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MeditationObviously, it’s going to be very stressful when disaster strikes.  After all, you’ll be working 24-7 trying to keep your family safe. But, you won’t be much good to your family if you keel over and die from a heart attack. There is no debate; unrelenting stress will raise your blood pressure that is not good.


High blood pressure can ravage your body. It can enlarge the heart, create small bulges (aneurysms) in blood vessels, damage the blood vessels in the kidneys, harden arteries, produce bleeding in the eyes. The possible consequences are heart attack, stroke, kidney failure and blindness. Credits: GUEST COLUMN: The silent killer – high blood pressure – International Falls Journal


. . . high blood pressure is so prevalent and powerful that it was listed as the primary or contributing cause of death in around 14.5% of 2009 deaths. Medication is expensive, and dieting can be as well, but there may be a simple, free solution for the problem of high blood pressure: meditation. Credits: Can meditation lower high blood pressure? – RedOrbit

So, other than making sure you have enough blood pressure medicine, what can you do to control stress and in turn control your hypertension?


Meditation is thought of my many to be, liberal, new age gobbledygook.   But, you need to keep an open mind as meditating has been proven to help both reduce stress and improve your overall mental state. Studies have shown that meditating will:

Lower your blood pressure and your stress

Both kinds are linked with the reduction of high blood pressure—and are highly researched, with over 300 studies completed in the past few decades. For example, a 2012 study of 201 subjects showed that African Americans with heart disease who practiced TM regularly for five years had lowered blood pressure, stress, and anger as compared to those who only attended a health education class. Further, they were 48% less likely to have a heart attack or stroke.Credits: Can meditation lower high blood pressure? – RedOrbit

Meditation also has numerous other benefits:

Meditation can increase focus and create a mindful awareness that fosters a better environment both personal and professional and at the same time provides them with better self-development and higher performance. It refers to self-regulation practices that focus on training attention and awareness in order to bring mental processes under greater voluntary control and thereby foster general mental well-being and development and/or specific capacities such as calm, clarity, and concentration.  Credits: Learning New Ways to Think to Deal with Stress –

So, my advice is to keep an open mind and at least look into meditation because being mentally fit is one of the most important aspects of disaster prep.