Adjusting to life after a heart attack can be a difficult process as many people become depressed and anxious when they are confronted with their own mortality. Stress, depression, anxiety and anger can also increase the risk of subsequent cardiac problems. Learn how to effectively manage your mood and get back into your life.
The Emotional Wellness Way to Cardiac Health: How Letting Go of Depression, Anxiety, and Anger Can Heal Your Heart
You’re concerned about your heart. You know to eat right and exercise regularly, but what you may not know is that there is an established correlation between your emotions and the health of your heart. Anger and anxiety, depression and stress can all make you more susceptible to heart disease. By learning to control these negative emotions, you can significantly reduce your risk of developing cardiac problems and increase your general well-being.
After offering an overview of how your emotions influence your heart, this book provides a comprehensive strategy for controlling negative emotions that put you at greater risk for heart problems. Use the book’s self-assessments to help you determine which negative emotions are the greatest dangers to your heart’s heath and then put its powerful set of emotional tools to work to help you manage them:
- Foster self-knowledge, expression, and acceptance
- Enhance positive experiences
- Counter negative thoughts and solve difficult problems
- Foster calm and clarity through relaxation
- Use visualization for stress management and goal achievement
- Build invaluable social support with interpersonal tools
- Encourage love, acceptance, and compassion through mindfulness practice