Stress

Tips For Managing Blood Pressure During Stressful Times

May 14, 2020
One person takes the blood pressure of another.
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May is National Blood Pressure Education month and the Southern Seven Health Department wants to remind people to take care of themselves in this stressful time.

Nearly half of all adults have high blood pressure, only a quarter of those have their blood pressure under control. Because stress can make high blood pressure worse, Southern Seven has some tips to help manage stress levels.

Unprecedented flooding continues in the northern part of Alexander County.

Lesley Stoffel grew up in McClure and is volunteering to help residents there and in East Cape Girardeau battle the high water. She says flood victims and others are stressed after weeks of lifting 40 to 60 pound sandbags to protect their homes and businesses from disaster.

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A recent study from Washington State University showed an alarming amount of prison workers -- 19% -- suffered from diagnosable PTSD. A rate equal to veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan  and a higher rate of PTSD than police officers.

The Illinois Department of Corrections has implemented a Staff Wellness Program to help its employees deal with the stress and trauma of the job. WSIU's Brad Palmer talks about the program with Stephanie Rawlings, IDOC's Statewide Staff Wellness Coordinator.

In several weeks the University of Illinois Extension Service is offering a free public workshop on coping with stress which can accompany this time of year.

Extension Educators Susan Sloop and Alicia Kallal will lead the program on Tuesday December 12th at the Marion Carnegie Library.

Registration is required.  Call 618-993-3304.

Gaby remembers the first time she threw up while taking a test. It was a few months ago, early on in her freshman year at Marblehead High School in Massachusetts.

She was sitting in biology class when, she recalls, she got so anxious that she excused herself to the bathroom.

Gaby typically starts her day at 6 a.m. and gets to school at 7:15. On Mondays she runs a government club called Junior State of America. She's also running for class president, sits on the women's rights awareness group, and helps out at the school's rotary club.