There is evidence that stress is bad for your heart. Studies show that stress is comparable to other risk factors such as hypertension, poor diet and lack of exercise. Stress reduction techniques such as yoga, meditation and Tia Chi have been shown to lower stress hormones. In one study, people who practiced yoga regularly experienced a decrease in some of their body’s inflammatory responses.Dedicating a certain time of the day to focus on your body and on actually relaxing and not caring about the other things going on in your day is very useful.
Spending too much time alone can affect not only your mental health, but your heart health as well. This holds true whether or not you have been actually diagnosed with heart disease. So get out and spend some time with your true friends. Remember to laugh! Laughter can burn up to 20% more calories than keeping that poker face, according to a 2005 study. And of course, get a massage. Dozens of studies have shown that massage therapy is a proven way to reduce chronic stress levels in the body. Massage releases endorphins that calm the peripheral nervous system.