“We have a loving heart, an aspiring heart, an inspiring heart, an illumining heart and a fulfilling heart.”
The heart is the center of our cardiovascular system and it also represents our emotional and spiritual essence.
Caring for our hearts is a two-fold task then. We should properly nourish, exercise, and rest our hearts, and we should care for our emotional well-being through positive thoughts and actions including cultivating and nurturing loving relationships.
With Valentine’s Day and the Million Hearts initiative going on, February is an ideal month to focus on Heart Health. Think about ways you can improve your Heart Health every day. Prepare a salad filled with colorful vegetables (try peppers, artichokes, cucumbers, tomatoes, and leafy greens topped with a balsamic vinegar dressing) then a hour later take a 30 minute walk with a loved one. Get together with friends and play games. Lend a helping hand to someone who needs it. End your day with deep breathing and mediation or prayer before sleeping for at least 8 hours.
Heart Health doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. It is simply a matter of making conscious, loving choices every day.