Pressure and Anxiety
is a relationship between blood pressure and anxiety. The term blood
pressure refers to the force exerted by the blood against the arteries
walls as the heart contracts and expands. This pressure has a maximum
normal reading of 120/80mmHg. Any pressure that is constantly over that
number is considered a high blood pressure.
The condition can have
serious effects on the human body if not treated correctly. Heart
diseases, strokes and renal problems are some of the consequences of
having an elevated pressure for a long time. Hypertension is the common
name for high blood pressure.
Many elements can
be responsible for causing hypertension. Some of them are the metabolic
syndrome, sleep apnea, diabetes, obesity, alcohol abuse and smoking.
These are some of the typical physical causes for an increase in blood
pressure, however, there is another important aspect that must be taken
into consideration when treating hypertension. As humans we are also
emotional beings and emotions play such an important role that can even
affect our physical health. Happiness,
sadness, rage and worry can
affect your blood pressure without you even noticing.
and anxiety are closer than what most people think. Anxiety is very
similar to panic but to a lesser degree.
The fight or
flight response that is triggered by a perceived danger will rise the
blood pressure as a way to supply the body all the energy needed in
order to survive. In most cases there is no real life threatening
danger but only the stress from work, families and other situations
that are part of the daily life. This response is not dangerous if is
only kept for a short period of time. The problem is that in most cases
this anxiety is constant so the pressure will be quite elevated at all
times causing serious damage to most organs in the body.
What to do
first step to lower anxiety is to focus on one thing at a time. Do not
try to do or think about too many things at the same time. When too
many thoughts about the things we must do come in our minds, we feel
very overwhelmed and helpless. Another thing you can do is exercise
It has been proven that exercise not only improves
your overall health but also makes your body release certain chemicals
that will make you feel better. Your blood pressure and anxiety can
also be controlled with relaxation. Deep breaths are helpful to
ease the mind and help in the focus as well.
The way to do it is by
taking a vast amount of air through your nose slowly then you hold your
breath for approximately 3 seconds and finally you exhale slowly
through your mouth for about 3 seconds.
Consult with your physician if your anxiety gets out of control.
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