Tuesday, January 14, 2020

How to be Stress-Free for a healthy and balanced existence

Perhaps it is time to put emphasis on the 'life after birth'. And make it as enjoyable and stress free as it can be. Streamlining one's living pattern and priorities of life is perhaps the most significant step that one can take in order to sidestep stress and its effects.

The first thing is to set one's body clock right to get around crippling stress-effects such as sleep disorders, bowel disorders, nerve perturbation and hormonal dysfunction.

To minimize the effect of stress one has to help oneself to a good sleep. The human body is designed for sleep to come effortlessly. When sleep comes with an effort it is obvious that we're holding on to the day's stresses and reaching out for tomorrow's as well.

Apart from adjusting one's lifestyle to one's body clock, effectively managing time is also an invaluable skill in coping with stress. Knowing when to take the load and when to offload, often goes a long way to maintaining a healthy and balanced existence.  

Effective communication is key to the success of all kinds of relationships. Stress—the real 'bug' in our lives, generally comes from the interaction with others and demand from modern way of living. A hiccup in communication at any level is most likely to lead you into a stress situation.

Learning to say no, developing interpersonal communication skills such as listening to other's views and providing effective and timely feedback is key to effective communication.

When your ideas and attitudes are effectively communicated to people around, you may find yourself in a win-win situation in every sphere of life-family, workplace or social gathering. This can save you from unnecessary misunderstandings and consequent tensions.    
— It is imperative to create a tranquil and inviting environs in and around the resting-place to slip into a restful sleep.
— One must make it a point to end the day with a pleasant or relaxing schedule: listening to choice music, reading a light and leisurely book, doing some simple, relaxing exercises, playing with children or watching a fun-filled tele-show.

— It is significant to keep a watch on what you take at dinner, as most of our mind-body anomalies spring from indigestion of food at physical level or indigestion of emotions (irritation, uneasiness et al) at mental level. A rich and heavy dinner close to bedtime can intervene with your sleeping patterns, make you sluggish in the morning and can disrupt your normal diet routine.

—Taking an expert's help for natural product based aromatherapy and Flower Essence therapy can be a useful option against insomnia.

Approximately 20 million prescriptions are written each year for sleeping aids (Archives of Internal Medicine), a number that is dwarfed by the quantity of over-the-counter sedatives sold annually. Though these medications relieve short-term insomnia, medically it is held that these are not helpful in resolving chronic sleep problems. Non-toxic sedatives available over the counter in holistic medicine shops have been proved to be better options for sleep disorders.

A change in attitude such as simple modifications of habits, thought, and behavior patterns often go a long way in reducing stress and tension. Practicing to let go or making a conscious choice not to become angry or upset over trivial matters saves a lot of mental and physical energy. Trying to develop the habit of adopting a humorous view towards life's situations, can take the edge off everyday stressors.    

When the body is in a 'fight or flight' mode the digestive system shuts off temporarily and our appetite is suppressed. The release of adrenaline and cortisol help mobilize carbohydrate and fat for quick energy. When that situation is over, the cortisol lingers there increasing our appetites in an effort to replace the used up carbohydrate and fat. If the body doesn't react in that survival instinct the lingering hormones tend to create an artificial craving for food. Resulting in overeating and eating the wrong kind of food.

A well-nourished and fit body can be more resilient to stressful conditions. Many illnesses induce stress and stress too induces eating disorders, addiction to alcohol and substance abuses. Hence, a planned and nutritious diet can act as an effective stress-fighting tool.

Natural, unprocessed foods and herbal concoctions are proved to be helpful to many stress induced disorders such as disturbed bowel syndrome, digestive malfunction, nerve perturbation and other disease conditions. Again a healthy and disciplined diet habit can help an individual in stress conditions as well as prevent him from falling victim to abusive food habits. 

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