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Love Your Heart by Caring for Your Mental Health

Mental wellness can affect your heart. Stress, depression, anxiety, anger, and social isolation can affect your cardiovascular health. Over time, there will be certain physiologic effects on the body such as increased heart rate, increased blood pressure, reduced blood flow to the heart, and heightened levels of cortisol.

There are simple ways to promote mental wellness and reduce stress in your life, which will help you manage your heart health:

1. Regular exercise.
When you start moving you may have more self-confidence, experience better sleep, see a reduction in symptoms of depression and anxiety and have the energy to engage in more social interaction and activities.

2. Practicing mindfulness.
This is a basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we are doing, and not be overly reactive or overwhelmed by what is going on around us. Mindfulness can be practiced through meditation, utilizing physical relaxation techniques, and breathing exercises.

3. Connecting with others to reduce social isolation.
Meaningful social interactions and support may act as a preventive measure for the heart by reducing chronic stress and unhealthy coping strategies, which are often associated with loneliness. You can try:

4. Getting professional help for mental wellness.
If you continue to find it challenging to manage your stress or are experiencing symptoms of depression and/or anxiety, it may be time to seek professional support and help.

Ref: Accessed January 2024

The article written above is for informational and educational purposes only. For serious medical and health concerns, please consult a licensed health provider.