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How To Quit Smoking

By newblog | December 19th, 2018 | LEAVE A COMMENT


So you’ve been smoking and not feeling good about it? Congratulations! You’ve have crossed the biggest hurdle already. The hurdle of the ‘want’ to quit, the ‘willpower’ hurdle. We’ve all had that time in life where we, after much contemplation, have decided to kick the butt. Don’t worry we’re here to help you.

Smoking around 20 cigarettes a day gives you about 200 hits a day. The average smoker gets around 70,000 hits a year. One of the reasons why nicotine is so addictive is because of the frequency of its consumption, It has been found that nicotine might be as or more addictive than cocaine.

   Withdrawal Symptoms 

1. Anxiety / Irritability

2. Headaches

3. Food Craving

4. Nicotine Cravings

Nicotine usually leaves your body within 72 hours after you quit smoking. The above-mentioned withdrawal symptoms usually reach their peak within 2 or 3 days after you’ve quit. The body and the brain chemistry usually return to normalcy within the next 1 to 3 months.

These are some of the most effective ways of quitting smoking.

Vulnerable Times:  Carefully assess the conditions in which you’re most likely to smoke, it could be stress, anxiety, boredom etc. Identifying these situations will enable you to re-enforce your decision when you’re actually in the situation. What happens when you slip? Remember, a slip is not a failure. Don’t let a slip turn into a relapse. One step at a time is the key. The more you try to quit, the more your chances of success. Learn from your experiences and understand what you need to do differently.

Get Your Supplies: Smoking is primarily an oral fixation, while you’re quitting smoking, your brain will crave oral sensations. Stock up on oral substitutes like gum, vegetables, fruits, hard candy etc.

NRT : More famously known as Nicotine Replacement Therapy, It is known to help reduce nicotine withdrawal symptoms, it deals with the physical aspect of addiction. NRT has been known to increase the rate of quitting from 50% to 70%.

a. Nicotine Patch – It’s a patch you can stick on to your arm when you feel the need to smoke, it is convenient because it provides long-term relief and you only have to think about it once a day.

b. Nicotine Gum: The gum provides short-term relief from nicotine withdrawal symptoms, they also address oral fixations that nicotine patches do not.

c. Nicotine Inhalers and Nasal Sprays: they’re the most fast-acting replacement methods and provide quick, momentary relief.

5 Mindful Tips To Achieve a Balanced Life

By newblog | October 18th, 2018 | LEAVE A COMMENT

We are living in an era where everything moves at the speed of light and creating a balance is a difficult task. We are bounded with strict deadlines and never-ending chaos that drags us down from a healthy and balanced well being. ‘Health is Wealth’ is a golden phrase and a healthy mind, body, and soul can achieve anything. But with the distractions present in our inner and exterior environment, preserving our health takes a back seat. This is where we lack and great care must be extended. Our well being is our real asset and must be protected to a healthy future.

A balanced life is not a myth and can be achieved merely by subtracting the distractions and multiplying the joyous moments that we cherish. Mindfulness is a state of being alert and living in the present which in turns help create a balanced living pattern.

Let us have a look at some simple and handy tips to achieve a more balanced life-

1. Set your intentions right-  

Intentions have a great deal of impact on us. Planting a thought and then feasting on it is harder than it sounds. Balance can be restored by merely manifesting it in our day to day activities. Voice your needs and don’t be shy to speak out your mind. Chant statements like “Everything in moderation” and make it your mantra for a successful and balanced life.

2. Check your breath-

This might sound simple and abrupt to you at first, but pressing our attention on minute things is not easy. Monitor your breath, be mindful of your thoughts and actions and live in present for a more mindful and balanced lifestyle. Equilibrium can be achieved by simply being vigilant about your breath and exhale out all the tensions and stress causing thoughts.

