Sunday, September 28, 2008

Tips to deal with stress and be happy

Stress is something we can’t escape but be warned stress can cause coronary heart disease. It is time to manage your stress.

>The first step is to recognize your symptoms of stress the causes.

>Look deeply into your lifestyle and see what can be changed at work and at home

>Use relaxation techniques like yoga, meditation, deep breathing, massage, aromatherapy, etc.

>Physical activity is one of the most successful stress remedies.

>Learn to manage your time. Perform essential tasks and prioritize the others. Don’t procrastinate. It will only add to your stress levels.

>Learn to say no to unreasonable demands. You can’t always meet other people’s expectations.

>Watch what you eat. Alcohol, caffeine, junk foods, sweets, fats and tobacco all put a strain on your body’s ability to cope with stress. Eat a balanced die of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and foods high in protein but low in fat. Eat regularly and don’t skip meals.

>Keep your anger in check. It is one of the biggest stressors,

>Don’t push your limits. You are not perfect. Accept your shortcomings.

- Vinita Nayar, The Hindu, 28-09-08 in World Heart Day