High blood pressure affects nearly half of all adult Americans. But people with type 2 diabetes are twice as likely to develop it. If you’re dealing with hypertension, here are some super simple ways to move closer to your health goals.
1. Involve Your Loved Ones
Friends and family play a big part in your health successes. They pick you up when you’re down and can help keep you accountable. Let them know you’ve got high blood pressure, what your doctor has recommended, and how they can support you.
2. Take a Walk
According to the Mayo Clinic, 30 minutes of exercise 3-5 times a week can help lower your stress levels. Stress releases hormones that temporarily increase your blood pressure, so less stress has the potential to lower blood pressure! Try walking with a neighbor to help you stay accountable and build a stronger friendship.
3. Get a Good Night’s Sleep
Quality sleep is the foundation of good health, and it’s thought that sleeping fewer than six hours a night could be linked to higher blood pressure. So before you lay your head down, turn off your TV and smartphone and spend some preparing for a good night’s sleep. Try this 10-minute sleep meditation tonight!
Laughter has a number of health-related benefits, including stress relief! But no need to laugh alone – schedule a weekly virtual visit with long-distance loved ones to laugh and enjoy the company of those who warm your soul.
5. Track Your BP
If you want to keep your blood pressure in check, Wellsmith can help! Send your Nurse a message today to start using the new BP feature.* It’s a quick and simple way to track your progress and monitor your high blood pressure from home!
Have questions about diabetes and high blood pressure? Click here for more helpful info, and talk with your doctor about what’s right for you.
*Please note blood pressure tracking will not impact program benefits.