3. Respect your energy and get inspired-

Fatigue and exhaustion are the signs of imbalanced and unhealthy lifestyle. Look out for such symptoms, point it on immediately and take appropriate actions. When we feel fatigued and worn out; it is our body speaking to us. It is telling us to stop and have a good look at our self and invest in remedies. Counterattack your needs of caffeinated products, unjustified naps, and laziness with meditation, yoga or just a morning walk.  This will help restore a balance in your body-mind relationship and enrich our senses.

4. Yoga it out-

Yoga is a proven way to help relieve us from all kinds of mental and physical stress. It is a scientific way to achieve balance and restore a mutual relationship between your mind, body, and breath. Some great asanas for balance restoration are Child pose, Tree pose, Surya Namaskar, Half Moon pose, Warrior poses, and of course the Headstand.

5. Work on the lines of moderation-

In the end, it’s all about on who and on what you utilize your energy on. Be stingy when it comes to lending your energy and rethink before committing yourself to anything or anybody. Make it your mission to find that sweet spot where gratification comes naturally. Hear what is not being said and look out for signs that might bring you peace and quiet.

Our body talks a lot, it just takes time to listen to it. It is our job to listen, analyze, act on it and enjoy the blissful balance that unfolds with it.

5 Yoga Poses to Undo the Damage of your Desk Job

By newblog | October 14th, 2018 | LEAVE A COMMENT

Your job might be killing you?


This statement can actually turn out to be true in the recent working structure we have got yourself into.

Strict schedules and job-induced stress seems like a significant plot breaker when it comes to our well-being and our career. One dangerous colleague that is always present around in our working space is Sitting.

After smoking, sitting is the most common thing that is hampering our well being and killing yourself slowly but steadily. Researchers have given it a more scientific touch and linked the ill effects of long sitting hours to deskbound routines which in turns lead to heart diseases, diabetes, acute backache and studies that revealed that shorter lifespan is due to our sitting culture.

People who are involved in sitting jobs have revealed that sitting over a system for hours contributes to uncommon tightness in the hip area and legs, acute discomfort to neck and shoulder region along with severe spine issues.

Here are some easy Yoga poses that can help you combat the work stress and provide a physical flexibility-

Mountain Pose (Tadasana)

Allow yourself some moments of relief and combat the stress of the long working day with Tadasana. This is a powerful exercise that focuses on your back and chest. Mountain pose is an excellent pose to free up the tight chest muscles and provide flexibility.

Fish Pose (Matsyasana)

Fish pose is an excellent pose to reduce tension and is a therapeutic asana that helps fight fatigue, stress, and anxiety. Long working hours might satisfy your financial needs and gives a footstool for a sustainable lifestyle but depletes one from their well being if ignored. Matsyasana is practiced to release tension in the most functional areas like the neck, throat, and head and opens up the lungs for unresisted breathing.

Cat & Cow Pose (Marjaryasana & Gomukhasana)

The Marjaryasana & Bitilasana are one of the useful yoga asanas of all times and are a great stress busters. These asanas is an effective headache reliever and improves immunity. It also helps bring relief to your always strained back and painful neck. Cat and Cow pose brings great comfort to the neck area and brings the vertebrae back to homeostasis if practiced continuously.

Slow Neck Stretches

To combat neck ache with constant sitting hours and staring down at your system, yoga practitioners recommend a few rounds of yogic slow neck stretches. Our neck is the most sensitive part and is exposed to constant damage while we sit and work for long hours.  This is a simple exercise and can be practiced while standing in your cubicle.

Brahmari Asana

This breathing technique is a perfect antidote after a long, stressful day at work. Sitali breathing is practiced to release tensions out of the body and bring in positive vibes for our mind to feed on it. Breathing exercises are recommended to people who are easily distorted and have a hard time managing their temper.

Career is important and financial security is essential but as the old phrase goes- “Health is Wealth”. A healthy being is more vulnerable to catching the opportunities and acting on it. So get ready and live it out!

Let your Mood Swings Take a Walk with Yoga

By newblog | October 3rd, 2018 | LEAVE A COMMENT

With the recent changes in our living patterns, our health has been dramatically affected. A healthy person is one who has a sound mind, body, and soul, but with the adverse effects of changed living patterns, we are now faced with stressful events, unclear mind and state of distortion most of the time. This is just because we overlook the health hazards of stressful living.

