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Tips from the MSD Nurses

Devoting a little time every day to care for yourself can go a long way toward protecting the health of your heart. Simple self-care, such as taking a moment to de-stress, giving yourself time to move more, preparing healthier meals, and not cheating on sleep can all benefit your heart. 

It may be easier than you think to “put your heart” into your daily routine. Here are few self-care tips to try every day to make your heart a priority:

  • Self-Care Sunday

    Find a moment of serenity every Sunday. Spend some quality time on yourself.

  • Mindful Monday

    Be mindful about your health. Keep an eye on your weight to make sure it stays within, or moves toward, a healthy range. Being aware of your health status is a key to making positive change.

  • Tasty Tuesday

    Choose how you want to approach eating healthier. Start small by pepping up your meals with a fresh herb or spice as a salt substitute. Get adventurous and prepare a simple, new heart-healthy recipe. Find some recipes here

  • Wellness Wednesday

    Don’t waffle on your wellness. Move more, eat a fruit or vegetable you’ve never tried, make a plan to quit smoking or vaping, or learn the signs of a heart attack or stroke.

  • Treat Yourself Thursday

    Treats can be healthy. Try making a dessert with fresh fruit and yogurt. Then stretch your imagination beyond food. Host a family dance party, take a few minutes to sit still and meditate, go for a long walk, or watch a funny show. Laughter is healthy. Whatever you do, find a way to spend some quality time on yourself.

  • Follow Friday

    Follow inspiring people and pages on social media, or text a friend to help you stick to your self-care goals. Remember to take care of your mental health, too. Two of the main hurdles to self-care are depression and a lack of confidence, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association. If your mental health gets between you and your fabulous self, take action to show your heart some love. Reach out to family and friends for support, or talk to a qualified mental health provider.

  • Selfie Saturday

    Inspire others to take care of their own hearts. Talk about your self-care routine with loved ones or share a selfie on your social media platforms. Having social support and personal networks can make it easier to get regular physical activity, eat nutritious foods, reach a healthy weight, and quit smoking.