- Don’t smoke. Each cigarette you smoke increase your blood pressure for minutes after you finish. Quit the smoking, and live longer.
- Watch the caffeine. Whether caffeine raises blood pressure chronically is debatable. Still, consumption among those who rarely consume it can raise you pressure by 10 mm Hg. You can check to see if you are sensitive to caffeine: Consider drinking a beverage with caffeine, and check your blood pressure: If it rises 5 to 10 mm Hg, you may be sensitive to the blood pressure-raising properties of caffeine.
- Reduce your stress. Know your triggers and avoid them: Perhaps less time in traffic, or avoiding toxic persons. For me, I try to avoid politics on the TV. Make time to relax and do activities you enjoy. Practice gratitude. Consider yoga, tai chi, breathing, meditation, or prayer.
- Monitor your blood pressure at home, and see your health care provider regularly.
- Get support. Enlist friends and family to help you improve your health. They may encourage you to take care of yourself, help drive you to doctor’s appointments, or join you in regularly walking.
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