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5 simple tips to fight stress and calm your body

September 18, 2019 12:00 IST
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You need to look into your relationships, emotional, mental, and financial life to find out what moves you into stressful moods, says Dr Manoj Kutteri.

How to destress and calm your mind and body

IMAGE: Meditation will help you calm your mind. Photograph: Hitesh Harisinghani/

Self-awareness is the key to happy life! And it is all about relaxing, de-stressing and connecting with your soul.

As stress has become an inevitable part of our life -- from exam routines, dates, interviews, presentation to emotional stress -- there is a lot to fight through.

De-stress becomes an essential routine to indulge into for granted self awareness and happiness!

It brings in a sense of calm and peace within.

Here are some healthy tips for de-stressing your mind and body.

1. Identify your stress

We all react differently to different situations.

Identifying the reasons that triggers your stress is the first step to de-stressing.

It helps evaluate the underlying problems and devise a good solution to improving on it.

You need to look into your relationships, emotional, mental, and financial life to find out what moves you into stressful moods.

The idea is to work on the stressing situations and solve them for life.

2. Exercise and meditation

Exercising is one of the most satisfying activities for the body, mind and soul.

It wears out the stress from the body, makes one feel light and releases happy hormones.

It can be your time to indulge into better health while cutting away from the worldly matters into a ME time-zone.

Meditation on the other hand relaxes the nerves, creates a sense of calm and gives peace within.

Having a good routine around exercise and mediation helps your mind and body cut down from daily frustrations.

3. Sleep away to stillness

Your mind takes a lot throughout the day and collects it all to bests function under different conditions. And no matter how stressful the situations be, sleeping with a heavy mind only increases health related problems.

Indulging into some singing, music, or meditation before sleeping is a healthy way to cut down on stress and relax your mind before sleep.

It helps get a sound sleep which in itself is a stress buster.

4. Engage into nature

Nature holds the answer to all the problems in the world.

When you connect to the nature, you get a fresh perspective towards life.

Take some time out of your daily schedule and walk in a park or garden to find colours, greenery and freshness.

The fresh air, chirping of the birds and beauty around casts a relaxing effect. Walking barefoot on the grass is one of the heavenly activities to do when trying to de-stress.

5. Drink herbal tea

Herbal tea is all about the goodness of the herbs brewed for a satisfying taste and elevated sense of relief.

It enhances mood by promoting the release of certain enzymes in the body.

Chamomile tea, lavender tea, green tea, cinnamon tea etc have a strong smell and a soothing effect on the senses which relaxes the mind, promotes healthy sleep and gives one a sense of happiness within.

Following a healthy diet, sound sleep patterns, lively routines and occasional visits to the friends are some other ways to de-stress and connect to your own self.

Dr Manoj Kutteri is wellness director, Atmantan Wellness Centre, Pune.

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