Heart Health: Valentine’s Day Edition

Written by Frances Smith, patient access specialist

Love is in the air, and so is the opportunity to take care of your heart! Valentine’s Day isn’t just about flowers and chocolates; it’s also the perfect time to prioritize your heart health. Here’s a straightforward guide to celebrating Valentine’s Day in ways that nourish your heart and strengthen your relationships.  

Love and Heart Health

Did you know that love can be good for your heart? Research supports that positive emotions like love, happiness, and gratitude can have tangible benefits for heart health. When we experience love, our bodies release hormones like oxytocin, which can reduce stress levels and lower blood pressure. So, task in the warmth of your relationships and cherish the love you share—it’s good for your heart!  

Stress Less, Love More

Stress can take a toll on our hearts, but Valentine’s Day provides the perfect opportunity to unwind and de-stress with your loved one. Instead of stressing out over elaborate plans or extravagant gifts, focus on simple, meaningful ways to connect. Try a relaxing activity together, like practicing deep breathing exercises, enjoying a soothing massage, or even just cuddling on the couch with a favorite movie. Sometimes the best Valentine’s Day gift is quality time spent together.  

Cook Something Made With Love

Cooking a heart-healthy meal is a great way to show love for yourself and your partner. Instead of dining out at a crowded restaurant, consider cooking a romantic dinner at home using wholesome, nourishing ingredients. That way you know exactly what is in your meal if you’re conscious of what you’re eating. Choose a balanced recipe that includes lean proteins, plenty of colorful vegetables, and whole grains. Not only will you enjoy a delicious meal together, but you’ll also nourish your bodies and support your heart health.  

Take a Romantic Stroll

Physical activity is essential for a healthy heart, so why not make it romantic? Lace up your sneakers and take a stroll with your loved one. Whether you explore a local park, stroll along the beach, or simply wander through your neighborhood hand in hand, walking together provides an opportunity to connect, unwind, and enjoy each other’s company while getting some heart-healthy exercise.  

Practice Gratitude

Finally, take a moment this Valentine’s Day to express gratitude for the love and support in your life. Gratitude has been linked to improved heart health and overall well-being, so make it a part of your celebration. Write a heartfelt love note to your partner expressing your love and appreciation or take turns sharing the things you’re grateful for. Cultivating an attitude of gratitude can truly deepen your connection and enrich your relationship.  

Prioritize Your Heart Health

This Valentine’s Day, prioritize your heart health by celebrating love in all its forms. Whether you’re enjoying a home-cooked meal, taking a romantic stroll, or simply expressing gratitude for the special people in your life, remember that every small gesture contributes to a healthier, happier heart. Here’s to a Valentine’s Day filled with love. Stay heart-healthy and happy Valentine’s Day! 

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