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DECIDING TO GET PREGNANT? CHECK THIS FIRST

By Gaurang Chandarana | February 1st, 2017 | LEAVE A COMMENT

 

BACKGROUND

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.

CLEANING OF THE SEED – BEEJ SHUDHI

-       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.

THE MIND AND CONCEPTION

-       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.

SEASONS AND PREGNANCY

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. 

EMOTIONS & GUILT 2017

By Gaurang Chandarana | January 3rd, 2017 | LEAVE A COMMENT

BACKGROUND

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

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.

THE WORST EMOTION

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.

TACKLING GUILT

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.

TEN TIPS TO GO GUILT FREE

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

SLEEP WELL BE HEALTHY

By Gaurang Chandarana | March 25th, 2016 | LEAVE A COMMENT

 

SLEEP BECOMING A GLOBAL CHALLENGE

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.

WHAT ARE THE IMPLICATIONS OF INCORRECT SLEEP?

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.

CAUSES 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:

STEPS TO IMPROVE SLEEP QUALITY

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 

INTERNATIONAL WOMAN’S DAY

By Gaurang Chandarana | 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:

  • Walking
  • Doing all the housework and cooking
  • Some form of moderate exercise
  • Simple Hatha Yoga Asanas for fitness and weight loss.

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.

SECRET CAUSE OF STRESS

By Gaurang Chandarana | January 9th, 2016 | LEAVE A COMMENT

 

BETTER KNOWN CAUSES OF STRESS

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.

THE SECRET CAUSE OF STRESS

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?

EATING AND 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.

WHAT HAPPENS WITH THIS KIND OF DIET OR FOOD?

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.

THE IMPACT

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.

SOLUTION FOR DIET INDUCED STRESS

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.

ENHANCE YOUR PERSONALITY IN 2016

By Gaurang Chandarana | December 31st, 2015 | LEAVE A COMMENT

 

STRESS IS PART OF LIFE

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.

HOW DOES THE BODY DEAL WITH STRESS

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.

HOW WE DEPLOY OR LAUNCH THESE COPING STRATEGIES

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.

COPING ACTUALLY MAKES OR CHANGES YOUR PERSONALITY

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.

CHANGE YOUR PERSONALITY

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 wellzee.com 

STOP TELEVISION IMPROVE THE BRAIN

By Gaurang Chandarana | December 22nd, 2015 | LEAVE A COMMENT

 

WATCHING TELEVISION

Watching television these days has become part and parcel of our daily lives just like brushing our teeth or having a bath. We cannot imagine a life without television. In fact, a majority of us cannot possibly survive without watching television for at least some time during the day. Those who have been used to a life which was more active, tend to watch it less. However, the generations in the last thirty years or so cannot even imagine a life without it.

Various studies around the world have been done around television watching habits and its impact on life. One such study has been recently concluded by the journal, JAMA.

THE STUDY AND RESULTS

The study involved tracking television viewing habits of 3200 individuals who were at age 25 during the start of the study. They were tracked till mid – life. That is quite a few years to present fairly accurate results. The synopsis of the results are as follows:

  • Young adults who watch more television daily, tend to be more unhealthy with lack of physical activity.
  • Watching more than three hours of television in a day led to deterioration of health in the middle years itself.
  • All those who watched above three hours as mentioned above did worse on different brain tests compared to those who did not watch so much. The lesser the television, the better the performance even twenty five years down the line.

Therefore it is fairly clear that we need to be involved in physical activities and not just seated activities. In the same study, it was also found that physical activity not only improved physical health but also had the following benefits for the brain:

  • Physical activity improved the processing speed of the brain which enabled better understanding of information and better responses.
  • Verbal memory improved with physical activity and less television. This means better retention and recall.
  • Another important aspect which was found was an improvement in what is known as, executive function. This means the ability to plan, organize, stay more attentive and therefore work better in teams. So this is also a big professional success factor.

The net conclusion for all of us is very simple; start moving and shut off the remote. It is exceptionally difficult but there are two great programs from wellzee.com which will help you to make rapid improvements and forget the remote.

