Practical Daily Tips for Stressful Times
#1 Reason for Doctor Appointments: Stress/Anxiety
Is stress playing a bigger role in your life than you would like it to? For most of us,the answer is absolutely.
When we endure stress, systems in the body can be negatively affected: the digestive system and metabolic function (including imbalances in body weight), the cardiovascular system, the musculoskeletal system, the nervous system, the reproductive system, and the immune system.
Excess stress can also impact our mental and emotional states, our relationships.
Ayurveda shines in its capacity to distill a host of complex maladies into an elegantly simple collection of qualitative patterns, which help to illuminate a clear path toward healing for each individual. Ayurveda's approach to managing stress is a prime example of a natural, holistic approach to reducing stress.
Five Steps to Re-Balance:
1. Slow Down One of the most important first steps in balancing stress is to slow down. However, when we’re accustomed to living a fast-paced, busy life, slowing down can seem impossible. It is not. When we get clear about our priroties we can begin to have amore balanced daily life and we feel the benefits instantly.
2. Self Care is not Indulgent, it is a basic need. Each day, regardless of what else might be going, investing a little bit of time provides a significant return on your health. Choosing to prioritize things like adequate rest and other practices can help us stay centered as we navigate the turbulence of the world around us.
– Take a Bath
– Try Oil Pulling
– Do Daily Self Massage
– Practice Nasya
– Be Outside
– Read Uplifting Books
– Rest on Park Bench, near water when possible
– Have a Good Laugh with a Friend
– Get Adequate Rest
3. Daily Rhythms are Balancing
Ayurveda recommends a daily routine for everyone as that provides us a settling rhythm to the day--the body and mind know what to expect and appreciate the consistency. Actually, it is amazing how beneficial few tweaks to our day can be. Think about the natural world and how prevalent routines are; most plants and animals are profoundly attuned to the cycles of day and night, the seasons, and other patterns that direct the broader community of life
A Word About Exercise Exercise can be a panacea for improved health improving things like sound sleep, the and the ability to relax. Proper exercise helps to release accumulated tension, move stagnant mental and emotional energy, and improve circulation.
4. Quiet the Mind-Body-- Chronic stress tends to ramp up the sympathetic nervous system so that our bodies react to even benign situations as if they were threatening (think fight-flight response.) Ayurveda recommends a number of therapies like pranayama/breathing, yoga, and meditation as an effective means of breaking this cycle, resetting the nervous system. These new habits break the stress cycle.
Ayurvedic herbs also support health in the mind and the nervous system and can be incredibly effective. This step is about calming the nervous system qnd appreciating that things can be different.
– Breathing Practices
– Yoga Practices
Rethink Stress -Studies show that how we feel about the stress in our lives affects its impact on our physiology. If we view stress as a harmful influence, it generally is. If however, we view stress as an adaptive response to a difficult situation, its negative impacts are dramatically reduced.
5. Eat Food that is Good for YOU- Eating correctly for you does not need to be overwhelming. Simple approaches to eating well, and it can be done, have a profound and lasting impact. Food needs to be a wholesome, simple, and managable so it is a sustainable habit.