I feel like I’m always making this disclaimer, but here it is again; all of us with high blood pressure should follow our doctor’s orders to the tee! There is no doubt about it, those who has been prescribed medication for hypertension should follow that prescription exactly as directed. Even those who are not on medication but are suspected of having high blood pressure should go back for regular checkups to keep an eye on their blood pressure.
Still, having had high blood pressure for over 25 years and now, in recent years having the best blood pressure readings I’ve ever had, I feel I could give some advice that might help some people get a better handle on their hypertension. So once again, here comes another disclaimer, I’m going to tell you one method that is probably not MDA approved but has worked wonders for me.
Healing Through Laughter
You’ve probably read in Reader’s Digest that laughter is the best medicine. Well, the medical community may have an argument with this hypothesis, but I’ll bet there are a lot of doctors who will tell you attitude plays a role in most medical issues; certainly high blood pressure.
I also remember an article, I even believe it was a book about a man who had cancer back in the days when cancer was hardly ever cured. This man had his own peculiar way of augmenting his medical treatments and when he reached remission he gave thanks to one group of guys he thought were very instrumental in helping him overcome the cancer. Who were these guys? None other than the Marx Brothers!
I’m not saying anyone with high blood pressure should go buy a copy of the old movie”Duck Soup” and be done with it, what I am saying is this guy firmly believed laughter helped him fight off cancer.
Compounding Your Misery
There’s only so much in life you can do about anything. Trying too hard to overcome any situation, such as being behind on the bills or having a you-know-what for a boss, can only make matters worse. The best thing you can do when dealing with your boss or your financial situation for that matter, is use a little levity.
I start my day by reading a joke of the day. I listen for new jokes and tell them when I have a chance. This is quite a change for me. I used to take everything so seriously and try, try, try to do my best all day long. I still try to do my best but now I try to do it with a sense of humor.
Losing Control On Purpose
I always wanted to be in control of every situation. I’ll bet this was really good for my blood pressure, huh? Well, I’ve given up! That’s right I’ve lost control on purpose. If life wants to deal me a bad hand, so be it. I’ll just figure out a joke to tell about it and then most times I’ll feel better.
Yes I was once a control freak and my blood pressure was 170/110. I was taking medication and though it helped, my blood pressure readings were erratic. Now, I use relaxation techniques in my leisure time. Actually, it’s even a change of lifestyle that I do have some leisure time now. But the real point is, I no longer try to fight my way through life because I accept there will be some down days and I’ve resigned myself to the fact this is the way life is.
I Never Felt Better
Oh, by the way, my blood pressures is now usually around, 132/72. So, what else can I say? I followed my doctor’s orders right along. If I hadn’t, I wouldn’t be writing this article now because I’d be dead. However, on top of that, I’ve made some changes to the way I think. Now, I think life is great, it has a lot to offer me, and even though everything can’t be great all the time, I now know it’s better to surrender to these bad times. And the point of all this is; I’ve never felt better and I’ve never done better!
I hope all this helps. But by all means, keep on doing what the doctor says, then have a real good laugh, on me.