if it was disrupted or reduced in hours).
The ability to use HRV tracking as an indicator for health struck home that week, especially as I was also preparing a talk for the staff of Sony Music UK on mysignature seminar, The 5 Pillars of Health. During that seminar we explored the difference between chronological age and your biological age, normative values for HRV and what that related to in terms of your current health status. We also explored what were the top 10 leading causes of death, highlighting the differences between high income and low income countries.
Then when we broke it down and looked at was killing people here in the UK, specifically by gender and then age group, peoples eyes were opened a great deal. The good news is that the majority of deaths are preventable and that HRV has a plart to play in that too.. But that's an article for another time!