STRESS MANAGMENT ACCORDING TO AYURVEDA

INTRODUCTION

In this era we just keep aside our health and just focus on our goals, having ambitions and goals is a good thing but scarifying our health because of it isn’t. If we have fever or common cold we just consult a doctor but what about mental health? We are just worried about the taboo that the society has created and not about our health. People may laugh at you at the beginning but at the end it is you who has to be happy and healthy mentally and physically. So here is a blog about a common issue that everyone faces STRESS.  

Stress is a very common issue faced by every other individual. Due to this hectic and busy life style can leave a person stressed and drained. Stress is basically our body’s reaction to a situation which is difficult or challenging. Stress is a feeling of emotional or physical tension. It can come from any event or thought that makes you feel frustrated, angry, or nervous.

Let’s take a scenario that would help us understand this topic in a better way. Imagine the exams are going to start in you college, might be just internals or final exams. On the day of the exam there would slight uneasiness in your mind while doing your day to day activities like bathing or having breakfast etc. This slight uneasiness and anxiousness is because you’re thinking about how your paper will go or what would be the outcome? So and so. This feeling is called stress.

Not only during exams but we undergo many situation similar to this each and every day in our life which is inevitable. With a lot of improvement in the technology and overall globalization, our life style has become pretty complex and such mad rush turns into stress, anxiety, panic attack etc. 

According to AYURVEDA….

समदोषः समाग्निश्च समधतुमलक्रियः |
प्रसन्नात्मेन्द्रियमनाः स्वस्थ इत्यभिधियते || सु सु 15/41

Sama dosha – equilibrium of doshas

Sama agni – equilibrium of the fire in the body

Sama dhatu – equilibrium of the dhatus.

Mala kriya – frequent removal of the waste products from the body

Prasanna atma indriya manah – contented soul, sense organs and mind

Swastha ityabhidiyate – A person is considered to be healthy if all the above factors are functioning peroperly.

So an individual’s both physical and mental health is important and also Ayurveda tells that physical and mental stress is one of the prime reasons for a host of health, social, economic, family, and relationship problems. 

WHAT IS STRESS?

In scientific terms, stress is basically anything that constitutes a threat – real or apparent – to a living being. It’s basically the body’s built-in biological response to a threat, either real or imagined, near or far, in the form of a chemical or hormonal rush throughout the body, that triggers a fight-flight-freeze reaction.

Stress is not necessarily a bad thing. Our natural stress reactions help us avoid accidents, get work done, etc. Stress is good as long as it’s temporary.

INCIDENCE OF STRESS

It’s quite shocking that in India most of them are suffering from stress. Every 9 out of 10 Indians suffer from stress and it holds Number 1 Position in the world. A survey revealed that 89% of Indians suffered from stress as compared to the global average of 86%.

TYPES OF STRESS

  1. Acute Stress
  2. Episodic Acute Stress
  3. Chronic Stress

CAUSES OF STRESS

  1. EXTERNAL STRESS
    • Break ups
    • Finical problems
    • Death of a loved one
    • Work pressure or harassment
    • Traumatic
  2. INTERNAL FACTORS
    • Fear
    • Peer pressure
    • Pessimistic thoughts
    • Expectations

EFFECTS

  1. Emotional
    • Feeling agitated or irritable
    • Lack of control
    • Low self-worth
    • Avoidance
  2. Physical
    • Lack of energy
    • Headache
    • Stomach upset
    • Insomnia

Ayurveda on Stress Management

In terms of Dosha’s due to the increase of Kapha in the body there will be imbalance of the other two dosha’s a result, the body descends into heaviness, gloom and hopelessness, culminating in depression.

As Ayurveda has the most ancient methods of bursting stress and answering the most important question that is how to deal with stress? Instead of trying to fix the root cause of stress and anxiety instead of just focusing on the temporary solution.

 By doing minimal changes in our day to day life like changes in activities, diet etc. This procedure is known as RASAYANA

  • Acara Rasayana or the balanced use of sense organs by adopting a regular routine such as yoga or meditation.
  • Ajasrika Rasayana or adopting a nutritious and balanced dietary routine.
  • Ausudha Rasayana or drug treatment, to be followed only after rigorously following the first two.

Some formulations that you could use are

  1. Brahmi
  2. Vacha
  3. Ashwagandha
  4. Jatamasi
  5. Chandanadi taila

Life style changes like –

  1. To improve sleep cycle
  2. To socialize with people but that should have a positive impact
  3. To be optimistic in life
  4. To give the self love time, according to me this is the most important one because spending time with yourself gives that inner peace and a lot of space and time to just come out the hectic life and just relax
  5. Listen to soothing music that calms the mind

And if you can start doing YOGA i would recommend to please do it, breathing exercises or meditations or any postures. As yoga brings the stability in the body it helps us becoming more mindful and conscious

Conclusion

We should start taking mental health as a serious issue and cultivate small changes in our life. If we are healthy both mentally and physically then only we would be happy. So take breaks, don’t rush in your life, go with the flow and eventually you will reach the goal you want to achieve without stress or anxiety or panic attacks and importantly SLEEP WELL.

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