We all feel anxious at various points in our lives and the reasons for this anxiety are wide ranging. While most of us are aware that anxiety can have a negative impact on our wellbeing, given the kind of world we live in, it is impossible to completely avoid it.
In such circumstances, we need to learn to manage our anxiety so that it does not completely take over our minds and our emotions. We should bring ourselves to a position where we can identify the stresses we feel and take steps to counter the negativity.
From an Ayurvedic perspective anxiety is a disturbance of the nervous system which is caused by an imbalance of the Vata dosha. An air principle, Vata is a type of kinetic energy that regulates movement inside the body. It is light, dry and mobile and, when balanced, has many positive effects on a person, enabling creativity, joy and intuition.
Following a structured routine each day can have a huge impact on mental wellbeing. Get up at the same time each day, have regular meals, demarcate your work hours, exercise regularly and at the same point in the day, and go to sleep at the same time each night. This kind of consistency, with predictable and familiar reference points, means there is no need to worry about how the day will pan out, thus providing comfort to the mind and body.
Yoga helps to ease tension and stimulate circulation, thus providing much needed tranquility. A short 15-minute routine is sufficient to steady the mind. The kind of focus needed for yoga also facilitates better meditation and you could use it as a precursor to meditating.
Abhyanga is a Sanskrit word which means ‘self-massage’. It has been used over the years to calm the nervous system, lubricate and rejuvenate the tissues, and promote healthy circulation. You can try either our sleep intense calming body massage serum or Destress calming body massage serum to relieve tension and stress within your body. Given that anxiety is caused by too much Vata, use sesame oil to counter it. Gently massage the oil into your entire body, starting from the crown of your head and moving all the way down to your toes. Abhyanga is usually done before taking a shower so that you can wash away the oils. If time does not permit a full-body abhyanga, you could always rub a calming essential oil such as ylang ylang into the soles of your feet and, should you feel comfortable, into your scalp, before going to sleep.
Mild anxiety can be inconvenient, but in its most acute form it can be very disruptive. In order to be productive, and more importantly, to be at peace with ourselves, we should take control of our anxiety levels. When we are anxious we expend a lot of energy on negative thoughts and so we need to re-channel this energy in a more positive direction. Anxiety treatment at home is not too complex and, when followed up with ayurvedic anxiety medicine, can prove to be very successful. You just need to show yourself a little love and care. For a home pamper routine try our ritual sets to soothe, calm and restore your mind and senses.
- Marissa Jansz