Heart disease is the leading killer of women in the United States. One in three female deaths is caused by heart disease, which in many cases could have been prevented. There are a lot of factors that lead to heart disease, from diet and exercise to genetic predisposition, but another factor is stress. Some researchers believe that women are more susceptible to stress than men, which may contribute to their higher rate of disease.
If you have a high level of stress and are concerned about how this might affect your health, here are some tactics to help conquer your stress.

Begin a meditation practice
Don’t let the hype over meditation scare you away from giving it a try. While it has often been written off as a strictly spiritual practice, there have proven to be a great number of benefits in practicing meditation to reduce stress. People who regularly practice meditation build up the skills necessary to handle emotional stressors and triggers that can lead to elevated blood pressure and added stress to the muscles, veins, and arteries in and around your heart.

Start attending talk therapy
Another great tool for managing stress is to meet regularly with a therapist. Sharing your fears, concerns, anxieties with a professional is much more effective than simply sharing with your friends. Professional therapists can give you tools to help you learn to manage your stress better and reframe situations in your life that trigger anxiety.

Prioritize what is worth your emotional energy
The reality is, you can’t do everything. Women have been socialized to be caretakers which often leads to over-committing, and carrying the emotional weight of your family and friends. Some people call this Emotional Labor, which refers to the added emotional burden women carry with them. Ditch the added stress by prioritizing the issues worth your time and emotional energy. If being available to everyone else is causing you stress, take time away to take care of yourself.

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle critical to protecting your heart from the risks of heart disease and other cardiac conditions. If your heart health is becoming a concern because of the extra stress you’re feeling in your life, contact us today. At Cardiovascular Associates of Lake County we are committed to helping our patients prevent disease by managing critical lifestyle factors like diet, exercise, and stress.