Cardio-Vascular Diseases – Tension and Stress
Tension in today’s world is as rampant as the common cold. It leads to hypertension and other diseases like heart attack, strokes, ulcers, asthma, pain at the back of the neck (spondylosis), shoulders and also lower backaches, migraines, insomnia etc.
A certain amount of stress is desirable to give the required stimulation and motivation. Too much stress, however, affects our well being and health as enumerated above. It also affects our everyday performance and outward social behavior adversely. Stress reduces the capacity to enjoy life. It makes one tired, lifeless and disinterested in things.
The causes of stress are many but the single most important cause is lack of proper rest due to overwork. Symptoms like increased tension, irritability and moodiness may appear accompanied with lack of appetite and weight loss. If such signs of stress arc noticed or are pointed out by well wishers, one must heed to it, otherwise there is a risk of stress increasing beyond control, leading to nervous breakdown.
But there are ways of combating this nuisance. Sleep and relaxation are important means of reducing stress. Billions of cells in our body get complete rest and are fully relaxed when we are asleep. Other methods of relaxation are through yogic asanas and pranayama. Shavasana and Yoganidra arc the best forms of relaxation.
Exercise is also a useful method of overcoming stress. It induces stress-coping abilities and tends to boost self-esteem. Psychologists have established that people with high feelings of self-esteem tend to be happy and well adjusted apparently well equipped to deal with stress. Exercises chosen should be pleasing, such as games, swimming, brisk walk, Yoga and gymnasium.
Diet also plays an important role in fighting stress. Eat a soothing diet rich in lecithin such as banana, grapes, yoghurt, sprouts and soybeans. Sprouts are wholesome food rich in all vitamins, minerals, enzymes, carbohydrates and light protein.
Above all, develop patience and learn to hold your temper. Whosoever loses temper loses the case. Have a positive attitude at all times. Rest, relaxation, laughter and 7-8 hours of sound sleep are a must to combat tension/stress.
Cardio-Vascular Diseases – Sleep and Insomnia
Of all the different kinds of relaxations sought and discovered by man, sleep still remains the single most guaranteed method of obtaining maximum and complete mental and physical rest for the body.
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