PROFESSIONAL SUCCESS PROGRAM

The first program is the professional success program. Just practicing this on a regular basis will ensure:

  1. The mind will start overcoming the negative effects of watching television for years.
  2. The brains starts getting reprogrammed quickly and in as little as ninety days, the brain starts making progress.
  3. Within one year, you will get back to your absolutely original and intelligent state of proper executive functioning. This will reflect in greatly improved performance and professional success, whether you are in a job or are self employed.
  4. In just ninety days you will find the cravings reduce a lot of watching television or being on the internet or electronic media.

STRESS MANAGEMENT PROGRAM

The other important program from wellzee which can help you with this goal is our stress management program. Most of the times we are either bored or stressed. In fact, boredom is a symptom of underlying stress. Once we start becoming stress free, many benefits occur. You will see most of these entering your life and causing rapid improvements with just ninety days of regular practice of this program. The benefits you can expect with this online stress management program are:

  1. Relaxation of the brain and feeling more calm.
  2. Lower dependence on external sources for remaining involved in life.
  3. Improving the endocrine functions and restoring hormonal balance.
  4. Stress reduction leads to improvement in work as well as interpersonal interactions.
  5. Prevention and reduction of many diseases; most of which are caused by stress.

In short this program when practiced on a daily basis for even twenty to twenty five minutes will start changing your life a lot. If you practice this for a year with the correct nutrition plans and exercise, walking or online yoga will ensure that you will be a changed person.

STRESS THE WORLDS BIGGEST KILLER

By Gaurang Chandarana | December 9th, 2015 | LEAVE A COMMENT

 

BACKGROUND

It is now official! Multiple researches over the years have shown that the one of the biggest reasons for diseases and falling ill has been linked to chronic or creeping stress. It is a slow and silent killer because the impact can be felt years down the line. As a result we are unable to correlate stressful periods in our lives with the diseases we get.

Stress causes the following the body; sometimes quickly and at times rapidly:

  1. Hormonal imbalances
  2. Increased secretion of Glucagon (the hormone which increases sugar levels in the blood)
  3. It reduces the level of insulin
  4. It changes the composition of sex hormones leading to lower sex drive
  5. It changes the body metabolism leading to weight gain
  6. Calcium absorption is faulty leading to bone problems or blockages in the circulatory system
  7. Release of certain hormones which cause depression and make you lethargic
  8. Release of chemicals which make you more emotional and even more stressed
  9. Inflammation of the immune system.

DISEASES CAUSED BY STRESS

Stress has been found to cause the following diseases due to inflammation of the immune system and hormonal imbalances:

  • Diabetes
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Obesity and eating disorders
  • Cardiac problems
  • Many forms of cancer
  • Progression of HIV patients to AIDs. It has been found that if stress is managed and there is no chronic inflammation of the immune system, individuals with HIV do not get any diseases and live long and healthy lives.
  • Chronic depression
  • Digestive problems
  • Sexual Health Problems

CAUSES FOR STRESS

Stress can be physical or mental and internally triggered or externally triggered. In most cases the following are the main causes of stress:

  1. Mental Stress and Life Pressures
  2. Physical Issues like wrong lifestyle and eating habits.

In most cases we tend to ignore all the warning signs of stress. Soon it becomes part of our daily lives and we do not even notice if we are stressed. At times, it becomes our usual state of being. This leads to a slow and steady deterioration in the body, like very slow poison.

This process starts early in life when we think nothing can happen to us. It starts with teenage years and goes on till adulthood. Suddenly, we get problems (even if we are exercising) and then wonder why have we got diseases or fall ill. However, we are unable to connect stress building up over the years with our health conditions.

This process is called ‘creeping stress’. It goes on for month and years and also manifests as behavioral or lifestyle issues. It becomes part of our normal life and this is the danger. The body is continuously stressed but we think there is nothing wrong with us.

CREEPING STRESS

The symptoms of instant and serious stress are easily noticeable. However, the symptoms of slowly creeping and prolonged stress are less visible. In fact, an individual may not even realize that he or she is undergoing prolonged periods of stress because they get so used to it that it even becomes a ‘comfort zone’ for them. This can go on for months or years and suddenly one wonders why were they afflicted with some disease even though they had an apparently normal or healthy lifestyle.

The symptoms are easy to spot if one is always aware of even the minor changes in one’s body, thoughts, eating patterns, emotions or behavior. We miss these because a lot of times we ignore these changes or signs or go into denial or ignoring mode.

