What Ayurveda Teaches Us About Managing Anxiety?
By Vignesh Devraj
Anxiety is defined as the sudden shot of uneasiness, fear, or panic which can be caused due to stress, underlying health issues, or simply due to environmental factors and triggers from people we live around.
- Personality traits (Shy, awkward, short tempered, etc)
- Family history
- Previous associations or traumatic events
These are all risk factors that can induce anxiety and stressful responses in a person. The symptoms of generalized anxiety conditions are as follows:
- Decreased sleep.
- Persistent worry.
- Lack of productivity.
- Difficulty concentrating.
- And abdominal discomfort.
You might be told and taught at times that a breathing exercise early in the morning can help you keep your calm. But have you ever found it still difficult to deal with your bundle of nerves although you have been breathing in and out to the rising sun?
That’s because you haven’t cleared out the real cause which makes you go all heebie-jeebies on anxiety.!
If you never had an encounter with notions of anxiety and ordeals of being constantly agitated over unknown reasons, then here you go.!
So what are the triggers?
Is the Modern Era leaving you on Pins and Needles?
Stress and anxiety both amidst the rollercoaster of our trials, to improve the quality of life, have become the most inevitable and uninvited companions of a person. Bills, deadlines, presentations, health, family, job, and a lot of other reasons can leave you hanging by a thread. How our body copes with the tension varies from person to person. The multifaceted consequences of stress ranging from physical exertion, emotional trauma, physiological detrimentation, and existential crisis take a significant toll on a person’s mental and physical health.
Anxiety, Let’s have a medical talk.!
So how will you find your way out of stress and anxiety? It can be different for everyone out there.! But ‘what floats your boat’ needs to be given the utmost priority.
The science of life and healing, Ayurveda can help you out!
How to shift for oneself with Ayurveda?
Ayurvedic learning can help you with stress management and anxiety beyond all that you would have thought is possible with this natural system of medicine.
In Ayurveda, we consider that physical disturbances are directly linked to psychic abnormalities. Both are interdependent. Anxiety being the most common modern psychic issue faced by half the population, in the Ayurvedic perspective is a Vatika disease. Vata, Pitta, and Kapha are the three basic substrates that form bio-energies maintaining the human body. All diseases are in one way or other associated with a Dosha imbalance.
Anxiety & Vata Dosha imbalance:
Feeling ungrounded and having a panic attack by hyperactive neural functioning are all traits of an imbalanced Vata Dosha inside your body. This makes you have too much energy in your head and mind but none by your feet. Hyper excitation of nerves and sleep associations are most observed in Vata diseases. The movement and lightness both of which are attributes of Vata Dosha become abundant in the body leading to erratic thoughts and worry.
How to transform?
There are several stress management strategies in Ayurveda. Meditation, diet, Herbs, Aromatherapy, Massage, and similar therapeutic practices that stabilize anxiousness and stress are set within the limits of this contemporary system of medicine. Ayurveda is the most important medical system that addresses the healing of the mind and soul for healthy well-being.
So here are a few suggestions for your plight!
Yoga to cultivate calm
Meditative mind important for a calm and responsive psychosomatic state is built up through yoga and its Asanas. Modern Yoga therapies and Asana therapies help to direct mindful focus on self, breath, and energy. Yoga is a system of mind-body medicine that aids in balancing spiritual components to heal especially stress-related illnesses. Yoga consists of three basic principles namely, Asanas (gentle stretching), Pranayama (breathing exercises), and Meditation. And the three together are proven to be beneficial in managing stress and anxiety.
For all who are looking forward to stress-relieving Yoga poses, here are a few to be noted down in your to-do list.
- Easy pose (Sukhasana).
This cross-legged sitting pose strengthens our back and core. Close your eyes and deepen your breaths focusing on yourself and you will welcome the winds of relief into yourself. The pose stretches the knees and ankles bringing calm and strength to your body and muscles.
- Legs up the wall (Viparita Karani)
Even the view of the Asana can be relaxing for some but the effect can be unimaginable. It boosts the circulation of blood and relaxes the nervous system. It eases the body’s fatigue and boosts the energy level eliminating negative feelings of anxiousness.
- Child’s pose (Baalasana)
Children are the most relaxed beings to ever walk on this planet and just like the name this yoga pose imparts grounding action, a state of relaxation and cooling onto our body. It draws the optimistic energy inside and helps you withdraw your senses from negative thoughts.
In addition, the Asanas like Thunderbolt pose (Vajrasana), Puppy pose (Anahatasana), Headstand (Sirsasana), etc can help you strengthen your core with optimism and calm. Yoga is your daily medicine for youth, strength, and spiritual growth.
Herbs to help your Nerves:
- Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum):
‘The Holy Basil’ is the protector of the body that actively works against physical, chemical, and emotional triggers and relieves stress. It calms the nerves and brings harmony within your head, heart, and mind. The aroma, the therapeutic extracts inside, and the refreshing leaves all together impart a soothing effect inside our body, be it in the form of your morning tea or minted capsule.!
- Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri):
Neuroinflammation, mental fatigue, and anxiety can be together brought under control by administering the extracts of this magical drug into our daily life. It boosts up your memory besides being a potential anxiolytic.
- Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) :
The most reliable Vata balancing herb out there. It boosts the body’s optimal metabolic reactions and helps you with the feeling of being grounded, stable, warm, and energetic. Ashwagandha has been used long-term in cases of cognitive dysfunction, stress, and neurological impairments. It’s a well-known Rasayana drug and is a popular drug that acts as a general tonic for stress relief in the traditional system of medicine.
Hence if you find a way out of the modern philosophical approach on the practicality of surviving and leading a wealthy life, we have natural remedies helpful for all your stress management strategies. Because your mental health is extremely important!