The fear of what is to come scares everyone. But, sometimes this fear can heighten so much that we can no longer let it go.
Much better known as anxiety, this fear can leave us paralyzed, overwhelmed, and restless. And if you ever have not been able to concentrate and function as you usually do, you know what we mean.
We all seem to have had times when we couldn’t stop ourselves from hyperventilating and having panic attacks. But, some of us have it worse than the others.
And to treat this condition, Western medicine brings a variety of antidepressants to the table. However, many of these prescriptions may lead to more problems than benefits.
If you want your anxiety to go away or even reduce a tiny bit without you having to swallow antidepressant pills, Ayurveda is the way to go. While it might not cure you completely, it can stop your anxiety from ruining things and will bring the calm you need.
What Does Ayurveda Say?
Ayurveda comes from the Sanskrit language and translates to ‘ The Science of Life’. This science is beyond taking herbal supplements. It is a way of living you embrace to balance all the forces of life and keep them in perfect harmony.
The principles of this science are based upon the three doshas (or life forces), which are Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. All of these correspond to different energies/forces around an individual.
It is balancing these energies that will help us improve our health, make our bodies better, our minds calmer and much less anxious.
These forces of life or doshas, as Ayurveda calls it, constitute five significant elements, called Akash (ether), Agni (fire), Vayu (air), Jala (water), and Prithvi (earth). All of these elements are associated with various properties.
The Relation Between Anxiety and Ayurveda
According to Ayurveda, anxiety is a result of the imbalance of the Vata dosha (composed of the elements ether and air). This dosha is associated with the properties: fast, rough, mobile, dry, hard, subtle, light, and dense.
When we imagine these properties visually, we can see a clear picture of what anxiety looks like.
To counter these, we need to add the opposite properties in our daily schedule and make it a part of our nature. The best qualities that we can evoke to balance our Vata dosha are the qualities of the Kapha dosha (earth), which are slow, smooth, liquid, soft, oily, and sweet.
Structure Your Life With Ayurveda
Since the rough, fast, and mobile elements of our life get out of order and cause anxiety, we need to structure our routine in a way that makes us feel calm and in control. That’s because the root cause of anxiety is fear and uncertainty.
To guide us through, Ayurveda has strict guidelines around the kind of life we should lead. It includes everything from what to eat to when to eat.
The right structure developed with the help of these guidelines will tell our body cells that all is at ease and that we need not be anxious.
Deep breathing exercise can calm you down
What’s the first thing you remind yourself of when you’re in a panic mode? You remind yourself to breathe. That’s what this Indian treatment method asks you to do too, especially if you have an imbalance of the Vata dosha.
Breathing and deep-breathing exercises form an integral part of Ayurveda, and they have a variety of benefits for helping those with anxiety.
The importance of fats and oils
Oil is another crucial component that we need to incorporate in our lives to conquer any phase of anxiety. Including more healthy fats and oils in the diet is a step in that direction.
Cooking in olive oil, eating nuts, and adding coconuts and milk to your diet is suggested. You can take this a step further by massaging yourself with essential oils.
As a bonus, these massages will also boost the quality of your sleep and help with anxiety.
Ayurvedic herbs that work wonders
Ashwagandha, along with herbs like Brahmi, Jatamansi, and Shankhpushpi can help get your body in order and lower your anxiety. All of these herbs work to maintain the energetic forces of our body so that they can have a positive impact on our emotional well-being.
You can take Ashwagandha with milk. It is readily available in the form of root powder. And if it doesn’t hurt your taste buds, you can add the herb to your smoothies as well!
Similarly, you can take Brahmi in the form of syrup with cold milk. It also goes well with plan water.
Try to add warmth to your life.
Warm foods can also make you feel better. Alternatively, you can also induce warmth through workouts, but try not to do very high-intensity ones.
A warm and relaxing bath is another sassy way to add the necessary warmth to your daily life.
Ayurveda is a blessing for all. But if you have anxiety, it will feel even more divine as you follow the guidelines and get yourself some peace.
The simple steps that you take in life, as you follow Ayurveda, can bring enormous change to your anxious self. Thus, helping you lead a happier and anxiety-free life.
All set to take these steps? Are any of these already a part of your daily routine?