World Diabetes Day with Transcendental Meditation
According to WHO’s report, the number of diabetic patients has risen from 109 million to 422 million in 2014. This drastic change has left us astounded. Is it the lifestyle or the environmental impact? Hard to figure out but definitely an alarming sign for all of us. According to the IDF statistics, presently every seven seconds someone is estimated to die from diabetes or its complications, with 50% of those deaths (4 million in total per year) occurring under the age of 60 years. Diabetes, just as it appears, is a very common problem these days but the fact that it goes on to generation after generation is pretty much horrifying. These medicines do give you instant relief but harm your body for the long run and create other internal problems in our body. Diabetes is directly linked to heart problems, and high blood pressure being one of its biggest consequences. For diabetic patients, stress offers at least two of the problems. We’re more likely to engage in situations that are not good for our health under the influence of stress as a direct effect it raises blood sugar levels. Given the current lifestyle scenario, we often tend to eat a lot of carbohydrates and want to sit on a couch in front of the TV instead of exercising because stress makes us less disciplined and more self-indulgent. Exercising, for that matter, isn’t just about flexing your muscles but also your mind. Meditation has numerous physical and mental benefits if practiced regularly. Things like the development of an accepting mind, the ability to let go of stressful events, the understanding of how to choose one’s battles and keeping a balance between work-life helps a great deal to combat the everyday life struggles. As suggested by research studies, “practicing meditation regularly helps people reduce their bodies’ responses to stress by lowering blood pressure, slowing heart rate, reducing oxygen intake, and changing the brain waves to a more relaxed state.” Regular meditation could develop skills in responding mindfully, meaning you will think before you act. As you start practicing meditation regularly you will notice that your decisions are more thoughtful, taking decisions in a haste only adds up to the stress. A lot of research studies have indicated that people, who have the ability to cope with stress and a deeper understanding of themselves, live better with diabetes in terms of the general quality of life. Diabetes self-care and meditation both require discipline and commitment. A daily-plan which includes both has tremendous pay-offs. Dr Prem Khullar, a retired professor from Delhi, was a patient of high blood pressure and has been taking medicines religiously. After being introduced to the TM technique and following it regularly, she says “Now after doing this (TM) course and practicing meditation for some time I have noticed that the dosage of my medicine has reduced.” Heart-stroke, anxiety, depression are some of the major by-products of diabetes which we tend to take lightly. This World Diabetes Day, let’s join hands to make our lives better and stress-free in our best capacities. Meditation works in a lot of ways if practiced dedicatedly, it effectively calms the mind and makes your life simplified.