Stress is a complex concept that include both mental and physiological components. Heavy pressure to mind leads to stress. If
stress become chronic, it effects your immune system and also reduces body resistance power. Stress should be managed well in
order to lead a healthy life. The following are the stress management techniques:
The following are the stress management techniques:
Ayurvedic cure for Stress Management:
Massage of the scalp and soles of the feet with sesame seed oil or til tailam is also suggested.
Cow's ghee is quite beneficial for the brain. It should be included in daily diet and can also be inhaled through the nostrils.
Consume green vegetables in along with the regular food.
Drink the water of Tulsi leaves regularly.
Boil 3 to 4 Sage leaves in a glass of water until 1/3 is evaporated. Add Jaggery to the mixture and consume it.
Diet maintenance for Stress Management:
For managing stress, taking right diet is also very much important.
Avoid coffee and all other caffeinated beverages.
Eat lots of fresh green vegetables, fruits and fruit juices.
Avoid white flour and sugar products, and also all frozen, preserved and leftover food.
Include whole grain cereals in daily food, which induces a greater sense of well-being.
Yoga, Meditation and Pranayama for Stress Management:
In addition to the above-mentioned treatments, Ayurveda integrates Yoga, meditation and Pranayama (breathing exercises) to manage stress. Certain gestures called "mudra" are also helpful. Positive thinking, tidiness, clean environment and maintaining harmony at all levels is important for getting rid of stress permanently.
Everyone suffers from mild anxiety from time to time, but chronic anxiety takes a tremendous effect on the body,
exhausting energy resources and keeping the body in a constant state of stress. The effects of anxiety are magnified when the body is not exercised:
Tension in the muscles builds, breathing remains constricted most of the time, and the mind has no rest from the whirling thoughts and feelings that feed the anxiety.
A few Yoga exercises practiced daily (especially if they are done just prior to meditation) help to regulate the breath and relax
the body by gently releasing tension from the large muscle groups, flushing all parts of the body and brain with fresh blood,
oxygen, and other nutrients, and increasing feelings of well-being. "Whole body" exercises such as the Sun Poses are
particularly helpful because they encourage you to breathe deeply and rhythmically. Many exercises can be adapted even in an office chair.
Meditation is a method of calming our thoughts by focusing on an object for a period of time. One can concentrate on an object, picture, sound or "mantra".
One should sit in a lotus position or a comfortable posture while meditating. According to the research performed in recent years,
it has been found that meditation slows down the breathing process, normalizes blood pressure, relaxes muscles and helps to reduce anxiety and stress.
Prana means life force or vital energy or simply the breath; Yama means control. Thus, Pranayama means control of the life force.
Just doing pranayama can help you relax and reduce stress. When the pranas are restless, they effect the mind and vice versa.
By controlling the pranas through the practice of pranayama, the restlessness of the mind is automatically controlled.
Nadi Shodhana for stress relief
Nadi Shodhana is the most commonly practiced pranayama for stress relief. This breathing technique involves inhaling
through the left nostril and exhaling through the right; then inhaling through the right nostril and exhaling through the left.