Stress and depression can disturb the life as well as health of an individual. Being optimistic and taking help of others
and planning can help ward off stress and depression .
The storms and stresses of life will either drive us forward or back, depending on how we direct our course. It is easy to
blame others when the real problems usually lie within us. Our own personal response means far more than all the influences
that surround us. Many of our failures are due to childish reactions that we have carried over into adult life. This is a
common cause of mental and physical illness.
Most of our mental illnesses arise because the individual cannot cope with the stress and strain of life. It is the parent’s
responsibility to help each child to grow up into full maturity and peace of mind.
Main causes for stress are:
. Financial situation can cause stress at any time of the year. Overspending during the holidays on gifts, travel, food and
entertainment can increase stress.
. Relationships can cause tension, conflict or stress at any time. Family misunderstandings and conflict can increase the
stress. A conflict mainly arises with so increased needs and interests to accommodate.
Loss of sleep often results in fatigue and quickly impairs a person’s normal judgment. The higher centers of the brain
are the first to show the effects of overwork and anxiety. Such a person may become depressed, losing all interest in life
and burdened with a sense of impending death
. Stress may he caused by a variety of factors. External factors include loud noises, blinding light, extreme heat or cold,
X-rays and other forms of radiation, drugs, chemicals, bacterial and various toxic substance, pain, and inadequate nutrition
The factors from within the body include hate, envy, fear, or Jealousy
HOME REMEDIES FOR STRESS
· If a loved one has recently died or you aren't near loved ones, realize that it's normal to feel sadness and grief. It's
OK now and then to take time just to cry or express your feelings. You don't have to force yourself to be happy.
· If you feel alone, seek out family members and friends, or community, religious or social services. They can offer support
· Getting involved and helping others can lift your spirits and broaden your social circle.
· Find new ways to celebrate together from afar, such as sharing pictures, e-mails or videotapes.
· Try to accept family members and friends as they are, even if they don't live up to your expectations. Set aside grievances
until a more appropriate time for discussion. And be understanding if others get upset or distressed.
· Before you go shopping, decide how much money you can afford to spend on gifts and other items. Then be sure to stick to
your budget. If you don't, you could feel anxious and tense for months afterward as you struggle to pay the bills.
· Prepare a plan for shopping, baking, visiting friends and other activities. That'll help prevent to create any confusion
· Take sufficient sleep for 8-10 hours.
· Spending just 15 minutes alone, without distractions, may refresh you enough to handle everything you need to do. Go away
to a silent place, even if it's the bathroom, for a few moments of solitude.
· Take a walk at night.
· Listen to light music.
· Drink a hot cup of milk mixed with honey and cinnamon or nutmeg. It will help calm you down.
· Avoid foods or drinks with alcohol, caffeine, chocolate or sugar.
· Eat regularly, and eat whole foods such as vegetables and grains, avoiding processed foods.
· Drink beverages with hops, such as non-alcoholic
beer, for relaxation.
· Chew twelve leaves of basil twice a day, morning and evening, for preventing stress
· Prepare a tea by pouring a cup of boiling water over one teaspoon of dried sage leaves. The water should be covered and
infused for several minutes. It should then be strained and sweetened, with honey, if desired.
· Vitamins A and B; and minerals such as calcium, potassium, and magnesium, which reduce the feeling of irritability and anxiety,
are also very helpful in reducing the stress.
· Foods, which are helpful in reducing the stress, include yoghurt, blackstrap molasses, seeds, and sprouts.
. Coffee, soft drinks, salt, smoking and alcohol should be avoided as they all deplete B vitamins that are considered
necessary for reducing stress.
. Add some fresh Rose petals to a cup of boiling water and add sugar and drink as and when there is a feeling of depression.
This is one of the good and effective home remedies for stress.
. Regular physical exercise also plays an important role against stress as exercise provides relaxation and recreation.
. Drink a hot cup of milk mixed with honey and cinnamon. It will help calm you down and is good home remedy for stress.
· Regular physical exercise plays an important role in the fight against stress.
· Keeping anger within you adds to feelings of stress; blowing up in a rage is almost as bad.
· Take a hot bath. It is a very good stress reliever.
. The leaves of holy basil have been found beneficial in the treatment of stress. They are regarded as an anti-stress
agent. Recent studies have shown that the leaves protect against stress significantly. It has been suggested that even healthy
persons should chew twelve leaves of basil twice a day, morning and evening, for preventing stress.
. The herb sage is considered valuable in stress. A tea prepared from the leaves of this plant should be given in the
treatment of this condition. This tea is prepared by pouring a cup of boiling water over one teaspoon of dried sage leaves.
The water should be covered and infused for several minutes. It should then be strained and sweetened, with honey, if desired.
In the case of fresh leaves, a tablespoon of coarsely chopped sage leaves should be used and tea prepared in the same way.
. Certain nutrients have proved beneficial in relieving stress. These are vitamins A and B; and minerals such as calcium,
potassium, and magnesium which reduce the feeling of irritability and anxiety. Vitamin A is found in green and yellow vegetables.
Some of the valuable sources of vitamin B are cashew nuts, green leafy vegetables, yeast, sprouts, and bananas. An element
of vitamin B complex, pantothenic acid, is especially important in preventing stress. It has a deep effect on adrenal glands
and the immune system; an adequate amount of this vitamin, along with vitamin A, can help prevent many of the changes caused
by stress. Potassium deficiencies are associated with breathlessness, fatigue, insomnia, and low blood sugar. Potassium is
essential for healthy heart muscles. Nuts and whole grains are good sources of this mineral. Calcium is a natural sedative.
Deficiencies can cause fatigue, nervousness and tension. Dairy products, eggs, almonds, and soya beans are rich sources of
this mineral. Magnesium is known as nature's tranquiliser and is associated with the prevention of heart attacks. It is found
in many fruits, vegetables, seeds, dates, and prunes.
. In dealing with stress, the lifestyle of the patient needs a complete overhaul. He should be placed on an optimum
diet, and be encouraged to take regular exercise and adequate rest. If this is done, many diseases caused by stress can be
eliminated. Diet plays an important role in the prevention and healing of stress induced diseases.
Yoga and Meditation are excellent to reduce the levels of stress. A daily routine of yogic exercises like pavanmuktasana;
sarvangasana, halasana, ardhmatysyendrasana, bhujangasana, dhanurasana, yogamudra, padmasana and trikonasana followed by Shavasana,
and Meditation reduces the stress, both mental and physical.
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