How can Ayurveda help in Stress Relief?
A feeling of mental tension is called stress. It may arise out of multiple factors like tight deadlines, a sense of urgency, indecisiveness, etc. A little stress is great because it helps us to move out of our comfort zone and try out new things. Healthy stress is the reason for our cultural and social advancement.
However, chronic stress is highly dangerous, both for the mind and the body. If you have had frequent bouts of stress over years, then you are suffering from chronic stress.
Stress releases a hormone in the body called the stress hormone (cortisol). Constantly high levels of cortisol in the blood may lead to rapid cell oxidation and early aging in an individual.
What causes stress?
There are many causes of stress. However, a rapidly-paced lifestyle and high aspirational standards may lead to unnecessary stress. Highly ambitious, target-oriented, and workaholic people are highly prone to stress.
Other factors like financial/social/cultural pressures, broken relationships, fears, etc may lead to stress.
What is the Ayurvedic approach towards stress?
Ayurveda believes that a mental disorder should have a mental cure. Herb-based Ayurvedic medicines are extremely effective in terms of side effects free treatment of stress. However, for lasting treatment, Ayurveda recommends –
Meditation helps to develop discretion and patience. It also makes you aware of your choices and their results. Thus, with regular meditation practice, one learns to make wise choices and eliminate the cause of stress.
Most of the time, you get stressed when you are not able to accept the current situation. Mindfulness is a state of expanded consciousness where a person becomes more aware and accepting.
Counseling can help you to assess the reasons for stress in an emotionally safe environment. After good counseling, most people discover that they were stressed for no reason.
Ancient Ayurvedic texts like Charak Samhita also mention the use of art forms to relax and de-stress the mind.
These are a few of the multiple options of Ayurvedic treatment.
The mental treatment of Ayurveda for stress like meditation etc. is the real cure for stress. But you need some time to see their impact. Therefore, Ayurveda also has a wide range of physical therapies for immediate stress relief. They are -
Ayurveda has a vast variety of ayurvedic therapies like Ayurvedic body massage, Shirodhara, Takradhara, Ayurvedic aromatherapy, etc. for immediate relief from stress.
There is a mind-boggling diversity of Ayurvedic medicines and herbs available for quick stress relief. These herbs bring multiple benefits right from side-effect-free stress relief to an excellent anti-aging effect. Some of the most effective ones are –
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All of these herbs have an excellent neuroprotective and antioxidant effect. So, they do not disrupt the natural metabolism of the body to bring an artificial and temporary relief from stress. Instead, they help to normalize the hormonal balance, relax and nourish the nerves. Besides, most of them are non-addictive when used carefully. Hence, you become healthier with every dose of these herbs.