Yoga is one of the proven ways that help people in rejuvenating to one’s senses and creating a balance between reality and illusions that are manifested by our mind. With an unsteady equilibrium, no individual can perform their functions effectively and thus loses control over their persona. Yoga is one such way to preserve the energies within and restoration of the balance is maintained.

Mood swings and distorted sense of living is the by-product of an unhealthy life and can tarnish our social and personal life if not tamed at the initial stage. Yoga is said to be the most natural and instant cure for uneven mood swings.

Here are few yoga poses that are scientifically proven to relieve one from unnatural mood swings-

1. Nadi Shodhana Pranayam– Alternate nostril breathing

Inhale the positive energies and breathe out the ones that create negativity. This simple breathing exercise is one of the most powerful technique to unblock the channels and acts as a natural mood stabilizer. This asana tends to unlock the chained energies thus calming the mind and eliminating mood swings.

2. Uttanasana- Standing forward bend

Man Yoga Practice Pose Training Concept

The asana is illustrated as bending in the forward direction and touching your foot. Uttanasana is believed to work on your hamstrings and calm your mind. Yoga professionals instruct individuals with hypertension and depression to practice this asana as it helps in restoration of the peace of mind and lowers the chances of mood swings.

3. Shishuasana- Child’s pose

The illustration of this asana is depicted as a relaxing child pose. This asana is beneficial for people suffering from backache, constipation and is very good for curbing the ill effects of mood swings as it calms the nervous system. However, a pregnant woman must avoid this pose.

4. Bhujhangasan- Cobra Pose

Commonly known as cobra pose, this asana is crucial in eliminating stress and fatigue. This asana enhances flexibility and strengthens muscles while restoring calmness and minimizing mood swings.

5. Shavasana -Corpse Pose

Corpse pose is the one asana that relaxes the whole body and mind without moving a single muscle in the body and with a blank mind. This makes it the most challenging asana as we humans tend to think and act on the actions of our mind.
This asana is administered as lying flat on the ground like a corpse and helps in reducing headaches, mild depression and calms the mind, body and the inner spirit.

Yoga is a centuries-old methodology and a proven scientific way that helps us restoring the imbalances in our lifestyle caused by various internal and environmental factors. Mood swings and losing the sense of self-realization can be treated effectively by practicing Yoga.

So, let us focus on eating healthy, meditating and relishing each day of our life!


By Team Wellzee | February 1st, 2017 | LEAVE A COMMENT



In previous times, understanding and managing pregnancies was much easier due to joint families and handing down of collective wisdom and experiences. In today’s time, with over-information, fear factor and a fair of number of working ladies in nuclear families, this collective knowledge is getting lost.

This small SERIES ON PREGNANCY seeks to summarise ancient wisdom from India, related to pregnancy, in a concise and easy to understand form.


–       It is essential for both parents to be completely healthy and free of diseases before they decide to conceive.

–       In case of any minor or major diseases or issues, it is essential for them to first get treatment done and cured before trying to conceive.

–       It goes without saying, that it is a good idea for both, husband and wife, to have a health check-up done before conception.

–       This concept is therefore, known as beej shuddhi.


–       It is not just essential to be physically fit and without disease; it is also important to be mentally aligned and in the right frame of mind prior to conception.

–       Unlike the current understanding that it is post – conception, that we need to take care of our thoughts, it is also important to be in the right frame of mind, prior to and during conception.

–       This implies, that for a few months before – hand, both would be parents have to be ‘stress-free’.

–       They should be calm and not be agitated or short-tempered.

–       Thought processes should be positive starting a few months before the decision to conceive.

–       It is believed that the child’s nature, mind-frame, health and intelligence levels are to a large extent dependent on the parents’ minds prior to conception as well.

