I don't have to tell you that life is getting more expensive. And with all the stress, #hearthealth is worse than ever.

Removing stress entirely just isn't feasible -but it's critical to manage stress to protect your health, heart, and metabolic wellness.

Here's How:
The cost-of-living crisis affects more than just your money. If you allow stress to control your life, it will quickly control your health as well.

Excess stress in the body has been associated with:
1️⃣High blood cholesterol
2️⃣High blood sugar
There is no magic pill, supplement, or medicine you can take to reduce the effects of #cortisol on your heart.

The only solution is to implement stress reduction techniques:

increasing your exercise
avoiding cheap food
finding outlets for stress
I encourage you to strive for 30 minutes a day of cardiovascular training. This means:

🤾‍♀️#HIIT or interval work
🏃Short bursts of cardio
🏋️Strength-focused weight training

Exercise has a wonderful stress-fighting effect on the body, and is known to reduce blood pressure.
In a #costofliving crisis, food is one of the first parts of a budget to see major cuts. But cheap foods won't help your stress.

In fact, studies show they increase it.

Rather than turning to 'cheap' processed foods, focus on whole, real foods and intentional meal planning.
#hobbies and vacations are both associated with lower stress. 🏕️
Find ways to relax that won't put a strain on your schedule or your budget.
Hiking is a great option that supports healthy movement.
You could also take up a group hobby with like-minded people in the community.
Managing stress in times of crisis is a multifaceted issue.

If you're struggling to #managestress on your own, or if you're interested in learning more about heart health during crisis, let’s connect for a 15-minute consultation 👇
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