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Battling the silent killer

I almost died recently, so I am currently working on a personal plan to keep my blood pressure down.

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During the holidays, my BP shoot up and I thought I was going to die. I sought medical help, so I had tests showing high levels of cholesterol and sugar in my blood. I was asked to exercise, lower my fat, salt and oil intake... But how? And what is appropriate for me? There was so much literature so I had to customize and personalize my own battle plan. I'm on my 3rd week. So far my BP has been normal, but I'm still experimenting.

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I'm no expert, however from personal experience I've found that planning little things ahead does a great deal to me as well as keeping a steady pattern of sleep. Whenever I do things I make sure not to rush and if for any reason I drop something or something suddenly happens I don't rush to fix it. In case of stress there isn't much you can mentally do for yourself, but if you fall in a situation where you're feeling very stressed and overprotective or yourself, you could try doing what I do.

Just keep on taking a deep breath even after your lungs have filled up, then keep it in and tense all your muscles all at once and stay like that for 10 seconds without breathing out or relaxing. Once the 10 seconds have passed very slowly relax your muscles and slowly release your breath. This is a way or chemically releasing stress in your body which is caused when you're feeling threatened by things such as deadlines or medical problems.