Liza Shulyayeva

Will my new blood pressure monitor be the thing to get me to finally meditate?

I know meditation is good for me, but I’ve never been able to stick with the darn stuff. I just…don’t do it. I do something else - anything else - instead. I’m always too busy, or too anxious or excited to move on to other things.

“But Liza, you spend so much of your time scrolling Random-Site-X, how can you not give yourself ten minutes a day to meditate?”, you ask?

I. Don’t. Know.

A week or so ago I got a blood pressure monitor: an Omron M7 Intelli IT. To be honest I mostly got it out of curiosity. I also read that blood pressure can be one of the best measures of general wellbeing. Not sure if that’s true, but I figure knowing your blood pressure can’t be a bad thing, right?

I started reading about how to take reliable readings: sit with your back supported, don’t eat or drink or shower for half an hour before, keep your arm at heart level, and… sit still for five minutes before taking the reading.

Five minutes? To get an accurate blood pressure reading I have to sit there for five minutes without doing anything?!

Conveniently, the recommendation seems to be to measure blood pressure in the morning and in the evening: times commonly recommended to meditate.

So the first time I sat down to take a reading, I opened up my meditation app and did a twelve minute guided session. I couldn’t go anywhere anyway. There was no other thing I could be doing (somehow with a five minute time limit, wasting the time scrolling online wasn’t so tempting). I’ve taken six readings now, and meditated before each of them. It’s working!!!

I wonder if meditation can lower your blood pressure. I think mine’s pretty good!

Screenshot Omron Connect app, average blood pressure 104/68"

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