So, I finally saw my doctor a couple of weeks ago about the thing that had caused my anxiety flareup, and that's all right, and I've been largely okay since then. But at the appointment, they said my blood pressure was way high. I said of course it is, my anxiety is through the roof! And they took it again after the appointment and it was still high, so they made me an appointment to see about it. That appointment is tomorrow morning.
Fast forward to last night: I started feeling really wrong, like my blood pressure had spiked. I took a reading on a cheap little wrist checker I had bought a couple of years ago when I was trying to get started exercising, and it read crazy ER level high. I probably would have gone on to an afterhours clinic, but it was too late for that, and I didn't really want to go to the ER, especially with my real appointment coming up *and* not being sure that my little monitor was accurate. So my fiance took me to walmart, to use the BP checker they have there, but it's apparently been removed. So I bought a nicer home monitor and we brought it home to try. My BP was still very high, but not quite in the crisis level like the other one showed, so I tried to relax and went on to sleep. I read it again this morning, and it was still very high. I think if it doesn't go higher than it was at that reading, I should be okay to wait until tomorrow's appointment, but I know my anxiety about it is probably keeping it up. In fact, I had been worrying about it laying in bed for 10 or 15 minutes before I used the monitor, so it might have been elevated just from that.
Does anyone have any tips or tricks to lower anxiety-related blood pressure in the short term? I want to go about my day and not worry about it and hopefully keep my level out of the crisis zone, but the breathing exercises that I've been finding on websites just don't seem to be doing it for me.