The reward of providing Alzheimer's care for others is most enjoyed when the caregiver is fulfilled. Taking care of yourself is just as important as caring for a loved one.
From AARP, here are six steps to feeling happier. A positive attitude can really make a difference in your health.
People who share space with a pet experience less stress and have lower blood pressure, cholesterol levels and triglyceride levels than those who don't.
Music lessens anxiety before surgery, promotes healing and reduces the levels of the stress-related hormone cortisol. (Higher levels of cortisol can lead to a decreased immune response.) Music can also lower blood pressure, reduce arthritis pain and speed post-stroke recovery.
In addition to helping prevent heart disease, a good laugh increases the number and activity of disease-fighting cells, dulls pain, reduces levels of stress-related hormones and prompts the release of feel-good chemicals called endorphins.
Walking and cycling are types of low-intensity cardiovascular exercise that can reduce the risk of heart disease. Worried about your weight? Exercising outdoors often burns more calories than the same workout indoors.
About 100 hours a year (only two hours a week) is sufficient to reap health benefits such as lower stress levels, lower rates of depression, healthier weight, reduced insomnia and a strengthened immune system.
This mind-body practice can prevent or treat a number of health problems, including heart disease, high blood pressure and sleep problems.
"Happiness is no magic bullet, but the evidence is clear and compelling that it changes your odds of getting disease or dying young."
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