Life is a gift, and good health and a strong heart should be our most prized possession. Yet many people fail to treasure their health and their hearts until those blessings are gone. To ensure the health of the physical heart, one must care for the emotional and mental heart, and fill our lives with vibrancy, joy, love, laughter, hope, happiness, vitality, strength, and spirit. Here is some expert advice to achieve that balance.
There is no higher vibrational energy than that of gratitude. Having the ability to find meaning and appreciation for all things in your life, both good and seemingly bad, will absolutely transform your life and your heart. Wallace Wattles in The Science of Getting Rich (1910), wrote “The Grateful mind is constantly fixed upon the best; therefore it tends to become the best; it takes the form or character of the best, and will receive the best. ” Start each day with acknowledging 5 things in your life that you are grateful for.
Love and the art of loving is a blessing beyond words. It starts with self-love but extends to love of others, love of nature, love of life, love of joy. Self-care, self-nourishment, and self-healing begins with self-love. The peace and tranquility that comes with this blessing will counteract any stress, anxiety, fear, and negative emotions that will impact your heart health.
Practice mindfulness and being present in life. Notice the smallest gesture, the faintest smile, the gentlest breeze, the softest whisper. Each has the ability to bring you into the awareness of the moment and away from the stressors of life. Learn to slow down, appreciate life, and put things into perspective and you will find the stillness of the moment warms your heart and brings peace. Moreover, practicing mindfulness can down regulate the stress hormones and the cytokines that tend to be rampant within our bodies.
There is no better medicine than laughter. Laughter has many health benefits. It boosts the immune system by increasing killer cells, reduces stress hormone, cortisol, exerts antidepressant effects by increasing serotonin and dopamine levels in the brain, relaxes muscles, improves breathing, improves circulation, lowers blood sugar . . . the list goes on. Need I say more? Have you had your laughter today?
Have you ever watched children on a playground? They have abundant energy - exploring, climbing, swinging, playing. They have unbridled joie de vivre. They have an unlimited source of energy because they are energized by life itself. As we grow older, the stressors of life sap our joie de vivre and we lose our ability to sustain ourselves with that joy of life. We allow the weight of the world to burden us. We need to learn from our children and find an activity that puts the spring back in our walk and the joy back in our lives and minimize our chances of having heart disease.
The learned voice of self doubt destroys the core of who we are and the essence of who we can be. Self doubt is insidious and can destroy hope, imagination, and dreams. Feelings of inadequacy and worthlessness deplete us and can lead to harmful consequences in our health and in our lives. Our negative self image is often instilled into the very fabric of our beings long before we are able to develop strong cohesive thoughts of self worth. Guard against this enemy by noticing your internal talk. Change the language and rewrite the story of your life.
Judgement of self and judgment of others does not allow for self healing. Self judgment and self criticism lead to negative thoughts, self doubt, stress, and anxiety. This negative vibration leads to increased heart rate, increase blood pressure, and constriction of the blood vessels in much the same way as you feel constriction of your body and your mind. So whenever you feel yourself going into judgment, do not lean into the negativity but practice the Dos listed above.
Stress is an inevitable part of life with potential to wreak havoc on the body, mind and soul. Each and every one of us is programmed with the flight or fight reaction, which is the body’s natural response to fear or danger. When you experience a stressful or frightening situation, your body produces the hormones adrenaline and cortisone. These hormones make your heart beat faster, raise blood sugar levels and increase your blood pressure. While this may help in a survival situation, over the long run an excess of cortisol and adrenaline can cause a great deal of damage to the arteries and major organs, which in turn increases your likelihood of developing heart disease and diabetes.
We live in a fearful world. Negativity dominates the news, floods the workplace, and infiltrates our household. Most of us use the amazing faculty of imagination to conjure up our worst nightmares. When we allow fear and insecurity to eclipse common sense, these unhealthy thought processes can cloud our judgment and prevent us from realizing our goals and dreams. Moreover, constant anxiety, self-doubt and irrational fear can cause a myriad of health problems, including digestive ailments, headaches, depression, high blood pressure and even cardiovascular issues.
Feelings of anger, rage, and hatred are toxic emotions that can act as a vice on our heart. Hypertension, chest pain, palpitation, heart attacks and strokes can be the result of that momentary heat of intense anger. When angry and hateful feelings start to fill you up, breathe slowly and focus. Access your quiet, peaceful inner soul and push the anger back. Practice compassion and forgiveness.
Our emotional health is intimately tied into our physical health. Every thought and every emotion leads to the instantaneous cascade of neurotransmitters and hormones that either orchestrates a beneficial or harmful symphony within our body. There is an inescapable mind-body connection that dictates the serenity or chaos of our physical body. If we are to value our heart health, we must learn to listen to our heart sounds and deliver its message of love, joy, peace, harmony, and laughter. To your vibrant heart!
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