Have you ever had a bad day where things felt like they were going wrong left and right? When you let these unfortunate events affect how you feel, your stress levels can increase. Unfortunately, becoming too stressed out is not good for your heart’s health.
How Stress Affects the Heart
Constant stress levels and poor heart health have been linked, but there is no proven way of how it actually affects the heart. However, when a person is stressed, the actions of that person is what can cause your heart’s health to decline. Stress can cause people to eat unhealthy food, skip out on exercise due to the lack of energy, and consume excessive amounts of alcohol.
Ways to De-Stress Your Heart
- Exercise – When a person is stressed out they’re not always going to have the energy or motivation to go work out. However, if you muster up the energy and force yourself to workout, you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Exercise will release mood-boosting endorphins while also helping you lose weight and lower your blood pressure.
- Get Away – Removing yourself from the present is exactly what you need to do when you feel yourself getting stressed. You don’t have to take a vacation around the world, simply go into another room without contact and take a few minutes to take a deep breath and relax.
- Do What You Love – Doing the things you love to do will immediately lower your stress levels. Whether it’s painting a picture, knitting, taking a warm bath, or listening to your favorite album. When the horrible things in life grab ahold of you, fight back by spending the next portion of your day doing something you really enjoy.
Every person should do what they can to improve their heart’s health — and lowering your stress levels can do just that. For other useful tips and information, visit our blog! If you’re interested in learning more, or visiting The Arbors Assisted Living community, schedule a tour by contacting one of our five convenient locations: