Religiosity may improve stress levels: Dr Sushil Sharma

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, May 28: To enlighten the masses regarding the role of religion and spirituality in prevention of cardiac ailments, Head of Department Cardiology, GMCH Jammu Dr Sushil Sharma today organized cardiac awareness cum health checkup camp in association with SVS Charitable Trust at Rajouri.
The camp was inaugurated by Shri Shri 1008 Swami Vishwatamanand Ji Maharaj along with Dr Sushil Sharma and Vibodh Gupta amidst vedic invocations for universal peace and health for all. Around 2000 people benefitted from the health checkup camp. Free medicines were given as per advice. Important body tests viz., ECG, Lipid-profile, BMD, Blood sugar were also conducted.
Swami Vishwatamanand said religion is an important aspect of health care and attention to religious needs has been increasingly emphasized by healthcare professionals. The strength and comfort obtained from one’s faith in a personal relationship with God as a higher power include a sense of meaningfulness and well-being. Religious coping strategies and a sense of meaning help the patients suffering from chronic diseases to trust their strengths, accept new conditions, and cope through finding their inner selves
While interacting with the people Dr Sushil stated that studies have reported positive relationships between religiosity, general health, and mortality. Some studies suggested that more frequent participation in religious activities led to lower rates of smoking, and others reported that practicing religion may be related to lower all-cause mortality. Religiosity may improve health through several mechanisms. Religiosity may improve stress levels by providing an outlet to cope as it also encourages people to live healthy lives, including the prevention of substance or alcohol abuse. Social support among believers may also provide positive effects on their health. Prayer and meditation as a part of religious activities may also be a form of relaxation.