Jen discovered she had high blood pressure about 15 years ago when she visited her GP because she felt exhausted and stressed. Her blood pressure at the time was 180/120 mmHg. Rather than starting medications, Jen decided to try to lower her blood pressure by managing her stress with yoga, deep breathing, meditation and massage therapy. She was successful and her blood pressure dropped to 120/80 mm Hg.
Seven years ago, Jen’s blood pressure spiked, which she blamed on stress at work. Again she refused to take blood pressure lowering medication, and continued with her calming methods. She also took time off work to reduce her stress.