Mind Tip Mental stress can be hard on your heart. To keep emotional upsets from troubling your heart, practice relaxation techniques daily.

Women are especially susceptible to cardiac symptoms after emotional upsets. Even though we all think we should do something to manage our stress, few of us actually take steps to do so. The good news is, there are lots of different ways to lower our stress levels — and it can even be as easy as taking a deep breath. If you have a tough time managing stress, then look to meditation, exercise, taking in a funny film, and spending time with friends, pets or loved ones. They can all help. Sign up for Stress Free Now, an online Cleveland Clinic Wellness program, to learn how to bring your stress levels down — and possibly protect your heart.

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