Natural Ways to Cut Stress and Lower Blood Pressure
By Sandy Schroeder
As pressure mounts during the day, stress often seems to strike and blood pressure may go up, too. If you lead a busy life with demands at home and at work, these issues may be all too familiar.
Taking action before stress becomes a habit and blood pressure becomes a problem just makes sense.
HarvardHealth suggests several natural ways to manage stress to stay calm and keep your blood pressure down
Try Relaxation Techniques
When stress simply won’t let go I always find relief on my yoga mat. You may want to try mindfulness meditation, guided imagery, muscles relaxation or a tai chi class, too. Once you find a technique that works for you, try to do it three to four times a week to help it take root. If one does not work, try another. When you hit a good one you will feel the difference in stress reduction.
Make Sleep a Priority
Your whole body and your mental awareness take a hit when you lose sleep. If sleeplessness is becoming an issue, take steps to start getting the recommended 7 to 9 hours that your body needs. Make your bedroom a sleep haven as you boot out electronics, and add air filters to screen noise and blackout drapes to block light. Limit caffeine in the afternoon and avoid smoking, alcohol or heavy meals at least two hours before bedtime. When you start sleeping better you may notice a night and day difference in your daily mood, alertness and energy level.
Reach Out to Friends and Family
Lower your stress as you reconnect with those around you. Extend that benefit by taking classes, joining community organizations and linking with support groups. If you are stressed don’t try to go it alone.
Work on Stressful Issues
Nobody sleeps well when there are financial, family or work issues going on. Lower your stress by holding family problem-solving sessions at home. At the same time, work on financial tangles, seeking advice from qualified advisers. If work is becoming an issue, talk with your leaders and your co-workers to sort everything out.
Treat Yourself Better
Take an afternoon off to browse your favorite bookstore or meet a friend for lunch and shopping. Fix your favorite foods, invite friends, and savor a memorable dinner. Set aside some time for haircuts and massages.
Get Help If You Need It
When you feel like stress is winning, ask your friends, neighbors and family to help. If anxiety and tension persist, you may want to see your doctor and talk with a psychologist.
As you get a grip on everything, keep up the healthy habits and enjoy the benefits of lower blood pressure and less stress.
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