Stress management is important when it comes to preventing and treating hypertension. Have a look at these seven strategies suggested by Haward experts,
- Get enough sleep. Lack of sleep or inadequate poor-quality sleep can have negative effect on your mood, mental alertness, energy level, and physical health.
- Learn what relaxation techniques suits you best and practice regularly, some of effective mode of relaxation includes Meditation, progressive muscle relaxation, guided imagery, deep breathing exercises, and yoga.
- Be socially active. Connect with others by taking a class, joining an organization, or participating in a support group.
- Learn time management skills. The more efficiently you can juggle work and family demands, the lower your stress level.
- Get control of stressful situations if you can. Don't let stressful situations aggravate. Hold family problem-solving sessions and use negotiation skills at home and at work.
- Take care of yourself. Treat yourself to a massage. Take pleasure in 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 continue, consult your physician.
Image and content source: Haward health publication, http://www.health.harvard.edu/heart-health/7-ways-to-keep-stress-and-blood-pressure-down