Yoga & Stress Resilience

World Health Organisation has termed ‘burnout’ as an outcome of excessive workplace stress, but the fact is that burnout-like symptoms can be found in persons having nothing to do with the conventional workplace.

From homemakers and students to senior citizens and youth, all face some kind of stress. The World Hypertension Day discussion last month warns that in the next five years, the adult population living with high blood pressure is expected to grow to a mind-boggling 1.56 billion.

What do we need to do? No easy answers, but given the fact that stress is the culprit, and it cannot be wished away, yoga seems to be a probable antidote.

Yoga and health have now proven positive links. Yoga can go a long way in preventing the ill effects of stress-related problems in both body and mind. Individuals differ in their stress tolerance limits. Thus, for some individuals, low to moderate stress can prove to be harmful, whereas, for some, even high-stress levels may not have the expected impact.

This stress tolerance limit of individuals can be called the Stress Resilience Index. Yoga is an easy yet effective way of coping with stress because it can provide that mental and physical strength that is needed for coping. With several simple yogic postures carried out as a daily regimen for even half an hour, an individual can raise his stress resilience. The best advantage of yoga is that it catalyzes the secretion of good hormones in the blood while inhibiting the harmful ones.

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