SIGNS OF CREEPING STRESS

There are many signs of slow, prolonged or creeping stress. It is just that we are not aware what these signs are. Some of the signs are actually perceived to be good or normal. Let us look at some of the lesser known signs of creeping stress:

  • The desire to have just that little more alcohol at times or party more or binge drinking because we are young, are making more money or under the garb of socializing.
  • A gradual reduction in sleep or phases where we get less sleep.
  • Increase in beverages like tea (including green tea), coffee or soft drinks.
  • Getting just a little more irritable or angry and justifying it to yourself by saying it is due to colleagues or work, etc.
  • A greatly increased or reduced sex drive.
  • A constant desire to look for entertainment, go on holidays and inability to stay peacefully with yourself.
  • Thinking or brooding a lot.
  • Being bored when alone and continuously trying to be engaged with social media, etc.
  • A drive for ‘perfectionism’ and having ‘high standards’ are another sign of creeping stress. Anyone driving themselves or others on this path is causing stress to everyone concerned.
  • Anything adverse or different from what you were (or what you were doing before) and what you are now (or doing now) are indicators of chronic and creeping stress.

The best solution to this kind of stress and avoiding diseases or managing them (if you already have them) is to opt for some great online yoga programs, stress management programs or sleep management programs. All of these three kinds of programs are available online on wellzee. Opt for an appropriate one and turn around your life.

FESTIVALS AND YOGA HEALTH TIPS

By Gaurang Chandarana | October 27th, 2015 | LEAVE A COMMENT

Festival Time

India is in the midst of the festival season. Starting with Ganesh Chaturthi, Navratri, Vijayadashmi, Diwali and ending with Christmas. At this time the weather undergoes a change across the country from wet and hot to October heat to autumn. Winters are getting deferred and cold weather is now a bit in arriving. This time is challenging for most people with poor immune systems, diseases or those prone to illnesses. Making this worse is the proliferation of viruses and problems like dengue, malaria and viral fevers. Asthma and other respiratory diseases also shoot up at this time.

Factors For Increased Illness

There are many reasons why illnesses increase or worsen at this time. Some of the most significant reasons are:

a) Erratic weather – The weather at this time is erratic. It is hot at times and suddenly becomes cool. There are showers and it ranges from very sunny to cloudy. Temperature fluctuations are high. This leads to triggering immunity related problems, especially breathing problems.

b) Still air and allergens – During this season, the air is very still and there is less breeze. Allergens, smoke and other pollutants remain low in the air. We inhale these, causing various problems. In addition, this is the right time for air bound sicknesses to spread as well.

c) Atmospheric pollution – Most of the towns and cities in India are very heavily polluted. Pollution combined with colder weather results in smog which hangs low. Added to this are pollutants like smoke from fire crackers and indoor smoke from dhoops and agarbattis. This pollution and irritants tend to make us sick.

d) Noise pollution – Festive seasons in India are very loud and consistently noisy. It is a proven fact that high levels of noise cause stress and weaken the immune system leading to diseases or becoming susceptible to viruses.

e) Food – Indians are not really known to eat healthy food. However, this becomes worse during festivals. We tend to go overboard under the garb of festivals and gorge on lots of sweets, rich foods and fried foods. We also celebrate together as families and have family dinners, food parties and late dinners. We tend to drink a lot, over eat and have lots of heavy food. It is no wonder that we fall ill.

However, there are quite a few things we can do which can keep us healthy during festivals. Some of the following tips derived from the body of Yoga will go a long way in enjoying festivals.

  • Every morning on waking up and before going to bed, sip a glass of warm water (250 to 300 ml). This will not only help keep your respiratory tract in order but also keep your digestion, healthy.
  • Through the day, eat all the fancy food you want but have very small quantities. Example; have small pieces of mithai or four to five pieces of nuts. If you want to have something fried, have very small portions. If you like rich food, restrict the quantities.
  • Eat less food each time but eat for four to six times a day. Avoid having large meals after 8 p.m. As this will put a strain on all your systems. If you feel hungry later, you may have a small cup of milk or a fruit.
  • Try and sip a glass of fresh turmeric milk (haldi) with breakfast or anytime during the day. Hot turmeric milk will help you maintain your immunity.
  • If you want to exercise or go outdoors for walks, make sure you do it after sunrise or before 8 p.m. During very early mornings and late evenings, smog descends lower in the atmosphere causing pollutants to enter your system.
  • Avoid places where there is a lot of smoke. If you want to go out, then keep your face covered with a handkerchief. Definitely avoid firecrackers and noisy places.
  • Totally avoid alcohol and smoking. These are not too great anyway.
  • Practice Yoga. One of the best free online yoga programs is to be found on http://www.wellzee.com/yoga-program-details/fitness-yoga-program-1

