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5 Ayurvedic Tips for Anxiety and Stress

From an Ayurvedic perspective, health is defined as good appetite and digestion, notissuessues functioning, regular excretion of wastes, and balance of consciousness, mind, and senses. The key to holistic health is Agni, the digestive fire. When Agni is strong, Ojas (the essence of immunity) can be produced from food. As a result of chronic stress, since forty different types of Agni weaken in the body, the functions of the tissues slow down, digestion becomes irregular, wastes cannot be thrown out in a balanced way, and our immunity decreases as a result of the loss of balance.

Chronic stress first creates an imbalance in the Vata dosha. As a result of the destabilization of Vata dosha, one of the essential functions of which is the functioning of the nervous system in the body, symptoms such as anxiety, heart palpitations, hyperactivity, rapid thoughts, and insomnia occur.

From the Ayurvedic perspective, the Vata dosha must be balanced to manage the effects of anxiety and stress on the body and mind.

Ayurvedic recommendations for dealing with anxiety and stress

1. Follow Ayurvedic daily routines.

Our nervous systems do not like uncertainty. Living in harmony with the circadian rhythm, establishing a routine, eating, sleeping, waking, and working simultaneously every day gives our nervous system a sense of security, ease, and certainty. Therefore, learn the Ayurvedic daily routines that best suit your body type and practice them regularly. In the morning, clean your tongue, oil-pulling, and then drink warm lemon water. Eat regular meals. For better sleep, massage the soles of the feet and the top of the head with sesame oil before going to bed in the evening.

2. Take time for your physical and mental well-being.

During small breaks during the day, take time for personal activities that make you feel good, such as taking short walks, listening to your favorite songs, doing guided meditation and yoga, keeping a diary, painting, and participating in a training program.

3. Keep Agni strong.

Do not eat cold food or drink cold water for a strong Agni. Drink warm water during the day, and consume ginger cinnamon teas. Avoid waiting for meals, and do not consume raw garlic onion. Do not use a microwave. Take a break from cold salads; prefer warm and oily dishes. Consume even olive oil dishes in moderation.

4. Take care of your diet.

Do not stay hungry for long. Consume meat dishes in the form of steamed vegetables, soups, and stews. Cut down on alcohol, tea, and coffee. Stay away from dry foods (dried fruit, crackers, etc.), even if they are healthy. Consume yogurt, milk, eggs, seeds, and nuts. Reduce gas-producing legumes and vegetables. Opt for sweet and sour foods instead of acrid, puckered foods. Use spices like ginger, cloves, cinnamon, and cardamom. Avoid fried, oily, and sugary foods. Don’t let your body waste its energy trying to digest them; that energy is needed to feel good 🙂

5. Take care of your mind-body-spirit balance.

Practice controlling your mind with tools such as yoga and meditation. Do breathing exercises (for example, Nadi-Shodhana Pranayama) so that blockages in the physical body are cleared and prana, that is, life energy, can flow freely through the body. Support yourself with meditations on self-compassion and surrender. Take care to be as slow and balanced as possible in yoga practices; prefer more rooting flows and yin yoga than high-speed and energizing techniques.

Insomnia, flatulence, constipation, extreme weakness, weight loss, weakness, fatigue; dry, hard, flaking skin; ringing in the ears; brittle nails, hair, and bones; heart palpitations, joint noise, and joint pain/ache are other signs of an imbalance of the Vata dosha. In other words, with its immense wisdom, your body sends signals to take care of your lifestyle and diet. Although these recommendations are for everyone to benefit from, in cases of chronic imbalance, I recommend you to seek Ayurvedic counseling for an ayurvedic diet and lifestyle plan suitable for your temperament.