Feed your soul, cheer up your heart, clear your mind, keep eating right, keep a strong heart, and listen to news for the heart. Here are a few tips to practice healthy habits in today’s world.
Feed Your Soul
When it comes to nurturing a healthy heart and practicing healthy habits, a little smile and feel-good music can go a long way. Here’s a dose of guaranteed encouragement:
|Smile: We can all learn a move or two from this adorable two-year-old dancing the jive. It’s the pick-me-up we all need as we start another week.|
Dance: Ready to get your groove on? This mashup of old movie stars dancing to Uptown Funk will have you out of your seat and dancing before you know it!
Warm Your Heart: Singer-songwriter Alicia Keys performed her new song “Good Job” on CNN in honor of all the essential workers who are going above and beyond to keep Americans safe and healthy during this pandemic.
Cheer Up Your Heart
These are uncertain times. The daily news and numbers coming out of this pandemic are devastating, and the predictions for when the world might return to our new-normal lives are discouraging, if not confusing for many.
When you’re feeling down, focus on what you can control, like spreading positivity and making the most of each and every day. Here’s a quote that will remind you of the power of hope:
Faith is a place of mystery, where we find the courage to believe in what we cannot see and the strength to let go of our fear of uncertainty.Brené Brown
Clear Your Mind
|Are you feeling panicked? Do you get sucked in to the never-ending bad news? Are you hoarding things like food or disinfectant wipes out of fear of the unknown? Whatever you feel, you’re not alone. When you feel those things, AARP recommends you consider channeling your stress into creating a more positive, healthier future. You’ll be amazed at the effect it may have on yourself and others. |
And when you really just need a break, whether it’s for one minute or one hour, practicing meditation is a simple, scientifically proven way to reduce stress and its many health effects. Relax your mind with this mini meditation from Headspace. The one-minute video will help you let go of stress and rejuvenate your heart and soul.
Keep Eating Right
|Desserts spelled backwards is stressed! And letting our sweet tooth overrule our better judgement is not what we want to do when feeling worried or out of sorts. Luckily enough there are foods to turn to when feeling stressed that boost your mood and help you sleep, according to Pritikin Longevity Center & Spa. (Good news: chocolate made the list!)|
The folks at Pritikin also say planning for three daily meals can help you maintain a healthy lifestyle during stressful times. For dinner one night this week, try these lemon butter chicken breasts from Better Homes and Gardens.
Recipes are a great way to connect with friends and spread healthy eating vibes. Try this: Post the above recipe (or one of your favorites) on Facebook with the message “Give a recipe, get a recipe.” Tag a friend and include our hashtag #heartandsoul to share the fun.
Missing your regular exercise programs? You can still get a solid cardio workout right in your living room with this 30-minute routine from Senior Fitness with Meredith. Or head outside to enjoy a springtime walk or run if you live in a neighborhood where social distancing is manageable.
News For The Heart
|Doctors are concerned that people with heart symptoms are not calling the doctor or going to the emergency department because of Covid-19 fears. In this article from U.S. News and World Report, WHA’s own scientific advisor, Dr. Noel Bairey Merz, said heart disease patients aren’t more at risk for Covid-19 but may become sicker than others if they get it. “That’s because viruses like Covid-19 put further stress on an already fatigued heart,” she said. Even so, experts say you should call your doctor or 911 if you feel symptoms of heart attack. |
Displays of generosity are the kind of news we need right now. Southern Living and other news outlets have shone a spotlight on 7-year-old Cavanaugh Bell of Gaithersburg, Maryland. He spent his life savings — $600 — creating care packages to deliver to senior citizens so they wouldn’t have to go to the grocery store. Now, he’s raised more than $12,000 for his “LOVE is greater than Covid-19” Community Pantry.
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