skip to main content
Healtheuniversity > English > Cardiac College > Take Control > Controlling Your Risk Factors > Stress Factors

Stress Factors

How Do I Know If My Stress Level Is High?

There are several different stress factors that can have an impact on your heart. Find out how stress can impact your heart »

You may already know that you have high levels of some of these heart stressors. Find out your level of each heart stressor by taking the Heart Stress Risk assessment (opens in new window) »

What Actions Can I Take to Control My Stress?

  • Learn relaxation techniques such as:
    • deep breathing
    • progressive muscle relaxation
    • visualization
    • meditation
  • Exercise 5 times per week, including aerobic exercise (such as walking and cycling) and resistance training (such as lifting weights). Regular exercise helps your mind and body respond better to stress.
  • Connect with others. Talk about your challenges and successes.
  • Distract yourself by doing things you enjoy such as:
    • playing or listening to music
    • reading
    • watching TV
    • hobbies
  • Use your sense of humour to reduce feelings of stress.
  • Enroll in a stress management workshop to improve stress management skills.
  • Make a note of the stressors that occur repeatedly.
  • Pay attention to your eating habits. Stress can lead to poor dietary choices and habits.
  • Speak to your cardiovascular prevention and rehabilitation team or doctor to help develop your action plan. Learn how to build an action plan »
Last Reviewed: