By Dr. Akshata Bhat, Psychiatry
Stress can increase blood pressure temporarily. However, researchers are not sure about whether long term blood pressure can be the result of stressful situations.
Our body produces hormones when a person deals with a stressful situation. These hormones accelerate the blood pressure which makes the heart beat faster. It also narrows the blood vessels. Compressed blood vessels trigger the heart rate and increase the blood pressure.
However, this situation is temporary, when the stress reduces, blood pressure also falls. Even while dealing with emotional situation, body releases stress hormones which goes into the bloodstream and accelerate the blood pressure.
People respond to stress in many unhealthy ways, which can cause long-term blood pressure problems. High blood can even result in a heart attack.
The habits which can spike the blood pressure are:
- Excess alcohol
- Junk food
These health conditions can also cause a heart disease which are as follows:
How to Reduce Blood Pressure?
There are few stress-reducing activities which help in controlling the blood pressure. These activities also benefit the overall health of the body. Here are a few tips to manage the stress:
- Remanage the Schedule: People often sign up themselves to a lot of work in a day. It can stress a person out. Reduce the unnecessary chores from the day. Assign a proper break in the schedule to relax the mind and body.
- Yoga and Meditation: Yoga and Meditation goes a long way. It helps in relaxing the body and clearing the thoughts. It also helps in controlling the blood pressure by keeping the body calm. There are several other benefits of yoga and meditation to improve the body health as a whole.
- Proper Sleep: It is very important to have a healthy amount of sleep, which is about 7-8 hours. Less sleep can stress the body and end up spiking the blood pressure.
- Lifestyle Alteration: Stress happens due to the lifestyle people follow. Excess of work with no break. Not giving time to friends and family makes a person prone to stress. Anxiety is common to have; every person has a certain amount of anxiety. When the stress of daily life increases, it triggers anxiety and it can develop into a chronic anxiety problem.
- Spend Time with Family and Friends: Everyone should have a nurturing relationship with their family. Taking a vacation with family or friends can help in controlling stress levels.
- Stress Management: Learning to manage stress is a skill that everyone must have. Stress can overpower the body and mind. The first step to stress management is to have a healthy diet. A healthy diet with vegetables and fruits reduces stress levels. Avoiding bad habits like excessive drinking or smoking. Drinking and smoking tend to spike the stress levels which end up increasing blood pressure.
Stress is not a single problem, it may cause other problems or diseases as well. This is why it is important to manage the stress in its early stage. If a person experiences or notices any symptoms related to stress, immediately consult a doctor or counselor to take help. He will guide and one can cure this serious problem with just a little effort.