Anxiety is a feeling of nervousness that comes while experiencing a new adventure in life, like the first day of the job, addressing on stage, instant interview etc. Though anxiety is considered a positive affair in day to day life, as it normally meant to improve an individual’s performance but when occur repeatedly or stay in for a longer period of time. It is considered unhealthy and may often interface with the normal intellectual act of an individual.
As anxiety is completely associated with stress these days, Ayurveda explained anxiety as a precursor of aggravated vata dosha. Therefore, to manage the root cause of anxiety, we must strive in the parameters that actually balances vata dosha & hence effectively manages anxiety.
Before we talk about the remedies, let’s get to the factors which increases Vata dosha.
What Imbalances Vata Dosha?
The environment we live in and the lifestyle we follow play a huge role in disturbing normal doshic state. However improper habits like irregular sleeping time, consuming cold food, perform too much of exertion, indulging in too much of unhealthy eating, specifically aggravates vata dosha & give birth to frequent episodes of anxiety.
Some simple and effective ayurvedic tips to control your anxiety levels.
Try meditation to relieve anxiety
Meditation is one of the best ways to relieve anxiety, it can help you gain control over your mind. Through it may take time but with regular practice, you will learn to regulate your emotions. Just play some divine music or sit in a quiet place and start to focus on your breath.
Lifestyle changes to heal anxiety
Follow a proper dincharya (routine) mentioned in ancient texts, especially for vata dosha type. Below are a few things you must incorporate to balance Vata and keep your energy and mind grounded.
- Eating warm nutritious food
- Staying away from junk is highly recommended
- Drink homemade soups
- Eat steamed veggies
- Have 3-4 meal at fixed hours
- Take at least 8 hours of sleep
As nature play an integral role in managing stress, Ayurveda emphasis on having deep connection with nature. Spending outdoor time with nature can work wonder for vata dosha type. So, try spending your morning and evening time outdoors.
- Go for a jog or run in the morning
- Walk in the evening barefoot on grass
- Practice outdoor yoga for at least 15 minutes
- Go for a picnic once in a while in wild nature
- Daily practice sarvang abhyanga (self-massage) preferably with sesame oil
Herbs beneficial in managing stress
Holy Basil, Ashwagandha, Jatamansi, Bacopa and Gotu Kala are some of the plants that have been revered as sacred and healing for centuries. Make sure you consult a doctor for proper usage & guidance.
Anxiety, just like any other complex problem would need time to heal. The best that you can do is be consistent and determined to improve your anxiety levels. Also, while you do it, don’t forget to be compassionate towards yourself. Believe in the process as you implement it and the rest will follow.