How To Manage Your Blood Pressure

I learned to manage my blood pressure. It is a daily commitment that will keep you out of the emergency room. It will keep your diabetes off your mind and your heart healthy.

To start, you will have to overcome your fear of blood pressure checks. For many of you, this will be the toughest part of this process. For the rest of you, it will be your next greatest challenge to the test. Once you understand this reality, it will no longer be a hindrance. Once you get the hang of it, your ability to trust your own senses is vastly enhanced.

Now that you are up and doing your own blood pressure, you must keep at it for 20 minute sessions a day. Try to start at bedtime and gradually increase the time you practice the following week. At first, I would say you should try a half hour. It would take about a month to get comfortable in that time period. Then I would say an hour. I think it would be best to start on this schedule at 4-5pm to get the most time exposure.  The main challenge now is overcoming the desire to do more and to rush because you may have to stop to relieve the urge. It will be a gradual process and you will begin to have good blood pressure readings after about a week of practicing the technique. Once your blood pressure is good to normal, increase the hour. Eventually, you are going to need to keep doing this at least one full day.

The first thing I do is have a cup of something cold to drink, a bowl of water or an iced tea in front of me. I will then sit with my eyes closed. My left hand will be at eye level resting on top of my head so I can see my blood pressure on the monitor. I will then slowly depress the left hand of my right arm, making the hand go straight and the arm go down. I will repeat this four times starting from the top of my head to the bottom of my hand. As I do one arm at a time, I will look at the monitor on the bedside table with each arm depressed a full minute. If my blood pressure ever shows a reading greater than 160/110 or lower than 120/60 (in other words above normal range), I relax and repeat the next arm.

Once I am satisfied that my blood pressure is in range, I will look at the monitor. My left arm will still be at eye level. I will hold my arm with my left hand at eye level, then with the right hand at eye level and relax my left arm. I will then look at my monitor again and do the same movement on my right arm, just resting with the right hand at eye level. This continues until the test has been completed.

Now that you are good to go, if you take blood pressure today please take care that your numbers are not high.  I am sure you are wondering if the pressure reading is a sign that someone is sick, not thinking that the numbers are simply being a normal part of the test. Remember that the numbers are only a very rough guide to your status. I believe if you can make a decision, follow my instructions to the letter, and have a strong determination to do what is needed, then you are on a good path to get your blood pressure to normal range. I recommend that you talk to your doctor regarding testing and treatment if you are unsure what to do.

I know what it is like to suffer from high blood pressure and that if you have a healthy heart, you will not have your blood pressure get to abnormal levels like high blood pressure can cause. For these reasons, it is extremely important to be on blood pressure control.