Everyone experiences and deals with stress in different ways. If you are stressed all the time because you consistently feel like you are running and getting nowhere and you still have a hundred things to do at the end of the day, then you need some time management. Stress may affect behaviors and factors that increase heart disease risk: high blood pressure and cholesterol levels, smoking, physical inactivity and overeating according to Ernesto L. Schiffrin, M.D., Ph.D., physician-in-chief at Sir Mortimer B. Davis-Jewish General Hospital, and professor and vice chair of research for the Department of Medicine at McGill University in Montreal. Time management can reduce stress and in return your heart will thank you.
The definition of time management is the analysis of how working or daily hours are spent and the prioritization of tasks in order to maximize personal efficiency. Take time each week to schedule your week and leave time each day for surprise changes because we know they happen frequently. If your work week is Monday-Friday, take some time on Saturday or Sunday to plan the week. Schedule the activities you complete daily such as wake time, bedtime, dinner, lunch, and work. Once you have your consistent daily activities, schedule those activities that have already been scheduled for the week. As you look at your week, note the days you have some time because those times might be what you will need for the emergencies that arise. As far as your heart, schedule time for yourself and remember exercise as this will help reduce your stress.
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