17 December, 2008

Ways to handle stress:

Meditate: This ancient practise is really beneficial. Those who practise it have lower stress hormone cortisol as well as improved mood and attention. It involves sitting very quietly and trying to focus your mind on the moment, clearing it of the clutter of the negative thoughts and reciting a mantra or listening to some music of your choice. Focus on breathing deeply and try to relax each muscle group in your body in turn.

Talk and Laugh: Sharing your problems with a sympathetic friend can put things into perspective and relieve pressure. You can laugh of your problems. Watch a funny video, read jokes, observe a child playing or just join a forum where you can share your problems, online or otherwise. This helps in lowering the levels of cortisol.

Get enough sleep: Sufficient sleep is vital for your overall well being. Try to get a minimum of 7-8 hours of sleep. If you can’t make it at night, try a small power nap after noon.

Excersise: It is the best way to relieve tension and gaining more energy. It doesn’t have to be a gruelling session at the gym. Gentler forms of exercise that focus on breathing and stretching are equally good such as pilates or yoga. You can practise these at home or join some classes.

Eat well: A healthy diet can have a real impact on the way you feel. Eat fruits, vegetables and plenty of whole grains. Nuts and dried fruit are a great alternative to other snacks. Take supplements.

Parimita Chakravorty

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