What Is Stress?

"Stress" describes the "condition caused by your reaction to physical, chemical, emotion or environmental factors," according to the American Heart Association Web site. Stress can refer to mental or physical tensions.

"All people feel stress, but they feel it in different amounts and react to it in different ways," according to AHA. "What's stressful to one person may not be to another."

Your body reacts to stressful situation by releasing adrenaline. This hormone causes your breathing and heart rate to speed up and your blood pressure to rise, according to AHA.

Stress And The Heart

Researchers aren't sure what affect stress has on the heart by itself. However, stress does affect other risk factors and behaviors such as high blood pressure, smoking, physical inactivity and overeating. So reducing stress will help your overall health as well as your heart health in the long run.

How To Chill

Chilling at the Beach Herbologist Kimberli White Otter offered stress-reducing advise she and her clients have been using for years. Below are her tips to reduce stress to live a happier, more productive life.

Using these tips to reduce stress, eating right and exercising regularly should put you on your way to heart-healthy lifestyle for your whole life.