How Do I Handle All This Stress?

Most of us talk about spirituality and Sikhi, but do we spend time to take care of our health and body?  My friend Dr. Gurusahay Singh, who runs GRD Healing Arts Clinic periodically sends out tips and health information to his patients. Here is the latest, with valuable tips and suggestions to help you deal with stress better. 

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Bad news, bad news and more bad news.  What are you going to do?

Here are some tips I’ve learned over the years to help me keep my sanity.  Unfortunately, when you’re stressed out, it’s these simple things that we all tend to let go.  But, it’s these simple things that are the only difference between coping and overwhelming stress.

Don’t forget to exercise.  Exercise is the easiest way to blow off steam and it helps to build your nervous system (your ability to react well to pressure) and your immune system, so you don’t start getting sick with every little thing that comes along.  It’s a law of health and healing that energy in the body that is moving is healthy and energy that is stagnant is disease and pain causing.

Eat light, wholesome foods.  The less stress you put on your digestive system, the more energy you’ll have and, again, the less likely you’ll get colds and flus.

You must get enough sleep.  Your body makes lots of growth and repair hormones around midnight, but only if you’re deeply asleep.  So go to bed early and make sure you’ve slept long enough to wake up rested.  Short naps (10-15 minutes) are essential, too.

Drink plenty of fluids.  That means water and water like things like herbal teas.  Keeping your system flushed and hydrated really helps reduce stress.  A great thing to do if you are stressing is to drink a whole glass of water, all at once, and then go urinate.  That will change your body fluids similar to changing the oil in your car.  You’ll immediately feel better.

Drink Yogi Tea (here’s the recipe).  Yogi Tea is great for your nervous system, digestive system, reduces frequency and intensity of colds and flus and just tastes good.  Yogi Tea is also a great substitute for coffee.  You can also buy it pre-made at GRD or the health food store.

To help you relax at night, try sitting on the edge of your bathtub and running just the cold water.  Massage each foot with the other one under the running water.  You’ll instantly feel the day drain away and sleep much better.  Or if you have the time (make the time) take a long, hot, luxurious, candlelit, bubbly bath.  Sounds good just thinking about it!

Shut off your TV and radio.  Don’t read the newspaper.  Or, at least, don’t listen to or read the news.  So you don’t feel like you’ve missed too much, I’ll tell you now everything that you’re going to miss:  the market is up, the market is down, gas prices are up, gas prices are down, crimes are being committed, etc. Nothing uplifting, nothing positive!

Instead, listen to CDs and tapes about having a positive mental attitude.  Read books about successful living.  Some of my favorite authors are Brian Tracy, Zig Ziglar, Mark Victor Hansen and Jack Canfield.   What you put into your mind is what you become.  By thinking about self growth and self worth topics it takes away from the negativity all around you.

Meditate, breathe, do yoga, or Tai Ch’i.  Find a practice that nourishes your soul.  The real you is not the stressed out person but the inner, quiet space inside you.  These practices all help you find and connect to that source of happiness within you.

Do left nostril breathing to calm you down.  Do right nostril breathing to give you more energy.  Do alternate nostril breathing to focus and center you.

Are you worried about your financial health?  There are universal laws that govern all we do.  The law of gravity states that when you let a stone go, it drops to the ground.  Always.  The law of money says that what you give will return to you ten times.  Always. Give money to a charity on a consistent basis to increase your wealth.

Take care of yourself.  Take a vacation. Even a short vacation of a long weekend will help you to reduce your stress and re-vitalize.

If you can’t afford to take time off right now, know that getting chiropractic, acupuncture and massage therapy on a regular basis will help release the stress directly from your body, like a mini-vacation.

Dickens said "it was the best of times, it was the worst of times".  Make the best of these bad times. Don’t let the little things that rejuvenate and renew you slip by the wayside.  Be active about doing things that will reduce your stress and you’ll be healthy, happy and whole!

3 Responses to “How Do I Handle All This Stress?”

  1. RB says:

    Good advice. I might try a cold bath now. Ive done it before but not for a while, so lets see how it goes. I don’t really have a routine but I think if I did have one my day would be so much more structured and would then be able to fit more positive stuff in the day. I wish I could afford a vacation about now too ^^. I applaud the disciplined Sikh lifestyle of getting up for amritvela and starting the day so positively. Good stuff

  2. Sinha says:

    Can you please write how to do Pranayam correctly? Thanks

  3. Amrita Kaur says:

    woww my stress was reduced just reading thisss !!