“If you ask me what is the single most important key to longevity, I would have to say it is avoiding worries, stress and tension.  And if you didn’t ask me, I’d still have to  say it.” – George Burns

 The American Psychological Association’s poll on ‘Stress in America’ found that 33% people in USA are experiencing extreme levels of stress. Its effects are very harmful on their mind and body. It is medically proved  that 80% of all modern diseases are due to stress. In this modern era,  Stress is considered as natural and no sincere efforts are being made to manage stress.

Here are simple tips to control Stress and Anxiety:

  1. Meditation: Meditation is the best way to  manage stress and increase inner strength. A person who is doing daily meditation has better relations at home and at work place and feels happy throughout the day. Regular practice of meditation also helps in developing emotional maturity and a balanced personality. In today’s world, the biggest weakness of man is ‘No tolerance level’ but the one who is doing daily meditation has good tolerance power and does not feel stressed.  Meditation also decreases mental illness, aggressiveness and resolves phobias and fears and thus controls stress.
  2. Yoga & Exercise: Practising Yoga regularly helps in relieving stress and anxiety.  When we concentrate on body and breathe, physical tension releases.Besides doing meditation, one should do little stretching exercises along with yoga such as Sukhasana (Easy Pose) Balasana (Child’s pose) Savasana (Corpse Pose).  Yoga and Exercise build confidence and self esteem. It is a good way to take time for yourself and release physical tension  and thus control  stress and anxiety.
  3. Planning the day: Plan your day in advance,especially when you are feeling stressed.  Having a plan for your day will make you feel more relaxed and  comfortable and thus less stressed.
  4. Healthy eating habits:High fat foods are not good choice when you are in stress or anxiety as it makes us feel lethargic and also increases blood pressure & Cholesterol levels and thus has ill effect on our arteries  increasing the chances/risk of  heart attack. Low fat, high fibre  diet such as fruits and vegetables  give us  required nutrients and energy which boost our immune system and reduce stress.
  5. Leisure, Relaxation & Proper Sleep: Take breaks, give yourself time  for rejuvenation and relaxation. It is as important as giving time to other work.   Take good sleep of 7-9 hours.  Too little sleep may make your irritable and impatient and  keep you stressful through out the day.
  6. Change your Attitude: We need to learn to accept things which we cannot change.  Develop attitude for realistic expectations from others and self.  Set targets for achievable goals.  Don’t  to be perfectionist as it leads to stressful lifestyle.
  7. Fun & Humour: Have time for seeing funny movies, comedy shows and laughing with friends and family members.

Here is a beautiful music for Meditation and Yoga practice