Heart palpations and stress
- If you are experiencing palpitations, there is a good chance that stress is to blame. In fact, palpitations can be the body’s way of alerting you that your stress level has exceeded the safe range. Meditating helps get your stress level back down. So set aside 30 minutes each day just to let your body relax and your mind unwind.
- Soothe yourself with aromatherapy. Sprinkle a few drops of relaxing lavender oil onto a handkerchief, and inhale the pleasant aroma. Or try rubbing two drops of bitter orange oil on your chest.
- Get at least seven hours of sleep each night. Being tired can set the stage for out-of-rhythm heartbeats.
- Get at least 30 minutes of aerobic exercise three or four times a week. Walking, running, and tennis are all excellent choices. Just be sure you don’t become too focused on beating your previous time or outscoring an opponent that will increase your stress. Exercise at a pace that allows you to comfortably carry on a conversation.
- Warm up for 10 minutes before each workout and for 10 minutes afterward.
Eat, drink, and be moderate
- Eat plenty of fish. Salmon and mackerel in particular contain high levels of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids.
- Avoid eating too much at one time. Forcing your body to digest a huge load of food diverts blood from your heart to your digestive tract. That can lead to palpitations.
- Cut back on caffeine. In some people, drinking caffeinated coffee, tea, or soft drinks triggers palpitations.