Do You Love Your Heart?
Ways to Turn Stress into Calm
February is associated with the color red, love, Special Valentines, chocolates and the American Heart Month. Women of any age, caregivers, and our elderly mom and grandma would all appreciate a box of chocolate this time of the year (dark chocolate is good for your health).
It is also a month for Heart Health Awareness. Heart disease is the number one killer of women. Typically, it comes unexpectedly and can happen to women of any age. One example is a 50 year old woman who felt a little more tired than usual while doing her daily chores of taking care of her aging parents and three children ages 10 to 17.
She was driving around town taking care of errands when she felt weak on her ankles and noticed they were a little swollen. Plus, there was shortness of breath that had become normal. She was feeling stressed out rushing around taking care of her aging mom and running her athletic children to soccer and football practice. She thought it was just another stressful day.
Then one day, she felt the usual flu and fever and finally went to the doctor… she had high blood pressure and was immediately sent to the emergency room for an abnormal heart condition. In her case, it was not too late.
3 Ways to bust the stress and work on the healthy heart you deserve:
#1 Evaluate your heart health. Your blood pressure, cholesterol level and general health conditions will show if you are prone to heart disease. Added to these factors, stress, anger and depression could trigger heart disease and damage your coronary arteries.
Know that your emotional well-being is linked to heart disease. If you are stressed out, you tend to drink more, eat more, feel bad, and get depressed. All these negative behaviors will lead to a heart that is unhealthy and sad.
It is not just the physical condition of your body. It’s time to evaluate your mental and spiritual well-being as well. Remember to visit your primary physician yearly.
#2 Take steps for a healthier heart. To have a healthier heart takes work. It involves choices we make each day. This includes our choice of food, activity, amount of sleep and the people we associate with each day.
The food we eat: Most doctors recommend five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables per day to have a healthier heart. What about going meatless once a week? Beans and rice save us lots of money and are good for our hearts too.
Daily activities: Walking is the easiest way to improve your health. According to AARP, you will get peak benefits from walking if you do it several times a week for 30 minutes each time. Instead of sitting at home, take a walk around the neighborhood and improve your heart health and increase your mental alertness. Encourage your elderly parents to take short walks and add distance each time they walk. Plus, it’s a great time for conversation.
Increase sleep time: Sleeping will repair our body cells. The lack of sleep can make us prone to high blood pressure, hormonal imbalance, obesity and high cholesterol. Sleep is essential for good for your body, mind and soul.
#3 Take time to breathe and have a soothing cup of tea. Caregivers, when was the last time you took time for yourself…to enjoy the scones and tea or hang out with your girlfriends? Hanging out with friends and having a good laugh is one of the best ways to relieve stress. Studies show that men and women who belong to a social network like a church group, book club or have a tight group of friends and family have a lower risk of heart disease. Lower your risk of heart disease, plus you will feel better and be happier.
Don’t stand alone…seek out friendship and go out and have fun.
Work stress can also translates to higher risks of heart disease. Do you know the condition of your heart?
Remember, if you harbor anger, are battling with depression or have a stressful job, you are at risk. The sandwich-generation (that is, those who care for aging parents) who have children and hold a job are at the highest risk.
Take time this month to evaluate and take control of your life. Maybe it is time to simplify and start eating healthier, work out a plan to exercise and enjoy your life.
“Change the things you can, relax, and accept the things you can’t change…rediscover old interests or cultivate new ones to keep your mind and soul afresh. Keep a smile on your face and you will attract more and friendlier people into your life,” says Diana Beam, Founder of Keeping in Touch Solutions.
For less than a cup of Starbucks coffee per day, Keeping in Touch Solutions can help get rid of some of your stress and guilt by calling your loved on daily. Keeping In Touch Solutions calls your loved one for you when you can’t be there so you don’t have to worry!
A daily check-in call could be the lifeline, the joy you give someone that makes the biggest difference in their perception of what old age is like.
Contact me at 317-480-1038 today. Let’s make a difference together.
I’m Diana Beam, Founder of Keeping in Touch Solutions. It is my heartfelt desire for every person to live a happy and healthy life in the place they call home, no matter what their age. You can’t put a price on peace of mind for your parents and yourself. It’s priceless . . . and significant.
For that reason, the goal of every Keeping In Touch Solutions program is to provide a caring connection and service that both the elderly and their caregivers can rely on to make living that good life easier.
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