However, the most important tip is to be very joyous and happy this festive season. If the mind is happy and occupied, you will forget diseases or infections. So have a great time this Diwali and enjoy lights, colors, food and festivities with wellzee balanced diet plans and yoga programs.

YOGA FOR PREGNANCY

By Gaurang Chandarana | July 14th, 2015 | LEAVE A COMMENT

 

Background

Procreation is the prime activity of all living creatures. Plants, cells, bacteria, birds, animals and humans; all of them reproduce. Nature takes care of all its constituents. In the case of humans, a slight difference occurs due to two reasons. A thinking individual is giving birth to another individual who will eventually develop her or his full thinking capacity over a period of time. So in the case of animals, birds, etc. one need not worry about the state of the parents. In the case of humans, the mental, physical, social and physiological state of the mother is more important than the physical condition of the fetus. This is because the former determines the latter.

Pregnancy associated challenges

There are so many challenges in today’s day and age which are associated with pregnancy. Some of these are:

  • Physical and health condition of the mother. Long term lifestyle plays a key role.
  • Mental make – up of the parents or mother. Why are we having children. How will we raise them. Are we equipped to take proper decisions and able to take care of our offspring?
  • Stress related to now knowing what to do during and after pregnancy.
  • The type of delivery and issues related to forced deliveries.
  • We are more worried about our career and ‘me time’, than our babies. This leads to a lot of physical and mental complications in many parents. These later on also affect the child.
  • Post partum depression is one of the fastest growing problems.
  • Worry about change in body, weight, looks, etc. Women cannot be the same through their lives. However, this is now the prime driving factor for ego and sexual reasons; one should look like they are sixteen immediately after pregnancy.
  • A large proportion of parents do not know what to do with their children. We therefore depend on schools, governments and many other individuals and entities. We feel that spending money and feeding our children a lot is all that is required. This creates problems later on for parents and children.

Yoga during pregnancy

Yoga has many practices which helps during pregnancy in different ways. The physical practices help the body remain in the correct physical state. A lot of pregnancy associated problems like high blood sugar, high blood pressure, acid reflux and sciatica are prevented by regular yoga practice. Even if you have not been practicing before pregnancy, daily practice for these nine months is very beneficial.

Breathing during pregnancy

Breathing plays a very important role in keeping the mother physiologically healthy and also impacts the fetus positively. There are also breathing techniques available which help prepare the body and breathing patterns during delivery. This is a great help in ensuring a smooth and stress free delivery.

Stress Management

There may be a lot of apprehensions, worry and stress related to pregnancy. This includes diet, activities, health of the mother and the unborn child. There is lots of information available some of which may seem to be contradictory.

Additionally, a lot of women work throughout pregnancy and also need to manage the home. All of this causes extra load or pressure. At times like these Yoga helps out. There are many meditative asanas and stress management asanas which can be done through the three trimesters. They help to keep the mind calm, focused and alert. The very reduction of stress and keeping the mind calm does wonders during this important phase of a woman’s life.

Post Pregnancy

After pregnancy, it is important for the mother to remain healthy. This will enable care for the child. Gentle yoga asanas can be started after forty five days of delivery. After three months one can practice wonderful online yoga programs which will help start reducing excess weight. These also help the mother to get back in shape, physiologically. A healthy and happy mother automatically leads to a healthy child.

We can thus see that there are practices in yoga which help at every stage of bringing in a child in this World. Right from conception to delivery and post delivery. So start practicing yoga regularly. Even if you have not practiced before, you can opt for online yoga for pregnancy programs from wellzee. These are simple, safe and effective. However, make sure you take a clearance from your doctor before you start any yoga program or classes.