Spring Ahead, Leave Stress Behind: Five Tips for a Stress-Free Spring

Written by Neal Patel, MD, FACC, FSCAI, and Brittany Decker, LCSW

After another cold, dark winter, spring is finally in bloom! As the days get longer, we are reminded of the rejuvenating effects the changing seasons have on our mood and overall well-being. It is well established that stress levels and mental health have a profound impact on our risk of developing cardiovascular disease through various mechanisms including blood pressure variability, metabolic changes, and lifestyle choices.

In honor of Stress Awareness Month, we have compiled our top five tips for embracing the changing seasons and improving our overall well-being. To learn more about achieving a stress-free spring click here.

Step Outside  

The beauty of spring presents the perfect opportunity to step outside and bask in the magic of nature. Whether taking a leisurely stroll in the park, enjoying a family picnic, or simply soaking up the sunshine in your backyard, spending time outdoors can work wonders for alleviating stress and nurturing our hearts. Exposure to sunlight not only boosts our mood but also stimulates the production of vitamin D, which plays a vital role in maintaining healthy cardiovascular function.

Regular Exercise

Engaging in regular exercise is key to managing stress and promoting heart health.  The warmer weather provides the perfect environment for getting active.  Whether it’s a brisk walk, a bike ride, or a yoga session, physical activity releases endorphins – our body’s natural stress fighters – and strengthens the heart muscle, reducing the risk of heart disease. 

Embrace Loved Ones  

Loved ones' support and companionship are essential for maintaining emotional well-being and reducing stress. By engaging in healthy habits with loved ones, we can empower each other to continue making health-conscious choices. As we embrace the longer days of spring, let us seize the opportunity to reconnect with family and friends, fostering meaningful relationships that contribute to a healthier heart and mind. 

Improve Sleep

 The transition to daylight savings time—moving the clocks ahead—can positively impact our circadian rhythm, promoting better sleep and reducing stress levels. To improve your quality of sleep, consider avoiding electronics for one hour before sleeping.  By syncing our internal body clock with the natural rhythms of daylight, we can enhance our overall well-being and cardiovascular health. 

Maintain a Positive Mindset  

Maintaining a positive mindset leads to better decision-making, improved motivation, and boosted energy, which aids in managing cardiovascular health. The physicians and staff at North Suffolk Cardiology encourage you to make the most of this season by prioritizing self-care and stress management strategies.

To schedule an appointment, call (631) 941-2000.  

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