11 healthy heart tips – Rest Less

Stress is one way that our bodies respond to high pressure or challenging situations. It’s completely normal to feel stressed sometimes, and a certain amount can actually be healthy. However, if you’re often feeling stressed and for long periods of time, you might find it beneficial to make some changes that will help you cope.

Stress can cause a range of emotional, physical, and behavioural symptoms including feeling scared, anxious, and irritable, experiencing a faster heartbeat (palpitations), and engaging in nervous behaviours such as nail-biting. However, these are just a few examples out of many, and it’s important to remember that stress will affect everyone differently.

High or constant stress could increase your risk of heart problems. For example, research from Harvard University has suggested that stress could be as important a risk factor for heart disease as high blood pressure or smoking, because it can cause the arteries to become inflamed. Similarly, stress can also be linked with unhealthy habits that can have a bearing on heart health. For example, when you’re stressed you might be more inclined to smoke, to over-indulge in comfort foods, binge drink, or avoid physical activity. While these things may temporarily ease your stress, over time they can lead to high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes, all of which can affect your heart health.

Stress can be caused by a variety of factors, and recognising the source is a great first step to take in reducing it. For some people, it might be caused by work, relationships, financial issues, change, or a combination of different things.

If you’ve been feeling stressed or anxious recently, then it’s worth taking a look at our article; 7 tips for coping with stress and anxiety, for some suggestions on how to cope. If the thought of life returning to normal post-pandemic is also affecting your stress levels, then consider having a read of our article; Managing social anxiety for some useful ideas on how to manage social situations.

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