Due to the complexity of today’s world, stress is experienced by everyone in some form or the other. Stress can result from many things: a high pressure job, relationship problems, financial issues, loneliness etc.  While stress is inevitable, the way people react to it is what causes a host of problems. Anger, irritability and loss of control that follows a stress attack raises one’s blood pressure, increases heart beats, stimulates overproduction of adrenalin, impairs digestion and depletes our body of vital nutrients like vitamin C, A and B complex vitamins. Sleep deprivation and depression also lowers the immune responses and causes a build up of toxins leading to many health problems.

Stress can also sometimes trigger good responses and can stimulate or motivate you to be in control of your life where you are able to find solutions that can help you deal with your problems. We all have the ability and resilience in us to accept and tackle challenges.

While you cannot eliminate situations that cause stress, you can certainly change your perspective on stress and foster positive reactions with these guidelines listed below:


De-stress with productive physical activities and mindful eating.  Stress can accelerate aging.


Meditate regularly for 10 to 15 minutes. It is one of the most effective ways to relax and alter your minds and body’s destructive reactions.


Do yoga. Yoga helps heal, rejuvenate and regulates the internal organs, glands, nerves, muscles, bones and keeps our system in radiant health.


Do conscious breathing exercises or pranayam.  It has tremendous health benefits that help you stay young, improves cell oxygenation, has detoxifying effects and keeps skin radiant.


Rest and relaxation:  To live a stress free and wholesome life rest and a good night’s sleep act as panacea. It has healing properties, reduces stress and tension, induces calmness and tremendous peace of mind. Bring a little discipline into your own life by following the principles of “early to bed and early to rise”!  


Diet guidelines for stress:
The foods we use to soothe stress with are often the ones that get us deeper into problems. The worst stress-inducers are sugary desserts, tea, coffee, caffeinated soda, salty snacks and alcoholic beverages. Good anti stress foods include cow’s milk or low fat milk, herb tea, fruits, salads and vegetables. Stress can deplete your stores of vitamin A resulting in lowered immunity, ‘B’ complex vitamins that contribute to the smooth functioning of the nervous system and vital components that help activate enzymes and help neutralize the free radicals that are released into the blood stream during stress. Food has a great influence on your moods, thoughts, attitudes etc.


Eliminate all junk foods with refined flour, oil, sugar etc.


Eliminate foods like excess intake of chocolates, desserts, soft drinks, fruit juices, milk shakes etc.


Incorporate loads of vegetables, salads, sprouts, whole grains and whole fruits.


Drink adequate amounts of water and other liquids like soups, vegetable juices etc for keeping the body detoxified.


Incorporate 5 to 6 small meals per day instead of 2 or 3 large ones to step up your metabolic rate.


Avoid crash diets or fad diets that often upset your mood.


Include stress reducing tea made from equal proportions of herbs likechamomile. Steep ½ tsp in 1 cup of hot water for 5 to 7 minutes and have this twice a day.


A glass or two of warm water with cardamom powder also helps to alleviate stress.


Brahmi oil is also good for relaxation and can be rubbed on the soles of the feet or on your scalp. 


Take up a hobby. They are great for relieving stress.

Stress is an integral part of everyone’s life and most of us are vulnerable to it. To emerge as a victor, one’s attitude, views, perspectives and clarity play crucial roles in creating and developing a practical and realistic course of action.  It is your positive attitude that opens up pathways to deal with extreme challenges and make you successful in all walks of life.

Mickey Mehta

Mickey Mehta is a wellness & fitness guru as well as a TV and Radio presenter and columnist for various publications and websites. He preaches the concept of holistic health and equipment-free workouts, besides establishing a chain of Mickey Mehta Wellness Temples across Mumbai.

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