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Week 1: Change Your Mind, Change Your Life

 

28 Days, 28 Ways to Love Your Heart, UW Health, February 2014

 

Week 1: Change Your Mind, Change Your Life

Week 2: Emotions and Eating

Week 3: Get Inspired to Get Moving

Week 4: Staying Motivated

 

Day 1

 

We are each only given one body and one heart in this lifetime. Are you taking good care of yours? Are you feeling strong and energetic or feeling like you really need a tune up? Take just 5 minutes each day for the next 28 days to show yourself and your heart a little love.

 

Share this link with five women who are important to you to create a community of support for yourself and encourage others to become heart healthy, too.

 

  

Day 2

 

Many women do not recognize heart disease as the No. 1 threat to their health. UW Health is proud to support Go Red For Women, a passionate social initiative launched 10 years ago by the American Heart Association to empower women to take charge of their heart health.

 

Day 3

 

 
You've heard it many times before: Eat better, exercise, manage your stress. Change is "an inside job," and UW Health psychologist Dr. Shilagh Mirgain will help you discover "your inner motivator" and identify your personal reasons to change.
 
How are you feeling about your physical health right now, and what benefit would there be for you to become a heart-healthy woman? Write down your reflections. 

 

 
 
Day 4
 
When it comes to your risk for heart disease and stroke, some things you can't control: Your age, gender and family history. You can change risk factors like high cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar, being overweight and inactive and smoking. Left unchecked, those factors can create the perfect storm, putting you at high risk for a heart attack or coronary heart disease. But adopting healthy eating and exercise habits can lead to improvement in as little as 30 days, and seeing those numbers improve can lead to a huge feeling of accomplishment.
 
Contact your health care provider or check your MyChart account to get your most recent numbers, then take the American Heart Association's Go Red Heart Check Up.
 

 

 
Day 5
 
Let's say your husband, child or friend complained of feeling faint, short of breath, pain radiating down their arm, nauseous or of being severely fatigued. Wouldn't you insist that they seek medical help immediately? If it was you experiencing these symptoms, would you do the same? Women are notorious for putting others needs first and minimizing their own.
 
Check out "Just a Little Heart Attack" starring Elizabeth Banks, a funny video created by the American Heart Association with a serious message about why it's important to make our own health a priority. Then share this video with your co-workers, friends and family.
 

 

 
Day 6
 
How many times have you told yourself, "Today's the day I'm going to be healthy!" only to feel like a failure at the end of the day? Unrealistic and unspecific goals might be the root of your problems. Health psychologist Dr. Shilagh Mirgain gives you tips on setting yourself up for success.
 
 
What's one S.M.A.R.T. goal you can set for yourself this week? Write it down and post it where you can see it. Then share it with others to reach out for support.

 

 
Day 7
 
Here's what it means to Go Red:

 

 

What it means to Go Red

 

What's one positive thing you did for your heart this week? Write it down and then congratulate yourself!