Modern life has brought our health down in more ways than one. We are less in touch with our body and dwell in our mind more often. We have forgotten to move our bodies freely, watch the rain drops trailing down the windowpane, listen to simple talk, and derive pleasure from the small things in life. We are living in a technology-driven world, where every activity is purpose-driven and rated for efficiency. In the race to achieve success in the quickest way possible, we have lost touch with our inner true selves. This is the root cause for all our problems, whether physical or emotional.
Stress is a big killer. It slowly zaps at our creativity, enthusiasm and will to live. A minimal amount of stress helps us function better actually, and gives us the momentum to go about with our daily chores. But too much stress which is a common malady needs to be controlled before it kills you. Here are some ways to bust stress in your life:
1. Exercise regularly: A sound mind resides in a sound body. We cannot be happy if our body is not healthy and fit. Exercise not only tones the body by uplifts one’s mood by stimulating endorphins to be released into the blood, which gives us sensation of happiness and pleasure.
2. Eat healthy: With processed foods that can be prepared instantly and consumed on the go thronging the market, it is hard to make a conscious effort to eat the healthy way. Our busy schedule might prompt us daily to reach out for that quick energy boost from takeaways and fizzy drinks, but in the long run, we are spiraling our way into premature illness and death. Stock your kitchen with healthy alternatives, and plan ahead so you get to eat healthy when you go hungry. Carry water wherever you go, because staying hydrated delays ageing and plays wonders on the state of your health.
3. Meditate: Most people, though aware of the immense health benefits of meditation, avoid this ancient proven stress-busting technique citing lack of time. Unlike what is generally believed, meditation doesn’t require elaborate preparations or costly equipment. A quiet corner in a comfortable place, and 10-15 minutes of undivided attention are all that is needed. It would be best to sit on a mat, or a chair, and spend those few minutes reflecting on oneself, and one’s true purpose in life. This time is not for judging oneself, worrying over the past or making plans for the future. These moments are to be spent simply by practicing letting go, and taking life as it unfolds. One just watches one’s thoughts, and makes peace with them, during meditation.
4. Sufficient sleep: Sleep has the paramount function of restoring our energy and emotional balance. Several studies have shown how sleep affects our cognitive functions our ability to perform tasks. To ensure proper sleep, establish a bed-time routine, spend some time unwinding before hitting the bed, and take help of whatever it takes to put you into the sleep mode, such as light music, warm bath etc. A good night’s sleep is the precursor to a good day ahead.
5. Smile more often: A smile is something only we humans do. Still sometimes life deals us a bad hand and it can be hard to keep a happy face anymore. However, managing a small smile in difficult times brings an instant change in one’s mood and attitude, and can change every negative situation into one of hope. Even if you do not feel like it, keep smiling. It is your protection from self-sabotage in the face of trouble.
Smiling more, spending more time with loved ones and taking care of one’s health and mental well-being are thus essential factors for a purposeful, active life. Also one must allow space in life for the unexpected, for serendipity. Slow down, take breaks, and create space to breathe, to think.
Keep life simple.