HEALTH 4 tips to change your life and stress less 1. Tell Someone Keep the lines of commu- nication open at work and at home. If you’re over- whelmed, stressed, or feel anxious, make sure to talk to your friends and family. Also, bring your symptoms to your doctor’s attention as soon as possible. Believe me, it could save your life. 2. Eat Better Cut out the caffeine and start to eat healthier. Even if you think you eat clean, there are always ways to cut down your sodium intake, drink more water, and consume an appro- priate amount of fats. See a naturopath or nutritionist for some initial guidance to find out if you’re nutrient deficient, which could be negatively impacting your health. Two weeks later, I started having heavy heart-racing episodes three to four times a day. They would start and stop suddenly for no ap- parent reason, over and over. It almost felt like I was running a mara- thon, even at rest. I was also having more head- aches than usual; aches and pains in my upper body, back, jaw, and neck; and experienced shortness of breath going up the stairs. 98 D’FYNE - Winter 2019 Then, one morning at work, I had a panic attack standing in line at the cafeteria. The next night, as I was putting my kids to bed, I had the most excru- ciating pain in my right shoulder that shot all the way down my arm. It felt as though someone had hit me really hard with a baseball bat. The pain migrated around my back and my arm went limp. My body finally gave me the wake-up call I needed. After my heart attack, I was diagnosed with Paroxysmal Supraven- tricular Tachycardia (PSVT)—a congenital heart condition that gets worse as you get older. Basically, my heart had an electrical problem. I had a “short circuit” that would bypass the desired pathway, hindering the blood to f low normally. This explained why my heart beats were excessively fast and jumped from 70 3. Meditate Even 10 minutes a day will make a profound differ- ence—when you’re in the shower, on the train, or even waiting in line at the grocery store. Clear your mind and focus on what’s good in your life. Just taking time to breathe is beneficial, too. In fact, any uninterrupted time will help cleanse your soul and allow you to listen to what the universe is telling you. 4. Learn to Say No Take charge of your own health and say “No” to ac- tivities or people that don’t align with your priority list. Recognize that you need to take time for yourself—and those around you will be better off with a healthier, happier you. Remember, “No” is a complete sentence.