Anxiety of hypertension; 6 remedies for hypertension. 6 remedies for managing Stress (& its anxiety)
The mental-physical health “highway” is a two-way street.
Hypertension is just that-tension. High blood pressure pushes against the inside of the artery walls, creating tension. For the patient with high blood pressure, the physical aspect of this proverbial highway goes in the direction of affecting their mental anxiety. It is characterized as stress, pressure and tension– a very normal connection.
For your partner and other loved ones, the highway runs the other way. The stress of their worry for your well-being creates the mental anxiety. Such stress could take them along mental-to-physical direction on their highway.
This is nobody’s fault. None have done anything wrong. Stress and its cousin, anxiety, are natural and normal concomitants in such situations.
Either way, both travelers along this highway need assistance.
Health practitioners typically advise their patients to do 6 things:
- Reduce salt intake
- Reduce fat intake
- Lose weight
- Get regular exercise
- Quit smoking
- Reduce alcohol consumption
Mental health practitioners advise their clients, those traveling each way, to also do 6 things:
- 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.
- 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 savor 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 favorite music. (Harvard Medical School)
In any case, ask for help.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help from your spouse, friends, and neighbors. If stress and anxiety persist, ask your doctor whether anti-anxiety medications could be helpful.
This is where Counseling on Demand comes in. You need not go through this alone. With our support, you and your loved ones can get through these times. We are well versed in the stress management. We can work in tandem with your doctor as well.
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