Unfortunately, stress is inevitable. It is that nagging feeling that resounds throughout our whole bodies whenever a tense situation arises, unexpected bills come, or there are just simply too many tasks on the calendar for one person to handle on their own. Stress affects all of us differently. Some of us tend to “carry” stress in our necks, causing muscles and tendons to tighten, which results in excruciating tension and the inability to focus. Others carry it in their back, causing misalignment of the spine and muscle pain, calling for numerous visits to the chiropractor and masseuse. Luckily, the neck and back pain can be fixed (or at least manipulated to relieve some of the stress) most of the time. However, stress can cause more serious physical implications, including causing damage to the heart.
Research shows that heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States. The number one form of heart disease is having a heart attack. According to the CDC, there are numerous risk factors of heart disease/heart attack, including hhigh cholesterol, high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, tobacco use, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity. Think about it – what do these things such as obesity, tobacco use, and poor diet and exercise have in common? They cause stress to your body, which equates to stress to your heart. Because you are not properly taking care of your body, your heart is forced to work over time, which can lead to a heart attack. So how do we prevent heart problems? By becoming physically active, eating a healthy diet, avoiding tobacco use and/or second hand smoke, and by incorporating stress-free, relaxing activities into our lives.
Honor February as American Heart Month by planning a weekend getaway to one of Pacific Beach’s premier hotels, Ocean Park Inn. The Ocean Park Inn is located on the beach, and is the perfect place for you to relax because of its tranquil views and proximity to local attractions. The Inn offers many amenities including spacious rooms-no need to fight over who steals the covers, complimentary continental breakfast-no worries about having to cook, in-room coffee maker-caffeine to jump start your body and get the day going, and a free daily newspaper-check out all of the fun, relaxing things to do in San Diego. Best yet, in room massages are available upon your request that will relax your muscles and de-stress your mind. You can also unwind by the beach front pool, or with the family in a spacious family suite.
Make a promise to yourself that you are going to take care of your body and your mind and join us at the Ocean Park Inn!