Techniques to reduce stress
We all experience it, and we can benefit from reducing it Reducing stress can help you to prevent conditions that may lead to heart disease. So, what can we do to reduce your stress and save your heart?
Here are some techniques to reduce stress that can have the benefit of improving your heart health.
Regular exercise can reduce your body’s production of the stress hormone cortisol. It releases endorphins, known as the body feel-good chemicals. But they don’t just make you feel good, but also help you to combat stress.
Laughing is a great way to reduce stress hormones. It also helps reduce inflammation. What laughter does to your body? It increases the oxygen level throughout your body. It helps relieve tension by relaxing your muscles and it can help improve your mood and your immune system.
Yoga helps relax and strengthen your body to calm your mind. It helps reduce blood pressure and lower other risks for developing heart disease. It improves your mood, boosts your immune system, reduces the effects of aging on the brain, helps you sleep better, and reduces stress.
Deep breathing during relaxation exercises is good for your mind and your body. It brings more oxygen into your body, and it’s proven to decrease the levels of cortisol in your body and even temporarily reduce blood pressure.
Listening to music can help you relax, and some types of music can help lower your blood pressure, heart rate, and cortisol level. Soothing music likely has the greatest relaxation effect, but just listening to music you enjoy can help you feel better and manage stress more effectively.
Napping can feel really good, and it can also help reduce your body’s cortisol levels, which can help relieve stress. Besides, napping may also help ensure you get enough sleep, which can also help keep stress at bay.
Spending time with animals helps lower stress hormones, and petting cats and dogs can reduce blood pressure temporarily. At least one study showed that spending time with dogs can increase oxytocin, making you feel good. Also, if you have a dog, you’re more likely to get exercise since your dog will encourage you to grab a leash and go for a walk, so you get a double benefit!
Learn how to say no. You’ve probably heard it a hundred times – you can’t make everyone happy all the time. If you have difficulty finding time in your day to do the things that are important to your health and your family, you might benefit from finding ways to cut some things from your schedule. Make time to exercise, relax, and do things that help reduce stress rather than increasing it.
As you can see, there are many things you can do to reduce stress in your life and, in turn, improve your heart health. Stress relief is within your control. You’ve got this!