It feels so good to get all of the items checked off of your to-do list and conquer the day. But, at the end of the day, it feels so good and is more beneficial to your heath to relax! Relaxing protects your heart. You’ve probably heard that stress can seriously increase your risk of high blood pressure, heart attacks and other heart problems. While researchers aren’t sure exactly why, the research is clear; you should relax for your heart’s sake. “There are studies to show that stress is comparable to other risk factors that we traditionally think of as major, like hypertension, poor diet and lack of exercise,” Kathi Heffner, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychiatry at the Rochester Center for Mind-Body Research at the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York, told Health.com. It’s the weekend. Relax! Put those stressors away for a while; it will do you heart good!