Thursday, March 07, 2013
I need to get off blood pressure meds. My prescription runs out in three months, and I am not certain I will be able to get refills. That's ok. I want to be off the meds, if possible.
How do I do this? What can I do within three months to give myself the best chance at getting of the meds?
Steps to do and measure this:
1. Get reliable measure of my blood pressure weekly
2. Exercise: This is not hard for me. I have, though, been sidelined by this abscess. I am hoping to get this fixed next week. After it is fixed, I plan the following:
Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday: Cardio dance and Pilates
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday: Tae Bo and Barre Work
Every day: get out for fast 30-minutes walks
3. Sleep: Probably the most difficult thing for me to do is sleep more than a few hours. To increase my sleep time and quality, I am doing the following:
Stop eating by 9 p.m.
Stop exercising by 9 p.m.
Get off the computer by 11 p.m. (I am a writer, and night time is my most productive. This is going to be the hardest one.)
Create a bed time routine. I have to put some thought into this. I've never had one.
4. Reduce anxiety: Whew. What is life without anxiety?
Work on EMDR in therapy. There will be times this results in more anxiety, but getting started and continuing to work at it will lessen my anxiety.
Read at night.
This is my plan, subject to changes as the need arises to get me to my goal.