A certain amount of stress is inevitable and healthy. Substantial stress, poorly managed over a long period, however, can contribute to chronic medical conditions such as hypertension and high cholesterol. Heart disease is still the number one cause of death in men and women, yet many have no idea they’re at risk.
Women especially are more likely to ignore the warning signs of a heart attack, often attributing their symptoms to heartburn or the flu. You probably know when you’re stressed out, but signs such as indigestion, muscle tension, difficulty sleeping, racing heart, constant worry, inability to concentrate, anger, anxiety and mood swings should not be ignored.
Here are a few ways you can work to make stress less of a hindrance to your life:
- Set realistic goals and expectations.
- However busy your schedule, make sure you have some time for yourself and the things you most like to do.
- Don’t neglect your exercise; it’s one of the best ways to relax and unload your worries—not to mention the health benefits.
- Follow a healthy, balanced diet and take time to eat regular meals with your family.
- Stop smoking, and don’t use alcohol to relieve anxiety.
- Learn relaxation techniques such as meditation, controlled breathing, progressive relaxation, visualization or biofeedback.
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