Restore Emotional Balance the Ayurvedic Way
Date Posted:26 May 2012
Everyone struggles with finding emotional balance from time to time, but for others, it is a continuous and difficult challenge. Western medicine claims they can fix all your issues by simply taking a pill every day; however, their quick fix fails to address the root cause, has unpleasant and dangerous side effects, and only masks the symptoms. People may be well aware that they are experiencing a disruption in their emotional balance or suffering from emotional fatigue, but very few look at their lifestyle choices or diet for answers.
Depression, anxiety, phobias, worry, fear, and anger are all signs that your emotional balance is out of kilter, and steps need to be taken to restore that balance. Depression has a wide array of symptoms and is unique to the individual. Common symptoms of depression may include feelings of despair, hopelessness, and sadness. A depressed individual may also lose interest in activities, socializing, or hobbies they previously enjoyed, act out in ways not like their usual self, engage in inappropriate conflicts, and withdraw from friends or family.
Maharishi Ayurveda seeks to heal emotional fatigue and restore balance through holistic measures by acknowledging the intimate connection between the mind, body, and spirit. It focuses on preventing imbalances in the mind, body, and spirit from occurring through cultivating a proper attitude towards life, meditation, exercise, and correct diet. There are also countless natural medicines, formulas, and supplements, as well as individualized therapeutic techniques, which can have your old self renewed and ready to thrive, rather than just surviving or making it through life.
The world continues to grow more chaotic, which promotes a sense of insecurity for many people, and Western medicine's tendency to resort to pills to try and create emotional well-being is failing to heal the mind disrupted by constant stress. Conventional psychology and psychiatry have proven themselves inadequate to meet people's emotional needs, and as a result, many of those people have turned to alternative and holistic means of healing.
Ayurveda's Concept of Mental Health
Ayurveda is an over five thousand year old science of life, originating in India. Ayurveda provides a holistic approach to restoring physical, mental, and emotional health by integrating treatments that work on the mind, body, and spirit connections. According to Sushruta Samhita, an ancient Sanskrit text and one of the foundations of Ayurvedic medicine, health is defined as svasthya or the total and complete biological equilibrium where the senses, the mind, the emotions, and physical health are all in harmony and functioning at their ultimate best.
The theory of health according to Ayurveda is based on tridoshsa, which is the primary life force, while the five elements, known as panchabhuta, group together in pairs to define the three doshas that make up an individual's constitution. The Vata dosha represents ether and air, Kapha represents water and earth, and Pitta is fire and water. It is achieving perfect balance between the tridoshas that creates and maintains health, vitality, and zest for life.
Ayurvedic Tips for Restoring Emotional Balance
Food as Medicine and for Health
Your diet is one of the most important aspects of your overall lifestyle. The food choices you make now have the potential to affect you for the rest of your life. Each person is born with a unique constitution unto themselves known as prakriti, or the individual combination of doshas they inherited upon birth. Most people are dominant in one dosha-type, whereas others may exhibit qualities of two or all three in different quantities. According to Ayurveda, the state of imbalance between the doshas is called vikriti, and during times of vikriti, the diet can be used to restore that delicate balance. Each person should eat a diet according to their dosha type.
There are Ayurvedic diets designed for each dosha type, but there are some general rules to follow for all constitutions. Any food eaten should be as close to its natural state as possible, taking care to avoid processed, artificial, and genetically modified foods and ingredients. Eat plenty of fresh and organic fruits and vegetables often, make sure you are drinking enough water throughout the day, and eat home-cooked meals in a peaceful setting. Eat foods that produce ojas, which is produced by good digestion and imparts a feeling of bliss, and increase prana. Hot water with a little honey and lemon can be taken throughout the day to aid in eliminating ama.
Exercise to Beat Emotional Fatigue
Ayurvedic experts recommend daily exercise for health, emotional well-being, and longevity. The approach to Ayurvedic exercise is not just focused on the benefits it provides for the body, but its positive impact on your mental and spiritual health as well. Exercise provides the following benefits to the body: it improves circulation, increases the efficiency of how well the body eliminates toxins, gets the vital lymph fluids moving, and encourages deep breathing, which infuses the body with prana.
There are also countless benefits to your spirit, heart, and mind when you undergo moderate exercise on a daily basis, such as a feeling of freedom for the spirit, especially when exercise is done outside in nature, increased ability to manage stress, enhanced self-esteem, and a feeling of accomplishment and enhanced mental acuity.
Meditate Your Way to Emotional Health
Maharishi Ayurveda recognizes the need for supreme consciousness and getting in touch with your deeper, inner self to achieve good health, and so promotes the Transcendental Meditation program®. It is best to learn TM from an Ayurvedic expert or experienced Yogi, as it can be challenging to master on your own at first. However, once you learn the proper technique, meditating twice a day for about twenty minutes each time can help restore emotional balance, alleviate emotional fatigue, and relieve stress.
Get Sufficient Sleep
Ideally, an individual should go to bed by 10 o’clock at night and arise around 6 o’clock am with the sun. Getting a good night of sleep allows your body to rest and recharge during the night and imparts mental and physical balance for the new day. It is an essential component of good emotional health and physical well-being and is usually one of the first to be sacrificed in this fast-paced lifestyle.
Other Ayurvedic Tips to Restore Emotional Balance
Giving yourself or having someone else give you an Ayurvedic oil massage daily can melt stress away, reduce emotional fatigue, alleviate tension in the muscles, clear toxins, and increase circulation. Taking well-balanced herbal supplements like Blissful Joy can also be an essential component of restoring balance in your doshas and your emotions. Blissful Joy also helps to clear the toxic and putrid ama that can clog the elimination channels of the body. Clearing ama allows the channels of the body to flow freely and eliminate waste products properly. One final integral pillar of health is to undergo cleanses on a regular basis. Cleansing eliminates ama, and restores, rejuvenates, and re-balances all the bodily systems, which allows them to work harmoniously together and reach that blissful state of svasthya.
Restoring emotional balance and eliminating emotional fatigue can be challenging, but it is well worth the time and effort it takes. Many people do not realize how sick they really were until they started getting better and achieving a greater sense of well-being and emotional balance.
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