Don’t Stress Out

The link between stress and heart disease is unclear, but chronic stress that causes an increase in heart rate and blood pressure may damage the artery walls. It can also weaken your immune system, give you headaches and cause stomach problems. It’s important to take time out of your day to de-stress. Try these tips:

Physical activity.

Engaging in regular physical activity relieves mental and physical tension. Physically active adults have a lower risk of depression and loss of mental function. Try yoga, walking or dancing.

Get organized.

Getting organized will help you approach each task one step at a time. Use a “to do” list to create priorities and check items off as you go. This will give you a sense of accomplishment and keep you from feeling overwhelmed.

Give up bad habits.

Too much alcohol, cigarettes and caffeine can increase stress. If you smoke, quit now.

Reward yourself.

If you’ve had a long day or just need a break, schedule a date with yourself. Go for a spa treatment like a mani/ pedi or get a massage.

Surround yourself with positive people.

Friends or family can help you focus on positive thoughts and stay in a stress-free state of mind.

Accept the things you can’t change.

Not everything is always going to go the way you want. But knowing that you can’t control everything might help you get through tough times.

Just laugh.

Laughter puts you in a good mood and helps release tension and let go of stressful feelings you might be holding onto.

Take on a hobby.

Activities like writing, painting and gardening can help you relax, keep you busy and engage your brain. Find activities you love and let them help you begin your journey to de-stress.

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