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Control your blood pressure this holiday season
Holiday temptations and hectic schedules can make normally-healthy people fall off track. These reminders will help keep you focused on controlling your blood pressure this holiday season:
- Avoid overindulging. Too many salty or high-fat holiday treats can cause major issues for people with high blood pressure. Choose lighter holiday dishes or have a healthy snack before you attend a holiday party to help you avoid loading up unhealthy options. You should also be mindful of your alcohol consumption. Binge drinking can significantly increase your blood pressure and put you at risk for heart attack or stroke.
- Take time to de-stress. Take small breaks from the hectic holiday season to help yourself stay happy and healthy. Choose an activity that makes you feel calm and recharged. Reading or meditation may help quiet your mind, and exercise may improve your mental and physical wellness.
- Remember your blood pressure medication. When your holiday schedule gets hectic, it can be easy to forget to take your regular medications on time. Leave your medication bottle somewhere in plain sight as a visual reminder, or set a reminder notification on your phone. Skipping your medication can have serious effects on your condition.
“Five Blood Pressure Tips This Holiday Season.” News on Heart.org, American Heart Association, 13 Dec. 2016, news.heart.org/five-blood-pressure-tips-this-holiday-season/.
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