In today’s modern world, busy daily lifestyles are the root cause for low moods and feelings such as; unhappiness, restlessness, depression, anxiety, hopelessness, loss of desire to stay active and social withdrawal. We neglect our basic needs and never allow fort moments of peace, calmness and feeling in tune with nature.
This behavior negatively affects our body and mind. Sleep is disrupted which can lead to insomnia, shifts in appetite which causes either unwanted weight loss or foster unhealthy eating habits which may cause weight gain as well. With these major threats to healthy living becoming unraveled one can suffer from several diseases at an early age.
Management in Ayurveda
Ayurveda is a 3,000+ year old ancient science which originated in India. The term has derived from Sanskrit. Ayur means life and veda meaning science or knowledge. Simply explained and loosely translated to, Ayurveda meaning “The knowledge of life”.
In Ayurveda, the lack of coordination between our senses, feelings and thoughts leads to emotional imbalances. Our hearts sit in the captain’s seat – as the main support system for our body and consciousness, connected with our mind. When this connection weakens, problems begin to arise. The Charaka Samhita, defines the heart as the main stem for all mental and physical activity.
The Sadhak Pitta is located in the heart and is responsible for processing emotions. The Sadhaka Agni is associated with the Sadhak Pitta and relates to neurohormones located in the brain, all over the body and in the heart.
A person with low Sadhak Pitta will often face what is classified as low feelings, such as; sadness and depression.
To avoid a sorrowful disposition, we must adopt a positive lifestyle, focusing on the good things that happen in life, being thankful for the many daily blessings we have which may be overlooked, and surround ourselves with positive like-minded people.
To do the latter with greater ease, we can adapt an Ayurvedic routine known as Dinacharya.
Dinacharya is a ritual in ancient Ayurvedic medicine listing daily activities based around cycles of nature which are to be followed each day in an ideal way. It is believed that this routine promotes balance and brings about radical changes to the mind, body and consciousness. Aiding in digestion, absorption, self esteem, happiness and promoting optimal health and longevity:
1.Waking up early (sunrise) – As per Ayurveda rising time is before 6 am. It is the start of Kapha.
2.Elimination of waste from the body
- Clear your bowel
- Oil Pulling – Swish 1tbs of coconut, sesame or olive oil in your mouth for 60 seconds. It removes bacteria from your mouth and gums and strengthens teeth, gums, jaw and removes wrinkles from the cheeks.
- Tongue Scraping
3. Nasyam – Putting 2-4 drops of warm ghee or sesame oil into each nostril. It increases intelligence and mindfulness.
4. Abhyanga – It is a massage with warm oil to the whole body from head to toe.
5. Yoga and Pranayama – Daily yoga including Surya Namaskara and pranayama (Breathing Exercises) help in increasing blood flow to vital organs. Clear body toxins, improves digestion and gives a healthy mind and body.
6. Meditation – Meditation for 20 minutes twice daily has the potential to regulate stress hormones cortisol and increases serotonin which reduces feelings of anxiety, stress and gives a calming effect to the body.
7. Feed Your Body – Having Satvik Ahara means a meal full of all nutrients and vitamins – Healthy, warm and well cooked. The meal should not be too oily, nor too spicy.
8. Middle Dinacharya – It is the time between 10 am to 2 pm- it is also called Pitta as per the Ayurveda clock. Pick a time to have lunch during these hours. This meal should be the main one of the day. Include all seasonal vegetables if possible and consistently maintain the time chosen as your regular lunch time.
9. Late Afternoon -The time between 2 pm and 6 pm is called Vata as per the Ayurveda clock. The nervous system is most active in Vata time so try to do calming activities like yoga postures and meditation for 15-20 minutes.
10. Evening Dinacharya – Kapha is the time between 6 pm and 10 pm. It is suggested to have a warm and light dinner and to avoid any heavy, spicy or fried meals..
Try to get to bed and sleep early. Ideally before or by 10 pm.
Avoid doing intensive physical activities during this time and if possible reduce television watching time as well as engaging in late evening emailing, social media or other cell phones related stimulants.
With the help of Ayurveda, you can find peace and manage your emotions adequately in your daily life.