Everyone gets emotionally triggered very often; the capability to focus and function during this pandemic-enforced lockdown becomes quite difficult sometimes.
Sustaining one’s mental health amidst this crisis is just as necessary as fighting the virus. As we are approaching the start of this fourth lockdown in India, there’s no significant scenario where it would be relaxed completely. If you are suffering from symptoms like anxiety, depression, stress and insomnia, there’s no better natural therapy than Ayurveda in these unprecedented times.
MENTAL WELLBEING MATTERS
Anxiety & Depression both can happen at the same interval; 45% of people with one mental health condition fit the criteria for two or more disorders. The common significant reasons for not being able to address & tackle the conditions of a mental disorder are – fear of stigma & lack of support.
With respect to the unprecedented nature of the current situation, we all tend to behave in many different ways. It’s troublesome to face these issues head-on, but with small steps, you can certainly overcome the burden you seem to be carrying on your shoulders. Your mental wellbeing matters, when it comes to handling this huge global crisis. World Health Organisation (WHO) has highlighted the significance of encouraging mental and psychological well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic, stressing “this is not going to be a sprint, but a marathon”.
Some of the common symptoms of Anxiety & Depression include-
Feeling nervous, restless or tensed
Having a sense of impending danger, panic or doom
3.Increased heart rate
Breathing rapidly (Hyperventilation)
Decreased energy, chronic fatigue, or feeling sluggish frequently
Changes in appetite or weight
Feeling sad, hopeless or pessimistic
Difficulty sleeping, waking early or oversleeping
These symptoms are related to the worsening of Vata imbalance at a nervous system level. It implies the asymmetry of air and space elements in the body.
AYURVEDA’S HOLISTIC APPROACH
Mental well-being is an essential viewpoint of Ayurvedic interpretation of ‘Swasthya’ along with Physical and Spiritual well-being. WHO defines mental health as a state of well-being in which every person realizes his or her potential, can cope with the regular stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and can contribute to the community.
Ayurveda’s approach to tackle mental health concerns, suggests the elimination of toxins from the brain and nervous system while sustaining the Satva(Mind) quality.
Stress is common to modern research, as the root cause of various mental health problems. Marma point therapy is a healing practice appeared within this 5000-year-old Ayurvedic system of medication/treatment. Marma points are the vital areas of the body, where two or more types of tissue meet, such as muscles, veins, ligaments, bones or joints.
If you are suffering from any mental health issues, you can make use of the below marma therapy practices, during this lockdown –
1) Just press the point right under your nose 6 times before going to bed or even in the morning after you wake up
2) Take ghee on your fingers and massage your temples gently for 5-10 mins (Especially if you have difficulty in falling asleep)
3) Put ghee on your crown region and massage it gently
4) Taking sesame oil or ghee and massaging your naval in a clockwise direction, also massaging your feet with it will relax your mind and make you feel more centred
The primary objective of this therapy is to remove blocks in energy channels called shrotas, while building physical, mental and emotional flexibility. Simultaneously, you can also do Yoga (Pranayam) & practice panchakarma daily, as it has a beneficial impact on our nervous system.
Ayurveda recognises an unhealthy diet and poor digestion to be the inherent causes of emotional imbalance. It’s because, when our food is inefficiently digested, undesired metabolic by-products of digestion (called ama) are produced.
Here are some of the dietary guidelines for tackling mental health issues –
1) Wheat, Processed foods/drinks should be avoided
2) Stay away from Milk & Dairy products
3) Prolonged fasting should be avoided
4) Avoid food which is difficult to digest (e.g. Maida)
5) Neglect excessively sour food (such as fermented items, vinegar etc.)
6) Follow a gluten-free diet
7) Moong, fresh vegetables, almonds, beetroot, ghee, fig etc. should be the essentials for your diet
8) Grapes, Mangoes, Pomegranate, Gooseberry – the ideal options
9) Regular and timely intake of a balanced meal in the right quantity
10) Consume fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables to supply fibre, micro and macronutrients
HOME REMEDY FOR MENTAL WELLBEING
Below is a remedy that will help in the nourishment of your nervous system, just follow these steps –
1 tsp Brahmi Powder
1 tsp Ashwagandha Powder
Mix these ingredients with half glass of water and drink it 2 times a day.
Ayushakti has been serving people broadly with its proven herbal remedies and authentic ancient treatment methods. Ayushakti’s BLIS tablets will help in reducing stress and anxiety, amidst this critical situation. Ingredients like Ashwagandha Ghan, Nir Brahmi Ghan, Brahmi Powder and Shunthi are immensely beneficial for your Central nervous system. Ayushakti’s herbal remedies have been shipped to the USA, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Russia for the past 32 years.
A clinical evaluation research paper published in Bologna University by medical doctor Dr.Giovanni Brincivalli says – Ayushakti Suhruday and Bliss formula is effective in relieving depression, anxiety and stress. Within 6 months, 90% of people in the study group did not need any medication as there was a significant improvement in confidence and self-esteem, concentration, socialization and decision making power.
As we are fighting this Pandemic by staying inside, our Ayurvedic experts are prepared to support you by any means possible. If you are suffering from any health issues, our vaidya’s are providing video/phone consultation for your wellbeing.
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Stay Home | Stay Healthy!
*References – Healthline, WHO, Central Council of Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (Ministry of AYUSH)