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Free Resource Library for Veterans, Service Members and Their Spouses

Free Resource Library for Veterans, Service Members and Their Spouses

  • Tools for Well-Being and Resilience

    • Quick Coherence® Technique

      When you feel stress, anxiety, anger or other negative emotions, the Quick Coherence Technique helps you release them through heart focus, heart breathing and activation of genuine heart feelings such as care. (Audio file also available.)

    • Notice and Ease™ Tool

      The Notice and Ease Tool can help you identify and neutralize unwanted emotions and energy drain by noticing and admitting what you are feeling: anxiousness, depression, frustration, etc. Go to Notice and Ease to read more and learn how to use energizing tool. (Audio file also available.)

  • e-Booklets for Well-Being and Resilience

    • De-Stress Kit for the Changing Times (PDF or Audio)

      The Institute of HeartMath is answering the global stress momentum with worldwide distribution of this compassionate work that lays out a heartfelt roadmap for weathering these difficult times.

    • The Inside Story

      Young adults use this booklet to study the interrelationship of emotions, health and performance; reduce turmoil and enrich their academic and social lives.

    • The State of Ease

      There is a "state of ease" that each of us can access to help release emotional turbulence and help maintain coherent alignment between our hearts, minds and emotions. Learning to access our personal space of inner ease can be done with minimum practice and in only a little time.

    • Resilience and the Emotional Landscape

      Daily routines erode your resiliency, that unique ability to hold up and bounce back from life’s challenges. Whether you are or your spouse is in theater, in transition or finished with military duty, recharge your energy and resiliency with a few simple science-based techniques for minutes a day.

  • Articles for Veterans, Service Members and Their Families

    • Stress and Military Families

      Moving frequently is cited as one of life’s greatest stressors, especially for children, but for military families, who typically can expect to move an average of every three years, the effects are magnified. And yet, moving is only one of many stressors that affect military families.

    • PTSD May Be Greatest Injury of War Today

      A Rand study showed more than 25% of 1.64 million troops deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan at the time of the study had significant mental health challenges. The study suggested the psychological toll of deployment may have been disproportionately greater than physical injuries.

    • Returning Combat Veterans Use HeartMath Technology

      Licensed clinical social worker Travis Slonecker talks about working with returned combat veterans diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury at the Fort Knox Kentucky Army installation. Slonecker, a civilian contractor, said the veterans have made significant progress using the emWave®2 handheld.

    • HeartMath Techniques Helps Pair on Home Front and in Afghanistan

      Jolene used a HeartMath heart-breathing exercise to help her through some difficult times, and her Marine husband, Daniel, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, "absolutely loved" the emWave2 because of how it made him feel … and it could keep him in check."

    • Resilience Picks You Up, Keeps You Going

      The rigors of duty, separation from loved ones, financial worries and much more associated with military life can take a tremendous toll on the whole family. IHM looks at how resilience keeps you going and helps you excel and ways you can achieve it.

    • Navy Latest Military Branch to Offer HeartMath Resilience Program

      HeartMath’s Coherence Advantage training program has helped thousands of U.S. service members, now including personnel with the Navy Expeditionary Combat Command deploying to Afghanistan. The training helps service members self-regulate their emotions, increase energy and resilience and improve readiness and success in their military duties.

  • Video and Audio For Well-Being and Resilience

    Some downloads are password protected, you just need to sign-up for free on our web site for immediate access. Click here to sign-up. Once you have logged-in this will take you to a special My Subscriber Page where you can access all of the webinars, audios and Stress & Well-Being Survey.

    • Perspectives on Resilience in These Changing Times Webinar

      When it comes to the intelligence of the human heart and the physiology of emotions, IHM Research Center Director Dr. Rollin McCraty is a knowledgeable scientist in the area. McCraty explains the importance of positive emotions and the dynamics of resilience, energy expenditure and recovery and offers tips for building and maintaining resilient energy to improve performance and health.

    • Serving Those Who Serve Us (Teleseminar)

      An overview of HeartMath Programs for veterans, the military and their families, along with some wonderful stories from a panel of experts who coach, mentor and train service members, veterans and their families.

    • Reduce Money Worries (Webinar)

      Worldwide financial stress is tearing at the fabric of people’s dreams, threatening their sense of security. This heart-based approach offers insights and simple techniques for reducing worries about money.

    • Emotional Stress and Your Health (Webinar)

      The evidence today is overwhelming that positive emotions can reliably predict good health. This discussion focuses on transforming negative emotions and improving health and well-being using HeartMath’s powerful emotion-refocusing techniques.

    • Navigate Your Life With The State of Ease (Webinar)

      Release the emotional turbulence and stress of these challenging times with the Inner Ease™ Technique. Learn to make deeper connections with others and flow gracefully in the state of ease.

    • Transforming Stress (Audio)

      Stress can cause overload, deplete creativity and clarity and drain your energy. The tools in the audio presentation of this enduring work can help reduce stress, re-energize and build resiliency.

  • Stress & Well-Being Survey

    Some downloads are password protected, you just need to sign-up for free on our web site for immediate access. Click here to sign-up. Once you have logged-in this will take you to a special My Subscriber Page where you can access all of the webinars, audios and Stress & Well-Being Survey.

    • Stress & Well-Being Survey™

      If you could objectively assess the state of your heart, mind and emotions anytime, you would be empowered with the essential information for maintaining optimal health and creating and renewing resilience when you need it most. Researchers have developed an application for HeartMath precisely for this purpose. The Stress and Well-Being Survey asks you the right questions, gives accurate data analysis and then lays out a logical and simple framework for achieving your goals.

