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Why being mindful is good for your heart
Saturday, 8 August · 2 min read

Practising mindful meditation can reduce stress and help you feel more balanced and grounded — and this in turn can benefit your heart.

This is because meditation involves focusing on the present moment, and keeping stressful or distracting thoughts away from your mind.

Feeling stressed causes your blood pressure to rise, and over time this is thought to increase your risk of heart disease and stroke.

But studies show that making time to stop and be mindful each day — even for just 15 minutes — can reduce your risk of these conditions.

Experts suggest being mindful can also improve your overall outlook on life and therefore help you to eat and sleep better, as well as exercise more. This is also good for your heart.

If you’ve not tried mindful meditation before and would like to, here’s how to start:

  1. Find a comfortable place to sit and keep your back straight, feet flat on the ground and hands in your lap.
  2. Concentrate on your breathing.
  3. Notice your thoughts, but don’t engage with them — just be aware of having thoughts.
  4. Turn your attention to the sounds around you.
  5. If your mind starts to wander and you feel like you’re losing focus, bring your attention back to your breathing.
  6. Do this for 10 to 15 minutes.
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Cheri K Erdman, writer

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True or False: Mindfulness can help manage anxiety and depression