–       The mind is taken care of by Pranayama, Meditation, Recreation, Hobbies and generally remaining in a joyous mood.


There is a strong importance given to seasons for pregnancy in India. This is due to a variety of factors like weather, wind currents, presence of pollutants, moisture, severe heat, availability of clean water, nutrients, food, etc. which can affect the health of the foetus. The following are therefore, considered to the best seasons for conception:

Spring – Summer and  Winter.

Monsoons and Autumn seasons are to be avoided.

There is lots more to this and in the days to come we will talk more about it. In the meantime, if you are pregnant or know someone who is then opt for this PROGRAM. 


By Team Wellzee | January 3rd, 2017 | LEAVE A COMMENT


There are many ways to bring a new year. Most of us do that with resolutions. Most of the times we are unable to meet these resolutions or stick to them. The following are some of the easiest things to do and backed by research which everyone can follow:


Research has shown that for all emotions, the same hormones and chemicals are released in the body. This is true for negative as well as positive emotions. It is later that the mind decides what the emotion is all about. This happens unconsciously and in a fraction of a second. Therefore, we are not aware of it. Emotions could be pride, jealousy, hate, anger, anxiety, joy, excitement and so on. Their pathology is the same. It is the perception that impacts us in a certain way.


It has also been found that the worst emotion to have is guilt. Guilt about not meeting resolutions. Guilt about interpersonal relationships or about so many other things. It is the most damaging thought process and emotion we face. The impact is massive. Even for smokers or those who enjoy their drinks, guilt is more often the cause for diseases than the alcohol or tobacco itself.


The best way to tackle guilt, therefore is to not feel guilty. It has been found that when we feel guilty about something, we ACTUALLY DO NOT CHANGE. It is only when we become aware and stop guilt that we automatically improve.


To help you get rid of this unwanted emotion, follow the following ten points:

1) Enjoy what you are doing at that point of time. One cannot worry and enjoy at the same time. If you love great food, have diabetes and have some sweets, do so with joy. Think a bit later on how to adjust your next meal. But do not feel guilty after eating. Same is the case with smoking, drinking and sex.

2) Anger and anxiety are harbingers of guilt. If you manage anger and anxiety, guilt does not have a chance to set in. So try anger management techniques like counting to 100 or sitting quietly or watching your breath. You can check out more of these on our special programs. 

3) Do not be defensive about yourself. You are totally unique and have to find your own path. What is right for someone else is not necessarily applicable to you.

4) Do things which are right and appropriate for you. Sometimes, this may come in conflict with near and dear ones, but communicate diplomatically and take their support.

5) Do not change yourself based on what others want you to be or their perception of you.

6) Similarly do not force or coerce others (including family) to change as per your requirements. If there is a chain smoker in your family, let them be. Help, support and be friendly. Do not nag. Else they will feel guilty and irritated.

7) Take up a constructive hobby. This is one of the best ways to erode guilt. When you are joyfully involved in things you like, there is no scope for guilt. It may take a while to find out what you really like; but keep trying and experimenting and you will find something you love.

8) Have fun, enjoy; be it with friends, family or alone. There is no harm in going alone for a movie or on a nature walk or a trek or even for a lavish dinner.

9) Do not feel guilty about making money – even lots of money.

10) Last but not the least, spend with joy and on the right things. This includes yourself, near and dear ones, gifts and social causes.

Try some or all of these and see your life swing to joy. Have a great 2017


By Team Wellzee | March 25th, 2016 | LEAVE A COMMENT



There are various researches being conducted on sleep and sleep quality across the world. There are many different types of studies which have been done across age groups, categories and races. Without getting into too many of these details, the following are the common conclusions which have been reached:

  • The average amount of time people sleep is reducing every decade. People were sleeping on an average eight to nine hours a day, a couple of decades ago. This has now come down to an average of seven hours and in many cases, it is less than seven hours.
  • Late sleeping is the major culprit. With access to televisions, electronic media and the internet, people are sleeping later. This is across categories.
  • Working long hours and traveling for work leads to sleeping shorter hours.
  • Resting or taking a nap in the afternoon is essential for rest and health. This is a casualty in the modern world as anyone who rests in the afternoon is branded as lazy. Plus we have made an insular morning to evening work culture which hampers sleep.
  • Sleep quality is another problems with a large chunk of the population not getting sound sleep. Not having sound sleep does not mean having dreams. Dreams are a mechanism to allow us to function properly and prevent us from going mad. Sound sleep means uninterrupted sleep or sleep where the breathing is normal. An increasing number of people are getting problems like intermittent sleep, getting up frequently at night and sleep apnea.


