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National Heart Month

February is National Heart Month and not just because of Valentine’s Day. It’s an annual UK and US event which is designed to raise awareness of Heat Disease and educate how to look after your heart. Your heart is critically important to our health and wellbeing. It pumps blood around our body and this transports oxygen to our cells and organs.

One way to participate and support others is to take part in the National Wear Red Day on 5 February. Organised by the Children’s Heart Surgery Fund, this day focuses on raising awareness of congenial heart defects and problems. As the name suggests you can wear red and organise events to raise money for this important charity. Their website has an array of resources and ideas for how to take part.

So, how do I look after my heart you might ask? Well as with many things it about a good lifestyle. Specifically, exercise regularly, eat a balanced (varied) diet, monitor your blood pressure and maintain a healthy weight. Also, if you have any concerns then seek the help of a health care professional, such as a GP or Doctor.

High blood pressure normally doesn’t have noticeable symptoms until the pressure is quite high. But if left untreated, it will increase your risk of heart attacks and strokes. It is thought that approximately, a third of adults in the UK have high blood pressure. The only way to find out if your blood pressure is high is to have your blood pressure checked on a regular basis. If you are worried your doctor’s practice can help or you can buy a home blood pressure monitor.

As David Suzuki (Canadian Scientist) said, “The medical literature tells us that the most effective ways to reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and many more problems are through healthy diet and exercise. Our bodies have evolved to move, yet we now use the energy in oil instead of muscles to do our work”.

Making changes to lifestyle, such as exercising more or eating better can be difficult to start and maintain. Hypnotherapy can help you overcome the challenges you face by increasing motivation, improve your confidence and retrain yourself to make good habits part of your life. I recently made a short video about how Hypnotherapy can help with a new exercise routine. If you feel that Hypnotherapy can help you then contact me.

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