Just back from vacationing in Florida. We left Michigan’s cold weather for a few days in the sunny confines of Orlando. Vacations are like a medicine. They can be a real medicine for the heart.
We often think that medicine is a pill that we take, but medicine- something that can improve the body’s health can come in other packages. It doesn’t have to be simple pill.
Modern life is very hectic. We work. We struggle. Hours can be long. All of this can create tremendous stress within us. It is a well known medical fact that stress is damaging to our health. Medical studies have shown that stress can double a person’s chances of getting heart disease.
A special heart condition called Stress Induced Cardiomyopathy has been identified in the last decade. People, particularly middle-aged women, can develop a sudden weakening of the heart muscle. The condition can produce heart attack like symptoms. Patients can even die from this condition- all this because of stress.
Stress has been known to heighten the inflammatory response in the heart. Inflammation has been shown to be the key factor in the development of dangerous heart blockages.
It is essential that we counter act the effects of stress.
Although we normally think of vacations as simple time away from the routine of life, vacations can have a true rejuvenating effect on the body. Before heading to Florida, I felt tired. My stress levels were way to high. After spending just a few days, reconnecting with family, sleeping late, and just allowing the clutches of stress to fade- my body felt dramatically better.
We cannot just the importance of the emotions, thoughts, and things of the spirit on our overall health. Our heart’s in particular are powerfully influenced by the non-physical aspects of our lives.
Have you gone on a vacation recently?
If you haven’t, you may be in need of a little rejuvenation. A few thoughts.
1. Let your vacation really be a vacation. Leave work at home.
2. Listen to your body and let your body guide you. If you need to just sleep, then do it.
3. Consider changing your vacation regime to let your heart open to new ideas and experiences.
4. Act like a child.
Just some ideas for creating an opening for further heart healing. I’d love to hear of other people’s ideas for rejuvenating the heart.
Grab onto rejuvenation.