We often underestimate what stress can do to our health and, how it plays major risk factor in worsening our heart health.
What can Stress do?
Studies link stress to changes in the way blood clots, which increases the risk of heart attack.High blood pressure and cholesterol levels, smoking, physical inactivity and overeating- are all affected by stress. And they then worsen heart conditions and are responsible for causing heart attack.
What should we do?
Here are a few tips to manage stress-
Breathe – If you realise you’re having a panic attack or anxiety, take deep breaths. Taking deep breaths will help you calm down, it’ll help your heartbeat normalize and help you think clearly. . Sit down somewhere and take deep breaths whenever you feel you’re too stressed and do not let stress overtake.
Smile – Smiling transmits nerve impulses from the facial muscles to the limbic system, a key emotional center in the brain, tilting the neurochemical balance toward calm. Smiling doesn’t only help to cheer your mood up, it really helps your health, your mind and body!
Write – When you’re too stressed or confused and don’t know what to do about it, write it down. Writing it will give you perspective and help you form coherent thoughts. Instead of being in a panic mess, you will be able to think clearly and then find solution to your problem. You can try making a table, wherein you write what is stressing you and the possible actions you could take to help it.
Meditate – the power of meditation goes without saying. Sit in a quiet and calm place, close your eyes and focus on your breathing. Do not think about anything external but your breathing. You will feel yourself calming within minutes.
Stress will not be a big danger for you if you know how to cope with it. Our daily busy lives always give us something to worry about; we just need to know how to deal with all that stress and stay happy!