Many of us also experience the effects of trauma, which can exacerbate stress and anxiety. While in some cases, you might not be able to change the current situation you’re in, Ayurveda has dietary and lifestyle practices to build physical and mental resiliency!
Stress and resiliency is a complicated subject, but we break it all down for you here:
Genetics also play a part in how your body responds to stress. Some people typically experience steady emotional levels, while others are quickly in a state of fight or flight. Life experiences, such as traumatic events, childhood neglect or abuse, violent attacks and certain occupations like soldiers, police officers, aid workers and firefighters, are particularly vulnerable to high stress, even once they are out of a dangerous situation.
Ayurveda and Stress: Concept #1 — Daily Self Care Regimen
Ayurveda’s number one recommendation to build resiliency and, consequently, immunity (which is incredibly important right now!) is to adopt a daily self care regimen. In the Ayurvedic text Caraka Sutra Sthana Chapter 5, there are recommendations for daily practice that strengthen immunity and resiliency.
Caraka Sutra’s Daily Practices for a Healthy Life
Ayurveda and Stress: Concept #2 — Daily Diet
The main purpose of Ayurveda is explained by the concept of Svastha (sva = my own self, stha = to be situated), which translates to be balanced in one’s true self. Your ‘true self’ is when your dosas are in a normal state of equilibrium and you feel your absolute best.
Ayurveda tells us the number one cause of disease is poor digestion and the one of the main causes of poor digestion is eating too little or eating too much, depending on one’s digestive strength.
Caraka Sutra Sthana Chapter 5 has dietary recommendations to improve digestive strength, which ultimately builds resiliency to stress.
Related Article: Indukantam – A Ray of Hope for Increasing ImmunityCaraka Sutra’s Diet Recommendations:
To gain the most benefit from Caraka’s recommendations, we suggest consulting an Ayurvedic doctor or practitioner for a personalized assessment. We all have different strengths and weaknesses and the science of Ayurveda has ways of measuring each person’s current state of health.
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Vata is the force that drives and motivates all movement in the body. It is responsible for all input and output of sensory and motor functions. Vata controls the functions of the mind, sense organs, and the higher process of thought and emotion.
The other two dosas pitta and kapha are dependent on vata for normal or abnormal movement.