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New Delhi, (IANS) Suffering from eating
disorder, skin problems, hair fall and drinking - it could be because of stress
at work or emotional void and experts suggest that the best thing to get out of
the stressful life is to indulge in some activity.
Psychiatrist Sanjay Chugh says stress can lead to unhealthy lifestyle and even
depression, so people should try to keep themselves busy in something that gives
“Cultivate a hobby because this will give you pleasure and peace of mind. So
while you can keep your worries aside, you will be meeting new people and make
friends,” Chugh told IANS.
Options are many - one can take up dance or music classes, join foreign language
sessions, watch international movies, read books, take cooking classes, indulge
in gardening or may be start teaching poor kids. The idea is to do something
that relaxes people.
What is seen in most cases is while women binge during depression, men start
How we feel on the inside could affect our looks. Studies have proved that
professional stress can cause depression and anxiety and can lead to skin, hair
or nail problems.
According to Apollo Hospital senior cosmetic surgeon Anup Dhir, stress can
manifest itself on one’s appearance in many ways, but primarily it shows on
“Premature aging due to radical load happens in this case. So one should make
changes in lifestyle and eat well-balanced meal. No cosmetic surgeon can help
you in this case, it has to be from within,” he said.
Pooja Gupta, 28, a software professional, was fed up of her monotonous life - a
routine job and limited friend circle. One day she decided to give some time to
herself and joined salsa classes. There she made friends and the change in the
routine did wonders to her mind.
“What happens when you are not living with your family, you come back home and
start talking to walls or else doze off after a heavy day’s work. I was facing
the same problem. One day I decided enough is enough. I enrolled for a dance
class, made sure that I attend it regularly,” Gupta said.
“It took me some time to get this hobby into my daily routine, but to be very
frank, it is a refreshing change. I have new friends who sometimes drop at my
place for dance practices; it is fun,” she added.
Some feel exercise too helps in decreasing the release of stress-causing
hormones such as cortisol.
Nicholas Kraal, business development manager at the Mumbai-based True Fitness
India Pvt Ltd, said: “Physical exercise improves blood circulation and increases
blood flow to your brain which can rejuvenate and relax your mind.
“Certain forms of exercise, such as yoga, breathing exercises can relax your
tense muscles and free your mind.”
This Mumbai-based fitness centre has also brought to India the popular Bikram
hot yoga (a form of yoga done in 40 degress room temperature) that has a cult
following in the West; Hollywood A-listers like Madonna and Jennifer Aniston
have endorsed it.
So, time for you to discover your interest area, pursue it and live a