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How to destress yourself

health and fitness Updated: Aug 04, 2011 00:24 IST
Shikha Sharma
Shikha Sharma
Hindustan Times
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Learning to manage stress can be a powerful weapon in your fight against adverse conditions. Coping with stress is all about having a hold, on our thoughts, emotions, environment, and the way we deal with problems. To beat stress there are certain dos and don’ts one must keep in mind.

Lifestyle management

Identify the sources of stress.

Express your feelings instead of bottling them up.

Talk with family, friends or other advisers about your concerns and stresses and ask for their support.

Take 15 to 20 minutes a day to sit quietly, breathe deeply and meditate.

Learn to accept things you can’t change.


Chant ‘Om’ daily, and especially before handling an important task.

When you’re struggling with stress, it can be tempting to turn to alcohol, cigarettes or even unhealthy food for comfort. But beware – these behaviours will only pound your stress.

Be positive - look for the good in situations instead of the bad.

Reframe problems, try to view stressful situations from a more positive perspective.

Don’t try to control the uncontrollable.

Choose healthy ways to recharge yourself, like long walks and yoga.

Spend time amidst nature.

Light aroma candles.

Listen to music.

Learn to say no. Give yourself enough time to get things done.

Maintain a stress journal. It can help you identify the constant stressors in your life and the way you deal with them. Each time you feel stressed, keep track of it in your journal.

Apart from managing one’s lifestyle, how to eat to beat stress is also a big question. Try to incorporate these foods in your eating schedule.

Vegetable juices:

The juice of cabbages and carrots, with a little beetroot, ginger and spinach is a wonderful source of antioxidants, which improves memory function.

Healthy Food Fruits:

Eating whole fruits is many times more beneficial than drinking fruit juice. Whole fruits are rich in B complex, which is very essential for the nerves, besides being rich in vitamin C, natural sugar fructose and minerals.


Many of us do not realise that most of the food we eat is so highly refined that it has lost most of its vitamins and minerals, and when we eat such foods, our body gets deficient in many areas. Wholegrains like


(with vegetables), unpolished rice,


and boiled black

channa chaat

are a few of the healthier version of foods that we can adopt.

From HT Brunch, July 17

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