In this fast-paced world we find it’s pretty hard to slow down. Everyday stressors are the norm and although some stress is good, too much can hurt the body not only mentally but physically as well. Work, family, finances and everything in between can start to take a toll on your health. Below are tips that not only help to reduce stress but are good for Heart Health as well.
Not only is exercise a good way to relieve stress, but is great for strengthening Cardiovascular Health as well. Try getting some sort of physical activity for at least 30 minutes a day. Focus on activities that get your heart pumping. Exercise will reduce your stress and improve your overall health short term and long term…..think brisk walking with weights, treadmill, cycling, elliptical machine, dance classes, etc.
Give Yourself A Break
It is easy to forget to give yourself time to relax when you’re busy taking care of others. Schedule time devoted to yourself and what relaxes and makes you happy. Go for a walk, read a book or take a bath. These activities can calm you and clear your head.
Meditation and deep breathing has the power to slow your body and mind down. Try meditating for even just five minutes a day, aiming for a 20 minutes Meditation session, twice a day. Practice deep breathing to help lower your anxiety and heart rate. When you’re feeling overwhelmed and handling too much, meditation is a great way to slow down.
Break Your Habits
Consistent stress can lead to unhealthy habits such as drinking too much alcohol and smoking. Although you may feel these substances help you cope in the moment, the long term damage far outweighs the short term benefits. Both smoking and alcohol can cause heart damage. Turn to alternatives like Acupuncture, if you’re reaching for a cigarette or a drink, and reach out to family and friends to help you break the habit.
Acupuncture is an effective Complimentary Medicine that can help improve Heart Health as well as lower stress. Weekly Acupuncture treatments works to address the Mind, Body & Spirit and bring the entire body back to optimal health. Acupuncture can help reduce Blood Pressure, balance Hormonal levels, decrease Stress and improve Sleep. (and much more!)
Massage therapy is another alternative treatment that is beneficial in lowering stress. The treatment has been shown to reduce heart rate, lower blood pressure and increase blood circulation. Through manual manipulation, massage can relax not only the body but the mind as well.
It can be hard to accept that things in life don’t go exactly as planned. Practice letting go of what you can’t control and accepting that the future is unknown. It is easy to stress about the future. Remind yourself to live in the moment.