Are you the last one leaving office every night? Are your smoke breaks longer than your ideal working hours? Do you feel that everyday is a Sunday, and so looking for some excuse to stay at home so that you can get some sleep? It’s time that you get a grip of your life and visit a lifestyle expert.
Two latest surveys prove that the India’s corporate sector is suffering largely due to work related stress, which is resulting in lack of sleep. The study conducted by the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations states that the economic growth has resulted in financial gains. But it has created havoc in the life of a working professional with almost 45 per cent of Indians suffering from lifestyle related disorders.
Another survey by Nielsen Company last month found out that almost 93 per cent of Indians are sleep deprived. Going by this staggering ratio, lifestyle experts in the Capital warn that every company should introduce stress management classes for their employees. Stress leads to a cascade of events informs Upendra Kaul, executive director Cardiology Escorts Heart Institute and Medical Research Center. “Stress leads to a surge of catecholamine secretion in the blood which increases the heart rate and blood pressure. It transiently raises the blood sugar and cholesterol levels and stresses the heart,” says Kaul. “The surge in adrenaline caused by stress causes blood to clot more readily and this increases the chance of a heart attack.”
It is therefore necessary that we give some space to ourselves and chalk out a plan so that the body gets adequate rest to cope up with the hectic lifestyle. Here are a few tips on how to deal with stress:
A nutritious diet at correct intervals is a must for a healthy body.
Mood lifting foods includes milk products, food high on vitamin C and 5/6 servings of fruits daily.
Drink 8 to 10 glasses of water daily for the toxins to be washed out.
Follow the golden rule of 4. Walk 4 kilometres for 40 minutes, 4 times a week.
Moderate exercise like jogging, walking or aerobics 4/5 times.
Do whatever you enjoy. It will give your stress level a reason to disappear.
It can be dance classes, yoga sessions or joining chanting groups.
Indulge in a hobby
Taking 15 minutes out everyday for your hobby is a sure shot stress buster
Take time out for your hobbies. Play any instrument, sing or dance.
Things that give you happiness are stress relievers.
Take your dog out for a walk, take time to socialise and outdoor activities.
Inputs by Dr. Rachna Khanna Singh, lifestyle expert, Artemis Health Institute.
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