Stress Reduction Is Important — Especially for Those With Heart Disease

Reducing stress is a critical component of cardiac care; however, it is sometimes easier said than done.  Explore these simple relaxation techniques that can help you refocus your mind.

Whether you are retired or actively engaged in a high stress job, you may be dealing with pressures and emotions that are causing you stress.  High stress can lead to a number of serious health issues which is why finding useful techniques for minimizing your stress should be a priority.  Studies have linked stress with increased incidences of high blood pressure and heart disease, but also obesity, diabetes, depression, headaches, asthma, gastrointestinal problems and even Alzheimer’s disease.

Some people whose jobs or lifestyles are causing extreme stress may need to consider major changes.  Most of us, however, can reap big benefits just by practicing some specific relaxation techniques that have been proven to decrease the effects of stress on both mind and body. Relaxation techniques can help you cope with everyday stress and with stress related to various health problems.

Explore these simple relaxation techniques and get started on de-stressing your life and improving your health.

  • Breathe slowly and deeply — slowing your breath begins the relaxation response.
  • Regular exercise has been shown to reduce stress —even more so when it happens in the beautiful Colorado outdoors
  • Spend time with loved ones – friends, families, even pets
  • Try meditation — start by being aware of your breathing
  • Join a yoga class
  • Take an aromatherapy bubble bath or a long hot shower
  • Listen to music that you enjoy. Classical music tends to have a calming effect
  • Plan something out of the ordinary at least once a week—change of routine can be a great stress reducer
  • Make a calming place in your home free from clutter and reminders of things you need to do
  • Find time for yourself and do something you enjoy with no outside interference
  • Drink hot tea—chamomile or a similar variety has known calming effects
  • Close your eyes and picture yourself relaxed—think about this peaceful place at least once a day

How to Use this Information

If you are feeling stressed, talk to your doctor to check on any potential physical causes.  Then discuss relaxation techniques like the ones above to determine which would be the best fit for you.  At South Denver Cardiology, we treat the whole person.  It starts with the most advanced medical treatment available for heart disease, but also include fitness, yoga, nutrition and mental health support.

If you have questions, contact the experts at South Denver Cardiology at 303-744-1065.