There has been much talk about the relationship between blood pressure and stress, but there is no denying that they are connected.  It is true that stressful events will cause a temporary spike to your blood pressure, but many new discussions are out there about the connection with long-term high blood pressure.  Many are not sure if a series of these temporary spikes will have any effect on your long-term high blood pressure, but there are obvious trends when it comes to those who damage their arteries and suffer from heart disease.

The main causes of long-term high blood pressure and other heart diseases are from bad diets, and a lack of exercise.  Though, it does seem logical to place stress in that mix as well.  Health conditions like anxiety, depression, and isolation are all related to stress, and those health conditions are also related to lack of motivation and bad eating habits.  So it may mean that in the long term, stress can affect your exercise amount, and even your diet.  To reduce some of that stress, here are a few helpful tips:

  • Simplify your schedule as much as possible.  If you are constantly feeling rushed, take a few minutes for yourself, or eliminate activities that aren’t essential.

  • Exercise as much as possible.  Physical activity is the best medicine for stress.

  • Try Yoga or some form of meditation to help you relax and strengthen your body.

  • Get plenty of sleep.  Being sleep deprived makes problems worse than they generally are.

  • Make an effort to breathe slowly and deeply to relax.

  • Get a positive perspective regarding the things that are stressing you out.