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					Stress Management
What is this life if full of care?
We have no time to stand and stare,
No time to stand beneath the boughs,
And stare as long as sheep and cows.
   Too much to do
   and too little time
             I need more time!
             I want to enjoy my life
              more. I’m always running
              around. I never have time
              for myself.
             I have no balance between
              my personal life and work.
             Give me a break



This just isn’t life, I’m
    stressed out….
Guess what !!! Stress
is predicted to be the
 major killer for the
  21 st century : Not

AIDS or CANCER !!
           Definition

          Oxford Dictionary

A state of affair involving demand on
       physical &/ mental level
     Nine kinds of potentially
       stressful conditions
1. High parentage => High standards
2. Wealthy man => Fear of losing wealth
3. Powerful => Fear of the more powerful
4. Honor => Fear of dishonor
5. Beautiful => Fear of aging factors
6. Expertise in a field => Fear of defeat in
   debate
7. Hypocrisy => Fear of being exposed
8. For the embodied => Fear of Death
           Healthy => fearful of
           disease (bhogi roga bhayam)
1.   I am the greatest.
    Not only do I
    knock em out,
    I pick the round!
2. Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.
     Rumble, young man, rumble.
     Aaaaaaagh!
3. "Eat your words! Eat your words! I am the
     greatest."
              - Muhammad Ali shouting at reporters who had dismissed him
              as a loudmouth and a fake before his fight with Sonny Liston .
               Healthy => fearful of
                     disease
In 1980….
   Ali contracted Pugilistic Parkinsonism,
     brought on by repetitive trauma to the
                      head
At the 1996 summer Olympics in Atlanta that
    saw Ali on hand for the opening
    ceremonies…
     His hands trembling with palsy from the effects of
    Parkinson's disease, Ali took the torch that was relayed
    to him from swimmer Janet Evans, lit the Olympic flame
          Healthy => fearful of
                disease

           Following the event
A NEWSPAPER REPORTER…
     “Are you still the greatest”

MUHAMMAD ALI
 “Yes, I am still the greatest… I am the
               greatest fool”
           Healthy => fearful of
                 disease
Example of Mr.Boeing
 – Under his guidance, a tiny airplane
   manufacturing company grew into a
   huge corporation of related industries
  Owned practically an entire island to
   himself
  Suffering due to urinary tract problem
  Constant fear
      When Do I Go To Toilet Next !!!!
 High parentage => High
       standards
        (kule chuti bhayam)

  Maintaining status quo

   What will others say ?

My parents want it to be this
            way…
 I want it to be that way !!
        Wealthy man => Fear of
        losing wealth
        (vitte nrpalat bhayam)

The Great Economic Depression
                       1929…..
 With supply exceeding demand, prices
  started to fall until deflation took hold of the
  economy
 Suicide rates and murders per thousand
  inhabitants grew to record levels [Paper =
  Money]
 85,000 businesses went bankrupt. Their
  losses amounted to 4.5 billion
        Powerful => Fear of the
        more powerful (bale ripu bhayam)
 Fear of Competition
 “Tata vs Birla”
 “Sun vs Microsoft battle over Java”
  – http://www.zdnetindia.com/news/international/stories/9170.htm
    l
        Honor => Fear Of being
        dishonoured (Mane dainya bhayam)
 For one who has been honoured,
  – Dishonor is worse than death

 Example of Hitler :
  – Went into hiding after the world war –
    supposed to have committed suicide…


 Example :
  – Social Pressure for a 9 pointer who is
    writing an exam
      • “How much syllabus has my peer covered by now ?”
      Beautiful => Fear of
      aging factors
1. Example of French Actress Brigette
 Bardott
  – Went into seclusion when she saw a
   wrinkle on her face

2. The whole cosmetic industry
  flourishes on this principle
  – You wont grow old man !!
   Expertise in a field =>
   Fear of defeat in debate

  This is true not just of the
     present but since the
 beginning of human existence

Debates have been a prominent
    part of the people’s life
           Hypocrisy => Fear of
             being exposed

      The Piltdown Man Fraud

The whole world is hinged on
         “COVER-UP ACTIVITY”


What will they say / what will they think
      For the embodied =>
      Death is greatest fear

1. Death is certain.
   As sure as death

2. Death Comes without a call

3. But no one wants to die !!!!!
   – Thus there is stress
           A PARADOX

Every time one faces stress owing to a
  combination of one or more of these
                fears….