      (If you’re not registered, click for free sign-up to receive free subscriber downloads. If already registered, click here to view.)

  • H.E.A.R.T. Training DVD

    The HeartMath Education and Resilience Training (H.E.A.R.T.) DVD and booklet is free for military service members, veterans or spouses. The H.E.A.R.T. DVD incorporates research-based self-regulation techniques and technologies to give you a better understanding of managing emotions and building resilience. This 3 ½ hour DVD provides you with practical tools to increase personal resilience, greater mental focus and improve performance and decision-making. The DVD presented by Retired Army Maj. Robert A. Bradley and Dr. Rollin McCraty discuss the unique challenges facing veterans and military personnel. The H.E.A.R.T. DVD will be available May 2012. If you are interested in receiving a free H.E.A.R.T. DVD for a military service member, veteran or spouse of one of these, click here for form.

  • Research Publications

    • Cardiac Coherence And Posttraumatic Stress Disorder In Combat Veterans

      Jay P. Ginsberg, Ph.D.; Melanie E. Berry, M.S.; Donald A Powell, Ph.D. Published in Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, July 2010.

      Researchers studied coherence and information processing and the effects of heart-rate-variability (HRV) biofeedback on coherence and information processing in combat veterans returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The veterans underwent four weeks of HRV training using HeartMath’s emWave technology and Quick Coherence® Technique.

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    • Visit the Institute of HeartMath Research Library

      Click the link above to visit the Institute of HeartMath Research Library to review its extensive publications – summaries, abstracts and complete studies, dissertations and much more related to HeartMath and its work.

  • HeartMath Military Service Appreciation Initiative

    IHM assists active-duty military, their families and veterans through its Military Service Appreciation Initiative, which provides HeartMath programs, tools, technology and services. Eligible recipients include those in need of relief and solutions for difficulties acquired during service, those with PTSD, their care providers, social workers, veteran services facilities and military installations. Learn more.

    How the Initiative Works

    Sponsorships are awarded to applicants who need, but cannot afford to purchase them. Active-duty service members, veterans and those who treat them have received sponsorships for a number of years, including for the following:

    • Resilience and emotion self-regulation training before and after deployment.
    • Military health clinics for active-duty service members.
    • Combat and other stress related to military service.
    • Neurofeedback therapy for veterans.
    • Research related to the effects of military service.
    • Active-duty personnel and veterans with PTSD.

    To apply for the Military Service Appreciation Initiative, click here for Application Form.

    What service members are saying?

    Thousands of service members and veterans have benefited from the Military Service Appreciation Initiative. They’ve served in combat zones, noncombat U.S. military installations around the world and on U.S. bases. Here are some of the things they had to say following their participation in HeartMath interventions and use HeartMath tools and technology. Read Testimonials or View Recipients.

    Support Service Members and Veterans

    Contributing to the Military Service Appreciation Initiative allows you to reach those who have sacrificed in many ways for their country. Whether it is to help them build emotional balance and resiliency before deployment or reintegrate back into society, your generosity will help greatly. Donate now or learn more about ways to give.

    Military Service Appreciation Initiative Brochure PDF Download (4-color)Military Service Appreciation Initiative Brochure PDF Download (black & white)

    Download the Military Service Appreciation Brochure

  • HeartMath Facebook Pages for Service Members, Veterans and Their families

    HeartMath has been assisting service members, veterans and their families for many years. You are invited to learn about the many free resources, exclusive offers and tips and to connect with current and former military personnel. You can support them by visiting the HeartMath Facebook Military Pages, learning about the effects of military service on individuals and families and joining the conversation.

  • Additional Resources

    The Institute of HeartMath is pleased to offer a 30% discount on all products in the IHM Web Store for military service members, veterans and their families. Use coupon code DIGNITY at checkout. Call (800) 711-6221 if you prefer to place your order by telephone. (Click any of the following links for more information.)

    • Books and e-Books

      Choose from a wide selection of books and e-books that feature practical solutions to stress, pain, anxiety, depression and other debilitating conditions. Learn about the important role of your heart and positive emotions in your health, and try the easy-to-learn and proven techniques contained in each of these books.

    • emWave®2

      The emWave2, small enough to slip into a shirt pocket, is a revolutionary handheld device that goes anywhere you go. That means instant access to a proven science-based stress-relief and emotion self-regulation technology that has brought immediate relief and long-term to many thousands of people worldwide.

    • emWave® Desktop for Mac and PC

      The emWave Desktop helps you achieve coherence and alignment through simple-to-learn exercises and a rich graphical interface. Using a pulse sensor plugged into your USB port, emWave Desktop collects pulse data and translates coherence information into user-friendly graphics displayed on your computer screen. Through coherence techniques, interactive exercises and game play, emWave Desktop helps you bring your heart and mind into a coherent state, building resilience, increasing energy, and promoting focus, mental clarity and emotional balance.

    • Dual Drive® Pro Racing Game

      Unlike a lot of the latest generation of electronic games, the Dual Drive Pro racing game not only can sharpen reflexes and mental dexterity, it can improve your situational awareness and overall health. While you focus "on task," you’ll be learning to maintain and build physiological and emotional balance and coherence, skills that carry over to real-life situations and health, whether you’re in the field, in school, in training or are at home. (For PC’s only.)