10 Ways to Manage Stress and Reduce Blood Pressure
The next time you get angry or stressed about something, think about the literal damage it does to your heart. Stress is linked to high blood pressure, which is one of the 3 main contributing factors to heart disease. Here are some tips for reducing stress, lowering blood pressure, and saving your heart:
1. PRACTICE TIME MANAGEMENT
Allocate enough time to complete each task. Be realistic about how much time it takes to perform a task and don’t try to do too much in a limited amount of time.
2. CUT DOWN COMMITMENTS
Decide the importance and priority of each choice that lie before you and say “no” to the things that are not important. This helps reduce your to-do items, giving you more time to relax and take care of yourself.
3. KNOW WHERE YOU HAVE CONTROL
Recognize the parts of your life that you have control of, and those that you don’t. Accept the things you can’t change and focus on handling the things you can change instead.
4. IF YOU CAN, SOLVE IT
Think about the problems that you can actually solve and actually take steps to solve them. Ask for help when you need it.
5. AVOID THE CAUSES OF STRESS
Know what your stress triggers are and avoid them.
6. TAKE TIME OUT TO RELAX
Even 15 to 20 minutes in quiet and deep breathing can help.
7. INVEST IN POSITIVE RELATIONSHIPS
Spend time developing relationships that support you, lift you up and help you grow.
8. GET PHYSICALLY ACTIVE
Get involved in any physical activity that you enjoy. Exercise helps release tension in your body.
9. STAY POSITIVE
Look at the positive side of things instead of focusing only on the negative. Thinking about the things in life you are grateful for and expressing gratitude to others help build a positive outlook towards life.
10. DO MORE OF THE THINGS YOU ENJOY
Be it a hobby, volunteer work or spending time with loved ones, spend more time on activities that bring you joy. Allocate time, make plans and intentionally enjoy these activities, as these are the building blocks to a stress free and satisfying life.