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Some people carry their heart in their head and some carry their head in their heart. The trick is to keep them apart yet working together. David Hare

February marks American Heart Month, a great time to commit to a healthy lifestyle and make small changes that can lead to a lifetime of heart health. Your heart works hard for you nonstop. So, show it some TLC. Making small changes in your habits can make a real difference to your heart.

According to the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, chronic stress, anxiety, and anger can raise your risk of heart disease and stroke. Stress is a normal part of life but chronic depletion that is left unchecked can contribute to health problems. Managing stress requires a commitment to yourself to take the necessary time and effort to learn new heart-health strategies.

Positive changes to your work/life balance will make you feel effective, satisfied and resilient. Self-care and heart health are linked. We suggest:

• Set the re-set button. Refresh yourself with a good night sleep of 7 to 9 hours.

• Is there a high amount of salt in your diet? Read the labels or choose reduce sodium items.

• Take time to talk with friends or read a good book. Expose yourself to restorative things and minimize exposure to depleting things.

• Exercise – start with micro steps each day, just stand up for 1 minute. Start with 5 to 10 minutes a day.

• Manage the 24/7 connectivity – when do you unplug? Are you connected to your devise more than human beings? Create boundaries and limitations.

A positive outlook on life and establishing self-care habits will help you stay healthier. The EASE Office encourages you to take charge of your environment. Do more of what you love. Counselors are available if you want to talk 800-882-1341.

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