Stress is one of the lifestyle diseases and refers to the mental tension and worry caused due to problems in work, life etc. Stress affects physical and mental health severely. Coping up and getting rid of Stress is call as Stress Management. Different causes but same symptoms – this makes Stress Management difficult. It is very important to understand the root cause of stress and manage accordingly.
There are different ways of managing stress using Ayurveda:
Abhyanga – the ayurvedic way of massage using medicated oil – calms the nervous system, lubricates and rejuvenates the tissues and promotes healthy circulation of blood throughout the body.
Padabhyanga – feet massage – helps in good energy flow in the body and relaxes the nervous system. As most of the nerves end in the feet, it is suggested to apply oil before going to bed and enjoy sound sleep.
Nasya – the practice of applying ayurvedic medicated oil through nasal passages – promotes unobstructed breathing, gives mental clarity and relieves from accumulated stress.
Pranayama is a set of breathing exercises that correct the pattern of breathing. Breathing correctly circulates the energy through all the tissues and maintains health. This way of conscious breathing balances the energies in the body and calms the physical, mental and emotional systems. There are fast and slow pranayamas that help manage stress. Few of the pranayamas that can be practiced are sheetali, nadi shodhana, bhramari and kapalabhati. It is advisable to initiate the practice under supervision as balancing of energies depends on the body type of the individual.
Yoga helps in destressing and has plenty of poses for destressing. Yoga not only helps to keep the body healthy, even the mind gets more focused. Balasana, Setubandhasana, Utthanasana, Garudasana are few of the yoga poses that are helpful in managing stress.
Meditation helps in increasing concentration and calming the mind. Though there are many meditation techniques, sometimes even the simplest of the techniques can be a great stress reliever.