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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 


By Team Wellzee | December 27th, 2015 | LEAVE A COMMENT



Across the world, the entire focus is on exercise and remaining fit and healthy. Due to this, there is a proliferation of health initiatives, gymnasium chains, mobile applications and diet experts. The mantra being given is, ‘more is better’. As a result, the ones who do start exercising try to do a lot. They run more or cycle more or ‘push’ more when they are doing weight training. More and more people are taking to running marathons or becoming obsessive about their daily exercise.


However, more exercise is actually harmful for us. So preparing and running for a marathon will cause long term health problems. Cycling or swimming for hours or working out a lot is as harmful. Now this seems like something which we may not believe. However, there are many studies which clearly show the ill effects of exercising beyond low to moderate levels.


There are many studies done of the effects of intense or long drawn out exercise. However, the following three latest studies really nail the subject:

a) British Physicians Study

The study conducted by British physicians and was presented at the European Society of Cardiology. They found that athletes who ran less than thirty five miles a week had lower levels of artery calcium and much lower risk of heart attacks. All those athletes who ran more than this in a week had much higher artery calcium and their risk of heart attacks and strokes was much higher than even a lot of sedentary people. They also had higher heart rates.

b) College of Cardiology, Denmark

This study presented by researchers showed that those who ‘pushed’ their bodies actually reverse the benefits of exercise. They found that those who ran at a brisk pace for more than four hours a week had the same risk of cardiac and health problems as sedentary people. Conversely, those who ran at a steady pace for up to a maximum of two and a half hours a week were healthy.

c) Research in Taiwan

There has been another interesting study done in Taiwan and was reported in the Lancet. It states that exercise helps health and longevity. However, the benefits of exercise plateaued at a maximum of forty five minutes a day.


The question we may ask now is why does more exercise either in terms of duration or intensity actually harms us more. There are many reasons why this happens, some of which are given below:

a) The body metabolism undergoes a change which may not be aware of. This leads to under nutrition or over nutrition, both of which are harmful for the body.

b) The risk of injuries to the muscular and skeletal systems (muscles, bones, ligaments, tendons, joints), increases dramatically. Wear and tear all increases leading to arthritis, aches and pains in middle ages.

c) There is a drop or imbalance in hormones. This causes a lot of problems. In many cases, it leads to reproductive issues in women and also stoppage of monthly periods.

d) Over exercising leads to weakening of the immune system. This leads to more colds, flu, infections and illnesses.

e) Sleep patterns are disturbed due to excess adrenaline and this also impairs emotional and cognitive functioning.

f) More exercise causes actual stress. Stress has been definitely found to lead to increase in not only abdominal fat but also diseases like strokes, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart attacks and cancer.

All of this tells us that anything in moderation is fine and it is even more important to listen to your body. ‘Pushing’ or doing more which is touted and glorified by everyone these days is actually killing you slowly.

However, if you want to be really 100% safe with only benefits and longevity and zero side effects, the only solution is authentic and traditional yoga from India. You will find the most genuine, safe and and effective online yoga programs only on


By Team Wellzee | December 24th, 2015 | LEAVE A COMMENT



The world over, there is an increase in medications to manage pain. From paracetamol to morphine and more advanced medicines; are all used to manage chronic or momentary pain. Pain medication could be over the counter or prescribed by doctors based on specific conditions. It is also administered during or after dental procedures and even surgeries to reduce or eliminate pain. Most of these medications work by numbing the sensations or the nerve endings. Some are harmful in the long run and some may not have too many side effects. However, all medication will tend to have some side effects in the long term or short term.

Another problem is getting used to such medication and become psychologically dependent as well. So all in all, its not such a great idea to be dependent on pain killers. That brings us to an important question; what is to be done if pain killers are to be avoided? The answer is meditation.


There have been so many studies done on meditation and its impact on the mind and body. However, some studies concluded recently in the US clearly demonstrate the pain relieving effects of meditation and relaxation techniques to be found in Yoga. A few minutes of meditation everyday has found to have better pain relieving effects than even powerful drugs such as morphine.

Individuals groping with pain who incorporated yoga relaxation techniques and meditation techniques were found to have much calmer brain scans, reduction in actual pain and a significant reduction in even emotional pain.

In a clinical setting and under observation it was found that four twenty meditation sessions greatly improve pain treatment in patients with even chronic pain caused by serious diseases or surgeries. This was reported by a study in the Journal of Neuroscience.


These results combined with many others are very interesting for us. All of us who have become dependent on pain killers, over the counter pain medication, paracetamol and other more serious drugs now have a choice. Just by twenty minutes of meditation in a day, which is totally free, one can become, ‘pain free’ and lead great lives. Most of the times, it is not a disease or the surgery which is the problem, but the pain perception which causes disruption in our lives.

