Build Resilience Naturally

Author: Linda Sinden   Date Posted:11 September 2020 

As the saying goes, "Life happens"! Despite our best intentions, life brings us challenges and sometimes setbacks such as job loss or work pressure, illness or serious health problems, family and relationship problems, a disaster or pandemic like COVID19, loss of a loved one, or financial stressors. 

Resilience is the process of adapting well in the face of these challenges and emerging even stronger! It requires you to adapt or to bounce back to get through difficult experiences and often empowers you to grow and improve your life one step at a time. It usually involves stress and emotional ups and downs. Today we want to help you harness the power of Resilience in this time of challenge and change.


My Resilience Type

First, let's consider Resilience from an Ayurvedic perspective. What causes overwhelm in one person could be motivating and positively challenging to another person. How come?

Ayurveda explains our responses to life's challenges reflect the dominant quality of the doshas within our mind-body type. Read below to identify your Resilience Type and what you can do to support and strengthen your Resilience.


Are you relaxed, easy-going by nature?

A person who is strong in Kapha qualities is grounded, stable, strong, relaxed, loving, forgiving and not easily stressed. They typically sleep long and deep and enjoy a regular routine or lifestyle. They are very stable and not easily stressed by work pressure or life events. 

Kapha types can become stressed if a change occurs quickly or without sufficient preparation and when uncertainty dominates. They like to follow the comfort of a familiar routine and environment. If pushed or forced to change when not ready, Kapha types can become withdrawn, stubborn or resistant. They are physically strong and curvy and put on weight easily. Does this sound like you?


Are you driven, goal-oriented and like challenges?

A person who is strong in Pitta qualities is goal-focused, sees the big picture, likes perfection, order and beauty and is a visionary who can inspire others and may find themselves in a leadership role. Pitta types can find it difficult to stop when chasing a goal and can burnout from overwork. Competitive by nature, good enough is not in their vocabulary, "the best" and perfect is. Their relentless drive is inspiring, and they can get things done!

Pitta types become stressed if things seem unfair or not right. When driving to a goal, they may forget to take care of their physical needs for relaxation or time out, connection with others, sleep and nourishment. Injustice and feeling powerless to effect change are difficult for Pitta types. They can also become unsettled if their environment is untidy or chaotic. A project that goes on and on without a sense of completion or accomplishment is stressful for Pitta types. Does this sound like you?


Are you enthusiastic, changeable and fast in speech or action?

A person who is strong in Vata qualities is naturally enthusiastic, quick-moving, fast-talking and likes change and variety. "Variety is the spice of life" is a good motto for a Vata type! As they are naturally sensitive with a thinner frame and variable stamina Vata types can be more easily thrown off balance when feeling threatened or unsafe. 

Uncertainty can cause feelings of worry, fear and anxiety. The changeable quality of Vata types is both stimulating and in excess can lead to feeling ungrounded, unsettled with lack of focus. Vata types' natural enthusiasm is catchy, and they are often creative and like to learn and experience new things. Does this sound like you?


4 Tips for Fostering Resilience  

There are four core components to fostering Resilience. Depending on your dosha type, you will find yourself leaning more in one direction than another. Aim to engage in all four resilience tips each week.


1.Wellbeing - Take care of your body by balancing the dominant dosha in you.

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About Kapha Tea

Kapha tea is a stimulating blend of spices that perk up the body and mind. 100% herbal Kapha Tea is a caffeine-free alternative to coffee, great for early mornings or damp, cold days and excellent when you need a pick me up to raise energy and mood. Includes Ginger, Pepper and Saffron. 

  • Take a cup first thing in the morning. Then place one tea bag into a 1 L flask and fill with boiling water. Sip regularly every 30-60 minutes.


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About Emotional Balance

Emotional Balance helps to balance the mind and heart connection that governs emotional Resilience, helping to promote tranquillity of mind and contentment. It contains Ashwagandha to support healthy circulation of adrenalin and reduced plasma cortisol levels. Therefore it aids in the reduction of anxiety. It promotes quality sleep and contains Amalaki, which is a powerful antioxidant that helps to nourish the brain and heart. This nourishing formula has an excellent balancing effect for Pitta types when under stress, feeling driven, or in times of change or uncertainty.


About Pitta Tea

Cooling herbal Pitta tea is a delicious combination of fragrant rose petals and refreshing spices of liquorice, cardamom and cinnamon. Taken warm or cool, it is the perfect answer when you're feeling intense or frustrated. It helps calm down your mind, body and emotions.

  • Fill a 1.5 - 2L flask with boiling water and 1-2 tea bags. Pour some tea into a cup and let it cool to a comfortable temperature and sip every 30-60 minutes. 


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Worry Free helps to calm the nervous system and give you the mental resources to sail through situations that could cause a meltdown. It contains Jatamansi (Muskroot), Greater Galangal (Aloe weed) and Ashwagandha (Winter cherry) to help support a balanced mind and nervous system.


About Vata Tea 

Calming Vata Tea has a sweet, mellow, warm and calming flavour. It helps reduce or remove gas during eating, after a meal and throughout the day and creates a comfortable, relaxed, balanced and happy feeling within.

  •  Place one tea bag in a 1.5 L flask with boiling water and sip regularly through the day - every 30 minutes ea during the day.


2.Be Connected

At times of challenge, it is crucial to reach out rather than to isolate yourself, which is a tendency of the Kapha type. Prioritise staying in touch with people who care about you, understand and support your feelings. Consider joining a community group around a topic that interests you. Staying in touch can help restore hope and a sense of purpose or joy. 


3. Find Purpose 

"Happiness cannot come from without. It must come from within. It is not what we see and touch or that which others do for us which makes us happy; it is that which we think and feel and do, first for the other fellow and then for ourselves" (Helen Keller, 1880-1968).

Doing something that gives you a sense of accomplishment and purpose every day helps you to look forward to the future with meaning. 


4. Favour helpful thinking  

When the unexpected happens, and Resilience is challenged, it is useful to keep things in perspective, to accept change, to maintain a hopeful outlook for the future and to learn from past experiences. Practising meditation and taking the herbals recommended for your body type will significantly assist your ability to favour helpful thinking or positive thoughts.

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We wish you great adaptability and Resilience this week and always.

Linda Sinden and the Get Balance Team

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.

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Email: Skype: Linda.Sinden 
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