We all know that chronic stress can significantly impact mental health. But did you know that stress can also harm your physical health? It’s true – researchers have long known of a link between chronic stress and heart disease, among other ailments. What, exactly, is the impact of stress on heart health? And how can you manage stress in order to minimize that impact?
Heart Disease and Stress
Stress causes inflammation, high blood pressure, and other negative reactions in the body. These, in turn, raise the risk of heart disease and stroke. In addition, stress often causes us to adopt unhealthy coping mechanisms, such as binge drinking, smoking, eating unhealthy foods, overeating, and more.
How to Minimize the Impact of Stress on Heart Health
The best way to lower the potential negative impact of stress on heart and overall health is to find healthy ways to manage stress. Try to eat well, drink enough water, and get more physical activity. Focus on high-quality sleep. Spend time with family and friends. Try yoga, meditation or journaling. If feelings of stress continue to affect your daily life and routine, talk to your doctor. It’s never a bad idea to ask for help!
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This is an updated blog post that was originally published in 2020.