     First you lose your health to gain wealth !!

       Then you lose wealth to gain health !!!!
       TYPES OF STRESS

 Eustress
  – Eustress can be defined as a pleasant or
    curative stress. We can't always avoid stress,
    in fact, sometimes we don't want to. Often, it is
    controlled stress that gives us our edge in
    performance related activities
 Distress
  – Distress is an unpleasant or disease-producing
    stress. Chronic, sustained, uncontrolled stress
    of a negative type may lead to a compromised
    immune system, illness, and even death.
The Stress Curve diagram
          You Can’t Do away With
              Stress Factors
 A bit of stress is required though for
 performance of one’s activity
 We don’t have control over factors that
 produce stress
   – Example : We can’t control Market flow/stocks
 There will be rains.
   – Can you do away with rains to avoid getting
     wet ?
No…
 You Use an umbrella !!!!!



 LESSON :
  – If one takes proper precautions, one
    will be unaffected despite all stressful
    factors !!!
TWO TYPES OF SOLUTIONS
          TO
       DISTRESS


Symptomatic

Pathological
                    SYMPTOMATIC
                     TREATMENT

      You see boils on your friend’s hand Ouch!!


               And you pierce them

So You Take to Drugs/smoking to counter
Stress
   •First you take a cigarette
   •Then the cigarette takes you !!!
                PATHOLOGICAL
                 TREATMENT
 You take him/her to the doctor and

  – Get a checkup done

  – After a thorough checkup, you take the
    prescription which is aimed at the
    pathogens which are at the root of your
    disease!!!
 So, in the domain of Stress Management, you look
           at the underlying cause of stress
        SOLUTION

 How to put ourselves in a situation where
  one is not influenced by factors producing
  distress ?

 You are in stress
  – You may take to smoking => You are simply
    postponing the problem
  – You must remove the root cause of stress
              ROOT CAUSE OF
                 STRESS
 Every person has his priority of
  attachment. The nine types of fears are
  examples of fear produced by such an
  attachment
 Attachment is a symptom of the mind…

      STRESS IS A PHYSIOLOGICAL
    DISTURBANCE CAUSED BY MENTAL
      ANXIETIES OF THE NINE KINDS
          DISCUSSED EARLIER.
 Thus managing
stress has a lot to
do with managing
       the
      Mind
      To manage mind

 There must be proper study of mind,
  in the form of a science
 The process must be practical
 Based on such a theory :
  – There should be examples of Stress
    Management in the past
  – There should be living examples of
    stress management
     BHAGAVAD GITA
  A classic for Stress management

Quoted from ….
        The Economic Times (February 8)
                  - S. K. Shelgikar
The best prescription for stress management
  and counselling on the spot is in the
  Bhagavad-Gita. Arjuna was under tremendous
  pressure to win the Mahabharata war, but he
  was distressed at the thought of fighting
  against his relatives, friends and elders. Great
  warrior though he was, he broke down under
  the stress, and laying aside his weapons
  declared to Krishna, his charioteer, that he
  would not fight.
 Lord Sri Krishna helped Arjuna emerge
 from the after-effects of stress, by taking
 him through the path of sankhya/dhyana
 marg, karma marg, bhakti marg, and made
 him come to the conclusion,
  – "I am now ready to do whatever you say to
    fight the great war."

 From this episode of stress management
 and counselling session, evolved a
 profound theory for the rest of the world
 for the rest of the time.
 The prescriptions given by Krishna are
 timeless and also applicable to the human
 race as a whole, whether in the East or
 West, irrespective of sect or stream that
 any person follows.

 One who can understand and practice the
 code of conduct as outlined in the Gita,
 will never require a single lesson of stress
 management in his life, even if he is part
 of the proverbial rat race in the global
 market place.
   (2) BODY AND SOUL
MISIDENTIFICATION
WE ARE NOT HUMAN BEINGS WITH A
  SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE WE ARE
 SPIRITUAL BEINGS WITH A HUMAN
          EXPERIENCE
FISH OUT OF WATER
(3) Chanting   and Prayer
     Art of Karma Yoga


Mother taking care of Child
REALISE YOUR SPIRITUAL POTENTIAL
Thank you

				
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