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Managing your heart health seems pretty straightforward. Reduce salt intake, exercise 150 minutes a week, consume less bad fat and more omega-3sand get adequate sleep. Did you know that integrative medicine can help manage your heart health as well? Charlotte Royal Walker, MSW, LCSW, LMT, Integrative Therapist at NorthShore, weighs in that mindfulness can be good for your heart.
Stress can be harmful on the heart. What are some ways to manage stress?
Some great ways to manage stress are:
What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness means paying attention actively, non-judgmentally and purposefully in the present moment.
If someone is new to mindfulness practice, how can one start?
One of the easiest ways is a two-to-five-minute breathing meditation. Here’s how:
This is known as “triangle breathing” and it is recommended to practice daily. Once you’ve mastered the count of four, try to increase the time you practice each week.
What can one do in a stressful situation to immediately manage stress?
Stress can take a toll on your heart. If you find yourself in a stressful situation, take a moment and:
What are other Integrative Medicine practices patients should try for stress management?
Taking control of your stress is one of the best things you can do to improve your overall health. Other integrative medicine practices you can look for are: