Day 8: Say "No" to Stress
A little bit of stress can motivate you to take care of tasks that you need to accomplish. But a lot of stress – and how you handle it – can be bad for your heart health, leading to or increasing conditions, such as high blood pressure, physical inactivity and obesity. There are many ways to manage stress and what works varies from person to person. Here are six ways to consider:
- Drink plenty of water. Mild dehydration can reduce brain function and may increase anxiety.
- Take a break. When you’re feeling stressed go for a short walk outside. Fresh air and a little exercise can work wonders.
- Speak slowly. Stress tends to speed things up. Being conscious about slowing down can help you get back in control of the situation. Take a few deep breaths, too.
- Sit up straight. Posture affects mood, and slouching never does your body a favor.
- Delegate. Feeling overwhelmed? Are there one or more things that you need to do that you could ask for help?
- Feed your heart. Stress hormones can deplete your body of nutrition. A few suggestions: eating pistachios may help reduce blood pressure and heart rate, and leafy greens supply magnesium, which can fight depression and fatigue.
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