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Do These 4 Things For Your Heart Right Now

Did you know that heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women? More women die from heart disease than all cancers combined. One out of three women die from heart disease or stroke.

Elizabeth Banks directed and starred in a great PSA for the American Heart Association a few years back. I think we can all relate to it on some level, ignoring our bodies.

I had my own heart moment like that PSA, ignoring a racing heart. Go Red for Women published my story here. And I wrote about it a little for Mom.me.

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After a trip to the ER and being diagnosed with a form of taccharydia, I now take lots of measures to honor my heart. Since February is Heart Awareness Month, I'm going to push you to do the same.

Meditation, fish oils, exercise, making sure I don’t take on too much responsibility. I drink lots of water and way less alcohol, which has also helped me.

I have talked to a few other women who mentioned they, too, have had racing hearts like mine. Don’t ignore it, I tell them.

Go Red for Women is asking that you take a photo of yourself in red and post it with the hashtag #GoRedSelfie for every photo you take and post in Instagram or Twitter (there are prizes!). Participating means you are also raising awareness for a disease that surprises people when told it, not breast cancer, is the No. 1 cause of death to women.

Here are 4 steps you can take to improve your own heart health.

1. Meditate

I’ve written about this before but it’s scientifically proven to help you relax. It’s not steeped in religion, and you can do it for just 10 minutes a day to benefit.

2. Exercise

Get going. When I was in the thick of my anxiety, which is not good for my heart, I would sometimes just take off running in my driveway for 20 minutes. There is research that says getting your heart rate up for 20 minutes a day can be beneficial to your overall mental well-being.

3. Water

Drink it. I gave up caffeine and started consuming a lot more water. My heart thanks me for this as dehydration can trigger my tachycardia attacks.

4. Do less (yes, less)

Try to do less. Stop feeling guilty for not volunteering. Being a mom is enough. You know you also do a million other things. Stress is unhealthy.

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It really is fascinating how we can push our bodies for a long time and then, one day, have them tell us it's enough.

Don’t wait until you have a scary “that’s enough” moment.

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