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Blood pressure by Dr Rob Hicks, Infinite Ideas

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35. Stress reaction

You can’t avoid the taxman, neither can you avoid getting older. You can, however, avoid the stress that may contribute to putting your blood pressure up and bringing you down. Here’s how.

You’re on your way to work, driving along your usual route. As always you reach a certain point and traffic starts to slow. Before long you are stationary.

Just like you, the steering wheel is feeling the pressure as you grip it tighter. Your jaw muscles tense, reflecting how you feel. Inside you’re getting ready to explode, and before long you’ll be thumping the horn. It’s hardly the way you should be in charge of a car is it? You see, stress makes us adopt bad habits, and bad habits cause our blood pressure to rise.

If you stop banging ...

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