Why de-stress? Stress can result in reduced blood flow to the heart and an irregular heartbeat, damaging the lining of your blood vessels over time. In addition, living a stressful life can cause people to adopt unhealthy habits like smoking, drinking, and poor diet. You can ease stress through exercise, meditation, and spending time with people you love and on activities you enjoy.
Amy's heart advice: “The first step to easing stress and anxiety is to identify the sources of your stress. Then, set goals to manage, reduce, or eliminate these stressors. Finally, incorporate stress-reducing activities into your life, such as deep breathing or conscious breathing techniques.”
February is Heart Month, so kick start your best year yet with 28 days of heart health. Every day in February St. Luke’s will send a heart health tip directly to your email. It’s easy to subscribe!
We’re also offering Free Heart Seminars throughout the month. Click here to find one in your area.
Martie Shelman-Marshall works in the Communications and Marketing department at St. Luke's.