The link between stress and hypertension is undeniable. The very simple fact is that if you live a high stress life then that fact is going to reflect in a higher blood pressure (and probably a shorter life span).
Another thing about stress and stress-related blood pressure is that it’s not always evident. You can be a sufferer of stress and not even realize it. Stress builds up slowly in the dark recesses of your nervous system. over the course of years. What feels ‘normal’ to you may actually be a stressful existence.
But stress doesn’t affect us all equally. Some of us can get away with a lot more stress than others when it comes to blood pressure and health in general. I’m not one of those people and stress will always show up in my blood pressure so I’ve had to take remedies to reduce stress.
That’s easier said than done. Wanting to reduce stress and actually accomplishing it are two different things. You can’t ‘think’ your stress levels down – you have to DO something.
If you suffer from stress and high blood pressure you want to get both levels down. To start, take a walk, preferably in nature, like a path through the woods or your local park if you have one nearby. Get away from load mechanical noises like cars if possible. The tranquility of nature can be very soothing for you nerves.
Yoga, Tai Chi, and acupuncture have been noted as good for reducing stress and lowering blood pressure – although I haven’t tried then myself.
An increasingly popular way to reduce stress and blood pressure is slow breathing. High Street drug stores here in the UK are now selling a special machine called ‘Resperate‘ which assists you in calming down the system through slow, regulated\breathing. These machines aren’t cheap – selling for around £100 + – but they do seem to be effective given their popularity.
Personally I use the BreathEasy tapes to do stress-reducing slow breathing exercises. Just following along for 15 minutes a day helps restore sanity into my life, relaxes my nervous system, and helps keep my blood pressure withing healthy ranges. If you interested in trying out a sample click to my BreathEasy Review
Another popular approach to stress reduction and blood pressure normalization is Christian Goodman’s 3 exercises. These exercises are also largely based on breathing techniques but incorporate additional measures such as muscle relaxation and mild physical exercise. You can read more about these techniques in my Christian Goodman Review.
Mind you, stress isn’t the only factor that can cause high blood pressure. There’s also bad diet, lack of exercise, and genetics that can contribute to hypertension. Thankfully all these factors can be dealt with. Of course you can’t change your genetic code but adopting a healthy blood pressure lifestyle can counteract any genetic propensities towards developing high blood pressure you may have inherited.
But stress remains a central contributing factor with most people with hypertension. You’ll want to reduce stress in your life one way or the other. Too much stress can cause all sorts of health complications later on in life.
Life stress-free. Live happy. Live healthy.