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How To Balance Your Mind, Body & Spirit During the Holidays

How To Balance Your Mind, Body & Spirit During the Holidays

by Kate Lewin December 19, 2016 1 Comment

 How To Balance Your Mind, Body & Spirit During the Holidays

With the hustle and bustle and general chaos that often accompanies the holidays, it can be difficult to focus on the aspects of your life that you may want to improve: your spiritual practices, daily health routine, relationships with family and friends and your perspective on work. With so much focus on cooking elaborate meals, buying gifts and fighting holiday traffic, along with the other responsibilities you already shoulder on a regular day, the spirit of the season and the coming new year – positive change, simplicity, love and gratitude – can quickly fall by the wayside. 

“I want to live simply, to work honestly, to love completely and to dare mightily, so that when I die, my children, and their children, will know that I died empty, and well satisfied.” Doug Robinson

Research conducted by the American Psychological Association found that holiday stress has an especially strong effect on women, since they tend to take charge of most of the holiday events. They have a difficult time relaxing during the holidays and are more likely than men to develop bad habits like comfort eating to manage this extra holiday stress. But both men and women reported that they are much more likely to watch TV, sleep, eat and drink excessively to manage their stress.

So what can you do to stay balanced during the holidays? The first and most powerful step is to balance your mind. Giving your mind a positive direction and a centering routine will positively impact everything else in your life: your emotions, your spirit and your relationships with other people. As you unlock your innate peace and knowing-that-all-is-well, you will avoid unhealthy habits and make the time and space for your spiritual and health endeavors.

In the holistic system of Ayurveda, a peaceful and joyful mind is necessary for physical, emotional and spiritual health. So if happiness and contentment are things that you want as a part of your life, not only during the holiday season but all year long as well, make small changes day-by-day, step-by-step. They will eventually come together to form a new way of doing things and, ultimately, a new life. But the following practices will require effort and courage on your part. But in Ayurveda, joy and challenge go hand-in-hand!

“Live your life while you have it. Life is a splendid gift. There is nothing small in it. The greatest things grow by God’s law out of the smallest. But to live your life, you must discipline it.” Florence Nightingale

Here are the beginning practices we recommend for a truly happy holiday!

  • Continuously bring your focus back to the present moment. If you are feeling overwhelmed by your to-do list, step back from it and take a few deep breaths. Instead of worrying about what will happen if you aren’t able to get everything done, focus your thoughts on what you can do in this moment. Anxiety comes from thinking too much about the future. The only time you truly have is the present.
  • Practice abhyanga on a daily basis or at least three times a week. Balaswagandhadi Oil, Brahmi Oil and Kshirabala Oil are all good options for winter self-massages. Abhyanga will help to calm Vata and Pitta Dosha, though be sure if you are Kapha dominant or it is in excess in your constitution, use a lighter amount of oil and leave it on for 15 minutes instead of an hour. 
  • Meditate on a daily basis. Meditation balances all three Doshas and will help you to stay clear, positive and focused. There are many different styles and numerous benefits.
  • Read and watch inspiring material that is of a spiritual nature. According to Ayurveda, everything that you consume affects you and either leads you toward balance or away from it. Reading books and watching movies that are positive and uplifting will fill you with those qualities and thoughts and help you to stay in the moment!
  • Get plenty of sleep and rest. Sleeping enough is just as important as not sleeping too much! Take care of your mind and body, and consequently, your emotions, by going to bed and waking up at the same time each morning.
  • Support yourself with Ayurvedic medicines. Chyawanprash, Ashtavargam Kwatham Tablets and Brahmi Ghritam are all excellent choices to bolster your immune system and calm Vata Dosha, though it’s important that you check in with an experienced Ayurvedic professional to get a consultation and correct dosage as well as specific product recommendations!

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Kate Lewin
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anu garadimani
anu garadimani

December 19, 2016

Good advice really thank u very much

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