Friday, July 10, 2015

5 ways to keep stress — and blood pressure — down


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 strategies to reduce stress.
  • 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 stress-busters.
  • Strengthen your social network.Connect with others by taking a class, joining an organization, 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
  • Ask for help. Don't be afraid to ask for help from people around you. If stress and anxiety persist, ask for professional help.

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