Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, but there’s a lot you can do to prevent it. Research shows that self-care can help you keep your blood pressure in a healthy range and reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke.
How does self-care help your heart?
Self-care for your heart is really self-care for your whole self. You can improve and protect your heart and overall health when you:
- Get a daily dose of physical activity, such as a brisk, 30-minute walk.
- Cook meals that are low in sodium and unhealthy fats.
- Take your medications as prescribed and keep your medical appointments.
- Sleep 7-8 hours a night.
- Manage stress (meditation, yoga, etc.)
- Try to reach or stay at a healthy weight by moving more and having snacks like fruits and veggies ready to grab when hunger hits.
Part of self-care is knowing your health status. Even during uncertain and busy times, get your blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol levels checked. Talk to your health care provider about your heart health.
Learn more about self-care for your heart and health here.