Taking care of yourself can be tough, especially when in the thrones of trying to take care of others. And when you are feeling less-than because of your life’s challenges, taking care of yourself can become even less of a priority. However, if you don’t take care of your Mind, Body and Spirit you can find yourself with other very serious ailments; such as, coronary heart disease.
You, can help prevent coronary heart disease by taking steps to care for you; and promoting a healthy lifestyle- one that is also healthy for your heart. Likewise taking care of yourself physically can also help you better to cope mentally, and improve your overall well-being.
Taking care of your heart may mean making changes to your current lifestyle. But do not fear, these changes do not all need to occur simultaneously. In fact, making multiple changes at once may decrease your likelihood of sustaining the change.
We are including some lifestyle changes that can aid you in promoting a healthy heart lifestyle.
- Healthy Eating– Eat a well-balanced diet. Eating a well-balanced diet can help you control your weight, blood pressure and cholesterol; which in turn helps you prevent the risk of heart issues.
- Physical Fitness- Physical fitness can not only help your heart health, but it can also help your spirit. You don’t have to have a membership to a gym to get in physical fitness. Take walks, join a running club (check out Stroller Warriors at your nearest installation). Any amount of activity counts, but try to fit in two and a half hours of physical activity each week.
- Bad Habits- Smoking is a typical “bad habit” that people use to alleviate stress, and while smoking may seem to help in the short term there are possible long-term effects that smoking can cause; lung cancer and coronary heart disease. Alcohol is another self-medication tool that is often used, typically to help one relax. But in actuality alcohol can change your mood. And drinking in excess can also damage your heart.
The month of February is Heart Health month, and we hope that you will choose to keep in mind that a “Total You,” is a healthy you- Mind, Body, and Spirit.