7 effective ways to lower blood pressure and stress

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 seven ways to reduce stress

7 effective ways to blood pressure and lower stress
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Get enough sleep: Inadequate or poor-quality sleep can negatively affect your mood, mental alertness, energy level, and physical health.

Learn relaxation techniques: Meditation, progressive muscle relaxation, guided imagery, deep breathing exercises, and yoga are powerful relaxation techniques and stress-busters.

Strengthen your social network: Connect with others by taking a class, joining an organisation, 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.

Try to resolve stressful situations if you can: Don’t let stressful situations fester. Hold family problem-solving sessions and use negotiation skills at home and at work.

Nurture yourself: Treat yourself to a massage. Truly savour 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 your doctor.

Along with these ways to reduce stress, add in a healthy lifestyle – maintaining a healthy weight, not smoking, regular exercise, and a diet that includes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, and healthful fats – and high blood pressure could be a thing of the past.

Source: Havard Medical School