Don’t let stress beat you. Here’s how to live above it

By Uday Patil
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stressfreeWe live in stressful times. We put up with heavy workloads and battle with deadlines. By the time we come home and it is time to dine, we don’t feel that excited about it anymore. Sleep doesn’t come easy and the morning starts with a rush to reach office on time. Continuing such a lifestyle is bad for your heart and head. The only resources we have are our health and the 24 hours of a day to handle the needs of survival.

So, what does it mean to be stressed?

Stress is a response of the nervous system to situations that seem beyond one’s control. It is the internalised result of external overloads. The clinical meaning of stress refers to a situation that disturbs a person’s mental health. This may lead to other mental health problems, such as anxiety and depression. Continue reading Don’t let stress beat you. Here’s how to live above it

Beat the Monday blues. Here’s how you could do it

image courtesy: thedoctorscloset.com
image courtesy: thedoctorscloset.com

Let’s face it: Monday hits all of us sometimes. While there are many gurus, motivators and thinkers who say that if we really love our work there should be no such thing as Monday blues, for regular walking-talking folks out there work is not always the biggest draw, day in and day out. After the weekend, especially if you have a life outside of the office (which is a great thing by the way), getting back to your desk on Mondays can be bit of a drag. Mondays come with its own pitfalls: demanding bosses, deadlines, goals (some of it too abstract to make sense), swipe-ins and swipe-outs, lunch hours etc…. basically a set of rules we program ourselves to follow, but are not really keen on. With a salary staring at us from the end of the tunnel, the whole problem is harder to deal with for some of us. But wouldn’t it be wonderful if we didn’t have to fight Mondays as much as we generally have to? Here’s a quick guide to easing out the Mondays blues and welcoming the week with some semblance of joie de vivre:

If it is too bad, review what you are doing

First things first. If getting back to work on Monday pulls you down so badly that you cannot function without feeling depressed consistently, week after week, the problem is more serious than just Monday blues. It needs fixing. It is a sign that you are unhappy at work. Make a list of things that are not letting you function like yourself, and address them. If you are not yourself, you can’t function normally. This could, in really serious cases, could be a sign of depression. You need to find out what is bothering you and take proactive action to beat your blues. The usual Monday blues don’t hit you consistently. The sign of regular Monday blues is that you are aware of it. It should not cripple you. If it does, see a therapist. Continue reading Beat the Monday blues. Here’s how you could do it

That bowl of curd is your skin’s BFF. From rash relief to great facepacks…it’s that versatile

image courtesy: biology.clc.uc.edu
image courtesy: biology.clc.uc.edu

It’s summer and curd is one of the most soothing substances there are. We say substance because it isn’t just a food that cools your body and keeps acid levels down in the stomach, it has many other benefits that are not just dietary.

Curd has great skin benefits as well. With the heat increasing, your skin may see a few rashes or may feel irritable. And at such times, you don’t have to look for some expensive skin cream – just go for that little cup of curd, your first aid dermatologist.

When you need quick relief from summer rashes
For quick relief from heat-related skin rashes, diluting curd with water and applying it over the affected area cools the skin and brings relief. This can be used on children as well, as it has no side-effects. This will also hydrate the skin. This is probably one of the best remedial effects of curd. It is really great for babies as well. Issues like nappy rash or other heat-related rashes or rashes caused by insect bites can be dealt with diluted curd or buttermilk.

Continue reading That bowl of curd is your skin’s BFF. From rash relief to great facepacks…it’s that versatile