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One of the major pitfalls of modern professional as well as personal life is stress. With obesity and bad diet, stress completes the unholy trinity of the three pronged problems which contributes to many modern lifestyle related disorders. Even if you control obesity and diet through lifestyle changes, stress is inherent in our everyday life and mostly is not in your control.
However, Ayurveda has some great methods through, which you can limit or minimize stress and limits its effect on your mind, body and soul.
Ayurveda - The holistic approach to stress
Ayurveda has been around for thousands of years and is thus, a great tool to fight or reduce many of the physical and mental ailments that afflict you. Ayurveda’s approach at busting stress is thus, very well rounded. These methods help keep your mind still to reduce stress and also reduce the ill effects of stress on your body. Some of the elements of this holistic diet are mentioned below:
- Change your diet: Stress creates craving for unhealthy food, which is either very spicy or has a lot of processed sugar or fat. It is a temporary fix, which is again required when the next bout of stress hits, resulting in a pattern akin to addiction. One of the first steps is to break the cycle by changing eating habits. Stress occurs as a reaction to adversities in the world and rather than food aggravating the vata, pitta and kapha doshas, it should pacify and balance them. Whole and healthy food is what you need in such a case and it can comprise of
- Root vegetables
- Simple foods such as rice or roti
- Green vegetables among others
Drink herbs in form of beverages to reduce stress: There are many forms of Ayurvedic herbs, which can help combat stress. One natural response among many people when stressed is to consume coffee or tea in large quantities, which may actually aggravate the problem. Try drinking Ayurvedic herbs as tea, which have been specially formulated to combat stress and correct the unbalanced doshas within the body.
Try Aromatherapy: Incense sticks and other specially formulated aroma candles can be used to create a relaxing atmosphere in your home where you can sit and meditate while the pleasant aromas and the herbs within them can lower your stress level and act as a release point.
Abhyanga: This is a form of self-massage with the help of specially medicated herbal Ayurvedic oils. It helps the body by relaxing the muscles, lubricating connective tissues and also improving circulation. Abhyanga reduces stress within the body and keeps you calm and relaxed. This will help you to reduce stress and also handle it better on a daily basis.
Pranayama, yoga and exercise: One of the most effective tools to combat stress and improve your physiological condition is through yoga and pranayama. Pranayama in particular is one of the most effective methods to regulate multiple functions of the body and to ensure your mind stays still and calm. Certain yoga poses can also be emphasized on to ensure better stress relief. Also ensure that you diligently follow your exercise routine daily as it is proven to be one of the most effective ways of combatting stress.
Herbs: Certain herbs can be used as medications, which can restore the balance of doshas. Sometimes, stress is caused due to internal problems rather than incitement from the outside world. Some of the herbs that can be used in medicated combinations in such cases are triphala, ashwagandha and brahmi. However, it is best to consult with an Ayurvedic practitioner who can prescribe tailor made medications for you.
Our days are filled with endless tasks that pave the way for stress to become part and parcel of our lives. And when left unmanaged, stress can not only interfere with your mood, but impair productivity and immune function as well. Stress is a natural response activated in the brain, excessive stress can cause damage to the mental health and increases the risks of various diseases, such as headaches, migraines, heart attacks, heartburn, constipation, etc.
Therefore, managing stress is of great importance and can be achieved easily if you carefully incorporate the following stress busters into your everyday life.
- Be more active: Stress is known to increase the level of stress hormones such as cortisol in the body. And it is by indulging yourself in more and more physical activities that these hormone levels can be maintained at desired levels.
- Eat healthy: A nutritious and balanced diet has an important role to play in stress management. Lack of adequate nutrition can make you feel physically and emotionally drained and difficult to deal with the stressors. Completely avoiding tobacco, alcohol, and caffeine can actually help in reducing stress levels.
- Ensure plenty of sleep: While stress is known to interrupt a sound sleep, similarly, the lack of proper sleep is also responsible for making you feel stressed. Having a proper sleep is not only necessary for keeping the biological clock of your body on track, but also for feeling fresh and relaxed. Therefore, to deal with stress, try to have an uninterrupted sleep.
- Consider meditating: Mindful prayer and meditation help both the mind and the body to focus and relax. Practicing meditation on a regular basis can not only make you feel more focused and develop new perspectives, but also help the body in releasing the emotions that are responsible for causing stress.
- Give yourself a break: No matter how difficult it may seem, you must learn to give yourself some time off from all the stressors to manage stress. Whether it's the work pressure in your office or some household responsibilities, you have to step away from it for a few minutes at least which can eventually make you feel less overwhelmed.
- Maintain social support: Simply talking to someone can also help you manage your stress better. Sharing your feelings and concerns with a friend can either help in releasing the built-up tension from within or keep you distracted from the stressors. Therefore, next time you feel stressed, talk to someone whom you trust and who can validate and understand you.
Stress refers to the body's way of reacting to any threat, demand, and change. And to keep stress at bay from interrupting your mental as well as physical health, don’t hesitate to talk to a psychiatrist, if necessary.