Stress Management

This is perhaps one of the few medical conditions that requires management rather than treatment. We need a certain amount of stress to survive but we do not want it to have permanent or severe effects on our health. In other words, stress has to be policed so that it does not go out of control and cause disruption. One of the root causes of human stress and misery if suppressing the legitimate right and privileges of people in general. It starts with the level of individuals in the family (example husband Vs, wife, parents Vs children etc.) and at a macro level it involves various communities and tribes and nation. Human life and life in general is so interdependent, interconnected and interactive that what is deprived of its legitimate role and rights naturally starts rebounding on the sources of its suppression and denial. In this way man gets embroiled in the welter of tension and stress. He can come out of this vicious cycle by recognizing and respecting the inviolable and immutable privileges of all living beings.

The meeting of Chinese medicine with Japanese medicine resulted in certain techniques from which Shiatsu emerged. Shiatsu, a rhythmic series of finger pressure over the entire body along the energetic meridians, also includes stretching and tapping. From the early 1900's these techniques developed further. From Jin shin Jyutsu to Jitsu. Then Jin Shin Do, they were incorporated and used in the West more and more. Today these have blossomed into several individualised forms, some of which have been trademarked.
Conflict is at the root of most stress. A lot of stress is caused by dilemmas, having to decide between two conflicting aims: it’s the most stressful thing a human being can face, like the hungry donkey between two haystacks. The other human menace is deadlines. The nervous system follows a certain rhythm and pattern. When you hurry it up you become stressed because the mind has it own cyclical pattern. You may be able to complete the work in a certain period but the moment you create a deadline you create stress. Deadlines and dilemmas are the two major causes of stress. They are an outside influence on the brain. Another serious form of stress comes from human relationships. Conflicts, clashes, quarrels, overcrowding, antisocial behaviour, people who tell you, you are wrong (even when you are) and, especially, moving home and bereavement, all increase stress. Furthermore, nearly all stress derived from these situations is unavoidable. On top of these are the avoidable sources of stress: builders hammering upstairs, noisy neighbours, people who turn up the volume on music you don’t like, discomfort from driving over rough ground, flashing lights, having to take pills in a complicated programme. All these invasions of our senses can be highly stressful, although they are theoretically avoidable by shutting ourselves up in a dark, silent room.

In order to manage stress two golden rules have to be followed:

Improve the threshold of tolerance of stress
Carry out damage control of the effects of stress
Both these goals can comfortably be achieved by carrying out Regimen Therapy fairly strictly. A nice clean body maintained to meet the energy demands put upon it can nurture a healthy mind. ‘Mind over matter is matter undermined�?and by looking after the physical self you can keep the mind clear and stress-free. Some American workaholics use the principle ‘Work hard and work out hard�? meaning that by taking regular exercise you can work very hard and deal with a lot of stress.
Avoid coffee, excess salt, yeast products, alcohol caned products, cheese, mushrooms, excess citrus juices, MSG as in Chinese food, fried food and very spicy food.
Drink more carrot and apple juice, camomile tea and ginger tea. You should also drink plenty of water, as stress dehydrates the body.

This is an excellent way to release physical and emotional stress. The deep-tissue massage with more emphasis on the neck and shoulders can help to alleviate physical and emotional signs of stress. Sometimes a good therapeutic massage can release spasms in muscles, improve circulation of blood to the brain and therefore invigorate it, remove aches and pains in the muscles and the back, and induce relaxation. If you are in a stressful situation, you should have a deep-tissue massage therapy once or twice a month

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