February is Heart Health Month, and did you know that you have a third brain and it’s your heart???? Wow! Another amazing role that our heart plays in our life! This brain is the microbiome of your heart and is responsible for sending neurotransmitters and chemicals that talk to the rest of your body. So, let’s focus on some simple steps that you can implement right now to dramatically assist your heart in making all of its responsibilities…
Of course, self-care is important in heart health, but what does that really mean? There are three areas to focus on in your daily routine that will greatly impact your ticker.
- Exercise most days of the week for at least 20 minutes. Sitting is the new tobacco and we have become increasingly sedentary during the current pandemic. In our new normal we must implement a regular movement schedule in order to schedule longevity. What does this look like for you? For some of us, we need to make an appointment in our schedule for activity, it doesn’t have to be much, just enough to get your heart rate up for 20 minutes. This will stimulate your body to make its own heart medicine, in the perfect amount for you!
- Eat your Omega essential fatty acids, they’re called essential because our body needs them, but we don’t make our own. Some great sources of Omegas are wild caught Pacific salmon, flax seeds, walnuts, and sea plant life like algae. In fact, fish don’t make the Omegas either so try to use plant sources to help the massive slaughtering of marine life over the fish oil industry.
- Address unresolved stress in your life, ignoring stress is actually harming us a lot! It costs US businesses 300 billion per year in lost productivity and medical costs! That’s just a monetary effect of stress, the real loss is in health-related complications. First, do a brain dump of all the things that are floating through your mind, just right them all down… Relationships, work demands, clutter, pain, health issues, weather, the pandemic – get it all out. Now take your list and sort the items into categories of deal with, delegate, or can’t do anything now. The mere act of doing this will decrease the stress and help to get it out of your working brain space. For a more detailed assessment of your stress, you can take the Stress Quotient here: https://shinehealthllc.com/health-coaching/
Even though your friends and family love you with all their heart, no one can do these things for you. It’s up to you to make time in your busy life for these simple steps that everyone will thank you for. Let’s think about what’s at risk if you don’t, loss of energy, productivity, and vitality. What is the first step that you will take today? I’d like to share my weekly wellness tips with you to help keep you accountable, for free! Just text heart health to (970) 235-1324.
What makes your heart sing? I hope that you will pay attention to that and make room in your life along with these tips!
Best of Health!