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12 Ways to Fight Stress and Help Your Heart

Relax! You can help your heart by learning how to de-stress, chill out, and let it go. Here are 12 ways to get yourself closer to the Zen zone.
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Limit emotional involvement

Not with people! But avoid getting too emotionally invested in things that don’t matter that much.

For example, researchers recently linked football team losses with a greater risk of heart attack. In Los Angeles County, deaths from heart attacks and just deaths in general (mostly in elderly people) spiked after the Pittsburgh Steelers routed the Los Angeles Rams 31-19 in the 1980 Super Bowl. But when the Rams pounced the Washington Redskins 38-9 in 1984, deaths in the county declined. So don’t sweat the small stuff and remember that it's all small stuff.

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