When your circulation is poor your heart has to pump harder to move your blood. The result is high blood pressure. Your heart literally pushes through resistance in the blood vessels. Like swimming up river against a strong current, "pushing through" is a strenuous undertaking. The river cannot be controlled, and life can't either. Learning to accept things as they are is a lifelong venture, but a worthy one. When you and your heart let go and accept reality for what it is, you'll notice less pressure in your life in general.
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The first step to letting go of pressure inducing tension is to breathe deeply. When you breathe deeply, you release tension held in the muscles of your chest and abdomen. Deep breathing also calms your mind and gives you some perspective on life, and is guaranteed to reduce the pressure you feel in your life.
The emotions associated with high blood pressure include frustration, anger, worry, and impatience. Many people who experience high blood pressure are full of passion, opinions, and fire. Internally, these intense emotions wear down the very organ of passion, your heart. Whether boiling internally with unexpressed emotions, or overflowing with them into your life, the heart takes the hit.
If you are full of fire and passion, practice taking a reflective breath before responding to whomever has made you angry and do your best to speak softly. Shift your attenion towards nurturing love, affectionate touch, and tender softness. Live your life slowly, and be kind with yourself. It is not easy to bring calm into an environment that is traditionally difficult for you.
Speak the truth. Not only does lying require a lot of mental energy, it increases blood pressure. Finally, laugh more! Laughter is proven to decrease adrenalin and cortisol production, two hormones that increase heart rate and create a "fight or flight" reaction in your nervous system.
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About the AuthorJohn Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda biocharacteristics. His approach to Ayurveda is clinical, yet exudes an ease which many find enjoyable and insightful. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda, offering professional clinical training in Ayurveda for over 15 years.
John's interest in Ayurveda and specialization in digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, as well as public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well. Outside of work, John enjoys spending time with his wife and 6 kids, and pursuing his love of theology, philosophy, and language.
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As a hypnotist, breathing is the essential technique I use and also teach my clients. Thank you for this article. Valerie
Clearly explained and exactly correct. Culturally, the default setting is to escalate challenging situations in order to 'win' or the reverse, shut down so to avoid confrontation. That 'secret weapon' of the deep, slow breath that is always available to us in any situation is powerful indeed. It is no coincidence that the word in some languages for breath is the same as the word for spirit.
Thank your for this kind reminder! Very good tip as I sit on a tram full of stressed commuters I wish I could share this with everyone on here :)
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I like the second to last paragraph the best.....take a deep breath before responding to someone who has made you angry, and focus on responding softly with love and compassion. This is something great to work on!