I’ll tell you what I’m not doing this winter. I’m NOT shoveling snow.
I’ve already planned for someone else to come and shovel us out whenever the white stuff falls. I’ve been threatening to do it for years. And I finally arranged it.
Now, a new report has me feeling like I just made the deal of a lifetime. Because the research proves, I’m being smart, not lazy.
Here’s the truth. If you’re a little older… or aren’t as good at things like shoveling as you used to be… having someone else handle the task doesn’t just make life easier.
It could literally SAVE yours.
Two BIG stroke dangers in your daily life
Strokes seem to come out of the blue. They can strike anyone… anytime… and anywhere. Even folks who appear to be healthy can suffer a stroke, seemingly at random.
That only makes them even more frightening. Because it seems like there’s nothing you can do to stop one.
But that’s not entirely true. New research finds many strokes strike within a very specific one-hour window. And it’s one you can slam shut… if you learn to spot the factors.
There are two of these windows.
The first is the hour after intense physical exertion. This isn’t your daily exercise, mind you (so keep at it). But rather more difficult, out-of-the-ordinary stuff.
It’s the kind of activity that pushes you to your limit and often when you’re not expecting it. Like when a minor task turns into a major one. For example, shoveling snow.
The study finds about one in 20 strokes hit in the one-hour window after a bout of intensive activity, with women facing the biggest risk.
The other hour is even more dangerous. In fact, it’s responsible for one in 10 strokes. And it’s likely one you already expect
It’s the one-hour window after blood-boiling, jaw-locking, bone-shaking anger, like when someone REALLY ticks you off. Such as a customer service call gone way wrong. Or maybe a little road rage.
This kind of anger can raise your odds of a stroke by 30 percent over an hour.
Reduce your risk for strokes
I think you know what the takeaway is here.
If you’re prone to red-hot rage and anger… if you’re the type who’s likely to blow your top… it’s a good time for an attitude adjustment. Doing so now before you suffer a stroke could literally be a life-saver.
Get better at both deescalating and de-stressing. Laugh things off. Turn the other cheek. Remind yourself that life is short and walk away.
And if you could use a little support doing that, consider calming natural remedies such as valerian root and chamomile (both are also great sleep aids) as well as ashwagandha, saffron, and lemon balm.
And while you’re making some personality adjustments consider becoming an optimist too. If you’re naturally an Oscar the Grouch type like me, you could be accidentally raising your stroke risk.
See my earlier report Simple “mind trick” could help you avoid a stroke for more details.
The other clear takeaway (if you ask me)? Get someone else to shovel that darn snow.