Constant stress can have a real physical effect on your bodies and the health of our heart. Stress affects our mood, sleep and appetite. When the human body undergoes high stress levels, hormones flood your system and produce a “fight or flight response”.
Stress can lead to adopting unhealthy behaviors such as smoking, drinking too much alcohol, and eating fatty foods. Diminishing energy levels to exercise and stay active. Doctors are still pinpointing how chronic stress affects the heart – most likely causes inflammation.
Break the connection! Try eating foods that contain calming nutrients. Stressful events cause us to crave sugary, junk foods. Eat fruit! Blueberries, strawberries and raspberries have shown to be helpful in combating stress. Avocados help to stress-proof the body, bananas are a cure for anxiety and oranges can give the body a mood boost!
Laugh and stay positive- laughter is truly a superb medicine! Studies have shown that laughter reduces artery inflammation and increases levels of good HDL cholesterol. Meditation involving deep breathing and inward focus thought have been shown to reduce high blood pressure. Also, yoga and prayer help to relax the mind and body.
Physical activity as simple as taking a walk releases mood boosting chemicals called endorphins and strengthens your heart muscle to help you maintain a healthy weight. Start at low intensity workouts and build endurance by slowly improving exercise regimens.
Take time for yourself! Spend time engaging in a hobby. Get lost in a book or a podcast. Write in a journal to recollect your thoughts. Relax in a warm bath with epsom salt and lavender to calm and soothe sore muscles. Come to the Athletic Club of Overland Park and use our facilities such as the sauna or the hot-tub.
Keeping healthy starts with the body but is motivated by the mind!