In our daily lives, stress is here, there & everywhere. Many times those suffering from stress are not aware of it, & they continue to suffer, till either they get more serious problems as a result of the stress, or become normal. We must first know the various likely causes of stress, & then identify the possible causes, affecting our mental & physical health & overall quality of life. This is because, we may be engaging in good or bad habits of living. We must develop some mechanism to cope up with this stress, so that we can control our life better, in spite of the stresses of life.
The present book deals with different aspects for understanding stress, & various methods of coping with stress, & designs of stress management programmes. Besides some other methods, one of the most important means of coping with stress is doing it mentally & spiritually, which is dealt with in this book. There are instances, where prayers to God have given good results in several diseases, when even modern medicinal system has not given required results. Spirituality is, connection to the Almighty God. When we are in deep trouble or deeply stressed, we feel better with this connection. Faith in God or the Superpower or whatever one may call him, helps in such situations. In this fast moving world of ours, many times we feel that we should have some quiet & peaceful times for ourselves alone, so that we can recoup ourselves, & also connect to God. This pulling ourselves back, periodically or regularly, is desirable. Some people see nature as God. In several countries, people seek solace for inner peace, in high mountains, or other far off places.
As a matter of fact, vacations taken as a break from continuous working should be, to natural places & not to places of tourist interest only.
Among the relaxation techniques is, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's technique of Transcendental Meditation, which is to be practised daily & regularly, in morning & evening by concentrating on some mantra. It is found to give higher relaxation levels. Among methods of deep relaxation, the author talks about hypnosis, which is nothing but concentration on some thing, person or place etc., and amounts to a changed state of consciousness, wherein mind is alert, but body is as if sleeping. It has been seen that those people who are lonely, or do not want to talk to any one, or can not trust any one, have poor health & do not live longer. They feel stressed. If mind is not in good condition, body is not expected to be in good condition. A good friend will be very useful in such conditions. Those families which are close-knit & support each other, are better placed in stress, in view of sharing of the stress. If we have to bear the stress alone, it is a tremendous pressure. For maintaining good health & a quick recovery if fallen sick, it is advisable to make a social