In today’s busy world, stress seems unavoidable. There is more to do than there are hours in the day, and our digital lifestyle means that we’re always on call. Self-care seems like a luxury and it often feels impossible to prioritize ourselves and our health.
Not only is this constant, chronic stress bad for our mental health, but it can have a significant impact on physical health as well. Several studies have found links between stress and heart disease, according to the American Heart Association.
Stress Can Harm the Heart
Specifically, stress can lead to high blood pressure, which, in turn, can increase the risk of heart attack, stroke and related incidents. In addition, stress often causes us to adopt unhealthy lifestyle choices as we struggle to cope. These habits, such as overeating, lack of physical activity and smoking, can also negatively impact heart health.
Learn More About The Impact of Stress on Heart Health
There are other physical ailments that are stress-related, including headaches, insomnia, upset stomach, muscle aches and low energy. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, contact your doctor to eliminate other possible causes.
How Can We Reduce Stress?
The best way to minimize stress is to get back to basics.
Exercise Regularly: Exercise is one of the best ways to reduce stress. By moving more your body can release stress hormones and stimulates the production of endorphins leading to a more positive mindset.
Adequate Sleep: Getting a good night of sleep can have a significant impact on your body’s ability to cope with stress. Aim for 7-8 hours of high-quality sleep each night. Find out how to get better sleep.
Social Connection: Spending time with family and friends is an ideal way to alleviate stress. They can help by listening to your concerns, offering advice, or serving as a distraction to stressors in your life.
Stress Management Techniques: Yoga, meditation and journaling are great ways to manage stress and can help create feelings of calm and balance.
Seek Professional Help: If feelings of stress persist or feel unmanageable, talk to a doctor or mental health professional. Receiving quality mental health support is easier than ever and many offer convenient telehealth options available right on your phone.
Related Read: Four Things to Know About High Blood Pressure
Protect the hearts of those around you by taking a CPR/AED and first aid course at one of HeartCert CPR’s convenient Minnesota locations. Register for a course today.
This blog was originally published in 2020.
HeartCert CPR is your trusted training partner for CPR, ACLS, PALS, EMR, First Aid, CNA, IV, EKG and more, in Minnesota and throughout the United States.
HeartCert CPR courses include CPR/AED/First Aid, Basic Life Support (BLS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), Certified Nursing Assistant training, IV training, EKG training, babysitter basics and more. Courses and certifications from both the American Heart Association and American Red Cross are available.