ISLAMABAD, SEP 21 (ONLINE): People should try to meditate for around 45 minutes every day to cut stress-related high blood pressure, say new guidelines.
Other tips from the International Society of Hypertension include taking time out to listen to music, doing yoga and practicing mindfulness.
Established medical advice – quit smoking and cut down on salt – still stands.
But experts say newer “body and mind” lifestyle goals can be recommended.
According to the position paper which is published in the Journal of Hypertension, there is enough scientific evidence for some less conventional approaches.
One of the authors, UK blood pressure expert Prof Bryan Williams, said in an exclusive interview with the BBC: “It all sounds like it is a bit soft and fluffy and not as dynamic, for example, as taking drugs but these things make such an important contribution to reducing the effects of stress on the cardiovascular system and the evidence is accumulating.
“There’s so much people can do for themselves. All of us need to take a step back and say, actually, I should be able to find half an hour in my day to have a little bit of time to myself and decompress and just relax – whether it’s listening to music, going for a walk or going to the gym and doing some exercise.”