Keep Your Cool! Avoid High Blood Pressure
by Mary Bodel
take a full breath of air. It's not an easy problem to live with, but it can be lessened.
2) Fear: Intense fear can trigger the "fight or flight" syndrome. Your mind becomes
more alert, and every system kicks into overdrive. That's great if you are in a
situation that needs speed and concentration, but otherwise, it can be very damaging.
3) Anger: The flush of blood running to the face when anger is present is a good
signal that blood pressure is on the rise. The body often stiffens up, and breathing is
changed. If left unchecked, more than just your body may be damaged. Getting it
under control is needed for the people around you as well.
4) Grief: Health concerns are usually not high on the list of worries when we are
grieving. The loss causing it fills our minds, but our body does react in physical ways.
5) Pain: While not exactly an emotion, it does play a role. This can be acute, lasting
until the problem is solved or it can be a factor for long term health problems,
including high blood pressure. If something is causing pain, resolving the issue is not a
show of weakness, it's good common sense.
What can you do if you are dealing with any of these issues? There are several things
that can be done, ranging from aromatherapy to medical intervention. Here are
Aromatherapy: Lavender and chamomile are soothing scents that may help relieve
stress. Peppermint and eucalyptus could help improve concentration. If you're feeling
run down and uninterested in what's going on around you, lemon oil may help.
Imaging: Our minds can be very useful in overcoming the emotions listed above. My
favorite example is the 23rd Psalm. Imagine the green pastures, the still waters and
the protection of the Shepherd. See in your mind the table laden with good foods and
having everything you need. If that is not your faith, look for something that will
serve the purpose.
Exercise: With the possible exception of pain, the problems above may be improved
with a proper exercise routine. It may be just getting away from the situation, or it
could be the release of endorphins. Getting the body moving can help improve your
Herbal Remedies: Lavender, chamomile, passionflower and jasmine may all help
improve your emotions. Skullcap and valerian may be useful in inducing sleep.
Your Doctor: You may need medical help in dealing with these problems, especially if
they are strong or recurrent. Suggestions from your doctor may include medications
and/or therapy, depending on the cause of the problem. The doctor can also help
you set up an exercise program that's right for you.
Ignoring legitimate emotions can be a recipe for disaster. Instead, find ways to
soothe them without harming yourself or those around you. Take positive steps and
you may prevent many life altering difficulties.
About The Author
My eBook Home Remedies for Stress has much more
information about stress and stress management, including the following topics:
• Diet and Stress: Page Eight
• Children and Stress: Page Fifteen
• Caregiver Facts: Page Twenty
• Herbal Recipes and Instructions: Page Thirty-One
• Herbs for Stress: Page Thirty-six
Our site has information on many topics and my five eBooks about herbal remedies.
You can also download my free report, the Top Ten Herbs. It details ten popular
herbs, their uses, side effects, precautions and drug interactions. If you have any
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While heredity, sodium intake and
weight are often talked about, high
blood pressure can also be caused by
emotions. Unfortunately, some of
this aspect of the problem is rarely
discussed. Knowing what can happen
and how to deal with it can prevent
the problems associated with a rise in
1) Stress: Of all the emotions
involved, this is the only one
discussed. Stress can harm every
body system, including the circulatory
system. We tense our muscles, the
heart beats faster and we seldom
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