Heart Care Foundation of India (HCFI) wishes one and all a happy Dussehra

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Heart Care Foundation of India (HCFI) wishes one and all a happy Dussehra

On this day, we should aim at killing the demon called stress and achiever victory over our anxieties and worries


New Delhi, 19 October 2018: The United Nations recently launched a strategy to deal with workplace mental health issues and the well-being of its staff by dealing with the stigma attached to it.This is a measure towards addressing the concerns of UN staff struggling with anxiety, depression or post-traumatic stress disorder who also feel isolated and ashamed, with no one to turn to for help.Considering that workplace mental health issues are on the rise, the need of the hour is for India to follow suit.

As per a recent study by ASSOCHAM,about 42.5% of employees in the private sector suffer from depression or general anxiety disorder.Another 40% of respondents to a Harvard Business Review survey said that their workload was excessive, even coming in the way of efficiency. Many others suffer from sleep disorders and other issues.

Speaking about this, Padma Shri Awardee, Dr K K Aggarwal, President, HCFI, said, “Job stress raises the risk of heart disease by disrupting the body’s internal systems. Stressed workers also eat unhealthy food, smoke, drink and skip exercise – all behaviors linked to heart disease. They have lowered heart rate variability – a sign of a poorly–functioning weak heart – and higher–than–normal levels of cortisol, a ‘stress’ hormone that provides a burst of energy for a fight–or–flight response. Too much cortisol circulating in the blood stream can damage blood vessels and the heart. Conflicting priorities between work and home have a negative effect on mental health and have been linked to some substance-abuse issues.”

While lifestyle changes and balancing are important, another aspect to this is learning from Lord Ganesha, who can be termed as the stress management guru. If Lord Krishna was the first counselor who taught the principles of counseling, Lord Ganesha taught us the principles of stress management.

Adding further, Dr Aggarwal, who is also the Group Editor-in-Chief of IJCP, said, “A person who has a parasympathetic state of mind is in a relaxed state. This can help avoid mental stress and related disorders. Music and dance are known to induce this state of mind and vanquish the demons called stress and anxiety. We invite one and all to visit the 25th Perfect Health Mela 2018 to enjoy the various cultural programmes which will help them relax and unwind apart from providing information on various health topics. The mela will be held from 23rd to 27th October at the Talkatora Indoor Stadium, New Delhi.”

Some tips from HCFI

·         Form positive relationships and take your colleagues into confidence when you feel a task is getting out of hand.

·         Start your day by eating a healthy and filling breakfast. This will not only help you concentrate but also ensure that you stay away from stress.

·         Get enough sleep and do not let work seep into your sleep time. Make sure you go to sleep around the same time every day.

·         Get about 30 minutes of physical activity every day. This will release endorphins, feel-good hormones that can help uplift your mood.

Prioritize and organize your work. This will ensure that you avoid any backlogs that can spill on to your leisure time.