Here are 10 ways to reduce stress and keep your heart healthy.
While a busy life itself is not a risk factor for heart disease, it may raise your blood pressure and prevent you from eating right and getting to the gym. Here's how you can manage your stress to protect your heart.
- Eat and drink sensibly. Overeating and drinking alcohol don't help you deal with stress; they add to the problem.
- Exercise regularly. Exercise produces different brain chemicals, which can leave you feeling happier and more relaxed than you were before you worked out.
- Get enough sleep. Adults typically need about 7-9 hours.
- Keep perspective. Don't fret needlessly over what you can't control.
- Get organized. You can minimize stress if you plan ahead and establish some routines.
- Be prepared for situations that you know may be stressful, such as starting a new job.
- Be kind to yourself. Ask for help.
- Relax. Use whatever technique works for you. Deep breathing, muscle relaxation, visualization, meditation or listening to soothing music are methods you can try.
- Work to resolve conflicts with others. Don't let a small issue become a big deal.
- Laugh. A lot. Do something every day that makes you smile.
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