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18 April 2010

Break Monotony in Daily Life and Keep Away Stress, Anxiety and Depression


© Harish Jharia

With the advent of modern ways of life, our bodies have become inactive and we have confined ourselves within the fore-walls of our homes imposing on us a sort of solitary confinement in the name of luxury. We do not know anything about our next door neighbor  and even keep being ignorant about the whereabouts of our family members. We live lonely lives and claim to enjoy our solitude.  We install indoor gym gadgets and do workout on them rather than venturing out for a jog and exercise in fresh air in the open natural environment. 

We close our windows and doors of our house and put-on electric lights to maintain visibility, rather than using the natural light bestowed upon us in abundance by the Mother Nature. . We stop cross ventilation, inhale stagnated air and create an unhealthy artificial environment in our homes, in stead of letting the fresh breeze enter our abode and induce new lives in our bodies. We mostly try to find a place to sit down wherever we go. If we stand we try to rest our shoulder against a wall. We don’t do our personal chores ourselves and wait for someone else to arrive and do those jobs for us.

In all, the lives of the masses in the upper-middle class bracket and in the higher status are stale, inactive and dull. Majority of people are over-weight and have many acquired diseases like diabetes , hypertension, heart diseases, etc. In spite of all the facilities and nutritious food, the life expectancy in modern times is declining. As a result of that, star hospitals that are mushroomed all around and engaged in surgeries like Angioplasty, Bypass surgery and other open-heart surgeries with a long queue in waiting are minting money. These hospitals are doing roaring business and there are more medical stores in our towns and cities as compare to the number of fruit juice shops in the market.

Now, here is the time when you should break the monotony in your lives and take yourselves out on a move. Do not sit idle; leave your resting place and venture out for taking yourself in natural surroundings.  The best way is to wakeup at 6am in the morning and go to a nearby jogging park and take a brisk walk or jog of two and a half kilometers. In addition to that, do some stretching exercises for making your body a bit more flexible.

By doing so, you will break the monotony  of your indoor life that you unknowingly impose upon yourself. You come out of your solitary confinement from your house and live in open air and natural environment for an hour or so. You inhale fresh air and feel the pleasure of the pleasant views of sun rise and the successive changing colors of the flora and fauna around you with the rising sun. You will have to venture out of your house leaving behind your bed and the monotonous inactive life.

It would be a good idea to know about the people next door. It is believed that when we meet different people we undergo a psychological exercise by introducing ourselves to the different ways of life lived by different people.  We usually think that we are the only ones who are passing through the struggles and diversities of human life . By meeting others, we would find that not only us even each one in the world is encountering the adversities of life.

It is a natural instinctive belief that “we have bigger brains while the wallets of others are heavier”.  We need to understand the fact that human life is not a cake walk. Human life is full of struggles and problems that have to be faced and resolved all by ourselves. No one is going to rush for our rescue.  We need to keep cool for making ourselves prepared for the struggle because the moment we lose our cool, we also lose our mental and physical strength in the same proportion.

Pugilists  are usually instructed to keep their cool intact in the ring, lest the boxer might lose the bout. Human life is no less complex than a boxing bout; where a wink of our eye would provide a chance to the opponent to hit a punch right on our jaw.  A boxer is required to be well aware of the game strategy and psychological attitude of his opponent. He also needs to keep an eye on their location on the ring in order to decide his own strategy to fight the bout to win.

In the same way we also need to be well aware about the people around us and their nature, attitude and social environment out there. By doing so we develop self confidence and courage for keeping ourselves well prepared for facing any adversities  and eventualities in our life. Breaking the monotony of our daily life by doing these exercises will give piece of mind, reduce our stress level and the fear for unknown threats in our mind will vanish.

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- Harish Jharia

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