Unless you've been told that it's something you need to be aware of, you might not give a whole lot of thought to what your blood pressure is on a regular basis, particularly if you're young, healthy, and aren't pregnant. But some of the things that you do every day or, at least, from time to time, can actually have an impact on your blood pressure that you might not expect. There are a number of things you didn't know are spiking your blood pressure that it might be important for you to be more aware of, particularly if you might actually have higher blood pressure than you thought, because blood pressure issues can have a significant impact on your health — and sometimes you don't experience a ton of obvious symptoms that anything might be amiss.
Mayo Clinic reported that the negative and potentially dangerous effects of high blood pressure (or hypertension, as it's called by your doctor) likely isn't just limited to long-term, chronic high blood pressure. Temporary spikes in blood pressure, like those related to stress, can also have some serious effects. The same article from Mayo Clinic noted that if stressors come close together, your high blood pressure, though temporary, can also potentially hurt your kidneys, heart, and blood vessels. So paying attention to how often you're stressed, as well as other things that can cause your blood pressure to temporarily spike, can actually be pretty important.
Your blood pressure fluctuates throughout the day and depending on different things that you do and a lot of these fluctuations likely aren't hurting you or cause for serious concern. Still, having an idea of how and why those changes happen gives you a better idea of what's going on inside your own body — and that's a good thing.