Can Anxiety Cause High Blood Pressure?

The answer to this question is yes and no. Anxiety does not necessarily cause high blood pressure; it can, but this is usually not the case. Anxiety is more likely to cause spikes in blood pressure when you are under extreme stress, but it will not usually cause a constant high blood pressure. So, now that the question is for the most part answered, what can you do to relieve the anxiety in your life and avoid these spikes in blood pressure?


Cope in a healthy way. That is the best answer. Sometimes medicine can help, but the best solution is what you do about it, rather than the meds. Therapy is a very helpful tool at your disposal. Select an experienced therapist, though, and be sure to actually listen to them and carry out any tasks that they ask of you. Many will ask you to keep a journal. Do it. This is a great way for you to get your thoughts and emotions out on paper. It can also lead through your own breakthroughs in discovering where your primary stressors take place in life, and it may help you eliminate them if possible. Think of a journal like your own private therapist in some ways. But a real therapist is always useful because they can see things in you that you may not be able to see.

Another way to cope with anxiety is exercise, and this is perhaps the key most important thing. Your body produces a chemical when you exercise called serotonin.


Serotonin is the ultimate enemy of anxiety. It is the feel-good drug produced by your brain. Try to get in thirty minutes of exercise five days a week. You will notice the difference.

Exercise can also help your blood pressure if that’s what you’re concerned about. Obesity is a huge cause of blood pressure issues. Exercise burns those extra calories, and if you combine it with a good diet, you’ll notice a difference in your body. That difference in your body may also make you feel better about yourself, thus reducing negative emotional energy.

When dealing with anxiety, it is important to get help from family and friends. Many people shut up their feelings, and that is not a healthy way to cope. Avoid those who say you are wearing your emotions on your sleeve. If you need advice and help, sometimes a helpful friend can be almost as useful as a therapist. Surround yourself by people who love and respect you. That will go a long way.

A last bit of advice: get a dog. That is, if you do not have pet allergies. Dogs have unconditional love to give you as long as you treat them well. Dogs are different in humans in that they do not judge and they do not tell others your deepest secrets. They simply love. They love and want to be loved.

In the end, don’t forget to deal with your issues in a healthy way. That may include medications if your doctor recommends it, but remember you have to do the work to get better. The medicines alone will not help much.