De-Stressed Is Best
According to the American Heart Association, there is growing evidence that stress contributes to heart disease, although exactly how remains unclear. If you already have heart disease, such as heart failure, stress can make the condition worse. So it's important to understand how stress affects your heart and what you can do to avoid it.
Stress takes its toll
In a short term, when you react to a stressful situation, stress hormones are released into your bloodstream and your heart rate and blood pressure increase. In a longer term, your blood sugar may increase from chronic stress, and your immune system (ability to fight infections) may be weakened.
Unplug the stress
Some activities can help you better manage stress, such as regular exercise. Here are other stress relievers:
Get a full night's sleep.
Talk it out. Tell close friends or family members about the things that cause you concern.
Do relaxation exercises throughout the day, such as taking 10 to 15 seconds every hour to breathe deeply from your diaphragm.
Try yoga or meditation.
Make time every day to do things you enjoy.
Learn to set limits and say no.
Take a stress management class.
If you feel overwhelmed, seek help from your doctor or a mental health professional.