By now you understand the dangerous heart conditions which untreated stress can cause. You know what generally causes stress, and some ways to manage it.
You also discovered the magical ability of physical activity to battle stress naturally. So, you are probably thinking …
“What do I do now? How do I put this information to work in my life?”
First, take some time to dig deep to think about whether you regularly experience any of the main causes of stress. When you feel stressed, think about why.
Understanding what causes stress allows you to act before anxiety presents itself. For instance, big life events can cause stress. So if you know that you’re about to accept a big job promotion or move to another state, prepare yourself mentally beforehand.
All of the situations which cause stress in your life tend to be easier to handle when you are prepared for them.
The next thing you should do is develop a weekly schedule for exercise. Doctors and personal trainers have discovered in the last couple of decades that you only need to stay active for a very small amount of time each week to benefit.
Just 2.5 to 3.0 hours of moderately intense physical activity each week delivers a ton of health advantages. This also keeps your heart strong and working properly, and ensures that “feel good” hormones are constantly at work in your life.
As part of your anxiety-beating game plan, you should write down simple stress busters that you have learned. Turn to them frequently when stress catches you off-guard, and you can quickly train your brain and body to limit (and even eliminate) the harmful causes of stress in your life.
Stress does not have to lead to heart attack, stroke, sudden cardiac death and other debilitating heart problems and conditions. Put the knowledge you gained to work for you, personalizing a heart healthy game plan which puts you in charge of your life, and not the inevitable stress which you are going to experience.