Through the changes

An unfavourable change is not a crisis; it’s a transition. The key is in accepting the change, gradually, through mental and physical preparedness, say Bharat & Shalan Savur.

Most of us do not take changes very well. Every time we encounter an unfavourable change, like loss of job or financial jeopardy or illness or a loved one behaving unreasonably, we tend to undergo mental and physical setbacks.

What we forget is that it’s not a crisis; it’s a transition. The key is in accepting the change, gradually. It’s the gentle consistency that wins over the willpower and helps us master our lives. Keeping our thoughts focussed on what is in our power and can be done is imperative, as is watching out for physical problems.

Here go a few tips on what you can do for mental health:

When something goes wrong try telling yourself, “With time, everything will be alright.” 

When you feel burdened or overwhelmed, pause. Take three deep breaths. Inhale through your nostrils to a count of eight while swelling your stomach and exhale through your mouth to 10 while drawing in your stomach.

Pick a pen and paper and jot down the problem points and the possible
solutions. Calmly, consider your priorities. And do what you have to do - one by one.

Your body, too, will need to stay calm. So here’s what you can do:

Cut down on fried foods. Limit them to twice a month at first and then once a month. Fried foods are known to
create heaviness in legs and fibromyalgia-like symptoms (pain in muscles and fibrous tissues).

Next, decrease sugar intake. Whenever you crave for sweets, simply pick a fruit and gorge on as many of them as you want. If you love bingeing on sweets, try bingeing on grapes instead. Sugar disrupts stable energy and lowers immune response.

Munch a teaspoon of fenugreek seeds to lower blood sugar.

Try replacing sugar with honey or jaggery.

Pick a form of exercise you are most interested in and sure to continue with in the long-run. Dancing, swimming, aerobics, just about anything will work, if you want it to.

When it comes to the body, it’s good to watch-out for certain warning signals:

Heaviness in the back and legs may be a call for vitamins D and E.

A perpetual sore throat, pimples, pustules, slow wound-healing may be a call for zinc.

Perpetual anxiety, restless fatigue may be a call for vitamin-B1.

Puffiness and aching wrists need vitamin-B6.

Muscle cramps need more water, calcium, magnesium.

Bleeding gums and recurring bronchitis scream for vitamin C.

Blood sugar fluctuations are an indication that you need chromium.

[Note: While it is certainly better to consume foods naturally rich in these nutrients, it is always good to check with your doctor about supplements.]

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