When I was a child, one day, I saw my chachu stressed out about something and I remembered this dialogue that I had heard in some random Bollywood movie and I straight away blurted it out – ‘Tension lena ka nahi, dena ka’. He bursted out with laughter! Since then it has been the motto of my life! lol! In no way am I proposing that you go out troubling others but what I mean to say is that you should remember that you should not be the one to take stress in any way.

I am surely not in a position to tell you how to deal with your personal situations. But I can surely advise you this, stressing out, ruining your health is not going to help you or your family.

Here are a few simple ways that I find useful to relieve stress:

  • Face your problems and try to find a solution rather than criticising your situation and playing the blame game
  • It is very common for parents to lash out at their children when they are stressed. Instead spend little time with your children to calm your self down and get inspired.
  • Hug your family and your loved ones, it works like a wonder. Munna bhai is a genius!
  • Practice some form of relaxation like deep breathing, yoga or meditation.
  • To get a perspective, always remember, there is someone whose is in an even worse situation than you.
  • Do not stop meeting friends and relatives even if all the kitties and parties have been put on hold for now.
  • Avoid excessive amount of caffeine as it is known to raise anxiety levels.

When you are stressed, some vital nutrients are being used up more quickly in your body. Here are some foods that help to beat stress which you should include in your family diet (Source : Reader’s digest – Foods that harm, Foods that heal):

  • Walnuts
  • Broccoli
  • Green beans
  • Potatoe
  • Wholemeal bread
  • Water
  • Oranges
  • Melon

Have a good day!

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