Lowering Stress Can Lower Blood Pressure
Bob completed a questionnaire about his health and was matched with wellness coach coordinator Neftali Flores, Jr., RN. Each week, Neftali talked with Bob about how he was feeling and shared ways to manage his high blood pressure and reduce his risk of stroke, such as eating less sodium and sugar and being more active. But the most impactful lesson for Bob was learning how to manage stress and keep his cool during stressful situations through a technique called four-square breathing.
“Stress plays a significant role in raising blood pressure,” Neftali explains. “Deep breathing exercises have many benefits, including helping people keep their composure during stressful situations.”
“Neftali really listened to me and helped me open up,” Bob says. “The program was a great experience. I got to know myself better, and I found tools that worked for me.”
By week three of the program, Bob’s blood pressure began to trend lower. He started walking again and taking time to enjoy nature. Even Bob’s cardiologist was impressed with the results. In fact, he was able to stop taking one of his blood pressure medications.
“The program gives clients hope,” explains Neftali. “They learn that they can be proactive in managing hypertension, which, in turn, reduces their risk of heart disease, stroke, brain damage, kidney damage, and other complications.”
Now, Bob can better manage the challenges life throws his way, something he’d struggled with for decades.
“I’m much more in control of my life now, I’ve lost weight, and I feel good,” Bob explains. “I thank Neftali for giving me the tools to manage my response to stressful situations. It was the best move I could’ve made. I owe him a lot.”