Stressed out by the usual suspects, like your boss or your kids? It can take a toll on your physical health — even lead to heart attacks. Find out how to manage your stress for a healthier heart:
Your Boss Does the mere thought of your boss induce chest pain? OK, maybe it’s not that bad. But a bad boss or heavy workload that stresses you out can put unhealthy stress on your heart. Most people who say they are stressed out are really saying they are angry, . If you are worried about job security or you feel underpaid, your boss could be the target, Try these tips for reducing stress at work: Switch to decaf coffee or tea (you don’t want to be even more wired), take an hour for lunch (to recharge), and get up to walk around the office every hour or so to relax a bit and lower your blood pressure.
Your Significant Other Loving relationships are good for your heart. In fact, when your partner makes your heart race, your brain releases hormones such as dopamine, adrenaline, and norepinephrine, which make your heart beat faster and stronger. Despite the many health benefits you can gain from being with your significant other, stress between partners is inevitable. The best thing you can do is take a time-out when you feel stressed. Remember the four A's of stress reduction: Avoid, Alter, Adapt, and Accept." Sometimes avoidance, or holding your tongue when you might say something that would make the situation worse, is the best approach. Try deep breathing in a quiet place or going to the gym. Sometimes a little perspective can keep a bigger conflict from developing.
Your Difficult Son or Daughter Parents repeat the poor parenting they experienced, or they go overboard in the other direction. When someone says “my child is bad it usually means they don't know how to manage the problem. Instead of letting all the stress bottle up, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Talk to an experienced family member, friend, or professional for advice.
Your Annoying Neighbors If you wish you had never introduced yourself to your neighbors, your best bet is to adapt to this stressor. Next time weeds from their property creep on over to yours, or their dog leaves a present on your lawn, try focused imagery instead of letting your blood pressure spike. Basically, that means go to a quiet place in your mind and imagine having a positive encounter with your neighbor.
Your Aging Parents Many adults become caregivers for their older parents at some point. Dealing with parents or in-laws, especially ones who are sick or can’t move around easily, can leave you feeling worn out and stressed. The best advice for managing family stress is adapting and accepting.