Relax to Control Stress

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The chronic stress that’s so common in today’s busy world can wreak havoc on your health, including contributing to high blood pressure. Along with eating well, exercising, and taking any prescribed medication, harnessing the body’s “relaxation response” (the physiological opposite of the stress response) can help to control blood pressure. The relaxation response is not automatic — but creating it is well worth the effort and intention. Yoga, meditation, and other mind-body practices have been shown to trigger the relaxation response and consequently lower blood pressure, and new research points to why. When a group of people with hypertension attended eight weekly sessions in which they were taught breathing exercises, mindfulness meditation, and other techniques shown to bring on relaxation (and instructed to practice them at home), more than half experienced significant drops in blood pressure. For people with high blood pressure who don’t respond to medication, relaxation techniques may be especially helpful. Practicing breathing exercises, meditation, yoga, or tai chi regularly is good medicine for anyone living in the modern world.

Source: Relaxation Response May Reduce Blood Pressure by Altering Expression of a Set of Genes

"You can't always control what goes on outside, but you can always control what goes on inside.” Wayne Dyer

 

Posted on June 29, 2018 and filed under wellness.