Tension is the
root problem of all the diseases. The moment one is in tension,
one loses his attention and concentration which also leads
further to various physical and psychological diseases. Some of
the psychological and physical diseases could be anxiety,
hopelessness, anger, head ache, depression, frustration, loss of
memory, loss of mindís balance, blood clotting, high BP,
palpitation, chest pain, heart attacks, chronic fatigue and even
death. In today's life the tension might be due to the deal with
high tech careers, fast paced business transactions, job
changes, separations, illness, divorces, death of family member,
financial crisis, failure in exams, etc. In today's fast life,
the moment one gets up in the morning, his or her mind is full
of tension to fulfill the jobs and commitments for the day at
any cost. The result is that by night he or she is more
exhausted and tense for the next day's pressure and the circle
goes on like this weaving him or her into more and more problems
everyday. He or she is least bothered about himself or herself.
The three types of tension are Muscular Tension, Emotional
Tension and Mental Tension.
Muscular Tension is related to the body itself, the nervous
system and endocrine imbalances. These are easily removed by
the deep physical relaxation attained in the state of Yoga
Emotional Tension arises from various emotional feelings
which are sometimes more difficult to erase like love and
hatred, profit and loss, success and failure, sadness and
happiness. This is because we are unable to express our
emotions freely and openly. Often we refuse to recognize
them, so they are repressed, and the resulting tensions
become more and more deeply rooted. It is not possible to
relax these tensions through ordinary sleep or relaxation. A
method such as yoga Nidra can tranquilize the entire
emotional structure of the mind.
Mental Tension arises due to the excessive mental activity.
The mind is a whirlpool of fantasies, confusions and
oscillations. Throughout our life, the experience registered
by our consciousness is accumulated in the mental body. From
time to time these explode, affecting our body, mind
behavior and reactions. When we are sad, angry or irritated,
we often attribute that condition of the mind to some
superficial cause. But the underlying cause behind manís
abnormal behavior lies in the accumulated tensions on the
mental plane. The main solution of all these tension is the
Yog Nidra. Yoga nidra is the science of relaxation which
enables each of us to dive deep down into the realms of the
subconscious mind, thereby releasing and relaxing mental
Symptoms of Tension
Some of the symptoms of tension are as follows:
Tension in the face, neck and back which can be quite
Aggressive behaviors by which you tend to overreact to
Cold, sweaty hands and disrupted breathing patterns.
Negative frame of mind.
Increased stomach acidity
Loss of appetite and weight
National Institute of Mental Health, USA says
"Since you cannot build a life completely free from stress
or even distress, it is important that you develop some ways
dealing with stress."