4 Tips for Lowering Stress to Protect Heart Health - dummies

By James M. Rippe

Part of Preventing and Reversing Heart Disease For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Too much stress damages heart health. Use these simple and effective strategies to reduce the impact of everyday stress on your mental and physical well-being:

  • Modify factors that can compound stress. Get enough rest and sleep. Don’t binge on caffeine. Get plenty of physical activity.

  • Live in the present. Quit fearing the future or regretting the past. Make the most of today.

  • Get out of your own way. Don’t dwell on the negative or indulge in negative self-talk.

  • Take time out. Step away from it all for ten minutes a day. Take a stroll. Meditate. Nap. Tune into the calm.