Saturday, April 7, 2018
Today we're specifically looking at the affect stress can have on your heart's health.
According to the British Heart Foundation, stress is not directly listed as a risk factor for heart disease, but it is known to contribute to the risk levels.
When people are stressed they sometimes deal with it in a number of ways, for example, smoking, drinking more alcohol, or by overeating. These types of activities are the risk factors that can negatively affect your heart, and the underlying issue supporting these coping mechanisms may be stress-related.
If your coping mechanisms for stress include activities such as smoking and drinking alcohol too excess, there are steps you can take towards transitioning to a healthier life.
Try finding other methods to cope with stress, such as physical activity - yoga helps to relax and calm the mind and body. Alternatively, running has proven to be a great stress reliever, contributing to both your mind's health and your body's overall health.
A balanced diet and regular exercise will also contribute to your heart's health overall.
If you are feeling very stressed or anxious be sure to talk to your GP about it. Your doctor can offer advice for managing stress and help you to find an appropriate way to deal with it.