Stressed out? Well, aren’t we all? But that doesn’t help our stroke risk. But we can work towards lowering our stroke risk by lowering our stress levels according to researcher Ana Maria Garcia, MD, of the Hospital Clinico Universitario San Carlos in Madrid.
When dealing with stress, it’s best to deal with it by using The Four A’s:
- Avoid the stressor.
- Alter the stressor.
- Adapt to the stressor.
- Accept the stressor.
There are a few ways you can manage or reduce your stress. One suggestion is a stress journal. In this journal you write what is causing your stress, how you feel about it, how you are reacting and how you can make yourself less stressed about the situation/what made you feel better.
Other ways to relax is by exercise; go for a walk, job it our or jump on the bike. It’s best to do this outside because fresh air and nature can have a calming effect. You can always try calling a friend to talk things out or to lighten your mood, take a long bath, have a warm cup of tea. Pets are also great de-stressors and can help keep blood pressure low and moods high.
Next time you’re stressed, take a few deep breaths and use one of these stress relievers to tackle your stress to lower your risk for stroke.
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