Instead of just 'knowing your numbers', follow simple tips to ensure your blood pressure is under control even at office. Dr Tapan Ghose, Director, Cardiology, Fortis Flt. Lt. Rajan Dhall Hospital, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi shares few simple tricks that can help you manage hypertension when you are at work.
Use the stairs instead of the lift or elevator as it not only helps you in getting the daily dose of exercise but also improves blood circulation and keeps your heart healthy. However, if you experience chest pain or shortness of breath, it's a sign to consult your doctor.
Stop loading up on caffeine when you feel tired as it might lead to increased blood pressure. Known to act as a neurostimulator, drinking coffee on a regular basis is not a healthy diet for people with hypertension as it can lead to long-term effects. Instead, opt for green tea.
Instead of ordering or eating out on a regular basis, carry home-cooked food to control your blood pressure. This is because food cooked at home contains less salt, oil and preservatives, unlike fried foods that you eat out. Also, pack your box with fresh fruits for evening snacks.
Get up frequently from your desk or workstations and walk around every hour. Haven't you heard that sitting is the new smoking? Sitting for hours at a stretch not only impairs your metabolism but also puts you at risk of other lifestyle disorders like obesity and diabetes.
Stay calm under pressure and find ways to manage workplace stress by taking a walk, deep breathing or talking it out with a colleague. Stress is part and parcel of life but handling it is the key to manage your blood pressure and lead a healthy life.