How can Ayurveda help us stay balanced when we have no time to follow the “recommended” practices? Here are 6 essential things in ayurveda survival guide that have helped me stay clear of colds, flu’s, and nervous breakdowns since my schedule got crazy:
- Yoga or some movement practice that helps you decompress & gets you back in your body every morning.
- Eat food when you’re hungry. Don’t eat when you’re not hungry. I think this is perhaps the biggest key: Agni (digestive fire) preservation. More often than not when I’m helping clients get back on the wagon, one of the first things they say is “I stopped snacking, and I feel so much better!” Even if you’re busy, eat when you’re hungry and don’t eat when you’re not. It generally doesn’t demand too much time to follow this one.
- Think before you eat & keep reading the ingredients on any package. That girl with the pensive face in front of you in line at the store/shop could be me. Ask yourself these questions before you order food out or start cooking in the kitchen: What am I craving? (Remember, cravings are a good thing…this helps us stay in touch with our bodies & not over run by our brains) and given what I’m craving, how will I feel after I eat _______ and is it meeting my craving wisely? As in will I be able to digest it? Is it going to make my energy go up and then crashing down or might it leave me bogged down in toxic or indigestible junk? Can I afford that today? If I’m tired, am I looking for energy in the appropriate places? (caffeine/sugar vs. whole foods/protein & fat) These are all questions that are good to ask yourself before you say, “I’ll have the _____.”
- Bask in the moment. When something you really love is happening, be FULLY in that moment. Leave thinking about the future or past for later. Be totally there for a soul satisfying experience. This can be anything: a sip of delicious tea, hugs from your favourite people, or making a breakthrough at work.
- Tea, Tea, Tea. Herbal tea is your very best friend. It’s easy to transport, aids digestion, promotes relaxation and can deliver valuable actions that you might not be getting from your food. I generally don’t leave the house without at least two tea bags (one warming tea, one cooling tea) in my purse and I always carry an insulated thermos. It’s been a lifesaver.
- Oil…get it in & on your body! It doesn’t have to be perfect, just do it. Even if you just do nasya and order extra avocado on whatever you’re eating, it’ll help stabilise your energy levels and promote a calmer mind. Maybe you give yourself a little ear massage with oil or rub it on your feet & ankles before bed. Remember: every little bit helps.
Ayurveda is always here for you. I’ve said this many times before: Ayurveda doesn’t demand perfection. Let Ayurveda fit your life and help support the voice/wisdom in you that points you towards optimal health.
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