February is Heart Disease Awareness Month: Here’s How You Can Prevent Heart Disease!
February is American Health Month! TBH wants to give you the important facts to know about preventing heart disease. Heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States. It is necessary for us to take the necessary precautions so that we don’t become another statistic. Here are some tips for avoiding developing heart disease.
Food & Fitness Will Save Your Life
Many of the risk factors surrounding heart disease deal with consequences of bad eating habits and lack of exercise. The main predictors are obesity, high cholesterol, and diabetes. As we’ve stressed this past January, incorporating healthy eating and fitness in your routine, though sometimes difficult, is worth it. Take meal prepping seriously. Join a gym or grab a walking buddy. The transition from an unhealthy lifestyle to a healthy one doesn’t have to be painful. This is more than just fitting a certain dress size or being “bikini ready”. This is a matter of life and death.
Be Held Accountable
A major key is finding someone to hold you accountable. There needs to be someone in your corner, ranging from a coworker to your doctor, who can constantly check in with you regarding your health goals. Allow them to ask you the serious questions about your health and listen to them when they push you towards progress. A tribe is needed when the journey is difficult. They want you to win. They want you to live. Let them keep you on track.
Check Your Mental Health
Smoking, drinking, and hypertension are also risk factors for heart disease. Though these risk factors can come from a variety of causes, mental health can also not be ignored. Many of us, from college girls to professional women in the workplace, are extremely stressed. With a never-ending to-do list and not enough hours in the day, we put ourselves on the back burner many times. As a way to deal with stress, many turns to smoking, alcohol, and junk food. It is important to check on yourself and seek the help you need. It doesn’t have to be professional necessarily, either. Take some time to journal to get out your feelings. Be vulnerable and share your emotions with trusted friends or family members. Ask for and allow yourself to receive the help that you may need. Put pride aside and make sure you’re okay.
During this month, make sure you continue to read up on heart disease and the various triggers and symptoms. Check on yourself often and get your physical yearly to make sure all your vitals are in check. If you’re at risk, make the necessary changes to improve your quality of life. Keep living your best life, ladies!