Among all types of happiness, the best happiness is good health and free from worries. But it is more than 5 million years now, the humans are fighting every day and take lots of stress for their survival on this earth.
What is stress?
Stress is the defense mechanism of the human body against known and unknown danger. It ignites the body to produce enough hormone to evade or confront danger. Medical science explains it as the fight-or-flight mechanism.
To face any type of challenge or threat (mental or physical), the body produces larger quantities of the chemicals through a major endocrine gland called The Adrenal Glands, which is located on the top of each kidney. These glands produce/release hormones like cortisol, epinephrine, and norepinephrine and prepare the individual for defense or management of the stressful situation by increasing the heart rate, blood pressure, sweating, and alertness, etc.
Effects of stress –
According to a survey conducted by the American Psychological Association (APA)’s in 2018, average stress levels in the USA were nearly 5 on a scale from 1 to 10.
In this competitive world stress is a common problem for mankind. Sometimes stress brings happiness and new opportunity to survive or to grow. But if someone lives under continuous stress then he/she will develop the following problems –
- Stress slows down normal bodily functions like general growth (metabolism), the functional capacity of digestive and immune systems, etc.
- According to WHO reports, stress is one of the biggest causes to rise high blood pressure, hypertension, and heart diseases. According to a new study, work-related stress is a major reason for increasing coronary heart disease.
- Recurring and high level of stress brings sleepless nights, decreases immune activity, reduces muscle power, and helps to develop all life-style diseases.
- Chronic stress will bring- memory loss, lack of concentration, poor judgment, negative thought, depression, loneliness, mental health problems, back pain, shoulder pain, chest pain, indigestion, loss of sex drive, sleep disorder, etc.
How to reduce stress to control the silent killer (Hypertension)
Love yourself – There is a great saying if you love yourself then only the universe around you will love you. Treat yourself unique. Truly do every activity with full of passion and face every challenge as a blessing from the unseen authority. Eat slowly and really focus on the taste and sensations of each bite, speak elegantly. listen to your favorite music and sing as you the best singer.
Learn to say no – It is good to respect every individual come in your life, but If someone is bothering you then communicate your concerns in a graceful manner. If you are busy with your pending work at the wee hours of your office and your colleague is busy briefing you about the last night party, say upfront that you only have five minutes to talk. If you fail to express your feelings then indignation will increase your stress level.
Learn to forgive- Yes, it is difficult but essential to learn the art of forgiveness. As we are born and living in a world with a lot of imperfection. So, each one is bound to make a mistake. If you want to enjoy life without stress then forgive and move on.
Do yoga- It is the best and easiest way to reduce stress levels and live a long and happy life. Yoga lubricates all joints in our body and increases mobility and flexibility. Yoga strengthens the immune system by activating all organs of the body and supports releasing hormones to control stressful situations. Particularly following asanas and pranayamas dramatically reduces the stress level in the body –
Surya Namaskar- It may be practiced by anyone or everyone, single or in a group, morning or in the evening, and any time of the year. Benefits of Surya namaskar is not limited to any part of the body, it works on all parts of the body and releases toxins from the body. It reduces palpitation and hypertension by increasing the flow of oxygen and blood to the heart, at the same time eliminates an enormous quantity of carbon dioxide from the body. Thus, reduces stress and rejuvenates body and mind
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Halasana – Though this asana is not an easy asana for everybody, regular practice brings good health and smiles to the practitioner. Halasana acts as a powerful tonic, majorly it strengthens the entire spinal column and the thyroid glands. This asana restores the strength and flexibility of the spinal column which is essential for good health and to combat stress. Thyroid glands control the activities of adrenal glands in our body, which are responsible to control stressful situations by releasing various hormones.
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Savasana – When you relax in a conscious sleeping position, you will turn away from the outside world. The function of your brain center will reduce automatically than your heart beat and muscle tension. So, the regular practice of savasana will control your stress level to a great extent.
Anuloma-viloma Pranayama – This pranayama is a boon from our ancestor yogis to reduce stress as well as a healthy and happy life.
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