Question: Thoughts on lowering my resting heart rate. It's often in the high 80s or low 90s once I'm up for the day.
I wish I knew the answer to that. I'd use it for my heart rate. I don't even measure my heart rate because my whole life it's been kind of high. I think breathing and meditation are probably the best things that you can do.
I've typically had a white coat syndrome response to getting my blood pressure taken, and because as soon as I feel the pressure, I start to get
anxiety and I'm like, “oh no it feels like it's high” and I get an adrenaline rush.
A couple of years ago I got rejected from giving blood three times in a year because either my blood pressure, or my pulse was too high when they measured it, both because of the adrenaline surge.
I was not able to donate blood until I started using Headspace, the meditation app, in particular the visualizations of the happiness portion.
The first time I was able to donate blood was when I went in to get my blood pressure and pulse taken and I imagined that bright light in the middle of my chest I just did the visualization and "boom" my heart rate and my pulse, just went straight into normal zone because I was able to create an association between that visualization and the state that the meditation produced.
So that would be the first thing that I'd try. If I find out that I have a medical condition with a physiological solution I'll let you know, because I have the same thing.
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