One may well ask what is the importance of sleep. This is especially when less sleep and more work is glorified in today’s life especially, in corporate cultures across the world. People seem to be taking pride in not sleeping or sleeping very less and think it is a virtue. However, this is the biggest sin one can inflict on one’s self. The following are the reasons why adequate and restful sleep is required:

  • The time of the day and the production of hormones are correlated. When rest and sleep hormones are released after sunset and we remain awake, it impairs health. Similarly , activity related hormones start getting secreted before sunrise. That is the time to take advantage of the same.
  • When we sleep, there are are rest and recovery hormones which are released and require time to do their work. Seven to nine hours is the suggested duration based on the individual. If we cut short this process, rejuvenation of cells and repair of the body is impacted causing faster ageing.
  • A deep and restful sleep enables healthy enactment of dreams which is essential for mental health.
  • Lack of sleep or poor quality of sleep has been linked to many diseases.
  • Weight gain or not achieving weight loss is one of the major outcomes of poor sleep.


There are many causes of poor sleep and some of the key ones can be summarized below:

  • Staying awake beyond 10.00 p.m.
  • Getting up late.
  • Stress
  • Working for long hours or for irregular hours
  • Lack of hobbies and recreation
  • Lack of exercise
  • Eating heavy foods and eating late at night.

However, all of these are easily fixed. Let us look at the solutions to better sleep without resorting to medications or machines:


Sleep can be managed well with the following:

  1. Sleep early, preferably by 10.00 p.m. When you do this, you will find you automatically get up early.
  2. Avoid watching television, playing online games or being on the internet at least fifteen minutes prior to bed time. Sleep is also an activity which requires preparation. So prepare to sleep.
  3. There should be a gap of at least two to three hours between bed time and your last major meal. If you are very hungry you may have a small fruit or a cup of milk before going to bed.
  4. Practice the following pranayama daily on your bed and then drop off to sleep.

For a proper sleep management program which can help you sleep long and better in just ninety days, CLICK HERE 


By Team Wellzee | March 6th, 2016 | LEAVE A COMMENT


Background for Woman’s Day

The World over and for many centuries, women have had to bear the brunt of a large part of all problems. There are multiple roles women play and have always shouldered much more responsibility than men. There are also some physiological differences and more importantly; physical, social and mental problems let loose on them by a primarily patriarchal and male dominated society. Given a lot of these challenges, women still play the leading role in maintaining societies and families. In fact, contrary to popular belief, most women in South Asian Countries and Africa do more physical work and are the sole bread earners for the family. There are many parts of India, where the men just while away their time and women actually run the house.

Problems Faced By Women

Due to a lot of these historical and warped religious reasons and beliefs, women actually face a lot of problems. Some of them are:

  1. Earning a living and managing a house
  2. Rearing and raising children
  3. Managing family security
  4. They bear the brunt of violence, wars and diseases
  5. Rapes, torture and more
  6. Female infanticide
  7. Genital mutilations
  8. Various other social pressures
  9. Keeping women uneducated
  10. Physical ailments which men do not get like PCOS or PCOD, menstrual problems, sex related incontinence, weight loss or weight gain problems, metabolic changes, menopause and more.
  11. Most of these lead to a lot of stress in women and cause diseases like breast cancer, cardiac problems, diabetes, high blood pressure, thyroid problems, orthopedic problems and much more.

