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Relieve stress by changing the interpretation

By Dr K K Aggarwal
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Stress is the reaction of the body or the mind to the interpretation of a known situation. Stress management, therefore, involves either changing the situation, changing the interpretation or taming the body the yogic way in such a way that stress does not affect the body.

Every situation has two sides. Change of interpretation means looking at the other side of the situation. It is something like half glass of water, which can be interpreted either as half empty or half full.

Studies have shown that anger, hostility and aggression are the new risk factors for heart disease. It has been shown that even recall of anger can precipitate a heart attack.

Many studies have shown that when doctors talk positive in front of unconscious patients in ICU, their outcome is better than those if doctors talk negative.

The best way to practice spiritual medicine is to experience silence in the thoughts, speech and action.

Simply walking in the nature with silence in the mind and experiencing the sounds of nature can be as effective as 20 minutes of meditation. Twenty minutes of meditation provides the same physiological parameters as that of 7 hours of deep sleep.

How to Finish Your Pending Work?

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This involves principles of time management and some Vedic principles.

• The first thing to do is to make a checklist of all the pending work by writing it down and re–categorizing them depending upon the urgency and importance.

• Pending work can be classified under following four sections: o Urgent and important: Should be done immediately. o Important but not urgent: Should be scheduled as per the time available o Not important and not urgent: Learn to say no and dump it o Urgent but not important: This work should be delegated to others.

• Urgency of the work is decided by the deadlines available.

• The importance of the work is decided by directing the result of the work to the mind, body or the soul. One should see whether the result of the work gives pleasure to the body, mind or the soul. The one which is giving pleasure to the soul will be free of fear or guilt.

• When choosing between simple or difficult, choose the difficult jobs first so that you do not carry them back home in the mind. In terms of importance, difficult files are more important than simple files.

• When choosing right versus convenient action, give priority to the right action and not the convenient action.

• Delegation of work and team work is very important.

• When deadlines are available, it is always better not to keep the work just near the deadlines.

• Anticipate delay and keep time for unforeseen movements.

• Work is work and not something personal.

• Always remember the spiritual principle that you get what you deserve and not what you desire. So never get attached to the results of your actions.

• Yoga, pranayama, afternoon naps and meditation help to prioritize your work.

• Follow the principles of creativity and learn to give breaks in between jobs so that the mind is relaxed and can take soul boosting decisions.

• Remember, Yudhishthir never kept anything pending for tomorrow. In this way you can have a fearless, undisturbed sleep.

• Organizing your pending list always helps.

• Do not waste time on learning material on which you are already an expert.

• Take advantage of down time. If you find free time in your routine, then convert it into a creative time so that you can plan strategies or do something new.

• Always get up at the same time and never disturb your sleep time.

Dealing with Stress

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Stress may be broadly defined as comprising of three components, namely a “known situation, interpretation of a situation and the physical and mental reaction to that interpretation of the situation”.

Stress is a situation: There cannot be a stress without a situation. One cannot be stressed about some event occurring in USA without knowing the person or the situation. The situation requires familiarity with the particular sensory object (known situation).

Stress is an interpretation of a situation: Without interpretation, stress is not possible. The same situation can be interpreted differently by different people. A stimulus may be stressful to one but not to the other.

Stress is a physical and mental response to the interpretation of the situation: Stress manifests because of a chemical imbalance resulting due to sympathetic over-activity, which manifests as mental and or physical symptoms.

Stress is the body’s physical and mental response to the interpretation of a situation. Management of stress, therefore, involves either changing the situation, changing the interpretation of the situation or making the body resistant to physical and mental changes in the situation.

Practicing Patanjali’s eight limbs of yoga via living a yogic lifestyle, adhering to the various Dos and Don’ts in life as taught in various religious teachings, and learning to meditate helps our body to resist these sympathetic–activating changes and handle the stressful situation. These involve proper diet, exercise, meditation and relaxation exercises. Changing the interpretation of a situation involves counseling. Cognitive behavior therapy used in counseling is one such example. Change in interpretation requires deeper understanding of the problem and removal of the obstacles. This can be done by using Ganesha’s principles of stress management, Rosenburg’s Principle of Non–Violent Communication, or the principles of counseling from Bhagwad Gita. Change of the situation is the final resort for solving the problem, even though this may not be always possible. For example, in a dispute between husband and wife, divorce should be the last choice, after all counseling efforts have failed to resolve the issue.

Crowd management and stampede prevention

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  1. Most major crowd disasters can be prevented by simple crowd management strategies.
  2. One answer is use of barriers.
  3. However barriers in some cases may funnel the crowd towards an already–packed area, such as in the Hillsborough disaster. Hence barriers can be a solution in preventing or a key factor in causing a stampede.
  4. Use loudspeakers to communicate and direct a crowd.
  5. Warning signs of a crowd crush include density of more than four people per square meter, at which each person is being touched on four sides.
  6. To avoid or escape from a crowd crush, one is advised to move sideways, particularly between swells.
  7. After the stampede in the Victoria Hall disaster in 1883, a law was passed in England which required all public entertainment venues to be equipped with doors that open outwards.