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Stress and Hypertension

Stress Needs to be Managed

Stressful situations elevate our blood pressure. Adrenaline and other chemicals get us ready for action by constricting our blood vessels and making our heart pump harder. Usually this effect is short-lived - but if we're continually stressed our blood pressure will remain elevated. And long-term elevation leads to hypertension.

The key to preventing this progression is self-management. We need to recognise when we're stressed, understand what's causing it - and then do something about it.

Here are some key strategies:

  • Learn how to relax and take time for relaxation.
  • Look for the happy side of any stressful situation. Always remind yourself that "It's not what happens, it's how you take it"
  • Plan and manage your time so you feel in control.
  • Don't be afraid to ask for help when you need it. A problem shared is a problem halved.

Check the links below for more.



Keep the stress down

Keep the stress down

Seven ways to keep stress and blood pressure down. From Harvard Health Publications.
Does Stress Cause High Blood Pressure?

Does Stress Cause High Blood Pressure?

Hippocrates Health Institute talks about the ill effects of stress and gives you tips on how to know if you are already ‘stressed out’.