Anxiety and your heart

One of if not the most important thing in your life is your health. Now of course that sounds like a meme now, we’ve heard it so many times that many of us have become numb to it (kind of like politics 🙂 ). It’s something that you shouldn’t let invade you constantly, meaning you shouldn’t be worried nonstop about your health but you should spend time doing and thinking about what you can do to be healthier.

As this blog evolves I find more and more that it Anxiety is the theme, or rather how things directly and indirectly impact anxiety. Anxiety itself is more than an emotional response or “feeling” to something happening, there is a physical component, that over time can have a dramatic impact on our health. I found an interesting article about anxiety and how it affects high blood pressure

“When a person’s anxiety levels are elevated for long periods of time, the resulting nervous system activity could raise blood pressure and promote arterial disease, the authors of that review write. But a lot of the evidence they turned up was inconsistent or inconclusive, they point out. Some contradictory research has even found that anxiety is associated with a slightly lower risk of hypertension.”

Love your Heart !

I know its contradictory isn’t it? The article seems to slant more towards the notion that the more you worry the more you place your heart at risk via your blood pressure. I know when I get anxious I can “feel it” If you have anxiety you know exactly what I mean. Do I get chest pains, no I don’t but I can feel my body tensing I sometimes get headaches, I get angry I know my blood pressure is rising.

Then there are bouts of anxiety where I just want to lay in bed and never get out. The heart risk is particularly noteworthy for people who already struggle with weight or have preexisting conditions. If your anxiety is to the point where you “feel it” in your chest or you start to feel light headed you really should speak to a dr about it as soon as you can .

In the meantime if something like this happens to you please do this one thing. Close your eyes and take as deep and long a breath as you can in through your nose and out through your mouth. Do this five times. I know it’s simply, some might say silly but that 15 seconds might make a world a difference.

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