Most of my adult life I've had good blood pressure numbers, in the low to normal range. Never gave it much thought, whenever my BP was taken during checkups & blood donations I always heard good numbers. But about a year ago, when at a clinic for strep throat, I was told my BP was high. And it's been high ever since. I was told it can go up due to age & stress. Yup, I've got plenty of both of those. But I've got no $$$ or medical insurance, so haven't sought treatment before now. My pastor gave me some $$$ to see a doctor yesterday, who gave me a prescription to take daily that's supposed to reduce my BP. And she also told me to exercise daily, something I don't like to do during the summer's misery. I really dislike tedious repetitive exercise, & much prefer to work out by gardening, tending the chickens, & building new coops. But now I'll have to get over that for the sake of my health. What else can I do to reduce my blood pressure? I try to eat a fairly healthy diet, mostly whole grains, balanced, low-fat/salt/sugarsugar, limited amounts of processed or refined foods. I am overweight, and know I should do more to improve my diet & get to a healthy weight. I do eat a lot of good farm-fresh eggs and home-grown chicken! I'm also trying to relax more, think more happy & positive thoughts, and keep my mind from exploring dark corners. I'm sure it helps to take time & watch my new baby chicks & ducks bopping around their pens. I can feel the tension lift every time I am near them. Please let me know what you've learned that helps lower a person's blood pressure.