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You’re at work. A deadline is approaching. You don’t know which email to answer first. Your colleague says she doesn’t have the data yet. Suddenly… thump, thump, thump… you feel your heart rate rising.

For some people, this is a standard day—frequently underneath the gun and putting strenuous pressure on your heart health. “When you’re under stress, your blood pressure rises, and your cortisol levels increase,” says Adelaide GP, Crina Solomon. Amplified periods like this, over the long-term, will harm the heart.

Stress may also activate the autonomic nervous system, guiding your body into permanent fight-or-flight mode, and reducing the body’s healing process. Too much stress may overwork your heart, so it’s important to screen how hard (and how long) you work without taking a break. And to take into reason, the strategies you use for stress reduction—which may not always be heart-healthy. Here are a few ways to successfully counter worry and break bad heart behaviours.

Keep Healthy Snacks in on Hand

General health is tied with mental health, so you need to keep both in check; if you’re in a high-stress surrounding, take away negative stress-relievers, like processed snacks—which, many experts believe are gateways to illnesses like heart disease. Instead, keep fresh orange juice, apples, berries, veggies, peanut butter, nuts, and other smart snacks on hand. Solomon says a glass of freshly squeezed Zummo reduces her stress in handling everyday tasks and helps productivity skyrocket.

Laugh a Little… or a lot

“Laughter is key,” says Solomon. “If you can’t get away from your desk, look at those pictures of baby animals. Look at those trivial YouTube videos. These are essentially facilitating you decrease stress.” The hormone oxytocin is released, which is the body’s counterpoint to the stress-hormone cortisol.

Walk it off

People under stress often overcompensate by working harder, says Solomon. The only issue with that tendency is stress builds and builds to a state of exhaustion, which may leave you more at risk for issues like hypertension and heart attack. That’s why getting out and walking is very important. “If you’re stressed, walking can help clear your mind, not to mention reduce your blood pressure and heart rate,” she says. You’ll also be racking up the steps—remember, 10,000 a day is the goal.

Meditate Before Bed

Stressed-out people often have a hard time sleeping, notes Solomon. “Finding balance in life is protective for your heart,” she says. Get yourself into a semi-dark room and disengage from devices that emit blue light (things like smartphones, computers, TVs). Breathe slowly for five minutes, with three-second inhales and three-second exhales. Clear your mind. The go about your nightly ritual, as you normally would