28 Sep 2015

Very recently my friend from work, who is not very old, just around in her late twenties, in fact, was diagnosed with diabetes. It was not like she had a blood-sugar problem in her girlhood days. Also, she follows a stringent diet and is very careful of what she eats. But in a dialogue with her doctor she learnt that very unknowingly she has succumbed to the whims of stress.

We often find ourselves embroiled with needless worries. Going through unending bouts of anxiety, sleeplessness, and fatigue, over-thinking, lack of concentration loss of appetite, and also the gain of appetite (in many cases), plague us.  But the root cause of all the apprehension is nothing but stress. The poisonous tentacles of which, grip most of us.

Stress is defined as a state of being under mental or emotional pressure owing to issues relating to finances, work, or relationships. We hereby give you just a few ways of combating stress, by relaxing the body.

Relaxing the body

1)   Exercise– one must spend at least 30 to 45 mins everyday exercising. One can part-take in a number of activities including

a)    Yoga – Where one can centre themselves, using a hoard of breathing, and flexing, and meditative techniques. It helps restore calm within an individual. It is a very useful exercise technique to restore concentration, and curb anxiety.

b)   Running – It helps (just like all exercises) to release endorphins that are important to inculcate positive thought and action. You can also keep upping your limit of the day, which will help better the ability to take on to challenges.

c)    Swimming – An interesting way to relax where all the negative thoughts can submerge in water. Water indeed has a very calming impact on the body.

d)   Group games – Will also help alleviate your social skills.

e)    Hiking– spending time with nature will help you calm your stressed selves. Nature acts as a natural decompression to the mind and the body.

2)   Taking a massage – this may cost an arm and a leg, but it is well worth the money has it helps you soothe your nerves well and unknot all those knots in your back.

3)   Eat Well – it is very important to regulate your diet when stressed. Ensure you’re eating a healthy breakfast, followed by lunch, dinner and a healthy snack in between. Avoid skipping meals. Also, remember to keep the sugar and the caffeine at bay.

4)   Incorporate herbs and stress relieving tea’s in your diet – infuse Chamomile, or passionflower, and lavender. These have a very calming effect on the body, and also help those suffering from insomnia.

5)   Use a decompressor – when stressed it is important to take some time out and unwind. Use a hot bag or cold compresses to calm your tired nerves. If you don’t have access to any of the above use a hair-drier to render heat to a portion that aches more. You can also deep-freeze a wet towel for fifteen minutes if you don’t have a cold compress.