At the end of this week you will be Half Way !!!

No new challenges this week, we want you to re-visit and focus on all the changes you have brought in up till now and how that has made you feel.

This halfway point in most challenges is where people will fall down, motivation and boredom kicks in and it’s easy to drift off the path.

I know from so many of you being in contact, that you’re making substantial differences to your fitness and health, so just think what the second half of the challenge will bring to you.

 

 

Week 6 - Top Tip

 

Mental Health Awareness -  for several years doctors thought the connection between mental health and heart health was strictly behavioural, which meant that when we were feeling low would seek comfort through smoking, drinking or eating foods that are not beneficial to our overall health. Too be honest a cream cake does lift my mood at times………now of course I reach for a handful of nuts! Honestly I do, and I don’t get the rush or low from the sugars in the cakes anymore!

Research has shown there could be physiological connections, too. The biological and chemical factors that trigger mental health issues also could influence heart disease.

Many forms of mental health issues can affect heart disease. There’s the temporary state of depression or a more severe, clinical case. You can also have varying levels of anxiety and stress, just to name a few of the most well-known problems.

A lot of research is now being done in this field, but at this time it does not firmly link stress and heart disease together, but there’s a growing belief that it’s an additional risk factor.

It is well known that stress can increase hormones like adrenaline and cortisol, and this can impact your blood pressure and heart rate.

So lets try and create a plan to manage your stress.

Our Healthy Heat challenge encourages you to exercise, eat healthy, and getting plenty of sleep, these are key practices you need to do to take care of yourself. We also are trying to show how to make time to manage your stress, so you can operate more efficiently.

First, it’s helpful if you can identify what causes you stress and anxiety, then this can then be managed by making simple changes, however in some cases you may need to talk to a professional to help put you on the right path.

It’s also important to realise that each of us are different in what causes us stress and anxiety, people cause me much more stress when they tell me not to stress out! You need to find healthy stress relievers that work for you, cakes, cigarettes and alcohol are not included ðŸ˜Š but talking to friends and colleagues and having them listen does help!

For more information on how to help reduce stress and anxiety visit this NHS link it has lots of great advice.

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/reduce-stress/