To look good, we take care of our external appearance but to feel good we need to consider our internal body environment. In this age of constant pressures of different kinds, we need to maintain life by managing several stressors or managing stress triggers. Depending on the stressors our body responds differently. Moreover, each person reacts differently too, to the same stressor depending on his or her personality.
Ayurvedic Explanation of Anxiety:
Our mind is regulated by three energies – Satva, Rajah and Tamas. Out of these, the Satva is pure and positive energy which never becomes a cause of any disease. But Rajah and Tamas are very sensitive energies – if their quantum is disturbed or deviated, it can create a condition called ‘Altered Nervous Function‘ – which can lead to many health issues.
This implies that when Rajas and Tamas energies are not normal they cause doshas i.e. deviated mental functions. These twelve doshas are listed as – kaama (lust), krodha (anger), lobha (greed), moha (attachment), irshya (jealousy), maan (ego), mada (delusion), shoka (grief), chinta (depression), udweg (anxiety), bhaya (phobia) and harsha (euphoria).
So when we take diet which is not satvik – i.e. they enhance the rajas and tamas elements – these will increase the doshas listed above causing nervous dysfunction. If not corrected in time, this could lead to a permanent vitiated condition that could make it more and more difficult to resolve and can actually become a vicious cycle. This altered nervous condition i.e. the condition of Stress or depression can be improved by adopting a satvik lifestyle and diet – making us more positive and constructive in our approach. But realistically, it can take a long time to reverse the impact of rajah and tamas.
Fortunately, Ayurveda has recommended the use of herbs containing medhya-rasaayan like – Brahmi, Ashwagandha, Shankhpushpi, Jatamaansi etc. which helps you revive from the nervous weakness issues very quickly and that too without any side effects.
Life event like extents of loss, dishonor, and danger is related to the development of psychiatric disorders. Injury, damage to property, loss of resources, the demise of a near one, and apparent life threat, divorce, business failure, natural disasters are other possible causes of stress. Among consequences of stress that link to health is increasing in smoking, substance use, accidents, sleep problems, and eating disorders. People who live in more stressful environments like these may thus get addicted faster and experience higher mortality from various ailments and also suffer from lifestyle diseases.
Take a deep breath. Hold it for a moment, and then exhale. Feel more relaxed? Breathing exercises are one way to relax. Here you will learn about different ways to relax your mind and body. Being relaxed can help ease stress. It can also relieve anxiety, depression, and sleep problems.
1.To relax means to calm the mind, the body, or both.
2.Relaxing can quiet your mind and make you feel peaceful and calm. Your body also reacts when you relax. For example, your muscles may be less tense and more flexible.
3.There are different ways to relax. You may find one or more ways help to calm you down and feel at peace.
People can learn to manage stress and lead happier, healthier lives. Here are some tips to help you keep stress at bay.
1.Keep a positive attitude.
2.Accept that there are events that you cannot control.
3.Be assertive instead of aggressive. Assert your feelings, opinions, or beliefs instead of becoming angry, defensive, or passive.
4.Learn and practice relaxation techniques; try meditation, yoga, or tai-chi for stress management.
5.Exercise regularly. Your body can fight stress better when it is fit.
6.Eat healthy, well-balanced meals.
7.Learn to manage your time more effectively.
8.Set limits appropriately and learn to say no to requests that would create excessive stress in your life.
9.Make time for hobbies, interests, and relaxation.
10.Get enough rest and sleep. Your body needs time to recover from stressful events.
11.Don’t rely on alcohol, drugs, or compulsive behaviors to reduce stress.
12.Seek out social support. Spend enough time with those you enjoy.
13.Seek treatment with a psychologist or other mental health professional trained in stress managementStress can be short-term or long-term. However, continuous short-term stressors also cause several problems in our body system. Stress affects our body and our ability to fight diseases, increases some chemicals in our body which negatively affect blood pressure and if not controlled may lead to complications. We as humans are resilient and usually able to cope with adverse circumstances. Generally, in young, healthy individuals the body can manage stress. Nevertheless, people with chronic ailments, elderly or who are genetically prone to be affected by stress would need help.