Don’t worry; be happy- it’s good for your heart!

by on October 22nd, 2010 at 7:00 am

Don’t worry; be happy- it’s good for your heart!

While you’ve probably heard that old saying before, you also probably relate that it’s easier said than done not to stress. However, you may not have realized how worrying affects your health, especially your heart!

Is your personality to blame?

Personality type theory has been around since the 1950’s, which describes behavior patterns typical of “Type A” and “Type B” individuals. Generally speaking, “Type A” people tend to be characterized as over-achievers who have difficulty relaxing, while “Type B” people tend to be much more easy-going.

Because of the self-induced stress “Type A” individuals typically place on themselves, this type has been said to be at an increased risk for heart disease. While this theory has been questioned and said to not be scientifically sound, many psychologists and other health experts have shown a strong link between emotional health and physical well-being.

Often, it is not only the stress but the way an individual copes with it, in addition to the other conditions it may trigger or exacerbate, such as anxiety, mood swings, etc.

How to help manage worrying + protect your heart

It’s unrealistic to never worry, but with stress being a significant contributing risk factor in the development of heart disease (the leading cause of death in the United State), learning to handle it regardless of personality type is a must!

In addition, living a heart-healthy lifestyle, which includes maintaining a stable, healthy weight, not smoking, eating well, and staying active can all help keep your mind and body in top condition.

6 Responses to “Don’t worry; be happy- it’s good for your heart!”

  1. Marc Pader

    Oct 25th, 2010

    Thank you for the information, it was very informative!

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  3. Leslie

    Feb 3rd, 2011

    Yes it is Heart health month and I need a question answered, if possible.

    My husband is a type 2 diabetic, overweight, 56yo who also had a quadruple bypass two years ago.
    He has owned his own business for our entire married life and has NEVER learned balance in his life, or how to manage the stress.
    He has noticed that his heart rate increases as does his blood pressure when he’s working, even when he isn’t feeling stressed per say, just working. He owns a computer based business, so working is sitting on the phone and computer most of the day.
    How can he relieve this kind of stress, everyone has to work.

    Thanks

    Leslie

    • D. Braun

      Feb 3rd, 2011

      Hi Leslie,

      First let me say that he needs to discuss the increased heart rate experiences with his doctor – that is crucial!

      For help with stress/calming, I would suggest:

      PureCalm – I have used this and it absolutely rocks. It’s natural, safe and effective for calming and soothing stress and nervousness. Definitely worth a try for him. You can read more about it here: http://www.nativeremedies.com/products/purecalm-soothe-common-nervous-tension.html

      Breath retention:

      Step 1

      Sit comfortably with your back straight and your shoulders back.

      Step 2

      Breathe deeply into your abdomen, breathing in through your nose.

      Step 3

      Silently count to four as you exhale through your nose, beginning your exhalation at one and completing it at four.

      Step 4

      On the next inhale through your nose, count to two as you inhale, starting your inhalation at one and completing it at two.

      Step 5

      Repeat this cycle of breathing between 5 to 10 times. Don’t pause between inhalations and exhalations. Keep the cycle of inhalations and exhalations steady and continuous. Increase your count during the breath as you feel comfortable, but always keep the 1:2 ratio – so if you inhale to a count of 4, exhale to a count of 8.

      Notes:

      This breathing exercises is meant to teach methods of using the breath to lower your heart rate. Like with anything else, the more you practice, the better results you’ll see. If you practice this daily, you will be better prepared to apply this techniques to real-life stressful situations.

      Exercise:

      I know how hard it is to begin an exercise program – and even more difficult to stick with it. One thing I would try if I were you is to begin some sort of exercise with your husband. Whether it’s an evening walk, going to the gym together, or maybe learning Yoga together – be his partner and cheerleader in this and help your own health at the same time. :)

      I hope this helps, Leslie!

      If this exercise causes any discomfort, discontinue and return to normal breathng.

  4. Happiness is the best way to decrease the stress level. I think happiness is a natural treatment of many diseases.

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