Are you getting nervous any time you’re in a doctor’s office? And is your blood pressure too high, especially when checked by a doctor or a nurse? You might have high blood pressure white coat syndrome. Read on to discover a way to relieve the stress and the anxiety that’s contributing to the problem.
We know high blood pressure is dangerous. That’s why doctors take it very seriously and measure your blood pressure every time you come in. And if you’re anxious about what they might find, your blood pressure might be higher at that time than it would normally be. That’s because stress raises blood pressure. So what can you do?
How about trying to stay calm. Sure, that’s easier said than done, but why not give it your best shot? There are a number of things you can do to stay calm when you go to see your doctor.
First and foremost among the things you should do is some slow and rhythmic breathing. Take a deep breath and then let it out very slowly, about as slowly as you comfortably can. Then repeat about a dozen or two times.
This way of breathing will stimulate the Vagus nerve, which in turn will activate your body’s calming hormone production. The result? You’ll feel calmer.
The second thing you can do to help yourself calm down is to use the calming power of herbs. You can use them as aromatherapy or by drinking calming teas. They are also available as nutritional supplements. If you use lavender essential oil or a general calming oil as aromatherapy, it will act directly on the limbic system, bypassing your conscious brain, and help you get calmer fast. A cup of calming herb tea will help as well.
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT Tapping)
The most powerful technique, however, to be used alone or in combination with the above, is EFT. EFT is an energy healing technique that can be a powerful stress reducer if used correctly.
It works on the body’s energy meridians, similar to acupuncture, but there are no needles involved. Instead, you tap on various specific points while repeating a series of statements.
You may find that your high blood pressure white coat syndrome will be replaced with a greater sense of calm after you use some of the above techniques or after a few rounds of tapping, which should lead to more accurate results in your doctor’s office.