Lower Your Stress To Improve Your Heart HealthFebruary 24, 2022 7:13 pm
Whether you have stress at the workplace, at home, or with friends drama, stress is not good for your long-term heart health. We are highlighting National Heart Month for the entire month of February and it’s almost impossible to talk about heart health without talking about the daily toll that stress takes on your overall heart health. In fact, studies have shown that stress is much of a factor in your heart health as traditional risk factors like obesity and smoking.
A lot of people will argue that stress is an unavoidable byproduct of our fast moving society that expects immediate results from workers and perfect relationships for social media. It is true that some levels of stress can be expected when dealing with the roller coaster of life, but for stress to rise to the level of dangerous for your heart health it needs to be severe and consistend.
Some symptoms you may experience as a result of stress may include; tense muscles, low energy, insomnia, and an upset stomach. In fact, the effect of stress on your heart will likely only reveal itself in an emergency medical situation and therefore relying on your heart to clue you in on high stress levels is a fools errand. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms and you suspect they are stress related you may want to speak with a medical provider who can identify areas for you that are truly concerning.
If stress is natural and day to day life is often where stress is generated from, what can you do to reduce your stress levels and improve your heart health?
Ahhhh…the age old question.
There are a number of things you can do that may help you reduce your levels of stress, though nothing is guaranteed. Here are a few things you can try to help alleviate your stress levels.
- Reduce your workload at the office. Depending on your job you may be able to speak with your boss about your health concerns and implore her/him to work with you to bring your levels of stress down.
- Get out for some exercise. Many people find exercising is a good way to relieve stress. If you can find even 10-15 minutes in your day each day to go for a walk, you may find your stress melting away.
- Meditate. If you are able to meditate this can be a calming way to release the stress of the day and increase oxygen flow through your body which would have a healthy effect on your well-being.
- Yoga. In the same vein as meditation, yoga will help center you away from the stress of the daily life and offer you up an appreciation for your life.
Getting rid of stress is not an easy task, but when you can find what works for you it can do wonders for your overall physical and mental health and can have positive effects on your heart health.