Mental stress in these days is increasing for all human beings. This affects our lives in a bad manner and increases our chances to contrive all sorts of diseases. Our biggest wealth is good health. We need to have a way of living that enhances our ability to love, be happy and live a healthy and satisfying life. Yoga helps us achieve this.
Yoga helps us with these practices:
Yogasanas, Pranayama, Yoganidra, Meditation
Health is the biggest wealth. Mental stress affects diabetics in a bad way. Try to avoid confrontations of any kind, and be calm and happy. Yoga helps to calm our minds to a great extent. Yoga and meditation help to calm our minds. Yoga nidra soothes our muscles and calms our thoughts. All this adds to the body harmony
The practice of yoga is beneficial to children: it calms them, removes laziness, tackles loss of memory, removes restlessness, and improves their self-confidence
We are living in the age of globalisation. This has brought in its wake increasing consumerism and competitive trends which in turn has resulted in changes in social behaviour: in our relationships with each other. Earlier we would have an easy approach towards day-to-day problems. Nowadays we adopt a more intensive ‘fight or flight’ approach. A do or die attitude is what we have when confronted with problems. Either fight or flee! Such an approach does harm to our bodies.
There are two different nerve systems in our bodies
These sense are aroused when we are confronted with a harmful situation. The body releases some hormones; which will increase our heartbeat, breathing, level of sugar in blood. This will then lead to a rush of oxygen, sugar, glucose to all parts of the body and renders the body into a tense state. Prepare to fight or flee, it prepares the body into a state anticipating a battle. The level of cholesterol increases and the arteries become narrow. All these harm the body. Yet when in an emergency this is the right response; this is necessary.
After the crisis and when the body has overcome the danger, it returns to the normal state. The para-sympathetic nerves gets active. This action is in the opposite manner. It reduces heartbeat, breathing goes down, the sugar in the blood goes down. It acts in such a way as to reduce the wounds which came about when the sympathetic nerves were aroused and hormones were released. Gradually the body returns to its earlier state.
Repetitive stress injury
The challenges that people have to face in these modern times are not life-threatening. The pressures we face are related to work issues, problems that crop up on a personal and social level; conflicts of a modern lifestyle and the real world are some of the challenges we face.
However our body does not know that; and it reacts in the manner which it is familiar with. When in a confrontation it goes into an aroused state. In the modern world people go through this state of confrontation and crisis almost all the time. There is hardly any time to relax. And so the body is always in this state of active arousal. This leads to wounding the body in several ways. This is what is known as repetitive stress injury.
Diseases that happen due to mental stress:
Due to the continuous performance of the sympathetic system the blood sugar rises. Diabetes is the likely result. Heartbeat will rise, and so will the blood pressure. These will then in turn affect the kidneys
Constant interaction with computers and other modern technological inventions leads to tension. This is what is known as ‘Techno Stress’. Hours of constant sitting and working and work pressures to top that will affect us in a negative way. Each individual will get affected in a different manner.