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    By: Upala KBR, Mid-Day
    Thursday, February 22, 2007
    Saif Ali Khan's recent hospitalisation is a cause for concern for B-Town stars, thanks to the stressful lives they lead.

    We asked Bollywood's top stars whether Saif's recent heart condition has frightened them into becoming more health conscious and easing their hectic schedules.

    Ajay Devgan: Que sera sera

    I am not scared. Whatever has to happen will happen. It's not the first time an actor has been stressed out, so I don't even think it's a big issue.

    I've been told Saif's fine. Stress is a part and parcel of our lives. The only way to cut down on stress is to not think too much about it and balance your time well.

    People other than actors also lead stressful lives - even getting an education is stressful today! You have to cope and take care of yourself in the process.

    As far as cutting down on smoking is concerned, I have not thought about it yet but let's see. I am quite health-conscious and control my diet. I eat right and work out regularly. I take care of myself as much as I can.

    Shah Rukh Khan: No darr

    It is a serious issue for sure, but let's not make Saif feel as if his world has come to an end. We are adults and are fully aware of our job's advantages and pitfalls.

    The stakes are high, so are the stress levels. And yes, sometimes the workload does get a bit more than a handful - meetings, shootings, press conferences, travelling, odd sleeping hours and Fridays.

    More than me, my family is always worried about my health. I have been trying to cut down on smoking for a while now.

    As for my other habits, I don't drink, have very simple eating habits and work out to strengthen my back whenever time permits.

    I don't waste my time getting depressed or attached to good things. Material things are not important - most important are prayers to Allah, and my biggest stress busters are my babies.

    Akshay Kumar: Taking time off

    The workload and pressure can get too much at times. We actors have no fixed working hours and are constantly jetting between film shootings, ad films and shows, besides meetings with designers, media, script readings, sealing contracts, etc., so sometimes you end up feeling like you are on the job 24/7.

    But there are things you can do to keep stress levels in check. I don't take on things I can't fit into my schedule. You've got to learn to say 'No'. The best way for me to deal with stress is to take short breaks whenever I can.

    In fact, I was in Khandala last weekend with my family. I also make sure I take an annual vacation with my wife and son. You can't keep working all the time.

    You have to give your body and mind time to unwind and relax. I also meditate and work out, which really helps. I don't smoke or drink so that keeps most health problems at bay.

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