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Thursday, August 14, 2008

Stress – You are the Medicine

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A man's health can be judged by which he takes two at a time - pills or stairs. - Joan Welsh

Who comes to your mind when you hear the word 'Obama'- Obama the Deliverer or Obama the Destroyer?

You can evaluate your own stress by that.

I recently came across an article which wanted people to consider three steps in dealing with stress - first the symptoms and then tracing and analyzing the cause and the last coping up with stress and steps to get relieved. As for methods to cope up, many are suggested from going out into the open air to practicing yoga. In the outset this seems to be logical.

But it is strange that a person has to analyze the cause. The symptoms appear only because the person has become aware of a situation that brings about the symptoms. So for any normal individual the cause is well known and it creates the symptoms.

Unless a third party has to give a helping hand to people who have become mentally ill due to some strong impact of stress, these first two are not necessary. Even there the relatives can very well inform about the immediate cause and the psychiatrist can proceed from there. I have seen a film in which the sound of the approaching train brought about stress and extreme discomfort in which the individual cried out. There are people who go into fits on seeing flames rising high or even hearing a whistle.

The article did not deal with such extreme cases but only day-to-day stress factors and relief. I feel he has misunderstood stress and allergy. For the latter, the steps mentioned can be beneficially adopted and there will be sure relief.

Day-to-day stress

Habits and environment keep one fit to face the day-to-day stress. The happy family is a sure answer. Going to bed early and getting up early, followed by ease at normal daily chores without any hitch and simple stretch exercises for a few minutes, should keep one hale and healthy, both physically and mentally, and also fit for the day whatever be the problems one may have to face during the work-hours. A good breakfast will certainly help.

The Monday blues will become a thing of the past. Thereafter you will look forward to go to work fresh every Monday after the refreshing week-end.

Stress is basically a mental factor and this may cause from simple discomfort, headache, and anger to serious effects like depression. So instead of living a haphazard life where even simple things create noticeable stress, it is better to regulate one’s habits first to suit one’s family and work and accommodate physical exercise into one’s daily routine. Beer and wine may find place in joy as well as sorrow but fruits and vegetables are never thought of as things that thwart stress. The latter, fruits and vegetables, one should regularly take to energize one’s body and be fit to face stress.

The mind is not unrelated to the body and body is not also unrelated to the mind. Homeopaths have certainly understood this. Both co-exist and like eyes when affected both are affected. There is a saying I have heard that the guests and medicines remain guests and medicines only the first three days. There after they become family members and food. So taking prolonged medicine can not be the answer for relief from stress. It is like taking daily a purgative in the night to ease motion in the morning. If something has to be called medicine it should relieve. The relief should also be lasting and come within three days.

For relief from stress apart from what has been suggested on environment and habits, one may adopt the oft repeated ‘taking deep breath’ or counting up to ten – backwards should be a better course.

Try to spend sometime with your parents and children. If it is not possible to live together, make it a point to meet them at regular intervals. The feeling that there is some one who thinks about you with love and affection is better than any chemical. Try to have family get together as often as possible, exchange gifts and gather also friends around you - real friends. Laughter is the best medicine. To have a free hearty laugh at some trivia is a great reliever of stress than any medicine. See that you don’t laugh at others' suffering. Use drinks to the minimum and only when you feel happy and good.

The day-to-day stress is something everyone feels and there is nothing strange you also feel stress.

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Take out your notepad and pencil before you start reading -

the interesting article which misunderstood stress and allergy
A video is embedded and the author does not recommend or canvass anything. It is just to make known what help one can get from various sources.Video: You Tube

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Samantha said...

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Pilo Gui said...

It is not about the fast way, I talk about. It is the sure and lasting remedy I suggest. A conscience that does not prick, a knowledge that some one is there to look after you with affection and love, and the ability to laugh are certain things needed to remain happy and have enough metal and physical prowess to face even very disturbing situations. Medicines can only help. But 'to the fevered mind' there is something else that is needed.Along with this, if we have belief in God and feel that God wills certain things to happen, we can certainly face even very very difficuly situations. Religion and piety are not created by fools but by people who wanted man to live happily.
I visited the web site and felt that you are doing good work in propagating the essentials about stress.

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