New Year’s Resolution: Get rid of stress from your life
Stress forms an integral part of our lives. Even holidays are not free from the grips of stress; the financial burden, family pressures, and coping with the plans for the holidays may be stressful in itself. Dr. Parinda Parikh strongly advises that removing the stress from our lives not only lead to a more relaxed and healthy lifestyle but it can also be a preventive as well as curative measure towards many psychological disorders. The experts at Second Arc Life Center have compiled a list of 5 measures which you can make part of your daily routine to cope up with the stress this year. Include them in your list of resolutions for a healthy and relaxed you.
Among various healing arts, Yoga is one of the most popular and backed with scientific techniques. Stressful situations lead to an elevated amount of cortisol which can cause ulcers, hypertension, bone density loss and disorder of immune system. Specific breathing patterns employed in Yoga referred to as Pranayama leads to a rest and digest state which provides relief to the mind and the body and also reduces the quantity of cortisol.
Meditation can be defined as a deep and restful state of awareness which can counter stress. Deep breathing techniques or visualization are helpful in reducing the cortisol levels. A few minutes of daily meditation can keep you calm while dealing with stressful situations in life. Second arc life center offers intensive outpatient programs which teach coping strategies involving visualization, deep breathing and relaxation techniques, anxiety management and mindfulness skill building.
Sleep can be cited as the top most defenses against stress. It helps in rejuvenating the mind and body. A person who sleeps for 8 to 10 hours in a day wakes up refreshed and more energized to tackle the day’s problems. Uninterrupted sleep is very important to keep your body healthy and gears you up to tackle the stressful situations with more dexterity and calm. Adequate sleep is also helpful in reducing anxiety and nervousness. Sleep deprivation can adversely affect your mood, short term memory and motivation. If you are getting enough quality of sleep daily it will make it much easier for you to deal with stress.
Eat healthy and eat on time
Mental health is also dependent on the food that you eat. A healthy and balanced diet is extremely important for alleviating stressful conditions from life. Enrich your diet with B Vitamins and magnesium this year to reduce the chronic conditions of stress. Magnesium has been found to be beneficial in relaxing the muscular tension, stress and anxiety. A balance of proteins and carbohydrates is essential to maintain the healthy balance of the body. Second Arc Life Center also creates nutritional awareness to help you eat healthy and take care of the stress. Try to incorporate more fruits and vegetables in your diet, drink lots of water and remove the foods high in fat, sugar and caffeine from your daily diet.
Take care of yourself
A balance between your body, mental state and emotions go a long way in keeping you stress free. The most significant step towards getting rid of the stress is to take care of yourself. Eat well, exercise regularly, sleep enough and follow a self-care routine amidst the hustle and bustle of your life. Self-care acts as the oxygen mask which helps your body and mind in surviving and thriving in difficult conditions. Taking out time for yourself plays one of the biggest hands in keeping your mind and body relaxed.
Stress is a major trigger to many other illnesses. We realize that the challenges of everyday life can bring about unnecessary stress. At Second Arc Life Center we are committed to helping our patients cope with various levels of stress. Wishing you a healthy 2014!