February is American Heart Month!

I’ll bet you’re thinking “Duh Chris! Valentine’s Day is in February.”

Yep, it sure is, but February is also

February is American Heart Month, and that’s a good reminder to focus on heart health. It’s important to eat right and exercise, but it’s also crucial to keep your stress levels in check. According to the American Heart Association, chronic stress can lead to heart disease. So how do you manage stress?

Here are some tips:

  1. Get regular exercise.
  2. Take breaks throughout the day to relax.
  3. Try yoga or meditation.
  4. Talk to a friend or therapist if needed.
  5. Practice gratitude daily.
  6. Avoid caffeine and alcohol when stressed out.
  7. Spend time in nature.”

It can be hard to take care of ourselves when we’re feeling stressed out, but it’s important we don’t give up.

One way to reduce the amount of stress in our lives is by embracing some simple stress reduction techniques mentioned above. Exercise, breaks, yoga, meditation, talking to friends or therapists, and gratitude are all great ways to start.

If you find that caffeine or alcohol are your go-to’s when you feel overwhelmed, try avoiding them for a while and see if that makes a difference.

And finally, spend time outside in nature whenever possible. The fresh air and natural beauty can do wonders for our minds and bodies. What stress relief methods have worked best for you?

Chris

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