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Day 4: Manage Stress

 
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Reducing Stress - Cassie Kish, CPT 

Stress, pent-up anger, and other negative emotions have been linked to heart disease. Over time, these emotions could raise your heart disease risk.

Lower your risk: Control stress. When you're stressed, your heartbeat speeds up and your blood pressure skyrockets. The next time you feel tension taking over, sit back and look at whatís bothering you. Does it really matter?

Here are a few tips for managing stress in your life:

  • Keep a positive attitude.
  • Accept that there are events that you cannot control.
  • Learn and practice relaxation techniques; try meditation, yoga, or tai-chi.
  • Exercise regularly. Your body can fight stress better when it is fit.
  • Eat healthy, well-balanced meals.
  • Set limits appropriately and say no to requests that would create excessive stress in your life.
  • Make time for hobbies and interests.
  • Get enough rest and sleep. Your body needs time to recover from stressful events.

Seek out social support. Spend enough time with those you love.


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Cassie Kish, CPT
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 DMC Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan
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