Managing stress

You can contribute to a healthier future by avoiding modifiable cardiovascular risk factors. This will improve your health in general and support the effects of your medication.

Stress can be a risk factor in its own right. It can also exacerbate other risk factors – for example, if you are feeling under stress, you may overeat, exercise less or smoke more.

Identifying stress in your life

Learn to identify the signs of stress. Responses to stress can include:1

  • Headaches
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Irritability
  • Fatigue
  • Depression.

Reducing stress

Reducing stress may help to control your blood pressure.2 Some suggestions for reducing stress might include:1,2

  • Physical exercise
  • A balanced diet
  • Meditative breathing
  • Relaxation exercises.

Make sure you have periods when you can rest and slow down during your working day and during weekends.

Establish a regular sleep schedule.

Please note that stress management may not be sufficient to control your blood pressure, so please consult your doctor regularly.


1. Michie S. Occup Environ Med. 2002;59:67-72.
2. Hogan C. Aust Fam Physician. 2013;42(8):542-5.