AYURVEDIC REMEDIES FOR CHRONIC ANXIETY
A moderate amount of worry and stress is helpful for achieving our day to day challenges. But when healthy stress grows into anxiety the body suffers from various ailments which manifest itself as physical symptoms. When your worry starts to take over your natural lifestyle and stop you from functioning properly, then it’s time to do something about it. Avoiding stressful situations is not always a practical solution. Forcing one not to worry will only cause you to worry more. Meditation and mindfulness practices can help you to an extent in developing more awareness. A healthy and balanced diet and lifestyle can also help you maintain a sound mind. Ayurveda prescribes several natural remedies for tackling chronic worry. Here are four such methods.
A healthy eating habit can make phenomenal results in your body and mind functioning. Ayurveda advocates us to eat meals at regular times every day. Try to eat your breakfast between 7 and 9 in the morning. Breakfast must comprise of something warm, fresh and simple. Maintain a few hours between each meal and include lots of fresh vegetables and fruits. Dinner time should be preferably between 7 and 8 and must comprise of light foods.
This simple breathing practise will help to increase your mindfulness and is a healthy exercise for cardiovascular system. Sit back or lie down in a comfortable position and be aware of your breath. Now start inhaling and exhaling to same length- a few seconds to start with and then gradually increasing. Continue the practise for several minutes or for a quick fix whenever you feel overwhelmed.
Body therapies like shirodhara stimulate a healthy blood circulation to brain and refreshes it. It creates a sense of deep relaxation in the body and rejuvenates the mind. Traditional ayurvedic body therapies can be made a part of lifestyle for a more balanced body and mind.
Ayurveda advocates a large number of natural herbs that can be taken for relief from chronic anxiety and fear. For instance, aswagandha powder has good capacity to rejuvenate brain cells. Studies have shown that kava kava is a good natural remedy for treating depression and anxiety. This can be taken in the powder form or with warm milk or water. Other such therapeutic herbs include passion flower, extract of valerian, chamomile etc.