Preventative Cardiac Care: Tips for Managing Your Stress
While many cardiac conditions can be adequately managed in a heart hospital , prevention is still the best strategy for staying heart healthy . One trigger for cardiac problems that is often overlooked is stress. Stress can have a major impact on your heart and can both exacerbate heart disease and trigger behaviors that are harmful to your heart, such as smoking, overeating, and skipping workouts. Whether you are trying to prevent heart disease or already have a cardiac condition but are trying to minimize its side effects, these tips for controlling stress will help you live a healthier life.
Take Control of Your Schedule
It is not always possible to completely avoid stressful situations, but there are things you can do to take more control of your life. Start by crossing things off your schedule that are unnecessary and that cause you stress. Don’t take on projects you don’t have the time to commit to and learn to say no when someone asks for a favor that will add too much to your plate.
Make Time for Healthy Pursuits
Regular exercise and healthy eating aren’t just good for your heart – they are also good for your stress levels. Include time in your day for physical activity and to prepare healthy meals and snacks for yourself. You will feel healthier and in more control of your life. Add stress-busting activities, like yoga and meditation, into your day to keep your anxiety on an even keel.
Have a De-Stress Strategy
When a stressful event occurs or you feel yourself getting anxious, have a plan to calm down and refocus your energy. This might be calling a friend, using deep breathing techniques, taking a walk, or listening to music. Putting a stop to acute stress is good for your heart and mind and will let you approach your stressors with a clearer head.
At MountainView Hospital in Las Vegas, we provide extensive cardiac care services in our Heart Center , including emergency care for heart attacks and cardiac rehabilitation. If you are interested in learning more about our heart hospital or requesting a referral to a physician, please call (702) 233-5300.