How Stress Can Contribute To Hypertension

October 07, 2016

Dementia caregivers in Chicago are skilled professionals who are adept at providing assistance to elderly individuals with this particular disorder which affects their memories and daily activities. They ensure that the patients under their care are happy, in constant communication with their loved ones, and able to live their lives to the fullest. In some instances, they even come up with ways to keep stress away from the elders in order to avoid further health complications, like hypertension. After all, stress is one of the factors that can contribute to hypertension. 

What Happens When You’re Stressed?

When you’re in a stressful situation, your body releases hormones that makes your heart beat faster. These hormones also make your blood vessels narrow, which is why your blood pressure rises. The vessels narrow because the body reacts to the stressful situation by redirecting the blood flow to the body core instead of sending equal amounts to the limbs and extremities.

Hypertension isn’t caused by extended periods of experiencing stress, but whatever a person does to cope with that stress. Vices such as drinking, smoking, overeating, and lack of sleep can lead to high blood pressure.

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Other conditions that contribute to stress such as depression and anxiety – both of which prompts the body to release hormones – may cause heart disease. There is no evidence that it causes high blood pressure, but the hormones released when someone is emotionally stressed might really lead to heart disease.

When a person is faced with a stressful situation, the body reacts with “fight or flight” but in the modern world, that is not an answer to the stresses a person faces. Usually, that person is forced to deal with the situation and sometimes, dealing with it can go on for days and even weeks, making the body work harder than it should. 

How Can You Reduce Stress and Lower Your Blood Pressure?

As mentioned before, some people find it difficult to stay away from stress especially if their job subjects them to difficult people and situations most of the time. However, if you really want to reduce stress, the first thing you need to do is leave work at work. Work makes you keep on thinking and this is stressful, too.

Another is to clear mental clutter and to calm yourself down. If you think you’re not able to do this fast or efficiently enough and you’re always rushing the things you need to do, stop. You have to give yourself time to think and relax. Don’t force yourself to finish your deadlines. Manage your time wisely.

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To relax, you should maybe take a seat, breathe deeply, and think of calming images. This is especially helpful during the weekday when you’re at work. You should also take care of yourself and make time to do the things you enjoy such as reading or walking. Maybe you can find a new hobby like biking or painting. Taking care of yourself also means that you should quit those vices; quit smoking and eat/drink moderately.

Exercising can also help lower stress levels, blood pressure, and risk of heart disease. More than that, it would keep you healthy!

Lastly, you should be gracious and kind to others so that you can receive the same treatment. Kindness brings others joy, and joy can help you build a satisfying life.

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