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January 14, 2013

How celebrating festivals can help coping with stress

Festivals to Cope With Routine Stress

It’s Uttarayan here in India. Oh, and if you don’t know what Uttarayan is, let me tell you, it is one of the loudest festivals of India, especially here in Gujarat. Even the laziest people get up around 5:00 AM in the morning and climb the terraces before sunrise to fly kites.

Kite wars happen rampant as the day rises. The sky is filled up with colorful kites all day long. Loud movie songs play all around you. Electricity cuts are the only time people sit down and relax. The moment it goes up, the shouts, the music, the fun, the chaos happens again.

People here in India know something amazing about festivals, and life. Here, we know that festivals help us get away from our life’s harsh realities – the psychological realities we create in ourselves in our day to day lives are much tougher to live by than the ones that actually are.

No one’s life is perfect. Everyone in this world has something to regret about, whether they accept it or not. But, when our brains are stuck with those realities, we can’t think about the future, or even the gratefulness of the present.

And everyone should understand this, you know. If you are frustrated, unhappy, feeling depressed or confused about your life, and if you’ve stressed your brain too much all along, you should just get a much needed break for yourself.

Albert Einstein used to go boating in the summers and take his violin along. He would sit there and play violin all afternoon – or maybe, he secretly meditated upon his math problems, though not that we know of.

If you can’t take bigger breaks, take smaller ones, but take them, from time to time. If you’re an introvert, you’ll want to celebrate things in silent environments (just like Einstein) and for extroverts, you might enjoy rock-jam with thousands of people jumping to the music.

But, try and not keep your mind always thinking about those dumb routine things. Take a break. Take a deep breath. Meet new people. Eat Pray Love, and celebrate. Photo by Meena Kadri via Flickr