It is therefore, important to take care of all women in all age groups if we are to have a healthy society which is mentally and physically secure, free and strong. Towards this end, there are a lot of people who are working and contributing.

However, the onus is on women themselves to take care of their health and well being more than anyone else. There are just three steps to this. If we take care of these, then most of the problems get taken care of. The three steps are as follows:

Diet And Nutrition

Diet and nutrition is not about diet plans and weight loss programs. It is about eating healthy and balanced meals at all times such that you get all the essential nutrients. The nutrient requirements are slightly different for young, growing women, women in child bearing age and for women after menopause. Nutrition also helps to prevent and manage breast cancer and other serious problems.

To find out the best balance diet plans for women, you will require some online diet consultation or plans. Opt for them from wellzee.

Stress Management

Stress management is the core area for all women today. If you manage stress well then everything gets taken care of. You will find the best stress management technique on the youtube link given below. In case you want a complete stress management program, then you can get one on this link.

Exercise And Yoga

The third most important aspect for women’s health and well being is to be physically active and fit. Physically active does not necessarily mean a lot of exercise at a gymnasium or strength training. There are many ways to remain active and fit. This can be done in any one of the following ways:

Check out the link below for a quick and simple online yoga asana program without any payment.

In case you need a proper extended online yoga program and guidance then feel free to write to us or take one of our yoga programs for women.


By Team Wellzee | January 9th, 2016 | LEAVE A COMMENT



More and more people these days are becoming aware of stress. Awareness that not only is stress increasing but they also have stress. As a result, a lot of us try to find out the causes and also seek some professional help. This could be in the form of psychiatrists, counselors or psychologists.

Due to a lot of information availability, we now have also learnt to figure out stress and the fact that it can be work related or personal life related. We seem to think that the following are the only causes of stress:

  • Work pressure or conflict at the workplace
  • Desire to grow fast, greed and expectations mismatch
  • Marital or other family problems
  • Interpersonal or relationship issues
  • Worry regarding finances, children, illnesses or the future.
  • Very recently, people have just begun to realize that lifestyle issues can also cause stress. These are things like sleeping late, sleeping less or not staying fit.

However, there is cause of stress which is more important or probably the most important cause of stress. This one reason by itself leads to mental, physical and physiological stress and we do not even realize what is the reason. This is happening due to a lack of awareness.


This one secret and simple reason for stress is……hold your breath…..incorrect eating. Yes, eating is causing stress. Even if you do not have problems at the workplace or in personal life, you can still be very stressed. The worse part is that you do not even think you can have stress in your life.

Because we think that stress can only be mind related, we ignore diet and eating habits completely. In fact, one of the major causes for clinical stress in children is due to the food they eat.

It is not just about what you eat, but it is also about how much you eat, when you eat, what your drink and in which way do you consume your food. All of these can actually lead to mental stress.

In fact in so many cases these days, it is not some genuine stressor or adverse situation which is resulting in stress. It is your dietary habits which are causing stress. Shocking, right? Now you may well ask that how can eating or diet have anything to do with stress?


Now imagine (or you may actually) have a generally happy and ‘stress-free’ life with no major work or life challenges. Lets say that you are also reasonably fit and involved in some physical activities like exercise, walking and other chores. This means you are healthy and fit with a lovely personal and professional life.

Now let us assume that the only problem you have is your dietary habits or a liking for good food and drinks. If this is the case, then you could be doing any one or some or all of the following:

  • Eating at the wrong times or in a haphazard fashion.
  • Eating the wrong types of food, frequently. This could be outside food, street food, junk food or foods normally considered to be unhealthy.
  • At times you could also be overeating sometimes when you like something
  • You may be a fast eater or believe you do not need to waste time on meals. Therefore, you tend to eating quickly and do not give enough attention to chewing properly.
  • You do not eat with focus. You are normally eating while talking, working or in front of the television, computer or smart phone.
  • You may like your sugary or alcoholic beverages and have them a few times a week.


