Dr Ramakanta Panda who is the Chief Consultant for Cardiovascular Thoracic Surgery and the Vice Chairman and Managing Director of the Asian Heart Institute in Mumbai, while speaking to Republic about World Heart Day said that people can also relax while they are stuck in traffic.
He said, “I think a part of the modern lifestyle has become that we live in metros and small cities, and traffic jams are a part of our lives. Getting stuck in a jam for 15-20 minutes or for one or two hours is common.”
“If you’re stuck in traffic, you have no control, and you can’t do anything except for probably listening to music. I think that is definitely going to relax you. If you’re not driving, many things you can do that can relax you.”
While also talking about things that he himself practices when he’s travelling, he said, “Some of the things that I personally do; one is yoga. Now yoga has many forms, one is that physical form of yoga and the other one that involves breathing exercise and what you call meditation. No matter how much noise outside, you can focus and do it. You can do breathing exercises and that I regularly practice that in the 30-40 minutes that I get from my home to the hospital. I do yoga."
While suggesting another alternative to relax, Dr Panda said, “Another one that I will suggest and I commonly do is for people who love reading books-just read a book you really love.”
“Again, this is recommended for people who are not driving. If you’re getting stressed out, do something that you enjoy.”
On a related note, World Heart Day is celebrated worldwide on September 29.