Everyone experiences stress at some point in their lives. Although stress can’t always be avoided, it is important to find ways to manage it so it doesn’t become chronic.

Chronic stress has a significant impact on your heart health. Unhealthy levels of stress hormones may raise your heart rate and blood pressure. Stress may also contribute to increased cholesterol and triglyceride levels, as well as diabetes. Additionally, stress is often the root cause of many unhealthy behaviors that increase heart disease risk, such as smoking, overeating and drinking.

In addition to your heart, stress can also impact how you sleep, your ability to lose or maintain weight, and your productivity at work.

3 Simple Steps to Avoid Chronic Stress

1 Be Kind to Yourself
One of the best ways to keep stress at bay is to make it a priority to take care of your own needs. It seems simple enough, but this is hard for many people to do, especially women who tend to put themselves last on their list of priorities.

If this sounds like you, consider this: you will be a better mother, daughter, wife, caregiver, employee and friend if you are relaxed, healthy and happy. So spend some time everyday focusing on you, even if it’s just for 10-15 minutes.

2Find a Favorite Stress-Buster
Do whatever helps you de-stress and recharge. For some people, writing in a journal, taking a short nap or sharing a good laugh with a close friend works wonders to improve their mood. Others find that organizing their desks or cleaning out their closets helps relieve stress. Still others benefit from a brisk walk or a trip to the gym when tension starts to rise.

3Ask for Help
Even if you can do it all, why should you? Over time, you are bound to get exhausted, resentful, and stressed out. Learn to say “no” to every request of your time and energy. Seek help from family and friends when needed.

If you’ve done all you can do to de-stress but still feel the pressure, talk to a professional or consider joining a support group. Speak with your primary care provider to discuss your options, or call the number below for a referral. Your health is worth it!

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Call (716) 706-2112

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Date Last Reviewed: October 10, 2017

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