I know… you are surprised too.

A couple years ago I went to my primary care doctor for a routine physical. It had been a couple of years since I had been to the doctor so I thought establishing a relationship with someone and getting a baseline on my blood work was a good idea. I was experiencing some headaches at the time but was training for a half marathon so I did not have any major concerns.

To my alarm, when I got there the nurse commented that my blood pressure was very high. She even proceeded to ask me how long I had been suffering from high blood pressure. I was shocked.

Now before you keep reading, don’t judge me. I probably did not handle this situation in the best way possible.

I TOLD the nurse she didn’t take my blood pressure correctly. I actually laughed and told her she better do it again because there was NO way I have high blood pressure. She looked at me full of attitude (rightfully so) and told me the doctor would be in to see me soon.

Long story short, I went home with a brochure and a journal to write down my blood pressure in 2 times a day. Confession time, my blood pressure was HIGH. Like 170/130ish high. Being a medical provider, I knew that wasn’t good. I also knew that was I very stretched thin at the time. I wasn’t sleeping a lot, my stress levels were through the roof. I was exercising regularly and eating healthy but there wasn’t much self-care going on.

I left the office and immediately told my husband I needed to make some drastic changes to take care of myself.

Here are just a few things that I did:

  1. I focused on getting 7-8 hours of sleep every night. I do not sleep with electronics (alarm clock or phone) on my nightstand. Those are across the room and away from me so I am not distracted.
  2. I cut out the caffeine. I was consuming a lot of caffeine to get through my day. I focused on reducing my stress and improving my sleep so I wouldn’t need to rely on caffeine.
  3. I changed the way I was exercising. I did continue to train for my half marathon but I incorporated yoga in for stretching, tried to listen to my body and when I needed to slow down or take a rest day.
  4. Cleaned up my diet. I already had a pretty clean diet but I did add in more green smoothies. I have a green smoothie that I LOVE. It’s very anti-inflammatory and I drank it every day. Now I have a vitamix so I can just through all these ingredients in and go. So I would add 1 green apple, 1 peeled lemon, 1 small cucumber, 1 stalk of celergy, 3 sprigs of parsley and 3 sprigs of cilantro, handful of spinach, a slice of ginger and a slice of tumeric. I used ginger and tumeric root but you can use a good quality ground up spice. Blend those with water and enjoy. It’s kind of like a green lemonade!
  5. I quit drinking alcohol. I don’t drink a lot anyway but I totally quit altogether.
  6. Reduce your stress. This is different for everyone. I personally changed my work hours so my morning was not as rushed and I could spend more time in the morning getting ready for my day or just getting more stuff done around the house.
  7. Collect your thoughts. This could be lumped in with reducing your stress but I started meditating and journaling. I really focused on getting all my thoughts out there and then figuring out what I could control. I tried to let go the things that I did not have any control over and focus and take time for the things I could make an impact with. Sometimes just writing things down made me realize how silly some of my stresses were!
  8. Essential oils.. yes, I even used essential oils to help with my high blood pressure. Disclaimer: I was ALL in for reducing my blood pressure. I was monitoring it everyday and in contact with my primary care provider to make sure I was being safe. I made a roller ball of marjoram, ylang ylang, helichryseum and fractionated coconut oil and put it over my heart 3 times a day. If I would start to get stressed or feel pressure/tightness in my chest I would apply it again or just smell it.
  9. Supplements. I personally use Standard Process supplements for my family and me. They have tons of supplements but I found Min-Chex and Adrenal, Desiccated supplements worked really well for me.
  10. I look time for myself. I consciously created time each week, I started with 1 hour a week, for myself. What I did with that time was up to me. It could be lunch with a friend, a massage, a walk… anything I wanted. I just set aside the time each week and followed what my heart desired.

Not all blood pressure issues can be solved naturally. There is a reason why we developed medication for blood pressure issues. Thankfully I was able to reduce my blood pressure naturally. This was a couple of years ago and I no longer have any issues with my blood pressure. Periodically, when I am feeling particularly stressed I will check it and I am happy to report I am not seeing those high numbers anymore.

I hope this gives you direction. I hope this helps.