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Lifestyle Management

Posted by : Dr Sivaramakrishnan, 02 Jan 2012 01:48 AM
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Times immemorial Stress is a partner of Human beings. Stress has to be present for the survival of the Human being. It is in the past three decades that we have modified our Life-Style to suit the Urbanisation and Modernisation.  This has lead to mismanagement of Stress and in turn to the consequent stress related problems. So, actually Stress Management is Life-Style modification or Life-Style Management.

Our Anatomy and Physiology has not changed for billions of years. It is only in the past three decades that we have changed our Life-Style. The Life-Style we have adopted is one where there is no physical activity but plenty of mental activity. During our ancestral days there was only physical treat or stress, body reacts to physical stress with physical activity. Human beings were governed by the rule of survival of the fittest or might was right in those days. As mentioned we have changed our Life-Style in the last three decades, but our body is physiologically and anatomically the same. We today have only mental stress, no physical stress but our body still recognises only physical stress. This is a paradox, which has lead to ill effects of Stress. What is required is lot of physical activity with modified Life-Style. The stress today in an urban area is more than in rural area. The stress levels are much higher in city of Mumbai as compared to Chennai or Calcutta.

Stress is a motivating factor, which makes people perform better. As stress increases the performance improves till he reaches the optimum level of stress. The performance will be the best at the optimum level of stress. Any stress beyond this will bring down the performance and ultimately lead to both physical and mental fatigue. It is a common observation that the day the individual has lot of mental stress, he or she becomes totally fatigued by the end of the day.

What is the Lifestyle Today?
1.    High Stress levels
2.    Improper diet pattern
3.    Lack of quality sleep
4.    Lack of Aerobic activity
5.    Obesity
6.    Worklife imbalance
7.    Smoking/Alcohol

In Life Style Management clinic we do the Stress Audit of the individual. The Stress Audit covers the following aspects of the Life style:
1.    Behaviour
2.    Life Style
3.    Sources of Stress and overall stress levels
4.    Attitudes
5.    Health Profile

With the stress audit analysis we come to know the individual’s overall stress. Life style modifications are advised as per the stress audit analysis.  We help individuals to set their priorities in life

Distress symptoms at Individual level:

Physical- Hypertension, Coronary Artery disease, backache, arthritis/osteoporosis, headache, allergies, peptic ulcer, Diabetes. Mellitus, Ulcerative Colitis/Irritable bowel syndrome, skin disease, liver cirrhosis/fatty liver, respiratory diseases, impotency, insomnia and metabolic syndrome.

Psychological- Depression, alienation, anger, suspiciousness, irritability, frequent mood change, lack of self confidence, neuroticism, psychiatric disorder, irrational thoughts, poor concentration, and loss of memory.

Behavioural- Increased smoking, alcohol abuse, drug abuse, unsafe behaviour pattern / unsafe act, tendency to commit suicide, violence, aggression, restlessness, avoiding people, avoiding responsibility, indifference, speech disturbance,  absenting from work, clumsiness.

Organizational Level- Lowered quality and quantity of production / performance, low teamwork, low motivation, lack of trust, faulty decision making, increased rate of absenteeism, increased turnover of employees, work to rule, hike in accident rate, strikes, increased compensation awards, grievances, machine breakdown, and increased medical cost.

We believe that proactive life style modifications can help in preventing pre-mature onset the lifestyle diseases.
Lifestyle modifications after the onset of lifestyle disease will help in regressing the progress of the disease and be complementary & supplementary to the treatment.

Dr S Sivaramakrishnan

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