Imagine not having migraines, chronic headaches, unexplained body aches, pain related to arthritis and orthopedic problems and other pains not explained by pathology. We can actually move on to being active and lead active lives, free of pain.


The best programs to get you on the path to being painless are to be found on . Start with our stress management program which has all of the best techniques incorporated. In ninety days your life will start improving and by the time a year is over, you will be a changed person. Alternatively, you could also start with these techniques explained in this video given below.

In case you have any queries, please do write to us at and we shall be happy to help you out with a suitable online yoga program or meditation techniques. 


By Team Wellzee | December 22nd, 2015 | LEAVE A COMMENT



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 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 which will help you to make rapid improvements and forget the remote.


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.


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.


By Team Wellzee | December 18th, 2015 | LEAVE A COMMENT



The World over we talk about obesity, weight and fat percentages. We all tend to ignore an increasing waistline especially when we are young. By the time we reach middle age, our waistlines are well set at different levels. In fact, in today’s World, even the young have waistlines which are above normal. We do not really bother so long as we are active or young. A lot of times, we read information on the internet and feel happy if our body fat percentage is below prescribed limits or our waist to hip ratios are fine. What we do need to ask is that is our waist larger than what is required?


Various researches are now showing that a bulging waistline is more of a health concern than overall body fat percentages, body mass index and waist to hip ratios. Even if these are normal, the absolute waist size determines your future health status. This is a much better indicator of health than the other parameters. The other parameters and ideal guidelines are BMI or Body Mass Index and Waist to Hip Ratio. A greater than 0.5 waist to hip ratio is a strong indicator of high blood pressure and a BMI of greater than 25% is a strong indicator of being over weight.

Another surprising fact to be found is that the more affluent you are, the higher is the waistline as well obesity. The most affluent (especially women) have much higher waistlines followed by the middle income group and the least is to be found in lower income groups. Therefore, there is a clear link established now between comfort, lack of of physical activities and eating the wrong kind of foods. This link is much stronger in countries like India where the rich are fat and unhealthy and the poor are thinner but more healthy. However, This gap is fast decreasing and the poor are also getting fatter by the day thanks to availability of processed and junk foods at low prices and jobs which require less of physical effort.


There are different parameters of absolute waist size based on genetics, race, age and activity levels. However, there are two broad guidelines which have been established now for South Asians and for Caucasians for absolute waistline size.

a) For Caucasians the maximum recommended waistline is 35.4 inches for men and 31.4 inches for women.

b) For South Asians, it was the same waist recommendation till now. However, studies conducted in India show that anything above 31.2 inches for men and 29 inches for women starts increasing the risk for cardio metabolic diseases like diabetes, cardiovascular problems and high blood pressure. Of course, there are many other factors at play and one need not be too worried if you are really healthy and practicing Yoga on a regular basis.


If we go by these cut off recommendations even by caucasian standards, more than one third of people in India, China and many parts of the World including the USA are fat or over limit. Even children below thirteen are facing this problem and all young people from between thirteen to thirty are getting visibly fat.


These facts are not merely observations or something alarmist. So many researches over years in various countries have clearly shown that men and women with waistlines higher than the recommended limits are at between a twelve and twenty times higher risk of getting diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular diseases, breast and endometrial cancer. The younger you are with higher waistlines, the younger you develop these diseases. This is being especially being observed in South Asian countries where men and women even in their late twenties and thirties are increasingly getting these chronic diseases.


These problems occur because of the quality of fat that accumulates in the abdominal region. Even if your BMI and overall fat percentage is fine, the fat which resides in the abdominal and waist regions causes problems. This fat is known as visceral fat and is primarily responsible for releasing certain hormones and fatty acids in the blood. These cause an increase in blood glucose, hormonal imbalances and also cause inflammation of the immune system. Prolonged exposure to these factors over a period of time result in various diseases appearing even in apparently healthy individuals.


There are specific reasons which have been found which trigger accumulation of fat in the abdominal region apart from heredity (which actually plays only a small role). Most of the causes which have been identified are what are popularly known as lifestyle causes. The most important of these are:

  • Stress
  • Processed and packaged foods
  • Regular physical activity levels (and not just once a day exercise regimes)
  • Excess actual and hidden sugar intake
  • Eating more than required.


There are so many solutions which are simple to implement and we should all do. However, we get lazy and ignore all of these under various excuses. Some of these are:

  1. Regular exercise
  2. Regular movement and physical activities through the day
  3. Stop processed and packaged foods and junk food
  4. Reduce outside food
  5. Reduce or stop alcohol and sugar laden foods
  6. Manage stress

However, it has been found that one discipline takes care of all these at one go. That is Yoga. So start practicing authentic India based and genuine Yoga to take care of your waistline. Find the best online yoga programs to suit your needs on wellzee and get results within ninety days.


By Team Wellzee | December 9th, 2015 | LEAVE A COMMENT



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.


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


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.


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.


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.