If you were to ask me how I feel about Valentine’s Day, I would say it is highly commercialized, a money-making event, and a stressful time for many men and women. Doesn’t sound like I am a romantic, does it? I am a practical romantic. Years ago, I had a heart to heart talk with my husband and asked him not to get caught up in Valentine’s Day- we celebrate our love for each other daily.
We in America just celebrated Valentine’s Day- a day set aside to openly show your love with flowers, cards, chocolates, dinners, etc. Yet, this very day can add stress to one’s heart. The expectations can be too high. I’ve heard that about 15% of women send flowers to themselves? Why? Do they want to avoid questions/perceptions that might cause stress? I suppose so. Some may frown upon this, but, it can be a good thing. These women have their hearts set on protecting and taking care of their hearts. The healthcare industry also wants us to take care of our hearts.
February is dedicated as Heart Awareness Month and all across the nation the healthcare industry is encouraging people to take care of the heart. The American Heart Association wants us to have our hearts in the right place by choosing heart healthy behaviors and knowing the numbers by heart that impact us.
- If you smoke, stop.
- Keep your BMI lower than 25
- Get active
- Eat healthy, balanced meals
- Aim for below 200 cholesterol below 200
- Keep the blood pressure below 120/80
- Work toward a fasting blood sugar of below 100
If we are not currently aware of these seven things, let’s not lose heart, we can dedicate each day as a heart day and put our heart and soul into taking care of this muscle that we all want to keep throbbing for a long, long time. I do. Don’t you?
Let your heart beat for you first so it can beat for others.
To all my readers, please accept my heartfelt hugs!