Ayurveda for stress and anxiety

Our emotional well-being is deeply connected to the balance of our physical state, our hormones, and even the weather and seasons.

ayurveda for stress

Ayurvedic expert, Shrankhla Holecek shares how the use of Ayurvedic principles can work to balance emotions such as stress and anxiety.

Ayurveda is a healing system whereby a tailored programme of treatments is followed to connect the mind, body, and spirit. The first step toward managing our emotional well-being is to recognise the issue so that your practitioner can recommend the best treatments for you.

These Ayurvedic tools are easy to integrate into your daily life and can help to promote positive emotional wellness:

Create a routine: Create a sense of routine by setting an alarm and making the most of the morning. Try to eat meals at the same time each day and make sure your space is clean, tidy, and serene.

Get rest: Sleep is vital in mental recovery and hormone regulation. Try to go to bed, without any electronics, before 10 pm. Essential oils are also suggested to enhance the relaxation process and encourage sleep.

Do yoga: Regular walks and yoga practice can be very effective in managing feelings of anxiety and stress. This form of low-impact, non-competitive exercise can have a stabilising effect on the mind.

Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of water and limit your caffeine and alcohol intake. For a relaxing bedtime treat, have a glass of warm milk and ginger. This will nourish the mind and soothe the body.

Natural remedies: Withania Somnifera and Bacopa Monnieri are commonly used in ayurveda to manage mood and relax the mind, while turmeric taken with food or added to warm milk can help manage feelings of anxiety.

Essential oils: Rose, ylang ylang and cedarwood are healing oils used to target feelings of sadness, lethargy, and other symptoms of depression and anxiety.

Finding a professional

If you’d like to know more about Ayurveda and how it can help you manage feelings of stress and anxiety, you can find a qualified professional near you or online using our search tool.

This article was last updated on 06/03/23

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Written by Ellen Lees
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