Cardiologist Tips: Take a Vacation

The pernicious effects of stress on the human body, as well as the heart, are well-documented in the field of medicine. Cardiologists will always advice their patients to do whatever it takes to reduce their stress, whether it’s avoiding sources of conflict, sharing the burdens of life, or even just taking an escape. Sometimes, having some time off from your current reality can be just enough to recharge your batteries. That’s why the cardiologists at South Denver Cardiology are advising that when the going gets tough, consider taking a vacation.


Understand, that when we say take a vacation, it doesn’t have to be a two-week planned trip across Europe. Even a day trip to the mountains will do, just make sure you give yourself the time necessary to relax. Vacations can help reduce stress because they allow you to slow down life for a little while. When you’re in a stressful environment, time seems to just fly by, which in itself can be a stressful. When you take a vacation, suddenly you remember that an hour is still 60 long minutes, and there are 24 of those in a day. A day can be a very long time, relatively speaking, and being reminded of that while taking a moment’s reprieve during a vacation can be a very important decision.


But there are certain things you must avoid while on a vacation. If you don’t take an appropriate vacation, then you will not feel its stress-reducing effects, and you will have wasted your time in the grand scheme of things. So follow these rules:


  • Don’t bring your phone. If you will require a phone, attempt to bring a spouse or friend’s phone instead – its better. You want to get away from work, and the phone allows work to come with you.
  • Do something that relaxes you. That means avoid trying new things (unless that’s how you relax). But the point is, you need to do something you enjoy doing. If you don’t, then it eliminates the purpose of the vacation.
  • Don’t go with people that stress you out. Even if there is no animosity towards those people. Consider children for instance, who in all their splendor, can be a bit onerous to deal with consistently. Only travel with people you will enjoy being away with. If you can’t think of anybody that fits that bill, then consider just going on your own. Sometimes time away can give some great opportunities of personal reflection.
  • Do take the time to catch up on sleep. While going out and partying late every night may sound like a good time, prolonged exposure to stress can affect our sleep cycles in the long run. So attempting to catch up on sleep can be an important personal maintenance strategy. We’re not saying you need to hibernate, just try to get a few days of 8 to 10 hours of sleep. You’ll feel rejuvenated when the vacation is over.


How To Use This Information

As a Colorado heart center that cares about the well-being of our patients all the time, South Denver Cardiology wants to remind our clients the importance of reducing their stress on heart health. Taking some time away from life can be just what the doctor, or in this case, cardiologist ordered. If you’re concerned about the effect of stress on your heart, then schedule an appointment with us today by visiting our website, or calling us at 303-744-1065.