According to a WHO study, STRESS is the epidemic of the new
age. Mainly caused by, and feeding on, life-style and attitudinal
disorders, it has outdone old ravages like TB, Malaria etc. A latest
study in US ranks stress at par with smoking as a killer. Stress
& stress-induced psycho-somatic ailments cost billions of
dollars annually, on a global scale. Stress affects all ages,
including children, and the worst part of it is that it remains
silent and hidden until it has translated into a manifest
What makes younger generation particularly
susceptible to stress, when they seemingly earn much better, have
access to better medicines, behave smarter and are much better
informed than their previous generations ? The factors are a
confused value system, hostile and aggressive nature due to severe
competition in the environment, a faulty life-style (specially food
habits), excessive ambition, pollution, too rapid changes to adapt
But what exactly is Stress ? Stress is a
condition of increased mental and physical preparedness to face a
demanding or threatening situation. In simpler language, it is the
effect of a perception that is unpleasant and makes one feel uneasy.
Stress of whatever kind puts additional demands on our body-mind
system to maintain a healthy equilibrium.
Is Stress a new phenomenon ? No, stress
has been there as long as homosapiens have been there.
What happens when we are (negatively &
relentlessly ) stressed ? We have seen that stress makes
unusually high demands on our soma-psyche system and disturbs its
To meet these demands, several neural, chemical
and hormonal changes are triggered which can together cause many
behavioral changes, often unpredictable, and various damages like a
rise in blood pressure and consequently likely damages to the
arteries and so higher cardiac risks.
As a stress response, excess fat and glucose
are released into blood to meet extra energy demands, but these are
not immediately metabolized and so they remain in the bloodstream.
Excess fat clogs the arteries, precursing heart ailments while extra
glucose leads to diabetic conditions in many persons. Also, to meet
these excess fat / sugar demands, we get a false appetite, leading
to obesity which further aggravates and compounds the
The extra neuro-harmones released during stress
conditions, weaken immunity and potentially damage the cognitive
ability of the brain, increase fatigue, depression, anger and
irritation and biological ageing. Related medical findings on
natural antidotes against adrenaline.
When we are stressed, the hormones that monitor
digestion are thrown out of gear and acidity & gastric problems
incl. ulcers result. Skin problems, infections and immune disorders,
cancer-propagation etc also have an increasingly realized bearing on
In acute stress, panic disorder may result
causing abdominal gripping, frequent nausea and diarrhoea, tremors,
wet hands / limbs due to profuse sweating, shouting with difficulty
in breathing, faltering speech,.body-heating / sudden chill, a
tingling numbness in limbs, palpitation, etc.
STRESS REACTION BEHAVIOUR : The take-off
level which is also called the threshold level of Stress differs
widely from person to person and it usually decides how stressed we
are finally capable of becoming. If one is in a vexed state of mind
( unfortunately some people often are in that kind of a mental
frame), it is easy to become further vexed or irritated ; a kettle
that has simmering water in it would not need too much extra heat to
boil up. Some people whether male or female, get into a rage, a
fitful anger, at slightest provocation.
But then different people react to the same
stressful situation differently, wherein lies the key to our problem
and the justification for this discussion. There are men and women
around us who keep their cool remarkably well and although they know
how and when to assert something that they honestly believe in, they
would seldom lose their temper. Our genetic make-up, family
background, personality traits and idiosyncrasies, environmental
effects and most importantly cultivated habits (which are
changeable) decide the stress reaction.
The workshop will help you learn a healthy
life-style including simple physical exercises, a positive attitude,
a sound value system and how to get along with yourself and others.
Overall, it leads to restoring a body-mind-soul harmony, to a
scientifically explained spiritual re-orientation without bias
towards any single religion.
Details of some common Physical, Mental and
Emotional Stressors plus Extraneous Stress Factors.
How to prevent / handle Stress
The program gives twenty tips for Stress
Control incl. right attitudes, with many examples and some stories,
life-style reordering and spiritual re-integration, etc.
Some latest medical findings on beneficial
effect of meditation on heart, work effciency, memory,
relationships, immunity level, sense of well-being, resistance to
pollution, longevity etc.
Also, theory and demonstration of
stress-bursting exercises, Yogasanas, relaxation and meditation
Program Duration: 1 day to 3 days, preferably
2-3 days for good learning.