Extra Myth 4. Stress Causes High Blood Pressure
It is true that stress can be caused by a lot of factors but our blood pressure itself is not really affected by it. This can be difficult to believe because some stressful moments may make us feel like our blood pressure is changing on us. Why does it feel that way and what is the difference between acute and chronic stress? First off, acute stress can cause a change in blood pressure.
This is the kind of stress that comes from something surprising us, like walking into class and being told to hand in a paper due and that a test is happening. Neither of which you knew about. Chronic stress is different and does not affect blood pressure. This is the kind of day-to-day stress we might be in, like finding a way to pay our bills on a low salary. Our normal blood pressure, stressed or not, can be caused by many things. Genetic issues, our diet, and much more. Stress isn’t part of it.