Hypertension is a condition that is characterized by the observation of elevated measurements of systolic and/or diastolic readings. When these measurements are elevated they can lead to health concerns such as stroke, heart attack, headaches and angina. While hypertension is treated as a disease, it is more of an observation of symptoms. With this point of view, stress management techniques can be used to lessen the symptoms that seem to be the cause of the condition.
Finding Chemical Balance
Chemical imbalances in the body can be a cause of hypertension. Imbalances in electrolytes and minerals like sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium can all lead to the observation of hypertension. If you have a deficiency in one or more of these minerals, then dietary supplements can be used to help the body find a better balance and to promote lower blood pressure. This balancing act needs to be done with the assistance of your primary physician. They will need to monitor our blood chemistry and help you to determine which supplements to take and what dietary changes you need to make.
Finding Physical Balance
If a chemical imbalance does not seem to be the cause of your hypertension then the problem can be stress. Stress can lead to high blood pressure by increasing heart rate and creating brain chemistry concentrations that stress the body and cause an increase in blood pressure. Fortunately, finding a physical balance is easier to do than finding a chemical balance.
The first method that can be used to reduce stress and blood pressure is to become more physically active. You can increase your physical activity by pulling on a pair of walking shoes and walking around your block after dinner. You can also take exercise classes or take up a new sport. If you are looking for a way to minimize anxiety, stress and your blood pressure, then consider more meditative exercises such as yoga, pilates or zen meditation.
Finding Emotional Balance
Emotional imbalance can also lead to stress and high blood pressure. Emotional imbalances can be caused by major life changes, by tragedies and by an overload of stress in your life. Finding emotional balance is difficult to do sometimes. However, it can be helpful to have a social support network to lean on when you are feeling overwhelmed. This support group can be made up of friends, family members, and mental health experts.