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7 Common Causes Of Low Blood Pressure

7 Common Causes Of Low Blood Pressure

Lots of people have a naturally low blood pressure due to a healthy, active lifestyle. However, a healthy lifestyle isn’t the only cause of low blood pressure – and sometimes low blood pressure can mean that there isn’t enough blood flowing to your organs, including the brain. This can result in symptoms such as dizziness, fainting, blurred vision, heart palpitations, feeling sick and general overall weakness.

This can be caused by various factors such as your stress levels, how much exercise you do and if you’ve recently eaten. It can also be affected by the time of day, as blood pressure is normally lower in the evenings and mornings.

If your blood pressure is still low after these factors have been taken into account, it could mean that your low blood pressure is being caused by something much more serious. Here are 7 common causes of low blood pressure.

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Common Causes Of Low Blood Pressure

1. Dehydration

Dehydration is one of the main causes of low blood pressure, and even mild dehydration can cause you to feel faint and weak. You could be dehydrated due to not drinking enough water, or excessive vomiting, sweating or diarrhoea.

2. Hormone Problems

Hormone problems can also cause low blood pressure, such as Addison’s disease or diabetes. Addison’s disease causes the immune system to attack the adrenal glands, which produce hormones that control your blood pressure. Diabetes affects the normal control of your body’s blood pressure which can cause damage to the nerves that supply the blood vessels, leading to low blood pressure.

3. Heart Problems

Heart conditions, such as a heart attack or heart disease, can cause low blood pressure as the heart struggles to pump blood around the body.

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4. An Allergic Reaction

Low blood pressure can also be caused by a serious allergic reaction such as anaphylactic shock. This is because an allergic reaction causes your body to produce a large amount of histamine, which widens your blood vessels and causes your blood pressure to drop. These reactions are normally caused by an allergy to food, medication, animals, insects or latex.

5. Endocrine Problems

Thyroid conditions such as parathyroid disease and hypoglycaemia can cause low blood pressure. This is why a large number of undiagnosed thyroid patients have low blood pressure, causing them to feel faint and weak.

6. Nutritional Deficiencies

If you aren’t getting enough nutrients you may have problems with low blood pressure. This is normally caused by a lack of folate and vitamin B-12, as they help your body to produce red blood cells. If you aren’t getting enough of these vitamins your body won’t produce enough red blood cells, which causes low blood pressure.

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7. Anaemia

Anaemia can also cause low blood pressure, as there isn’t enough hemoglobin or red blood cells in your body.

Tips To Help With Low Blood Pressure

Low blood pressure can be frustrating, but there are lots of things that you can do to reduce the symptoms of low blood pressure.

Try to avoid standing up for a long time, as it is likely to may you feel dizzy and faint. When you do stand up make sure that you stand up gradually, especially if you have been sat or laid down for a long time. You can also try to increase your heart rate before standing up with physical movement by crossing and uncrossing your legs.

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Try to eat lots of small meals instead of three big meals, as it will help to prevent postprandial hypotension (a form of low blood pressure). It can also be useful to avoid alcohol and caffeine late at night as they can dehydrate you.

However, it is important to speak to your doctor about your low blood pressure before attempting to treat it. If your low blood pressure is caused by a health condition your doctor may refer you to a hospital for further tests.

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Amy Johnson

Amy is a writer who blogs about relationships and lifestyle advice.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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