Learn strategies to keep stress and blood pressure down. 32% of adults in the UK and one in three American suffer from high blood pressure which is known medically as hypertension. Many people don’t even know they have it, because high blood pressure has no symptoms or warning signs. But when elevated blood pressure is accompanied by abnormal cholesterol and blood sugar levels, the damage to your arteries, kidneys, and heart accelerates exponentially.
High blood pressure (BP) is one of the most important cardiovascular risk factors worldwide. Statistics show that only about one-third of patients achieve optimal BP control using drug therapy alone. It is recommended, therefore that patients with hypertension make other lifestyle changes such as reducing sodium intake, increasing exercise, moderating alcohol consumption and losing weight.
When it comes to preventing and treating high blood pressure, one often-overlooked strategy is managing stress.
If you often find yourself tense and on-edge, try these strategies to keep stress and blood pressure down.
Get enough sleep. Inadequate or poor-quality sleep can negatively affect your mood, mental alertness, energy level, and physical health. Seek the help of a professional to say goodbye to insomnia for good.
Strengthen your social network Connect with others by taking a class, joining an organization, or participating in a support group.
Hone your time-management skills The more efficiently you can juggle work and family demands, the lower your stress level. Consider engaging the services of a Life Coach to help you create more balance in your life.
Treat yourself to a massage. Practice informal mindfulness and truly savor an experience: for example, eat slowly and really focus on the taste and sensations of each bite.
Take a walk or a nap, or listen to your favourite music.
Ask For Help Don’t be afraid to ask for help from your spouse, friends, and neighbours. If stress and anxiety persist, talk to a professional. Read More about my services and how I can help you to learn strategies to keep stress and blood pressure down.