Stress and anxiety have become a part of lifestyles these days. Thanks to the chaotic lifestyle and the constant desire to stay ahead of everyone in life. Tension, stress and anxiety have become a common problem in our life. Due to stress and anxiety, many people find it difficult to manage the symptoms of stress. Although the little stress is productive for people the excess of stress can be really harmful to our physical, mental and emotional health. Ayurveda offers a beautiful escape from everyday tension. However, in order to understand it, we first have to explore what is stress and what is the perspective of Ayurveda on stress.
What are stress and the perspective of Ayurveda on stress management?
According to science, stress is something that constitutes the threat in the body and ignites a fight-flight response in our body. It can occur in any form whether an emotional pain or any kind of danger we experience at the moment. In the time of stress our sympathetic nervous system and initiate the secretion of cortisol hormone in the body. The chronic stress put our body in a difficult situation as it put our system on high alert and make us more vulnerable to stress.
The perspective of Ayurveda on stress
Ayurveda has a different take on stress as according to this ancient science stress is the root cause of various ailments. As the stress or sahas make our immunity very weak hence make it more susceptible to diseases. According to Ayurveda stress occurred in the body due to imbalance in the three vital forces of the body named Vata, pitta and Kapha. Ayurveda suggests that to effectively manage the everyday tension is to strengthening the adaptive power of the body so that it can deal with stress through lifestyle changes, dietary modification, and natural therapies. This combined approach is known as Rasayana therapy.
Here are some effective Ayurvedic techniques to manage everyday tension
Most of the people now live a very fast pace and busy lifestyle that leads to more stress. Although it seems very unreal and even scary; switching over to slower yet a balanced life is a key solution to the stress. All you have to do is to take one step at a time to achieve that balance in our daily routine. Gradually with each passing time, these positive changes will reinforce our intention and will make us successful in adopting a slower yet balanced lifestyle. Start this by breaking your day into parts or taking breaks into your task. Be conscious and aware while adapting these new habits that will help you to slow down in your life.
Commit to your daily dincharya
Ayurveda recommends that one should have their own daily routine or a dincharya which is really essential when we are trying to manage stress. As our psychology is very much supported by some sense of regularity. If we do not have a routine it creates more flux and irregularity in your life which can imbalance your vata. Making a routine that suits us helps in grounding us physically and steadying our feelings. Ayurveda recommends that sleep around 10 pm and wakes up before 6 am. Take your meal on time with lunch as your heavier meal and exercise daily.
This ancient practice of abhyanga or self-massage lubricate and rejuvenate the body tissue, calm nervous system and promote healthy blood circulation throughout the body. In Sanskrit oil is referred to as Sneha or love. Abhyanga is also taken as a profound practice of self-care as it benefits both the physical body and nervous system that reduce stress. Also, practice nasya which is an application of medicated oil to your nasal passage. It calms your nervous system by promoting clear breathing, soothing delicate tissue and reliving the delicate stress.
Generally, the imbalance in Vata dosha leads to stress and anxiety in the body. Hence it is good to avoid food that increases Vata in the body. Stay away from junk food and caffeinated or aerated drink as it can increase your vata. Include wholesome food in your diet as it is nourishing for your body and also keep your grounds. As Ayurveda consider our gut as a second brain and according to that our food affects our mood hence it is best to eat wholesome and well-cooked food can do wonders to our mood.
Quieten your mind and body
Chronic stress can lead to a ramp-up our sympathetic nervous system and when it comes to managing stress there is nothing better than yoga and meditation. The daily practice of yoga can bring our awareness back to the present moment, reset our nervous system and activating our parasympathetic nervous system; it helps in cultivating a healthier psychological response to the management of stress. If you are a beginner then you can also go for various online yoga courses. Also, meditation helps in detaching and responding to the source of stress rather than blindly reacting to the situation of stress. With the regular practice of meditation, we rewire the pattern of chronic stress by rewiring our response to it.
Keep these tips in mind and start with one step at a time and you will slowly back to a more natural, calm and happier state with the help of Ayurveda.