I heart MEDITATION
Meditation helps to lower stress and anxiety
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.