Every time you eat or drink in the ways mentioned above, you load your stomach and digestive organs. You do this with either a lot of food, unhealthy food, partly chewed food or giving it food when the body does not need it. In either scenarios, the organs of digestion, absorption and elimination have to work much harder. It is the equivalent of forcing someone to work very hard, like forced labor.

Gradually, the body perceives this as actual stress. Internal stress is also stress. The body gets the idea that you could be in a place which is not too friendly or has a shortage of nutrients. It will then view this as a life threatening situation.

Now the reverse works. The body sends signals to the brain that something is wrong and not the other way around. The mind then instructs the organs, hormones and systems to go into a stress response mode. A lot of extra chemicals and hormones are released to manage the unwanted food. Blood is diverted from other essential functions to the digestive systems. Due to this, the body is working hard all the time on a prolonged basis. Sometimes, it is overworking for even months or years without any chance to recover or rest.


Due to all of this, the body then stores more sugar, fat and cholesterol. It may also divert some energy from other muscles to the digestive ones. Can we now relate this with how we feel when we eat a lot or we eat at the wrong time (or heavy food and desserts)?. We feel as if we cannot move; there is no physical strength, lethargy sets in. The body wants to sleep and so does the mind.

Very obviously, long term health suffers. Where health suffers, the mind follows. This in turn impacts the mind and all the other organs creating a cycle of stress. The net result is diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiac problems and even cancer. Eventually, even a perfectly happy, healthy and fit person becomes stressed and diseased due to incorrect eating or dietary habits.


The solution to diet induced stress is actually very simple. You need to eat foods which are simple and nutritious. Eat less at every meal and keep regular timings. Also avoid eating late nights and avoid all the wrong kind of food. This includes non-vegetarian food, spicy and hot food, heavy food like fried, bakes, breads, pizzas, processed food, sugar and refined flour. Another key factor is to avoid beverages like coffee and alcohol. If you want a stress free diet plan then take a diet consultation or an online diet plan from wellzee and remain healthy for life.


By Team Wellzee | December 31st, 2015 | LEAVE A COMMENT



Living in life involves some form of stress. Therefore, stress is actually a part of life. Life cannot exist without external pulls and pressures or situations. In fact, change itself is a form of daily and minute to minute stress.

Stress is therefore, not an actual situation. It is just the perception that something can cause you some harm or change your present comfortable situation. If we feel that a particular situation can change our present circumstances, we get stressed. We also get stressed if we do not get what we desire or want. This includes looks, body, possessions, relationships and so on.

So whenever there is a change or something we think is adverse to us, we will view it as negative. In this case, the body immediately starts the stress mechanisms. These mechanisms are useful for genuinely life threatening situations like falling, fire, being attacked and so on. But they are counterproductive for all other perception or desire linked situations.

Since most of the times we remain stressed, our body continues and maintains activation of stress responses for long periods of time. This causes mental, physical and internal fatigue. In addition there are are long term metabolic and hormonal changes. Homeostasis is lost and this adversely affects our body systems leading to various minor or major diseases. In most cases, even though we do not get diseases, age related problems start early.


It is basically the mind which deals with stress. The body is just the means to deliver the instructions and understanding of the mind. There are different types of strategies the mind can use. These are known as ‘coping strategies’ or simply, coping with stress. These coping strategies are developed unconsciously or subconsciously and based on many factors; some of which are:

  • Perception and their analysis
  • Memories, whether real or imagined
  • Experiences observed from others and inferences drawn
  • The basic nature and mental constitution of the individual
  • Past experiences and results obtained
  • State of the mind at the time of the perceived stressful situation
  • Ability to genuinely and consciously relax

A combination of all the above is processed within fractions of a second and the body starts reacting or responding. This process is known as coping or deploying a strategy to counter the perceived threat or stress.


