Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Reduce Your Stress

Your stress level and blood pressure often climb hand-in-hand. Stress can also adversly affect your heart and cardiovascular system, resulting in hypertension. Now none of this is appealing, but you can help reduce your stress, thus improving your overall health, by taking some simple steps.

1) Maintain a positive outlook.
2) Relax your mind through meditation, yoga, a quiet time or even massage. Do you kow massage can increase your circulation? This fact is fueling the surge of in-home massage chairs - perfect for TV viewing !
3) Review and renew your food consumption. Eat more vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts. Reduce your intake of saturated fats, salt and sugar. Eat and drink with moderation.
4) Exercise. Fit in a daily walk. Garden. Bike. Dance. Do something physical that you enjoy and do it often.

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