Stress is affecting youngsters.

Earlier, it was seen that people in their 40 and 50s thronged up to health centres for their regular checkups. However, as seen recently the scenario has been changing and we can see the youth seeking more medical help. With the burgeoning incidents of heart attacks, diabetes, high blood pressure and other ailments, the youth is facing a tough time. These problems were attributed to the old but now the youth has to deal with the myriad diseases and seek medical intervention. Stress is ubiquitous and more prevalent in youth in their twenties who are more vulnerable to stress related diseases. So it has become imperative for us to know the solution to quash the demon ‘ Stress’ that is afflicting the young people.

Students in their 10th or 12th, experience stress before sitting for their board exams while a young man or woman undergoes stress while chasing targets in his/her workplace set by the boss. Stress has reached an unprecedented level and causes cardiac arrest, depression, obesity, diabetes and other lifestyle disorders. Often it is seen that long working hours can result in poor dietary habits. Young people resort to fatty diet – commonly seen in fast food or junk food-which develops high cholesterol. To combat this, one has to adopt a healthy lifestyle; a good diet coupled with exercise and meditation can go a long way in eliminating stress.

Lately, we have seen a surge in the suicide rates in the country.Suicides by young people in the prime of life continue to be a cause of concern in India, with figures from the recently released National Health Profile, 2018, showing that these numbers continue to be significant.According to the report, which is based on data for the year 2015, out of the total 1,33,623 suicides recorded that year, 44,593 (33.37%) of people were between the ages of 30 and 45.According to the comparable data from National Health Profile 2015, based on data for the year 2014-15, a total of 1,34,799 suicides were recorded of which 45606 (33.8%) were of young adults.

What propels youngsters to take their lives? Unemployment, a constant pressure to perform, peer bullying are some of the many factors responsible for them to take the drastic step. The time has arrived that all of us unitedly work towards a more tolerant and a happy society. There are many steps that the youth has to consider.

A varied and healthy diet
When we are tired or stress, it’s easy to grab a pizza or dig your teeth in junk food. Eat green leafy vegetables and food with good vitamins. Your body needs good fuel to help you accomplish tasks. So make sure your diet is nutritious.

A good sleep
Our bodies need rest so make sure to get at least 7-8 hours of sound sleep daily. This will replenish you and you will be raring to go after a good rest. A good sleep will ensure that you have the energy to execute your tasks.

Move it
Yes, youth generally are busy toiling in the office or is sitting and studying for long hours. Their sedentary lifestyle could invite all sorts of diseases. So, one should try to incorporate exercise on daily basis. If you don’t make time for exercise now, you’ll repent later. It has been found that exercise improves performance. So, you can climb the rungs of success by being active and agile. When you exercise, your brain releases endorphins, adrenaline, serotonin and dopamine. These chemicals all work in unison to make you feel good. Furthermore, after exercising you may feel a sense of accomplishment and your muscles will relax deeper because of the workout – easing tension and strain.

Me time
It is very important to unwind; to sit in solace and revel in your own company. Sometimes it will do you well when you shut yourself from the responsibilities and sit doing nothing but relaxing, enjoying maybe a cup of coffee or listening to your favourite album. Do something that you like. Pursue some hobby or venture out for shopping or invite some friends and make some merry. Watching a movie would be a good idea but make sure it is an entertaining one. Watching sad or violent movies might ruin your ‘Me time’. Read a book that transports you to new places or makes you happy. A book that tickles your funny bone. Try the romcom ” We will be together ” authored by me. It’s outrightly hillarious.

Friends are bullwark to tension
Invest in a couple of loyal and great friends who will support you during thick and thin times. Don’t give your friends the shaft when you are busy with college or job. They are a bullwark to tension and stress. Meet them often. When we snuggle them or are social, oxytocin releases in the hypothalamus in the brain and that makes us happy and eliminates stress.

Maintain a balance
Don’t only have professional ambition. If you wear yourself off over a period of time to accomplish only the materialistic things, you’ll feel empty. Maintain a proper balance. Do things also to nourish your soul. Learn a skill or do some community service or indulge in creativity. Ask yourself that what are you passionate about and make sure to chase your passion as well. If you maintain a work life balance, life will be more fulfilling and you’ll be able to keep your stress at bay .

Breathe right
One way to deal with stress is to breathe correctly. Often whenever you are anxious, you breathe from your chest rather than from your abdomen. Breathing from the chest is shallow breathing which deprives you from getting benefits that deep breathing provides. Take deep breaths and let your abdomen inflate and deflate. Do this for 8-10 minutes and you’ll be very relaxed.

Laughter the best medicine
Cmon!!, time to make some endorphins. The moment you start relaxing and laughing, the body starts releasing endorphins. Laughter can help to bolster your immune system. So watch funny shows, have laughter sessions with your friends and read funny books. My book “We will be together ” will make you fall on the floor laughing.

So, beat the demon- stress that can hamper the quality of life. Ensure following these steps and combat it timely.

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