In 2009 a shocking news was Ranjan Das, CEO & MD of SAP India died suddenly after coming back from his gym routine.
Ranjan was a health freak. He ate right, jogged and worked out daily. He had no bad habits like drinking or smoking. He was very ambitious, and always believed that four hours of sleep were enough for him to be fit and fresh. He was a bundle of energy. He even ran the Chennai marathon a couple of months ago. His demise is such a shock to all who knew him,” said a source who knew him closely. (Times of India October 22nd, 2009).
People as they concentrate on their careers, forget about their health and overall well being. Ranjan Das was according to the above report was a health freak and still died. Possibly lack of sleep and stress killed him. We have no further information on this.
However, the focus of this article is to stress the importance of keeping healthy , which does not mean only losing weight and going for gym regularly. The most important aspect is to keep oneself stress free.
There are only 4 simple technics that you need to do to keep yourself stress free. It is amusing to read about stress management courses. Why should you manage stress which is a negative quality? Someone can manage an attribute if it brings positivity. Stress is something you need to get rid of. Not “manage” it!
First is to completely stop yelling, abusing or screaming. Whatever the provocation, keep your composure. Actually if one displays his/ her anger, it is actually construed as a weakness and not a strength. Facing things in a calm manner itself brings down the blood pressure by 10 points!
Second take a brisk walk when stress is building up for about 10 minutes. Walking has the capability to remove the stress immediately. However, one should walk for at least an hour and 10 minutes daily .This regimen helps maintaining the blood sugar levels too.
Third is to practice breathing exercises called pranayama for at least 30 minutes a day.
I will describe the most effective pranayama which can be practiced with ease.
- Anulomavinuloma ( alternate breathing) :
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If possible sit on the floor, cross your legs into the padmasanapose, else sit comfortably either on the floor or on a chair. Now place one hand with the palms facing the ceiling. Place the thumb of your other hand on one nostril and fold the index finger. Keep the ring finger extended so that it can be used to close the other nostril .
Do not lift your elbow too high, your hand will get fatigued after a while. Leave it loose and by your side. Now inhale deeply through one nostril while keeping the other one closed with your finger. Now, open the other nostril and close the one you breathed in with and exhale. This is one cycle.
To start the next cycle, breathe in through the same nostril that you exhaled out of and repeat the process. Practice this for about three minutes initially gradually increasing the amount of time to 15 to 20 minutes.
You can bring blood pressure and sugar levels under control with regular practice of this pranayama.
- A power breathing technique that is proven to help overcome blues, negativity, stress and depression – in a minute!Almost all mind-body schools have used this single mind detoxification technique in some form or another – with dramatic results. It is better to learn this form a yoga instructor. This is because the technique has to be learn properly and also persons with certain ailments must avoid it.
- Brahmari Pranayama: This is also called bee breath or making the sound of the buzz of the bee. This pranayama relives anxiety, stress, and anger and reduces blood pressure. You can learn this technique for a Yoga instructor or check this link (http://revitalizemindbodysoul.com/bhramari-breathing-for-stress-anxiety-and-improved-focus/)
There are several other pranayamas but if you do these three for about 40 minutes a day , you could get rid of all the stress.
Fourth is enroll to the Happiness program of Art of Living (http://www.artofliving.org/in-en/artofliving-happiness-program?gclid=Cj0KEQjw5MGxBRDiuZm2icXX2-sBEiQA619bq9XdKXz-imZs5hmnyLIaT9JaVYhIdGeIpe9VZQ0prIUaAvQ58P8HAQ)or any similar programs on meditation and yoga, which will immensely benefit people working in a stressful environment.
Friends it is not worth managing stress, you just need to get rid of it. And it is actually in your finger tips!!!