A wise old man once said that he lived till 100 years since he slept on the days when he should have been awake and worrying. Stress is as old as Humanity and yes, it’s the opposite of the body’s relaxing mechanism. However, all of it is not bad. Short intermittent stress can be called good stress as it helps us to be motivated, reach our goals, survive, and even excel. But when stress checks into our minds & bodies as a long-term guest, it upset the natural rhythm of the body – we eat more, we sleep less, don’t prioritize, and so on. This chronic stress has undesired effects in all dimensions.
Key reasons that people attribute their stress to is finances and work. Today, however, the problem of stress has accelerated due to social media and electronic communication. An integrated approach towards life is the natural way to calm and destress. Before I share with you what an integrated approach looks like, let me highlight the 2 activities that I have started doing to calm myself/des-tress. The first one is being mindful and not trying to multiplex all the time. This helps in giving quality time to the person/task/issue at hand. Incidentally, spending time with my son is a sure-shot way for me to relax but there are days when I get to spend less time with him. I observed that even if I have 5 mins and I am mindful in those minutes listening/interacting/being with him, the quality of interaction was rich, our bond remains strong & I felt calm.
The 2nd activity is something that started off as a search for a better understanding of our Hindu scriptures and I have only taken baby steps in this direction. However, I must share with you all that in our ancient scriptures like the Vedanta & Bhagavad Gita, there are solutions to problems that we face in our modern-day life. Understanding and following these principles is a sure-shot way of combating stress. These learning are imparted by many schools in India and learnings apply to people from all faiths. Incidentally, Mahatma Gandhi referred to the Bhagavad Gita as the dictionary of Life.
Lord Shri Krishna says
“tasmad apriharye’rthe na tvam shochitum arhasi” (Do not worry about things that are inevitable)
Most of the time the stress is just an outcome of our own stupidity, and therefore the solution also lies in the proper use of our intellect.
Being calm and making sure that we de-stress requires a multi-pronged approach. Here are some tips that are known to work:
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