When is the last time you laughed out loud? When is the last time you listened to a good song? In a recent article on CNN.com it explains that researchers found that people who took part in bimonthly group sessions built around music or laughter lowered their systolic blood pressure (the top number in the reading) by an average of five to six points after three months. By contrast, the average blood-pressure reading in a control group that received neither therapy didn’t budge.
This shows that there must be a psychological effect happening. The heart and mind are very much connected and using these types of alternative remedies to lower blood pressure are very promising.
Here are 5 ways to fight stress and help your heart:
- Focus on relaxation - stress-reduction techniques and exercises such as yoga, meditation, and tai chi have been shown to lower stress hormones and bolster immune function.
- Connect with friends – spending extra time with friends can help not only with your mental health, but with your heart health. Laughing and sharing experiences together are very healthy activities for the entire body.
- Don’t hold grudges - research suggests that people experience more psychological stress and higher heart rates when they hold grudges than when they grant forgiveness.
- Laugh & lighten up – laughter can burn up to 20% more calories than keeping that poker face, according to a 2005 study, which monitored adults while they watched funny and not-so-funny film clips.
- Cut the caffeine – caffeine can quickly raise your fight-or-flight response and all the attendant stress hormones.
We hope these tips will help you stay healthy. Health and wellness are very important, especially if you are struggling with stress at work. Make sure you understand the importance of your employee’s health and overall wellness.