Don’t Stress For A Better Heart!
When you stress out for long, it becomes bad for your heart. If you are frequently stressed and do not know any ways to manage it, then you are prone to high blood pressure, heart diseases, irregular heartbeats, or chest pain.
Stress can be from a breakup, unhappy marriage, heavy workload, loss in a job or business, and others, it can seriously affect your physical health. Stress is linked to a wide range of health issues that includes mood, sleep, appetite, and heart diseases. The stress itself can act as a problem, as it raises your blood pressure and which is not good for your body to be exposed to the stress hormones. Studies say that stress increases blood clots, which leads you to a heart attack.
How you tackle stress, also matters. If you choose unhealthy ways like smoking, drinking, overeating, and not exercising, that makes it worse. Whereas, if you exercise regularly and keep yourself socially active and look beyond stress then it makes a difference in your health. However, some people have a hard time dealing with stress because of depression. If there is depression linked with your stress, then you should consult a doctor or a therapist.
It is important to learn to deal with stress and the management of unhealthy habits. Following tips can help you to deal with stress:
- Be positive: It is said that “laughter is the best medicine” and it is really helpful to lower down the stress level and inflammation in the arteries and increases good cholesterol.
- Exercise: Stay active. When you exercise, you not only burn the fat or calories, you burn off some stress as well. Also, when you are physically active your body releases endorphins, which is a mood-boosting chemical. Exercise helps you to destress, as well as it protects you from heart diseases by strengthening your heart muscles, lowering your blood pressure, and maintain a healthy weight for you.
- Meditate yourself: Practicing inward thoughts and deep breathing are capable of reducing the factors that affect heart diseases i.e. high blood pressure. Yoga, prayer, meeting with a close relative are also helpful in relaxing your mind and body.
- Unplug yourself: It is almost impossible to cut off from the stress, especially when it follows you everywhere. Therefore, unplug yourself. Avoid emails, social media, and television news. Give yourself some time every day to escape from this world, even if it is only for 10 or 20 minutes.
- Look out for ways to destress yourself: A warm bath, meeting your favorites, listening to music, or giving time to things that you love to do, can give you a break and work out as a stress buster for you.
Stress should not ruin your physical and mental health, and if you find it difficult to handle stress then consider taking a class for stress management, or read books and articles on managing stress, or just seek out a doctor or a therapist. Stress and depression are linked to heart diseases and can be treated.