Stress is your body’s way of responding to any kind of pressure, demand and changes in your surroundings. When body senses some danger, virtually all systems i.e. the heart, the brain, blood vessels, muscles & nerves, the immune system, the lungs, the digestive system, the sensory organs etc. become alert & prepare to fight the perceived danger. According to Ayurveda, stress is a state where the mind is imbalanced. The mind is considered to be balanced when it is not agitated, and is firm and stable. When the mind is in a stable state, the individual has the maximum potential to act or behave in ways that continue to keep the mind in a balanced state.
Stress can be physical or psychological. It can be caused by various factors such as unpleasant temperatures, poor or unfriendly working conditions, abusive relationships, noise, crowding, isolation, hunger, insecurity, sickness, traumatic events & financial problems etc.
If stress becomes persistent, all parts of the body’s stress apparatus (the brain, heart, lungs, vessels, and muscles) become chronically over or under-activated. This may produce physical or psychological damage over time. Studies have proven that stress can cause long term damage to health and may effect in Heart disease, Stroke, Susceptibility to Infections, Immune disorders, Cancer, Gastrointestinal problems, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Peptic Ulcers, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Eating disorders, Weight Gain, Weight Loss, Diabetes, Pain, Headaches, Sleep Disturbances, Sexual and Reproductive Dysfunction, Memory and Concentration issues, Allergies, Skin issues, Hair loss, Personality issues etc.
How to manage stress?
When it comes to managing stress, Ayurvedic concepts can be boiled down to a basic idea: Trace stress back to its roots, then find lasting ways to change the patterns that cause it. In addition to other relaxation practices, there are many activities and methods that Ayurveda suggests to manage stress. These include:
Many stress-management experts recommend keeping a sense of humor during difficult situations. Laughing releases muscle tension and helps a person maintain perspective.
Activities as simple as watching a funny movie, listening to a tape of a comedian’s routine, or sharing time with a humorous friend can provide a psychological lift and relieve stress. Regular leisure activities are important in reducing stress. Relaxing hobbies like gardening, painting, bicycling, photography, carpentry, collecting, and many others can help great ways in reducing stress.
§ Support network
To relieve the stress, venting out both positive and negative emotions to your friends / relatives is one of the best solutions, and it doesn’t cost you anything!
Used for many years in Eastern cultures, meditation is becoming more widely accepted in the U.S. as a relaxation technique. Meditation reduces heart rate, blood pressure, adrenaline levels, and skin temperature.
Meditation techniques rely on quiet surroundings, sitting still, and a repetitive mental pattern. Various techniques are taught in instruction books and through religious and nonreligious organizations.
§ Abhyanga (Massage Therapy)
Abhyanga is the gentle practice of manipulating the body’s tissues in order to soothe and heal. It is one of the most ancient of the Ayurvedic arts, and more people today are relying on it for natural, drug-free relief from the effects of busy, overstressed lives. Abhyanga can relax the entire body and provide new energy that lingers for long time.
A number of research studies have shown that massage reduces heart rate, lowers blood pressure, increases blood circulation and lymph flow, relaxes muscles, improves range of motion, and increases the production of endorphins, which are the body’s own natural painkillers.
As per Ayurveda, Shirodhara is a very effective therapy for reducing stress and stress related symptoms.
§ Pranayama (Breathing Techniques)
Pranayama is known since ancient times to relieve stress and stabilize autonomic function of the body. Prana and mind exert an influence on each other; when the Pranas are restless, they affect the mind and vice versa. By controlling the Pranas through the practice of Pranayama, the restlessness of the mind is automatically controlled & that helps reducing the stress.
While many of the recommendations here are generic, we understand each person is different & has a unique personality; hence the needs are different. You can trust us help you achieve better health through all natural & proven teachings of Ayurveda.
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