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  • Writer's pictureShannon Roussy

Depression and Heart Health

Our mental health is just as important as our physical health! Mental health is often overlooked as a crucial component to overall health. It is estimated that 1 in 10 Americans suffer from depression, and almost 33% of heart attack patients. Depression increases a person’s risk for cardiovascular disease due to the stress of increased cortisol levels. Additionally, depressed individuals may be less likely to eat healthy or engage in physical activity. This also leads to increased blood pressure. However, there are several steps we can take to boost our mental health. Below are tips from Mental Health America:

  1. Track Gratitude and Achievement with a journal. Include 3 things you are grateful for and 3 things you accomplished each day.

  2. Work on your strengths. Do something you’re good at to build self-confidence.

  3. Start a new hobby. Experiment with a new recipe, paint, try a Pinterest project.

  4. Reengage in an old interest. Sometimes we don’t need a new activity to spark joy. Life gets busy and we have less time, but starting an old hobby can remind you how much you used to love it.

  5. Spend 20 minutes coloring. Research shows that coloring can help relieve stress and anxiety by letting your mind relax. Choose a design that is geometric and simple for best results.

  6. Unplug from technology. Social media has been linked to increased depression. Spend a day away from your phone and engage in face-to-face activities with someone.

  7. Be a tourist in your own town. Often we don’t explore attractions unless we’re on vacation. You may be surprised what gems are in your own backyard!

  8. Go for a 30 minute walk outside. Research shows that spending time in nature can increase energy levels and boost well-being.

  9. Meal prep. Being prepared for the week will give you a sense of control about the week ahead. It will also help you save money!

  10. Don’t forget to smile!

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