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What You Can Do About Stress & Heart Health

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Being stressed here and there is normal, but being stressed all of the time can have some seriously negative effects on your heart. The chemicals released during stress can lead to a higher risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, and heart attack if they are present in your system often enough. Here’s what you can do to manage your stress levels.

Exercise Partner
Turning to exercise when you’re stressed out is one of the best ways to combat stress. You will get in your daily workout while simultaneously lowering your stress levels. Find a buddy that you can exercise with to help motivate you during the times you don’t want to be active. Even having someone there just to talk to can help improve your mental health as well.

“You” Time
Everyone has that one thing they like to do that makes them happy and relaxed. When you’re feeling stressed out, set aside some time in the day so you can do that activity. Whether it’s reading, exercising, or just sitting and thinking — having time to do what you enjoy is a key to happiness. Even if you’re not stressed out, make time to do an activity you enjoy at least once a day.

Avoidance
Many people know exactly what makes them stressed out. Identifying your stressors is the first step in lowering your stress levels. The next step is to make an effort to avoid the things that stress you out. If large groups of people make you feel uneasy, avoid specific places at certain time of the day. This act isn’t running away from your problems, it’s actively removing negative experiences from your life.

Certain actions you take can greatly lower stress levels, thus lowering your risk of heart diseases. 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:

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