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[June 2018] Relieve Stress and Prevent Hypertension
Date 06-08-2018 14:22 Hit178
Relieve Stress and Prevent Hypertension

May 17 is World Hypertension Day. The day has been designated to raise public awareness of hypertension and the importance of preventing associated diseases. Almost one billion people worldwide are suffering from hypertension, with experts forecasting the number to reach 1.5 billion by 2025.

Hypertension is a medical condition characterized by a blood pressure of 140 mmHg or a higher systolic and 90 mmHg or a higher diastolic. Common symptoms include headache, lightheadedness, and tinnitus, but many patients do not experience any symptom at all. The lack of severe symptoms often leads hypertension patients to maintain their unhealthy habits, which later lead to much more serious complications that involve the damage of blood vessels. The failure of damaged blood vessels to deliver nutrients and oxygen to the key organs of the body thus causes heart, brain, kidney, and eye problems. Strokes caused by cerebral hemorrhage and cardiac infarction are indeed serious complications of hypertension, with risks of fatality.

According to a research by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the United States, the leading cause of hypertension is obesity. Doctors, however, agree that there are a host of other factors that could also lead to hypertension including genetic history, dietary habits, the lack of exercises, drinking, smoking, aging, and stress.

It is better to prevent than treat hypertension. Preventing it involves maintaining the standard BMI, avoiding excess sodium intake, and exercising regularly. Most importantly, it requires avoiding or relieving stress.

Find your best regimen for relieving stress.

There is no fixed cure for stress. We all get stressed out to different extents under different circumstances. The following tips may help you toward finding and developing your own cures for stress.

1. Identify the types of stress to which you are prone.
Identify the sources of stress that bother you. Then, decide whether you have control over them. Concentrate your effort, time, and resources on controlling those that you can control. As for the sources of stress that are out of your control, admit that you lack control, and lighten the load on your mind.

2. Know what you like.
We can naturally de-stress by immersing ourselves in things that we like. However, effective stress-relievers must not be work-related. Neither should they be about showing ourselves off. Trying to enjoy things as part of work or to show off to others could lead to further stress.

3. Appreciate the small things in life.
Trying to go out of one’s ways to find cures to stress could be distressing. Ordinary activities, such as organizing one’s room, shopping for essentials, and taking dogs out for a walk, could have a better effect on cooling us down and reducing stress.