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STRESS and HOLIDAYS
While the holidays are supposed to be a joyous time with family and friends it can often lead to stress. Buying presents, battling traffic and parking, organizing big dinners and cooking can add up! Stress is universal element of the modern human experience, and while some stress is appropriate, we know that too much stress can be quite harmful and can compromise our health physically, mentally and emotionally. It is widely recognized as a direct cause of many illnesses today, such as hypertension, asthma, anxiety and irritable bowel syndrome.
Stress is not what happens to you but what happens within you. It’s a physiological reaction inside the body in response to some kind of stimulus, whether physical or emotional or environmental.
Ayurveda views stress as the disturbance of the nervous system.
This is regulated by the Vata dosha. Vata governs the movement and the nervous system.
Vata types are quick thinking, enthusiastic, creative, and bursting with ideas. They are naturally more susceptible to stress due to increase in Vata dosha, which will show itself in dry skin, achy joints, fear, anxiety, panic, insomnia or insufficient sleep patterns, feeling of isolation and loss of appetite.
Vatas love excitement and variety but can quickly become overstimulated and frazzled. Vatas eat on the run, skip meals and go to bed in odd ours. The remedy is paying more attention to the rhythm and regularity of each day. “Routine is Vata’s best friend.”
If like increases like and opposite heals – the stress response is reducing, lightening then the opposite of stress is building and nourishing. This dosha needs grounding and warming foods. At the holiday dinner table choose the steamed carrots, squash and sweet potatoes. Keeping a regular routine of yoga and meditation will help you feel grounded.
Make sure you don’t skip out on your self-Care:
The practice of self-care is essential for balancing our doshas. It is about making our own health and well-being a priority. Some people think that taking time for themselves is selfish or indulgent, nothing could be further from the truth.
Spend time in nature – studies show that spending time in the forest or at the beach can reduce stress.
Practice oil pulling – swishing and gargling with warn untoasted sesame oil helps to remove natural toxins from the mouth, teeth and gums
Practice Nasya – each morning apply three to five drops of untoasted sesame oil into your nostril
Healing (heating) herbs are ginger, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and cardamom
Recommended yoga – daily; gentle, yin, restorative and meditation. These types of yoga allow the body to slowly release the tension
Abhyanga – massage your body with heavier warm oils like untoasted sesame or almond oil before shower
Take a bath – add 1/3 cup of ginger powder and ½ cup of baking soda
Abundant restful sleep is very important. Try to go to bed and get up every day around the same time. If you can’t fall asleep get comfortable with lavender oil
Fresh warm meals – soups and stews, root vegetables like turnips, yams and potatoes. Avoid raw vegetables
Make sure that your bowels move regularly
Drink warm fluids: hot water, herbal teas, dashmoola tea (combinations of 10 different Ayurvedic root herbs), ginger tea
Enjoy the holidays with your family and friends and treat yourself and others with kindness!