Woodworking For Therapy #3: Woodworking to Lower Blood Pressure?

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Blog entry by Steve Kreins posted 12-14-2013 07:35 PM 1252 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The VA Doctors put me on blood pressure medicine a few years ago. It has a couple of undesirable side effects. Guess what? I checked my blood pressure and it was significantly down! I wont throw the pills away just yet, but I’ll keep checking it and talk to my Quack, ah I mean Doctor.

Do you think the happiness of woodworking, reduced stress, moving around more and simply having fun might be the reason my pressure is down? I’m a Happy Camper! Woodworking, the new Wonder Drug?

-- I thank God for everything, especially all of you!

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#1 posted 12-14-2013 08:11 PM

I suggest you get a few woodworking mistakes under your belt before you decide.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Steve Kreins

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#2 posted 12-14-2013 10:11 PM

LOL! You are right Mike, that’s why I’m not throwing the pills out. ;) I’ve already made a few mistakes on my work bench. Funny how they show up AFTER you finish, not during.

-- I thank God for everything, especially all of you!

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#3 posted 12-14-2013 10:59 PM

Glad to hear your health has improved with the meds.

I have only made one mistake in my life: It was when I thought I was wrong about something and I found out I was right.

Now, I have pulled some really good screw ups.

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#4 posted 12-14-2013 11:07 PM

I found that the time spent in my shop DEFINITELY lowered my blood pressure. It’s some of the most calming times I have when I’m doing pretty much ANYthing in the shop.

Now if I could just get my act (and finances) together and get a shop built here at the new house….

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#5 posted 12-15-2013 12:15 AM

Yes, Steve I think that something happens when you walk in the Shop door or space. I know that my blood pressure is better now after four years and lots of mistakes. I still take the junk the doctor orders, but when he checks the blood pressure he is allway wondering why it is always better.

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#6 posted 12-16-2013 05:27 PM

Exercise definitely helps HBP, but woodworking mistakes offset the benefit for me (per stefang). Learn Tai Chi if you want to reduce stress, increase flexibility and improve your balance. A major benefit for me doing woodworking has been to get wrapped up in a project I want to do—it helps me fight through what I’ve nick named “the beta blocker blahs”.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#7 posted 01-23-2014 03:12 PM

All of the above. Moving around, accomplishing things and having fun are probably all responsible. Lol… But yeah… There have been days that everything I touched in the shop went wrong and all I wanted to do was take a hammer to the project. Lol. Not many of those days yet… But I’m still a “toddler”

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