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How to Lower the Volume and Live Longer

By Sandy Schroeder

When tension simply will not let go of your life, you can be sure it has a grip on your body and your blood pressure, too.  Releasing that grip really is possible. You just have to remember to do it every time you start to tense up.

Stay Connected – Build strong, close connections with the people around you. Your friends and family can form a solid backup when everything else seems to waiver. Also, look for new classes, outside groups and new interests.

Level Everything Out – Do everything you can to reduce the pressure in your day. Look closely at your schedule and build in small time breaks to keep it running smoothly. You will feel so much better when you do.

Make Sleep a Priority – Go to bed at the same time every night, and keep bedtime very quiet, using your bedroom as a sleep retreat with soft music, low lights and no screens allowed.

Don’t Look for Trouble – Try to keep most of your interactions positive. The more feuds that you have, the more stress will follow you.

Laugh a Lot – Nothing dissipates stress better than a hearty laugh. Keep some funny stuff on hand, like favorite funny movies, crazy quotes, or the number of a friend who always makes you laugh.

Learn New Techniques – Look around for relaxation or deep breathing classes. Consider mindfulness meditation. I use it almost every day, just sitting quietly on my patio letting all of my thoughts run through my head, unchecked and unjudged.  Later, I often find I am more focused, and much calmer.  Yoga and tai chi are also good moving meditations. Many people who do yoga say that is the most relaxed that they feel all week.

Soothe Yourself – Learn how to put yourself first at the end of the day as you sink into a hot tub, listen to your favorite music, or savor a healthy snack. In general, keep a few escape treats lined up for those extra stressful days. Give yourself a free pass for shopping, or enjoying coffee or a brew with a friend.

Get Help – In spite of everything that you have tried, you may still feel stressed and anxious. If you do, see your doctor and ask for a recommendation for counseling to help you work through the situation.

If you start following these strategies to lower stress, you may see your blood pressure numbers go down.  You may also see more smiles around you because you might be smiling more too. 


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