Tips on Stress Management to Reduce Risk of Coronary Heart Disease

STRESS. WE’VE ALL HAD IT AT SOME POINT OF OUR LIVES. In fact, often we feel stressed when trying to balance our time and energy between work, home, and social lives. Aside from these external factors, stress can be generated and exacerbated by internal factors. Some internal factors include nutrition, general health and ability to manage your emotions.

Stress causes a wide range of symptoms that affect your body, mind and behavior like headaches, anxiety and social withdrawal. Stress has been linked to almost all leading causes of death – including heart disease. Check out a test that estimates your risk of burnout.  Furthermore, stress is often disregarded as a need to seek medical attention, and many physicians give little attention to stress management techniques for their patients. Does stress have to linger within your daily life?

brain and heart connectionThe good news is you can begin decreasing your distress levels today by applying simple practices to your life. Here we list some of the easiest methods to reduce stress.

1. Changing up your diet
It’s no secret you are what you eat. Comfort foods are often the go to” when stressed, but these high fat foods can make you lethargic and unable to combat the source of stress in the long run. Avoid giving in to instant gratification by consuming foods that work with your body to lower stress levels. According to
The Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine, individuals should consume low-fat, high fiber, carbohydrate-rich foods to lower stress. These include fruits, vegetables, rice, and some soups. Foods to avoid include meats, cheeses, caffeinated drinks and refined sugars.

2. Exercise
Physical activity has been known to increase heart health, but did you know it could also lower stress? According to the
Anxiety and Depression Association of America, regular participation in aerobic exercise has been shown to decrease levels of tension, stabilize mood, and improve sleep and self-esteem.

3. Practice proper breathing, yoga or meditation techniques
Focusing on both your mind and body may be exactly what you need to combat the stress you’re feeling.
Yoga and meditation bring together physical and mental discipline to achieve peacefulness, aiding in relaxation and anxiety.

4. Spend time with friends and family
Friends and family are often the supportive network we need to make it through the tough times. Having a social network has been associated with lower levels of stress, leading to increased longevity and happiness.

5. Practice a hobby or find a new one
Pastimes give our minds and body a break from anxiety and tension because they often require your full attention, but unlike work, pastimes invest attention and energy in activities that you enjoy. Hobbies like gardening, painting, socializing, volunteering and more are outlets that all relieve harmful stress.

There are countless ways to reduce stress in your life, but consider trying out a few mentioned above and find what works best for you. Remember, if you ever feel stressed to a point where you feel out of control, seek medical attention.

What are some of your favorite ways to reduce stress?

About Mackenzie Thompson, Life Saver, NHCPS

Mackenzie is a seasoned life saver and a multifaceted professional in the medical field. With an impressive 8-year track record in medical education, Mackenzie boasts a comprehensive set of certifications, including ACLS, PALS, BLS, and CPR, which reflect her unwavering commitment and expertise. Her significant contributions to teaching and the development of medical content underscore her profound knowledge and dedication to advancing healthcare.

Beyond her medical prowess, Mackenzie seamlessly integrates her passion for education with her proficiency in media and marketing. Her academic journey at Indiana University culminated in a degree in Media and Marketing, further solidifying her expertise in these domains.

In addition to her impressive professional achievements, Mackenzie possesses a refined taste for global exploration, photography, design aesthetics, sartorial elegance, and the culinary arts, with a particular affinity for Chinese cuisine. Currently based in the vibrant city of Manhattan, she continues to be a driving force in the medical community. She is an invaluable asset to, where she champions excellence and innovation with unwavering dedication.

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2 responses

  1. Steele Honda Avatar
    Steele Honda

    Thanks for pointing out that physical activity has been known to increase heart health and can help lower stress. My dad had a recent scare with cardiovascular disease and so is trying to figure out how to be a little bit healthier. I think it would be smart for him to start doing more cardio and maybe talk to some heart doctors about what else he can do to help keep his heart healthy.

    1. Mackenzie Thompson Avatar
      Mackenzie Thompson

      We are happy to hear our article helped, thanks for the comment!

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