A happy healthy heart requires many facets of self care. Slowly working into these new habits will help you feel better overall and have a higher success rate at keeping the new habit.
Connect with others: Having a strong social network is important for reducing stress and maintaining good heart health. Social isolation has a 29% increase of heart disease and 32% increase in risk of stroke. Connecting with others can be during a walk or exercise routine. Make a healthy meal together, helping you to live a healthier lifestyle.
Natural remedies for reducing anxiety/stress related heart disease can include acupuncture, massage, aromatherapy, yoga and meditation. Several studies have shown acupuncture and massage can help improve blood pressure and reduce anxiety and stress. Yoga and meditation can be added to your daily or weekly routine as part of your healthy lifestyle change.
Healthy lifestyle changes include eating a healthy balanced diet, exercising regularly, and getting enough sleep. Foods high in Omega 3 fatty acids, lean meats and green leafy vegetables and nuts such as walnuts and almonds are recommended as part of your daily diet. 30 minutes 5 days a week of walking, swimming, cycling or weight training are some recommended exercises. Getting the recommended 7-9 hours of quality sleep will help you have the energy for exercise.
Stress management: This includes avoiding stressful situations, taking time for yourself, and learning relaxation techniques such as deep breathing and meditation. If you cannot reduce your stress, learn to manage it. Set aside time just for yourself to unwind, meditate, and relax without distraction. Your body and your brain will be calmer and in a better state to manage the stress you are exposed to.
Manage your time: Managing your time can help to reduce stress/anxiety and improve heart health. When we decide to manage our time, our minds know what to focus on during a particular time frame and our body can relax knowing the next project will be taken care of during the time we have given it.
Medical treatments: Your doctor may prescribe medications to reduce your risk of heart disease. Talk with your doctor about medications to reduce your risk of heart disease if the above remedies have not helped.
Begin your lifestyle change to help you live the best version of you, your mind and body will appreciate it.