If we’ve learned anything from the past three years, it’s that life can be pretty unpredictable. As a human race, we’ve had some global, pandemic-sized curveballs thrown our way. Plus, life is just super stressful in general. Work. Parenting. Adulting. Eating healthy. Finding time for your family. Finding time for yourself. Oof.
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The point is, it’s perfectly normal to feel anxious or overwhelmed. But if those feelings are becoming more frequent or intense – your heart could suffer the consequences.
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Your heart and mind are deeply connected. In fact, when you’re angry or upset, your body releases coping hormones – which could cause your heart to beat faster and your blood pressure to spike.
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In small doses, it’s totally fine – your heart rate and BP will go back to normal. But if you’re in a consistent state of stress, your heart won’t have a chance to recover, which could lead to some serious issues down the road.
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That’s why we connected with our friends at Virtua Health, who have a nationally recognized cardiology program, to chat through some simple ways to keep your mind calm and your heart healthy.
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1. Call a timeout
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Take a moment for yourself. Step away. Get outside. Go for a walk. Take some deep, calming breaths.
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2. Talk it out
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Whether it’s with your support system or even with yourself, talking about your feelings is a great way to work through rough situations.
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3. Meditate
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There’s some really great apps out there like Calm and Headspace that can help with stress-reducing exercises. Yoga is another great way to incorporate mindfulness into your daily routine.
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4. Do what makes you happy
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Maybe it’s reading a book, binging a show, listening to music, writing, knitting, gardening, video games. If it makes you happy and helps you decompress, do it!
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5. Go easy on yourself
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Feel your feelings. Let your emotions have their time. Don’t judge yourself or ever feel less than. And try to remind yourself that these feelings, whether it’s a panic or anxiety attack, will pass.
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At the end of the day, life can be a bit much sometimes. But by acknowledging your feelings and learning how to manage your emotions – you’ll not only improve your wellbeing, but maybe even your heart health as well.
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Real Talk! Women’s Health Chats
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Between work, family, and everyday life – taking time for yourself can be a challenge. That’s why Virtua Health created Real Talk! Women’s Health Chats – it’s live and unfiltered featuring real women discussing topics that matter most to you. Join Virtua for their next chat: Heart-to-Heart: keeping your physical and emotional hearts healthy – Thursday, February 3 at 7 p.m. – where experts share practical ways to keep your mind calm and your heart healthy. Register for free!
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