When there is a perceived threat or stressor, the mind does the following very quickly (minuscule fraction of a second):

  • The mind will process the information received from the senses and analyze the situation.
  • Based on its analysis, the mind will either pull out a response (or reaction) which worked previously or devise a new one (if it finds the situation to be different or new)
  • It will then implement the ‘decided’ stress response or reaction. It does this by sending out various signals to the whole body.
  • The body will then follow this decision by making super quick changes to actions as well as by making rapid physiological alterations. These alterations are so rapid that in many situations, physiological changes occur within a fraction of a second. Most of the times we are not even aware that such a thing has happened.
  • The action and changes are supposed to counter the perception, threat or stressors almost instantly. The whole idea is to engage the entire body in coordination to bring about a positive result which fits in with the ‘decision’ taken by the mind.

‘It is crucial to note that from a coping point of view the actual action or performance is not important. What matters is the perception of being able to cope that reduces stress’. So if we feel, we can easily manage a situation, we hardly get stressed even though the actions involved could be difficult. If we feel that we cannot manage, we continue to remain stressed even though the actions required could be very simple and short in duration.

This is a stunning statement! What it means is that the mind actually decides what is stress, based on what it feels it can cope up with. In reality the mind may not even initiate any action if it feels it can cope up or, the situation is easy to manage.

Based on this evaluation and past stored memories and results of actions, the mind and body jointly build up a pattern to analyze, perceive and ‘cope’ with situations or stressors.


As we have seen, over a period of time (right from early childhood), patterns are being built up. The mind will always tend to deploy those strategies that have worked in the past. More often than not, the mind will also ‘force fit’ these same strategies on different kinds of situation even if they do not seem to work all the time. The more the mind does this and even if it gets some success rate, the same strategy will get ingrained. This is like a ‘hard coding’ process.

Very soon, this may become a generalized coping strategy for an individual. This coping style then becomes relatively stable and starts appearing as a ‘personality trait’ or ‘nature’, for that person. Some examples of traits which build up due to coping strategies and become part of your inherent personality are given below:

i) Aggression, anger or dominance – We may have come across many individuals who get angry fast or always react in an aggressive fashion. They may also try to dominate or ‘bulldoze’. If a few times in the past (including as a child), the individual gets his or her way by being aggressive, it gets ‘stored’ in the mind. For such people, the standard response is to get irritated, get angry or insult others. The cycle is now set up and becomes part of that person’s personality. We view such individuals as ‘hot headed’, dominant or egoistic.

ii) Being timid or meek – At the other end of the spectrum are individuals who respond or react by trying to ‘submit’ or ‘avoid’ in the hope that the situation will get resolved. This is a classic avoidance strategy. Avoid conflicts and difficult situations. Such individuals may come across as meek or timid, even though they may be very diligent or intelligent.

iii) Indifference – Many a times, indifference as a strategy is deployed. This is genuinely deflecting or ignoring a situation assuming it will get resolved over time. Indifference also occurs when we feel that most situations are not too important. Such individuals build up personalities which may come across as aloof, indifferent or worse, uncaring.

iv) Helplessness or hopelessness – This is a condition or analysis where the mind perceives (correctly or incorrectly) that most responses will most of the times reach a negative result. This means that the person is convinced that whatever be the effort or response from their end, there will be no improvement in the existing and undesired situation. This is also used in the hope that someone else will do something for them. A prolonged deployment of this strategy may lead to depression. Many of these individuals are the sad or ‘serious about life’, looking ones and may have a fatalistic outlook. Alternatively, they could also be very lively but with an uncaring approach about life as anyway ‘nothing is in your control’.

These are just four obvious examples. However, there can be various other personalities and combinations of traits which get ‘shaped’ by stress and how we react or respond.


If you do some honest analysis of yourself, you will get to know your personality type and how much of it has been impacted by dealing with various situations or stress. Once you figure out you have some strong negative traits, you can change them. This is because you can change the way you think as well as your perceptions. This is done in two ways:

  1. The first way is to undertake a great stress management program based on Yoga and practice it regularly.
  2. The second is to manage your lifestyle by sleeping well and have a great balanced diet plan.

So in 2016, change your personality to become a positive and vibrant ‘you’ with