Ayurveda & Mental Health – Amy Collett

Good afternoon everyone,

I hope you’re all having a brilliant start to the weekend!

How can we help find the balance between our mind, body & spirit? What is Ayurveda & how can it help our Mental Health? We’ll be taking a look at the answers to these questions & more in today’s guest blog!!

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I am delighted to announce that today we have a guest blog, written for us by Amy Collett. The blog takes a look at Ayurveda, and how we can use this medicinal practice to support our mental health. Ayurveda is one of the world’s oldest holistic healing systems, which was created in India over 3,000 years ago.

Ayurveda is based on the belief that health & wellness depend on the balance between the mind, body & spirit in life. The main goal of Ayurveda is to promote good health.

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So, without further ado, here is Amy Collett with “Incorporating Ayurveda: These 3 Simple Habits Can Help You Boost Your Mental Health”

Stress has a profound effect on health, leaving many seeking ways to heal. By balancing your energy life forms (Doshas), Ayurveda offers a remarkable way to support your mind, body, and spirit. A vital element of the practice is managing your mental health (Manovikara). If you need to feel more grounded, try incorporating these three habits to support your mental health.

1. Embrace the Basics

In the Ayurvedic practice, each of our bodies consists of three Doshas: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Dosha imbalances can cause a variety of problems. A Vata imbalance is typically associated with anxiety and phobias. There can be anger and obsessions due to an imbalance of Pitta. Having a Kapha imbalance could lead to depression.

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Balance your Doshas by practising self-care. Every person experiences phases of feeling joyful, irritable, or sluggish. You can strengthen these qualities of the mind (Gunas) by approaching your health holistically. A nutritious diet, a good sleep schedule, and a balanced lifestyle are the pillars of health.

Gratitude is also a beneficial practice. Taking time each day to be thankful increases your overall well-being, according to research. Journaling is a meaningful way to focus on gratitude. Consider making it a ritual to start or end your day, or, simply jot down a few quick notes throughout the day to keep you grounded.

2. Bust the Work-From-Home Blues

Increasingly, people are working from home. Despite its benefits, working at home can negatively impact mental health. Be sure to take extra care of yourself during the workday.

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Adapt your daily schedule to your natural rhythm. Similarly, be mindful of how the seasons affect your mental well-being. Vata imbalances can make you feel stressed during the fall and winter, while Kapha imbalances can make you feel depressed. Make sure you also get enough vitamin D by keeping your desk near an open window if you suffer from seasonal depression. For extra support, invest in a light that mimics the sun. Be sure to also find ways to rid your home of any negative energy imbalances. This can be in the form of clutter, disorganization and a lack of tidiness.

Consider adding a few rituals to your routine as well. Taking moments of Pratyahara (sensory withdrawal) can calm the senses and help avoid digital overload. Taking care of your eyes, using aromatherapy, and listening to soothing music are also helpful strategies.

3. Support Yourself With Pranayama

Pranayama (breath control) involves controlling the duration, frequency, and timing of every breath. This practice aims to harmonize the body and mind by calming the nervous system.

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The many benefits of Pranayama are widely documented. In 2013, a study concluded that Pranayama can relieve stress in healthy adults. The results of a 2017 study revealed that students who embraced Pranayama exhibited greater levels of mindfulness. The participants also demonstrated better emotional control.

If you’d like to learn Pranayama, Yoga is an excellent place to start. Find an online or local yoga teacher, or try some stretches that are suitable for your physical ability. You can also practice Pranayama through meditation. Guided meditations are readily available, or simply close your eyes for a few minutes each day and focus on your breathing.

Your Mental Health Matters

Over time, stress can seriously harm your mental health. It can wear you down a little bit at a time, often without you being aware, which is why it’s so important to take steps to identify and address any problems before they take over your life. Among the many natural ways, you can easily boost your mental health. Ayurveda is a holistic solution to support a healthy mind and can help you live a fuller and more fulfilling life. However, remember to find the solution that’s right for you.

That’s all for today’s blog, what do you think? Have you heard about Ayurveda before? How do you support your Mental Health?

Be sure to let us know your answers to the above questions, either in the comments below or through our Facebook page! Before I finish off today’s post, I just want to say a massive thank you to Amy for writing us such a fantastic blog – I really appreciate it!!

Thank you all for reading & I hope you have a lovely day!

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