Reducing or stopping smoking
Giving up smoking is the best thing you can do for your health. Even if you have smoked for years, quitting will still reduce your risk of heart and circulatory diseases.
- Twenty minutes after you quit smoking, your heart rate and blood pressure return to normal.
- After two to three days, your sense of smell and taste improve.
- After two to 12 weeks exercise becomes easier and your breathing improves.
- After one year your risk of having a heart attack is half that of a smoker.
Reducing or stopping alcohol consumption
Not drinking alcohol will always be healthiest choice. However, cutting down on how much you drink is still an important step for protecting your heart and overall health.
Men and women should not drink more than 14 units of alcohol each week. You should also try to have alcohol free days each week.
Stress causes physical changes in the body designed to help you take on threats or difficulties.
Dealing with anxiety
Anxiety is a feeling of unease, worry or fear. Everyone feels anxious at some point in their life, but for some people it can be an ongoing problem.