Stress has become one of the common issues among people in the current scenario. Because of the changing high paced work environment and lifestyle, it has equally affected teens, adults and elders. It causes not only physical but emotional imbalance in the body as well.
Additionally, the current lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic imposed all over India has restricted people to stay indoors, having to juggle various responsibilities, of work, kids, caring for the elderly as well as performing daily chores. The strict rules of social distancing further elevate stress levels in the body and mind, as human bonding and emotional interactions are curtailed.
However, stress can be managed to uplift overall health. There are some recommended and useful tips that can be followed to manage stress and feel relieved. Read on, to know more.
Best Ways To Lower Stress And Tension In The Mind:
The food we eat affects our stress levels very strongly. Eating food rich in vitamins and proteins helps in stress management. Doctors, nutritionists and dieticians strongly recommend consuming a wholesome balanced diet every day, rich in proteins, dietary fibers, healthy fats as well as vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Also Read: 5 Essential Antioxidants To Add To Regular Diet For Enhanced Overall Health
It is one of the most ancient and useful techniques in stress management. It helps in relaxing stressed body muscles; makes you feel lighter and relieved. The asanas or postures in yoga, as well as the pranayama breathing practices, help to gain a better physical balance in the body, in addition to nurturing respiratory wellness, bolstering immunity and preventing common and seasonal infections.
It is also one of the known stress busters as it releases oxytocin, serotonin hormones which regulate our body’s stress levels. Moreover, regular physical activity promotes heart wellness, lowers the risk of obtaining chronic illnesses like diabetes, hypertension, obesity, besides building lean mass as well as strengthening muscles, bones and joints.
Meditation is one of the most known forms of spiritual therapy for stress management. It includes basic mindful meditation, music meditation, walking meditation, mantra meditation etc. Sitting down on the floor cross-legged, in a quiet corner of the home or any place outdoors, with focus on one’s positive thoughts, significantly calms the mind, relieving all stress, tension and anxiety. It also boosts productivity, memory and concentration, aiding in enhancing overall wellbeing. Also Read: Modern Meditation Techniques For Mental And Emotional Well-Being
The technique was initially invented to help relieve physical pain, later used in treating depression. Recently, it is found that the method is useful in giving a little boost to mood, helping release stress. The treatment includes passing a small amount of electric current (using two electrodes) through the brain, targeting the prefrontal cortex (a part of the brain that deals with negative emotions and stress). This method must be strictly done only after consulting with a doctor and under the supervision of a certified medical professional.