Med­i­ta­tion helps to lower stress and anx­i­ety

Good Health Choices - - Be Informed -

Not ev­ery­one likes the idea of med­i­ta­tion, but a new study shows that it may help to lower heart dis­ease risk. It’s not a sub­sti­tute for healthy eat­ing and reg­u­lar ex­er­cise, but with car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease killing one of us ev­ery 12 min­utes, we can’t do enough to pro­tect our­selves. Like yoga and tai chi, med­i­ta­tion helps lower stress lev­els, re­duce anx­i­ety and im­prove sleep. It also has the po­ten­tial to re­duce blood pres­sure – all of which helps pro­tect our heart health. Try the app Calm for a free seven-day course of guided-med­i­ta­tion – from Google Play or the App Store. To help you in­cor­po­rate med­i­ta­tion into your life, turn to our story on page 156.

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