Take a deep breath in and slowly let it out…

Stress is a major factor for poor heart heath. Luckily, stress can be managed! It’s easy to let stress take over your life, but it is important to remember that taking a deep breath and facing your stress triggers can lead to a healthier lifestyle for you and those around you. It is a medically-proven fact that taking a few deep breaths can alert your brain to calm your body down and immediately relieve stress.

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 Remember to take a breath. We know everyone has a busy schedule, but it is impor­tant to pencil in 5-10 minutes each day to sit back and relax. Deep breathing is one of the best ways to lower stress in the body. This is because when you breathe deeply it sends a message to your brain to calm down and relax.

  • Stretch it out. Not only is stress a mental and emotional drain, it can also cause physical problems. It seems like everywhere we turn these days there is more stress. Stretching can easily be done from your desk, couch, etc. When you start to feel jit­tery, slowly stretch your muscles to relieve tension that can cause stress.
  • Take time for yourself. Caregivers face opportunities to manage stress every day.Taking care of others is one of the most stressful jobs out there. It is easy to forget yourself when you are taking care of a loved one. Give yourself some time each day to focus on YOU.
  • Ask for help. The caregiver needs a break for good stress management. Ask a family member, friend or professional to help out so you get that break.

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