These Mumbaikars Beat Stress and Earned Peace


The stories of these Mumbaikars who overcame depression and tough times teach us a lot about stress management. Read on to get inspired and learn some useful stress management skills.



Sapna Bhavnani

The owner of celebrity salon Mad O Wot, Bandra is a self-taught hero who overcame some of life’s toughest situations. She dealt with stress and kicked it to the curb. She is now the owner of Mumbai’s most successful salons. Sapna opened up in a post on ‘Humans of Bombay’ about her rough past and what it took to overcome it. When she was a teenager, she was often called a ‘whore’ around Bandra for riding motorcycles and smoking cigarettes. After her father’s death, she moved to Chicago. One Christmas eve, while she was walking home, she was gang raped by a group of guys with a gun to her head. She talks about how she never let the stress and trauma from the incident break her spirit. She ended up marrying an old boyfriend and faced years of domestic violence. She walked out of the marriage and decided to channel all that stress and negativity into creating something positive. Today, she is one of the most sought after self-taught hair stylists in the city. One can really learn a lot about how to beat stress from her story.



Deepika Padukone

A few years ago, Deepika opened up to the world about how she had fought and struggled through depression. It was hard to believe that this Bollywood celeb, who was always so happy-go-lucky could have struggled with depression. She said that if her mother had not been there with her, she would have never made it through. She fought hard to beat the stress and get out of her depression. She was asked to take lots of medication but admits that it was sheer willpower that saved her in the end. She is very happy to see an increase in talks about depression awareness and stress management in the city recently. 





Stress Management Skills

Take a look at a few stress and time management tips to help you cope with the bustling pace of Mumbai.


Yoga

Most of Bollywood’s celebrities have adopted practicing yoga to beat stress, attain mental calm and stay fit. You should try it too. All you need is 30-45 minutes off from your busy schedule to practice yoga daily. You will be surprised to see how positive it will leave you feeling. It’s the perfect de-stressing therapy. The best part is, it doubles up as your daily dose of exercise too. The best yoga poses for stress are:

  • Sukhasana
  • Marjaryasana
  • Bitilasana
  • Uttana Shishosana


Priorities

With the busy schedules we live with in Mumbai, it’s very important that you prioritize your tasks for effective time management. Divide your tasks into categories. Tasks which are urgent and important should be finished off that day itself, preferably at the exact time they are due. Tasks that are important but not really that urgent can be left to be finished later depending on your schedule. Tasks which are urgent but not really as important should be delegated as much as possible, or left for when you have finished your other tasks for the day. Low priority tasks should be left to be completed in your spare time. Make sure you plan your day and week well in advance. Maintain a diary or calendar with reminders to ensure all your tasks are completed on time.


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