• Quick Tips to Reduce Stress

  • Quick tips for Stress Reduction

  • Andrea Bon-Wilson, LPC, CAC II, FAACVPR Andrea Bon-Wilson, LPC, CAC II, FAACVPR is a psychological and behavioral counselor with St. Anthony Hospital Cardiac Rehabilitation and Wellness Center. She has the following to share about the role stress can play in your health.

    "Stress is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, gastric disorders and immune diseases. The flight or fight response can cause blood pressure and cholesterol to go up, affects our immune system, causes emotional distress and affects our health behaviors. We crave comfort food, smoke (if we smoke), and drink more, and have a hard time finding time to exercise when we are stressed."

    Steps you can take

    Become aware of stress symptoms:

    Irritability, frustration, worries, anxiety, sleep problems, tension, lethargy, negative thinking, isolation, etc. (This is easier said than done. We tend to be aware of everyone else's symptoms).

    Take care of yourself:  

    1. Eat regular, nutritious meals
    2. Drink adequate amounts of water, eight 8 oz glasses per day
    3. Get regular exercise
    4. Do something fun and or relaxing every day
    5. Remember to breathe if you are upset. Deep calming diaphragmatic breathing. Learn to meditate.
    6. Establish a safe place at home where you can sit and be comfortable, surrounded by objects that you enjoy.
    7. Listen to your favorite music
    8. Be with people who help you feel good about yourself
    9. Humor and laughter
    10. Manage your thinking. Our thoughts can cause emotional distress, including depression, anxiety and hostility. Emotional distress is a psychosocial risk factor for heart disease.




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