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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:
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Cheri K Erdman, writer