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Stress Management – Some Practical techniques

Courtesy – : gopal@mfgglobal.org
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Stress – in this modern life When we feel stressed our difficulty tends to be reflected in certain physiological (physical) and psychological (mental) symptoms, whose importance we may not fully understand.

These are normal signs that we should re-check our priorities – our body, or our state of mind, is telling us that something in our lives needs to change.
Listed here are some of the common signs:
1. Restlessness – We could have difficulty sitting still for even short periods of time and we may play with our hands, play with our thumbs or play with the rings on our fingers. 2. Impatience And Short-temperedness – We could find ourselves becoming angry at any moment for simple reasons; or we may snap at people, too quick to assume that they are accusing us. 3. Obsessive Working – Overworking can be a stress symptom, although stress can also cause some people to work very little.4. Loss Of Appetite – Food doesn’t interest us anymore. Either we don’t eat, or we over-eat junk food, or whatever is in the cupboard or fridge.
5. Fear Of Silence – Silence may cause us discomfort, so that we “over-talk” when with other people or leave on the radio or television when alone. Sometimes we may not tolerate noise at all.
What is Stress ?
Stress is a state of Mind·   
Stress is a mind-body reaction. response to a situation· To flight from/fight the situation
Why Stress Happens?·         
When a situation/condition is not Acceptable to us·        
 When we want to do/get something but are unable·        
 When ego is hurt (feedback, comments, criticism…)·         
When we loose something which we feel as importantStress is mostly due to·         Fear (of Future)·         Worry (about Past)·         And not so much due to Present Moment·         

It is always due to the perception of MindDifferent people ‘feel’ different stress levels for the same situations
What Happens when Stressed?·       

  Psychology of Stress:
Emotional impact·         Anxiety·         Fear·         Depression·         Anger·         Sadness·         Physiology of Stress·         ¡Acidity·         Ulcers·         Heart ailments·         Blood Pressure·         Kidney problems·         Diabetes

Chain Reaction of Stress: The Negative SpiralSome Impacts of Sustained and Unmanaged Stress·      
   Brain·         Continues to operate in higher Beta state (15 to 26 cycles per second of electrical impulses (EEG))·         Continues to trigger the rest of the body mechanism and create stress·         Blood Pressure remains high·       

  High blood pressures can lead to Heart failure, paralysis (due to breakdown of blood vessels in brain)…·         Acidity, Ulcer and other digestive problems·         Diabetes
Kidney problems due to overload on removing toxins from the body·         

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Reduces immunity and makes body susceptible to diseasesSome More Impacts·         Human body & mind are a highly complex and integrated system·         Each system impacts the other: either positively or negatively·         Stress and Mind induced effects on the body are far more harmful than the external pollution·         Internal Toxins are far more harmful than external chemical/industrial pollutionWhy Allopathic Medicines and Stimulants are not good for managing Stress?·        

 Allopathic medicines directly add chemical to the body and interfere with the internal chemical factoriesE.g. Taking Antacids for Acidity neutralizes the acid in the stomach. Then body thinks that the acid is not sufficient and starts producing more.E.g. Anti-depressants suppress the ability of brain cells to generate electric impulses·       

  People taking such drugs for prolonged time become dull·         Stimulants like Tobacco, Coffee, Tea, Coco etc. temporarily trigger higher activities·         Subsequently body craves for more & more stimulantsThen how to manage stress?·        

 Turn it into a Positive Spiral·     

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    Break the negative cycle at each pointSome amount of Stress is Some amount of Stress is healthy – it triggers and energizes the systemManaging Stress·         Root Cause: Manage Mind·         Positive Thinking and Attitude·         Larger view of life·         MeditationBuild capability to face stressful situations and reduce the impact of stress at physiological level·         Yoga·         Pranayamam (breathing exercises)·       

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  Healthy lifestyle and food habits·         Have multiple positive energy sources·         Hobbies, interestsLife is going to be full of stress; nobody can escape from it during this modern life. However, we need to learn the art of reducing the stress level and make our mind happy, happy and happy!

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“Helping Hands are Better than Praying Lips”

“Cleft Lips” – a burning issue of poor parents – MFG would love to extend our support.

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“Helping Hands are Better than Praying Lips”

We may not be able to do Big things, but always try to do small things with Big heart, helpful to the humanity in whatever small way possible.

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Hi Gopalji, Sureshji, and Sumathyji

In the previous week I have interacted with you all; Thank you very much for the support and kind words.

MFG is doing a very laudable work in higlighting the plight of poor and deserving people, and is arranging sponsorships and support for them. Also MFG is conducting medical camps for poor people to provide guidence and affordable treatment.

Through these activites MFG has become a binding force amoung the members. Gopalji’s thought provoking mails add to the uniting force.

For the past few years I am pained to see the plight of kids, particularly of the nomads and poor people and wanted to make a difference to a few of them. I am particularly moved by congenital defects in kids. Cleft lip and Cleft Palette is a common congenital defect in kids throughout the world. In most cases, this is not a life threatening defect, but degrades life of the affected. I would like to bring to your attention the plight of such kids and if we can support free / very low cost surgeries for such kids.

Enough literature is available in the net about this defect, statistics about its prevalance, and the surgical remedy.

My son (1 year 4 months) is born with ‘Unilateral Cleft Lip and Cleft Palette’. We have already corrected this defect.

“Smile Pinky”, a documentary on ‘cleft lip and palette’ and the effect it had on the life of a 12 years old girl in Orisa, has won Oscar two year back.

These surgeries need skillful platstic surgens, very good hospital care,and parental support. Any significant surgical scar on the face affects the person concered. We can spread awareness amoung people about this condition, surgical remedies and the care needed, and provide facilities / suport for correction. With time, we can bring together a chain of plastic surgens and hospitals throughout india willing to help us in this cause. We can keep in touch with the people / families benefitted and can even ask them to contribute back, when they grow up and start earning, to help conduct more such surgeries in future.

Cost of such a surgery is about 12k – 15k depending on the hospital.

Since we are conducting medical camps for blind, we can support this cause also with minimal additional effort. But the help we provide will afford a dignified life to the affected kid and its family. Our impact is life long on the person concerned.

I am willing to sponsor one such surgeries per year.

May I have your thoughts on this area.

Regards
Anil Thomas
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