Riding The Wave Of Challenge

Date Posted:9 March 2015 

Stress is the body's response to changes that create challenging demands, but it’s not always a bad thing. It can often be a source of motivation and a necessary component for survival. However, excessive or prolonged periods of stress can be bad for our health.

Stress can take hold in a number of different forms

  • Heart palpitations, headaches, and excessive sweating are all physical symptoms of stress.
  • Psychologically, stress can present itself through bad dreams and broken sleep, irritability, lack of confidence, and depression.
  • Stress can aggravate an existing illness and make you more susceptible to viruses and infection.
  • Individuals under stress may find they suffer from poor appetite, resorting to cigarettes, excessive alcohol, or drugs.  What do you do when feeling stressed? 

It Is Important To Ask What's Causing My Stress?

At this point you’ll need to separate your stress into two groups
A. What you can do something about
B. What you can't do anything about

When you have answered this question, you can start working towards combating your stress, one step at a time.

Some ways of managing your stress

  • Talk to a loved one, close friend or work colleague you trust
  • Transcendental Meditation: learn it, or if you already have it, use it
  • Help your body adapt to stress with herbal help by taking 2 tablets of Stress Relief 30 minutes prior breakfast and evening meals.
  • Get good sleep and if you need help to fall asleep take a drink of Slumber time Tea 30 minutes prior bed along with 2-4 tablets of Peace At Night at bedtime.
  • Write down your feelings in a journal and leave your journal out of the bedroom.
  • Exercise. Go for a walk or a vigorous workout
  • Set yourself goals and view them as challenges. Reward yourself each time you achieve one.
  • Have a relaxing warm bath with 6-8 drops of Vata Aroma Oil added to the water. It’s heavenly!
  • Play a game to help you unwind in the evening. Have fun! Laughter releases endorphins, which lift the mood.
  • If you find yourself constantly at the beck and call of others, then it may be time to prioritise your needs. When can you take some time out today to sit, chill and do what you enjoy? Enjoy some "me" time today.
  • If you get worried and fearful when stressed then favour Vata foods and a Vata balancing lifestyle
  • If you get angry, impatient and demanding upon yourself and others then favour Pitta foods and a Pitta balancing lifestyle
  • If you overeat, gain weight, withdraw from life and feel low in mood or depressed then favour Kapha foods and Kapha Balancing lifestyle

A word to the wise

If it is a toxic relationship or environment that is causing you to feel this way, there is no soother, or stress resilience tool that will work. Take courage and remove yourself from the environment, relationship, or situation. Give yourself the space to rediscover peace, relaxation and fun, and allow yourself to return to a truly enjoyable and fulfilling life.

Wishing you the bliss of a truly satisfying life.

Linda Sinden has been a practising Maharishi Ayurveda Consultant since 1990 and is a regular contributor to our weekly Insights. She has a practice in Auckland, New Zealand and also provides phone or Skype sessions for those who need assistance, but don’t have a consultant in their vicinity. Email: lindasinden@orbislife.co.nz Skype: Linda.Sinden Mobile: +64 212237525   linda_sinden

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