February is Heart Health Awareness Month

A Mind-Body Approach to Heart Health

We all know for good heart health you need regular exercise and a diet filled with fruit, vegetables and whole grains. However, taking steps to strengthen your heart emotionally is just as important to good health.

Everyday emotional stresses can cause physical problems like stomach aches and headaches, according to the American Psychological Association. Research also shows that chronic or long-term stress contributes to serious problems including heart disease.

You can fight the harmful effects of stress by taking your feelings seriously and asking your loved ones to support your journey to better emotional and physical health. Here are tips you can use when emotionally strengthening your heart:

  • Be mindful.
  • Talk to your loved ones.
  • Find positive coping habits.
  • Get help processing negative emotions.

Once you start using these tools, naming your feelings, communicating how you feel and having an outlet to release negativity; you’ll be more likely to have your needs met and also meet the needs of others.

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