Low­er­ing your blood pres­sure

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choices, ad­dress­ing sources of stress and in­clud­ing stress-re­duc­ing prac­tices in our daily or weekly rou­tine can also be im­por­tant.

Ex­plore your per­cep­tion of pres­sure and ur­gency – do you ap­ply the same level to ap­proach­ing your in­box as you do when you need to slam on the brakes in the car to avoid an ac­ci­dent? Have you made what you do each day full of pres­sure and ur­gency? If so, you might like to re­think your pri­or­i­ties and save it for when you re­ally need it.

Med­i­ta­tion has also been shown to help with the reg­u­la­tion of stress­re­lated high blood pres­sure. Try med­i­tat­ing early in the morn­ing – per­haps be­fore oth­ers in your house­hold get up – as of­ten this is the most peace­ful time of the day.

The way you breathe has a pow­er­ful im­pact on your bio­chem­istry, pre­dom­i­nantly via your ner­vous sys­tem. One of the only ways that sci­ence has proven to dis­en­gage the body’s stress re­sponse is through di­aphrag­matic breath­ing so a daily breath­ing ex­er­cise can be highly ben­e­fi­cial. Fo­cus on mak­ing your ex­ha­la­tion longer than your in­hala­tion. You might like to place a hand on your belly to help you con­nect your breath to this area.

Other stress-re­liev­ing prac­tices in­clude tai chi, qi gong, restora­tive or gen­tle yoga prac­tices. In­ves­ti­gat­ing if you have sleep ap­noea is also im­por­tant as this too can be a cause of high blood pres­sure.

Hi Amanda. Firstly, it is im­por­tant that you visit your GP and have your daugh­ter tested for type-1 di­a­betes.

What you are de­scrib­ing can be a symp­tom of this and it is es­sen­tial this is in­ves­ti­gated.

If she does not have type-1 di­a­betes, it would be use­ful to have

Low­er­ing your blood pres­sure

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