by Susan Schachter April 15, 2020 4 min read
So, here we are. We’ve all probably become far more well-acquainted with the inside of our living space then we ever thought we’d become. These times of mandatory home familiarity and the circumstances that warrant it can have understandable, unintended consequences. Anxiety, moodiness, loneliness, boredom, fear. All of these are undesirable under “normal” circumstances but when we can barely leave our homes, it can seem like the dial is turned up.
Obviously, the stress can affect our blood pressure in numerous ways. The stress in and of itself can have a negative impact, we can be more likely to “stress” eat to comfort ourselves and/or to ease our boredom, and we can do much, much more sitting than we usually do… and worrying, and news watching, and worrying more.
I’d like to offer a few practical suggestions that we incorporate in our home.
First, to help manage stress: Download a meditation app. There are many good ones that are free.
Just a few minutes a day can be extremely helpful. Also, take a look at our last Circulatory and our discussion about the 4,7,8 breathing technique.
Second, ideas to help with stress/comfort/boredom eating (so that we don’t gain a lot of weight and negatively impact our blood pressure).There are two parts to what I want to suggest:
Third, try to find ways to move around your living space. It’s good for your circulation, your stress, your sleep, your weight and your mood and so, for your blood pressure. If you have stairs spend 5 minutes 3 times a day going up and down. Put on the TV and run in place. Or just walk in place. Do jumping jacks. Download an exercise video. Set a time of day (alone or with someone) to put on some fun music and dance for half an hour. Obviously, go for a walk outside if you can (and find some inclines to walk on if you can)… With a mask and at least 6 feet apart from others. Personally, I’ll keep my phone in my back pocket and throughout the day so that I can check the number of steps I’ve taken. I find that it inspires me to do more when I have some form of measurement.
Please act wisely. Stay safe and be healthy and kind with each other.
Here’s to your health!
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