Go to sleep!
Sleep deprivation can make you more prone to hypertension, diabetes, and other risk factors because it can increase inflammation – a key factor in the development of heart disease. If you're not getting the required 7 ½ to 8 ½ hours of sleep per night, you may be more prone to hypertension, diabetes and other risk factors in the development of heart disease. Researchers at Baptist Health South Florida found that people who slept 8 hours were more than 1.6 times more likely to eat an ideal diet, 1.7 times more likely to have an ideal BMI, 1.3 times more likely to have ideal blood pressure and 2.4 times more likely to get enough physical activity, compared to those who slept less than 6 hours. Set a consistent bedtime and stick to it. Jot your worries on a notepad and let them go. If all else fails, a warm bath before bedtime seems to work on adults as well as children.
Laugh out loud
A good laugh can do you and your heart a lot of good. Cardiologists at the University of Maryland Medical Center reported that laughter, along with an active sense of humor, may help protect against a heart attack. Their study found that people with heart disease were 40 percent less likely to laugh in a variety of situations compared to people of the same age without heart disease. It's no secret that laughter lowers stress and helps build positive attitudes. If you can't muster a belly laugh, a smile may do. Harvard researchers found that men with the most positive attitudes were half as likely to experience heart problems as those who were more negative.