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Feeling Flushed? It Could Be Due to Stress as a Caregiver

Caregiver Stress in Tallahassee FL

If you’re feeling flushed, as though your face is hot and you can’t seem to settle down, it could be your body’s reaction to an increase in blood pressure. May is National High Blood Pressure Caregiver-Stress-in-Tallahassee-FLEducation Month and as a caregiver looking after your elderly mother, for example, you may be under a tremendous amount of stress.

That can be impacting your blood pressure directly. Studies have shown that increased stress leads to an increased risk of high blood pressure. In fact, during numerous studies, participants in these studies were noted to have higher blood pressure when they were undergoing a stressful situation.

As a family caregiver, though, you may not feel like there’s much you can do to alleviate stress in your life. You just have to deal with it and hope for the best.

That’s not true. There are many things you can do to lower stress and take control of your blood pressure.

Have your blood pressure checked regularly.

You can certainly rely on any number of self-test machines found in most pharmacies across the country today, and while they may not be completely accurate, done consistently they can provide some information regarding whether your blood pressure is increasing, elevated, or even at potentially dangerous levels.

The best way to have your blood pressure checked is to visit your primary care physician, especially if you have a family history of high blood pressure, hypertension, or even heart disease.

Rely on help.

As a family caregiver, you might not feel as though help is readily available, even though it is.

You can contact the home care agency and call on the services of a home care aide. These caregivers, when hired through an agency, can support seniors and other disabled adults for one, two, or more hours a day, one or more days per week.

When you have somebody else helping your elderly loved one, it can provide you peace of mind and that can help lower stress and, ultimately, blood pressure.

Eat properly.

The types of foods we consume can affect blood pressure, stress, and anxiety. If you’re not taking care of yourself, eating too much junk food, and getting involved in other bad habits, it can be increasing various risk factors with regard to stress and blood pressure.

Focus on consuming more fruits and vegetables, less red meat, and more fish. With an increased diet of Omega-three fatty acids and low saturated fatty foods, you will be taking better care of yourself and that can make you feel better and reduce stress, anxiety, and potentially even blood pressure in your life.

 

If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care in Tallahassee, FL, please call the caring staff at Hopewell In-Home Senior Care today at 850-386-5552. Providing Senior Care Services in North Florida.

 

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Brian Moran

Brian Moran, RN is both a Partner and Director of Marketing for Hopewell In-Home Senior Care. Brian has worked at the Bellevue Hospital in NYC, Tallahassee Community Hospital, Select Specialty Hospital and has over 12 years’ experience as a home health care nurse at American Home Patient. Since joining Hopewell In-Home Senior Care in 2008, Brian has used his knowledge of health care and local resources to help seniors in Tallahassee, FL navigate the medical resource maze. His goal is to assist seniors and their families by increasing awareness, affordability and quality of in-home caregiver services for those who wish to age in place.

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