High blood pressure or hypertension can result in severe headaches, fatigue, irregular heartbeat and chest pain. Use these 4 simple techniques to help you relax your blood vessels and muscles to help keep your blood pressure under control.
1. Massage your ears and neck
2. Practice left nose breathing
- Locate these 3 spots on your head and neck to lower your blood pressure in just a few minutes. Massaging these areas will help relieve the tension in your neck muscles and restore proper blood flow to your brain.
- The first spot is located behind your earlobe. From there, draw an imaginary straight line downward towards your collarbone, where you'll find the second spot. With your fingers, massage your neck up and down this line. Repeat between 10 - 20 times on both sides of your neck.
- The third spot is located on your face, at about 1/2 cm from your ear (see diagram above). Massage each side with your fingers for about a minute in counter-clockwise movement.
Left nostril abdominal breathing helps you to control your blood pressure by relaxing your blood vessels and reduces stress hormones.
3. Listen to classical music
- Sit on the floor or in a chair in a comfortable position with your back straight.
- Place your left hand on your abdomen.
- Close your right nostril with your right thumb.
- Take a deep breath through your left nostril, hold for a few seconds, then breathe out.
- Breathe slowly and deeply only through your left nostril for about 3-5 minutes.
Soothing music such as classical, Celtic or Indian can have a positive effect on your blood pressure, especially when you combine it with the methods above. This kind of music produces a calming effect on your body, and reduces the stress hormone cortisol.
Music that help reduce your blood pressure has very few changes in volume and rhythm, usually don't have lyrics and have repeating parts at certain intervals.
4. Drink a glass of water
Sometimes, high blood pressure is caused by dehydration. When you're in a dehydrated state, the volume of blood in your body decreases.
To avoid this condition, every time you feel the symptoms of hypertension, drink a glass or 2 of pure water. This will immediately restore adequate volume of blood in your body and reduces your blood pressure.