Modern Life Takes a Toll on Our Hearts
An expert describes antidotes to the heart-damaging lifestyle of today's stress-filled world.
How can we stop this bath of hormones before it stops us?
There are a couple of techniques that we can learn to help control our
response to stress so that we don't fire off stress hormones. Breathe in for
five seconds and breathe out for five seconds to get your body to start to calm
down. This is a gift that you have with you all the time.
You can also learn to control your response to stress through biofeedback or
you can learn how to live in the moment with mindfulness. Biofeedback
teaches people to use their mind to control body functions including muscle
tension and heart rate. Mindfulness teaches you to stay in the moment, stay
focused, be present, and not let your mind drift. Take just a few seconds to
start doing deep breathing and then think about something that you love or
appreciate. You will start to calm down.
Any Valentine's Day prescription to help combat the effects of modern life on our hearts?
Wake up and say, 'I will take responsibility for my health and well-being
and ask myself the deeper questions.' There is nothing more important than
health and family, and we take that for granted until we don't have them
anymore. We need to get people back on track.
Turn off your BlackBerry and go for a walk.
What is the most important thing we can do for our hearts?
Remember that you are love -- and be love. When you become love, you
stimulate hormones that lower blood pressure, decrease heart rate, and reduce
levels of stress hormones like cortisol.
How can a person be love?
Instead of looking to give love, just be love: Do something good for
someone. The feeling you get when you see their face light up brings joy to
your heart. Be grateful for your life and have gratitude for the gifts you have