During the month of February, American Heart Month, it’s easy to find lots of facts and statistics about heart health, heart disease and how to improve your cardiovascular health. However, very few of the articles circulating this month talk about how to care for the emotional health of your heart and spirit.

For many people, taking care of your health means exercising more and eating better. Yet, when thinking about your health, it’s important to consider your emotional, physical and spiritual health. Only by caring for your entire person, can you truly be healthy. This month, take the time to guard your heart against both physical and spiritual heart disease.

This post on gotquestions.org offers insight on the correlation between spiritual, emotional and physical heart health. For example, it says, “Congestive heart failure is an inability of the heart to successfully pump blood through the body due to weaknesses within its walls. Congestive heart failure can result from hypertension (high blood pressure), myocardial infarctions (heart attacks), and abnormal enlargement of the heart. The spiritual equivalents are anger, giving in to temptation, and pride. Anger acts like a poison on the body, both physically and spiritually, and makes a believer more vulnerable to the temptation to hurt others with our actions and words.”

We encourage you to take some time for introspection to find ways that you can guard your heart from spiritual, emotional and physical heart disease. “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” Proverbs 4:23 KJV