Take Charge and Manage Blood Pressure
By Tom Herrin
Anytime people want to take care of their own health rather than rely on medications, it can be a good thing. They must, however, remember that there are some instances in which medications may be necessary. For many others, some good practices may help them to take charge of their own issues and do something positive about them. Making a few simple changes in behaviors may be all it takes for them to have a better grip on their own health. For some, it may be a matter of making a decision and sticking to it. This may be the difference between independence and total dependence.
Make Better Decisions in Diet
Everyone has to eat. What they eat may be the real kicker. Relying on fast foods, or some other kind that is processed ready-to-eat, is what proves to be the undoing of too many. Much like anything else, planning ahead can help. Determining to order somewhat healthier foods is not that hard. All they need to do is be better at reading menus. Even the smallest of adjustments can make a big dent in blood pressure. Switching to small fries rather than medium can add up. Looking for foods that may be a little lower in fats or sodium, may be another thing. For many, just cutting some bread out works.
Let Someone Else Do Some of the Worrying
Too many times, people choose to worry over every little thing. While it may not be a conscious choice, they may do so without actually realizing they have options. Those in positions of responsibility often take too much of that home with them. It may be worthwhile to look around and see who could possibly take over some of the job of making a few decisions. It can feel like a load has been lifted. Trusting someone else to do a few of those things can also make them feel better about themselves and their esteem in the eyes of others.
Do What You Can to Avoid Medication
We have a lot more opportunities to support our own health than we sometimes are aware. Making a few better choices can start us on the road to improvement. One of the best things any of us can do is to find a way to measure our progress on a regular basis. Blood pressure monitors are pretty affordable and can easily be used at home. Keeping a chart is a good way to keep our goals in mind. I try checking mine fairly often. When I do, I find that I am able to make those little adjustments and keep my blood pressure right where I want it.
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