Do you have a mindset that is calm, aware and in tune with the world around you?
Humans have the capability to be in a place of peace and clarity which will allow us to create the life we desire. However, this mindset can be fleeting with the arrival of stress.
When we encounter something that stresses us out, our mindset can be shaken and priorities can fall to the way side. This stress comes in physical, mental and emotional forms, all equally disrupting.
Ayurveda And Stress
Ayurveda is often referred to as the ‘sister science to yoga’. Ayurveda strives to cultivate a balanced experience of life by addressing one’s unique individual needs.
Whether you’ve practiced the physical form of yoga (asanas) or not, Ayurveda wisdom offers diet and lifestyle recommendations to cultivate peace, clarity and calm, and prepare you to stand your ground when stressful situations come your way. Let’s take a look.
Deflating Mental Stress
Mental demands come from ourselves, our families, our friends and our work. We have a brain at our disposal that is capable of infinite possibilities. However, it often gets cluttered and can begin to cause us problems.
One of the largest influences on the mind in today’s society are computers. They are a part of almost every function and most all jobs require the use of one. This puts many people behind the screen for hours, which can raise the level of mental stress and cause a deficit of physical body use. Uh oh, imbalances are never a good thing. Let’s look into this further.
You have 3 New Messages!
What do you think when you see 3 new messages pop up on your phone? Do you stop before reading them and ask yourself how it might affect your mental state? Waking up to an alarm immediately triggers stress, follow that up with a smartphone full of notifications and your stress response is off and running. In that tender state, fresh out of sleep, you are bombarded with information.
Now, imagine seeing a work email that demands urgency. In previous times, we wouldn’t know or be expected to know about an issue 24/7. Now, we often are. Once you know about a problem, you can’t un-know it. The rest of your morning will be affected by the issue, even if you can’t do anything about it immediately. This is just one small example of a mental stressor.
Are You a Balloon About to Pop?
Imagine a balloon getting air blown into it. Throughout the day, a little air is blown into it, then a little more, and a little more. If you let the air out, the balloon will remain in a usable condition. However, if you keep blowing and blowing, it will pop and be no good for anyone.
There is a range of mental stress levels that work in the same way; from acute to chronic.
Acute stress is any individual stressor that occurs. If the stress is confronted and handled, it is released. In contrast, if stress from many situations pile up, eventually it becomes too much to manage. At this point, it is considered chronic, and can begin it’s manifestation as a physical illness. Considering this, it is so important to identify even the small stressors, and then deflate them throughout the day.
Ayurveda wisdom teaches that we need to have cleansing routines as part of our lifestyle so that we have a strong foundation to begin with.
Stress comes from overexerting the mind which disrupts the balance within Prana Vata, the mind’s operator of energy and brain activity. This can manifest as hyperactivity, loss of focus, loss of recall, inability to retain information, reduction of decision making abilities, depression and insomnia.
Think of a stressed mind as a faucet that is clogged up with debris. The small amount of water that does come out, will be tainted. The faucet needs to be cleaned so clean water can rush through. Your body needs to be cleansed, so your mind can work unhindered.
The first step is making sure your foundational routine is in place. Without the essentials, which are commonly sacrificed in current times, we start out at a disadvantage.
Ensure the following are followed:
Proper Diet – Eating a diet filled with healthy natural foods will improve physical health, while also stimulating mental balance. Vata can specifically be targeted with foods that are strong in salty or sweet tastes. In addition, dairy products can be helpful.
Regular Exercise – By partaking in exercise on a regular schedule, mental stress can be reduced and you can help balance your physical body with your mind. This is in part due to providing the body and mind with added circulation and blow flow. Proper blood flow will further stimulate the mind, ensuring a strong ability to properly calculate life situations.
Self-Massage – By taking part in a daily self-massage, skin and muscle tissue will be stimulated, circulation will improve and nerves will be calmed. Additionally, self-massage will enhance mental focus through relaxation.
Rest– Sleep is crucial so that your body has the opportunity to perform the maintenance needed. Make a consistent sleeping pattern a priority to allow your body to recoup. Keep in mind that caffeine can cause disruptions in the sleeping-waking cycle.
Self-Examination, Awareness, Meditation
The next step is examining your mental state carefully. Throughout the day, become aware of when you feel mentally stressed. It is important to identify why, and understand the situation so you can let it go or resolve it.
A daily meditation can serve as the time to examine any stress we feel from the present or past and confront it. By making this practice a regular one, you can increase your overall health and life satisfaction keeping your faucet clean and balloon deflated.