Your heart is the most important organ to sustain life, therefore you need to focus on its health. Here are a few quick tips to keep in mind. Try one or more each day to relax, destress, and ultimately reduce your risk of heart disease.

  1. Meditate. Try to clear your mind of the clutter that is clouding your thinking and causing stress. If only for a few minutes a day, try to empty your thoughts on to a piece of paper and then close your eyes and focus on only your breathing. With each breath in, think of one word that you want to keep (examples are relaxation, serene, and clarity), and with each breath out think of one word you want to get rid of (examples are stress, frustration, and difficulty). This will help welcome calmness into your life and quiet the unwelcome clutter.
  2. Hang out with a friend. Plan to do something you both enjoy, whether it’s painting, cooking, dancing, or playing games. Getting your mind off of stress will let the “feel-good” hormones to enter your brain and let you feel happy and reduce cloudy thoughts.
  3. Listen to soft music or nature sounds. Very rarely do we hear either of these things when dealing with work or home stresses, so taking a few minutes a day to escape the harsh sounds of everyday life can help reduce stress just a little bit at a time.
  4. Laughter is the best medicine! Think of what makes you laugh; what makes you laugh so hard that you can’t think of anything else and do that! Go to a comedy club, watch your favorite funny movie, or look up funny videos on the internet.
  5. Slow down each day. Even if it’s as simple as walking through the house to get to another room; just slowing down will help you realize that life isn’t about getting to the next task as fast as you can. Be present exactly where you are. Think of what you’re doing and be mindful.
  6. Take time to enjoy a drink you love. Pay attention to the flavors and your taste buds’ reactions to them.
  7. Read anything that interests you. What are you curious about? What restores your faith? What makes you feel connected? Whether it’s a magazine article, a book, or a brochure on a favorite country, read anything that makes you feel good.
  8. Exercise! Go for a walk or turn on your favorite music video and jump around the house. Turn up the music to get the best exercise. You can even turn down the music to a softer style and do some stretching or yoga. Get your blood flowing, either way.
  9. Light a candle in your room. Let the aroma fill the house. Breathe it in and focus on the scent. Let all other thoughts quiet from your mind.
  10. Get a massage. This is probably the best way to unwind. Let someone else soothe your muscles and relax. Our luxury spa offers several massage options aimed at total body and mind relaxation.