Eating right and regularly exercising are not the only ways to reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease. These four lifestyle factors play an essential role as well.
- Practicing stress relief. Stress can increase your risk for many types of chronic diseases—cardiovascular disease being one of them. Although mild stress is a normal reaction to accomplish tasks we sometimes find challenging, it can become overbearing and begin to negatively affect your health. It is important to learn how to manage your stress level. Below are a few ways you can begin to eliminate unnecessary and overbearing stress factors from your life.
- Delegate some of your household or work responsibilities to others
- Realize that it is your reaction to the stress that is harmful
- Keep things in perspective, you are most likely not facing a life threatening situation
- Pamper yourself with some quiet time
- Practice deep breathing techniques to calm yourself
- Try to spend time in nature on a daily basis, even if it’s only a 10 minute walk