Scientific studies have proven that stress hurts the heart. Spirit has advice to counter the effects of stress on your heart.
- As much as possible, breathe deeply. The more deeply you breathe, the more open your veins stay.
- If you’re having trouble breathing through your nose, remain unstressed about this breathing situation. The body is designed to inhale and exhale through the nostrils—sometimes through both simultaneously and sometimes alternatingly. Feeling stress when one nostril seems to be closed is stress misplaced. The body will balance the breathing, unless excessive amounts of mucus are being created because of a cold, allergic reaction, or reaction to medication. In these cases, slowed breathing through the nostrils or mouth will sustain the body.
- If you are feeling stressed, heart breathing can help: as you inhale, think of the breath coming in and surrounding your heart with care and protection. As you exhale, let the escaping breath leave your body carrying out unwanted thoughts. Heart breathing is strengthening and repairing.
- Movement can release stressful forces on the heart. Simple movement, such as wiggling the fingers or gently moving the head in different directions and angles, are minimal movements that lighten stress. Walking in nature or engaging in an enjoyed sport can be more helpful.
- Listening to music that relaxes lowers stress.
- Interacting with animals lowers stress and opens the arteries.
- Smiling relaxes the lungs, which then invigorate the heart. Smiling releases stress.
Involvement in society
- Showing gratitude to others—on a regular basis—helps the heart stay strong against stress.
- Meeting with people who are not stress-inducing—on a regular basis—helps the heart stay resilient against stress.
- Listening to others and empathizing with them helps the heart be pliable.
The heart and stress
The impact of stress on the heart cannot be studied easily, because of stress’s impact on the other organs and systems in the body. Our bodies are holistic entities that cannot be separated into parts without sacrificing the reality of interconnectedness.
All the tips presented in this blog post have impact throughout the body. They are worthwhile to pursue for well-being and balance. More can be done for well-being and balance, but doing these suggestions is a way to begin.
Note: This information has been spiritually received.