Ways to fight stress and help your heart

By:Meenakshi Chaudhary, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Jul 16, 2013

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How you cope with stress determines the health of your heart. Here are some ways to help you reduce stress for a better heart!
  • 1

    Socialise

    People with little social support have poor recovery from a heart attack. Spending too much time on your own can affect your heart health. Socialising may reduce the stress from your life, reducing the risk of heart problems.

  • 2

    Discuss your problems

    People experience more psychological stress and higher heart rates when they hold grudges. It is better to discuss every issue with your partner or family or friend. Keeping things untold may lead to more stress.

     

  • 3

    Don’t drink alcohol

    Although, moderate drinking may ward off heart disease, having too many drinks can raise your blood pressure which in turn may even lead to heart failure.

     

  • 4

    Consume less caffeine

    Caffeine can quickly raise your attendant stress hormones. Such elevated stress hormones contribute to inflammation.

  • 5

    Balanced diet

    A balanced diet, low in red meat and processed foods and  high in fruits, vegetables, poultry, fish, and whole grains, keeps your heart healthy. It will also help you feel fit and avoid stress. Healthy eating can help prevent or delay diabetes, a major risk factor for heart trouble.

     

  • 6

    Sleep

    An average of six to eight hours of sleep is recommended, to away fromstress and other health problems.However, quality of sleep is also very important. Frequent interruptions in sleep can lead to hypertension and heart disease.

     

  • 7

    Exercise

    Physical activities like gardening, cycling and jogging will help you feel better, lower your stress and make your heart stronger.

  • 8

    Limit emotional involvement

    Avoid getting too emotionally involved with objects or events. Researchers have linked game losses with a greater risk of heart attack. Concentrate on relationships rather than things that don't actually matter.

     

  • 9

    Laugh

    Laughter can burn up more calories thus protecting your heart in the long run. It improves vascular function leading to a healthy heart.

     

  • 10

    Take professional help

    Medication, psychotherapy or cognitive behavioural therapy, and other treatments may help cure your depression, which otherwise can increase the risk of heart disease.

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