What’s stressful to one person isn’t for another. Happy events and unhappy events can cause stress. Everyone feels and reacts to stress in different ways. How much pressure you experience and how you respond to it can lead to a wide variety of health problems, and that’s why it’s important to know what you can do about it.
Stress, Mental Health, and Your Heart
Mental health can positively or negatively impact your physical health and risk factors for heart disease and stroke, according to “Psychological Health, Well-Being, and the Mind-Heart-Body Connection,” a scientific statement in the American Heart Association journal Circulation.
A stressful situation sets off a chain of events. Your body releases adrenaline, a hormone that temporarily causes your breathing and heart rate to speed up and your blood pressure to rise. These reactions prepare you to deal with the “fight or flight” response.
Can managing stress reduce or prevent heart disease?
Managing stress is good for your health and well-being. Negative psychological health / mental health is associated with an increased risk of heart disease and stroke. But positive psychological health is associated with a lower risk of heart disease and death.
What can I do about stress?
Fortunately, you can manage stress in ways such as:
- Exercising regularly. It can relieve stress, tension, anxiety and depression. Consider a nature walk, meditation or yoga.
- Making time for friends and family. It’s important to maintain social connections and talk with people you trust.
- Getting enough sleep. Adults should aim for seven to nine hours a night.
- Maintaining a positive attitude.
- Practicing relaxation techniques while listening to music.
- Finding a stimulating hobby that can be fun and distract you from negative thoughts or worries.
Figuring out how stress pushes your buttons is essential in dealing with it. Identify sources of stress in your life and look for ways to reduce and manage them.
Adopting serenity in the face of life’s challenges may help improve your perception of stress and result in a better quality of life and heart health.
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