Health + Fitness

5 Ways To Beat Anxiety The Ayurvedic Way

by Narissa Moeller

Anxiety is a reality for most people these days sadly. Therefore, understanding how to reduce it is the key thing to do if you want to live a long and healthy life.
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According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics,

“Anxiety is the most common mental health condition in Australia. On average, 1 in 4 people (1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men) and in a 12-month period, over two million Australians experience anxiety.”

People with certain mind-body types (known as dosha in Ayurveda) are more likely to experience Anxiety. Generally, it’s the Vata types. Physically, these types a thin, bony, cold, dry and a bit spacey. They usually have an indecisiveness and lack regularity and routine surrounding life. 

The symptoms of anxiety often result in trembling, muscular aches, insomnia, stomach aches, dizziness, irritability, poor concentration and increased heart rate. 

So what can you do to keep it at bay. These 5 tips might give you a new perspective: 

Understand the temporary nature of your life

Absolutely everything in life is transient, our jobs, homes, friends. If you’re not content with where you are right now, ask yourself “will the outcome of this situation affect me this time next year?” The answer is usually “No.” By changing your perspective of the current situation, anxiety can be pacified.

Take positive action

The goal of Ayurveda is to move into a place of “Sattva”, which translates to “purity, clean, conscious” and away from “Tamas” which means “darkness.” The way to get there is through “Rajas,” which is “action”. By choosing the positive way including healthy food choices, engaging in positive relationships and keeping the body clean and free from environmental toxins. Adopting an Ayurvedic lifestyle and slowing introducing its principles and practices is a great place to start.

Stop over-doing it

Between work, social commitments, home-life, family, friends and partners, life is busy. Start prioritizing tasks at hand and learn to say “no” to people. It may be hard at first, but it will start to feel good once you do. Further on, once you say no, make time for you. Take a bath, practice yoga, try some deep breathing and meditation all to assist you in slowing down.

Try some herbs

Ayurveda has some great natural herbs you can take to calm the mind, worries and keep stress levels at bay. Herbs such as Brahmi, Bala and Ashwaghanda are all great and can be found in Ayurvedic teas, singularly or in formulations. They are also used in oils for treatments which leads me to my final point…

Book in for an Ayurvedic treatment

Abhyanga (Ayurvedic Warm Oil Massage) and Shirodhara (Head Flow with warm oil) are both great for relaxing the mind and body. Book in regularly and over time you will begin to feel the benefits and reap the rewards.


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