Stress Management

It is very well established now that, Stress plays a key role in aggravation of allergies and urticaria. There are pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic interventions for the same. We can sure tackle stress by some supplements, behaviour therapy and sometimes medicines for specified periods of time to tide over the “acute phase”. The real solution will be to tackle our handling of stress at the root cause. It comes with practice. We strongly recommend a mix of specific breathing techniques, functional foods, Herbs, herbomineral mixes and medicines wherever needed. This helps us comprehensively tackle the way we respond to stress.


Stress is nothing but our response to any situation that requires us to adapt, make a change or respond. This is perpetual and partly stress can be very beneficial to the body too. It is only when it becomes chronic and imbalance that our system goes simply into sympathetic overdrive or fight-flight-fright reflex, our instinctive mind kicks in and the harmful effects of stress begin to kick in.

To combat stress, the first step is to acknowledge it, as some of us don’t even know and acknowledge that we are affected by it. Once we acknowledge the solution comes with a mix of conventional medical therapies, behaviour therapies. Sometimes medical intervention may be necessary as per the doctor’s advice, if that is so we must not shy away from it either. 

Then there is the role of yogic psychology and connecting with our own innerself which is the axis around which stressor and stress revolves.

The conventional methods include

Supplements

Herbomineral formulas

Conventional anti anxiety medicine.

Psychotherapy and behavior modification.

Diet modification also plays a role for many of us.

Relationship between exercise and correct breathing 

There is a deep relationship between exercise and correct breathing. Whether you are performing yoga or a regular workout session, if your breathing is not correct, then your entire workout session would be of no use. During aerobic activities like swimming, running, yoga, etc. a good pattern of breathing makes sure that your working muscles will continue to receive oxygen that they truly require to contract. 

According to a number of researchers, yoga techniques for stress would be a success only if you are breathing correctly while performing the same. Proper breathing is very important and the same is considered to be central to non aerobic forms of exercises such as weightlifting, tai chi, yoga techniques for stress, and pilates. 

How does breathing during exercise work?

Upon inhaling, the air is pulled into microscopic air sacs into the lungs where oxygen gets delivered into the red blood cells and carbon dioxide is then transferred from the blood to the air. This oxygen-rich blood flows to the heart which then pumps it out into the body. You exhale carbon dioxide.

A majority of people tend to make a number of breathing mistakes while they exercise. The following are the common mistakes which people make while they are performing yoga techniques for stress: 

  • Taking shallow breaths
  • Holding their breath 
  • Breathing very rapidly 
  • Breathing very deeply 
  • Inhaling or exhaling at an incorrect time. 

This incorrect pattern of breathing affects the exercise or yoga that you perform and the same has adverse effects on your overall health. 

Here is how to breathe correctly for the exercises such as yoga and stretching: 

  • Yoga: 

          Yoga is known to be a combination of postures, stretches as well as breathing patterns. It is therefore very important to follow correct inhalation and exhalation techniques while you are performing any yoga asana for one purpose or the other. It is therefore recommended to inhale deeply from your belly or diaphragmatic breathing in order to increase your ability to concentrate as well. 

  • Stretching: 

People usually tend to hold their breath when they perform stretching exercises including static stretching as well as dynamic stretching. It is therefore recommended to stick to the pattern of normal breathing during the time of stretching. This is going to improve your experience of stretching and would also give you better results. 

Thus, it is recommended not to overlook the patterns of breathing while you perform any yoga exercise and to learn to breathe properly in order to get better results. 

It is important to note that breathing influences stress hormones, and can help us improve our coping ability along with exercise performance.

Having said that, we need to take home one important point and understand the fact that, not all standard breathing techniques and especially breath holding methods may not be suitable to all.

Dr. Aman Sharma

Consultant and Founder

Dr. Alpna Das Sharma

Co Founder

Dr. Vipul Nanda

Plastic Surgeon

Mr. Kaushal Kumar

Founder Samatva Foundation

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