In Ayurveda, we believe problems in the body arise due to imbalances - and that includes everything from physical to emotional issues. Ayurvedic doctors have long said that anxiety is related to excess Vata (one of the three doshas) in the nervous system.
Vata has dry, rough, earthy qualities, so when it’s disturbed, we can begin to feel disconnected. To combat this, we need to stabilise and reground ourselves by calming the nervous system and relaxing the mind.
But don’t worry if you’ve been feeling a little out of whack. Here, we’ve gathered some of the best natural anxiety remedies according to Ayurveda.
Ayurvedic HerbsDid you know that many of the herbs we use in Ayurveda have proven benefits for emotional wellbeing and mental health? At Deja, we even have our own range of herbal supplements such as our Mind Balance capsules to help calm feelings of anxiety and stress. In fact, it contains 11 super herbs to bring back balance to your mind and body. These include:
- Tulsi - a sacred plant that’s known as holy basil. It protects the body against chemical, emotional, and physical stress.
- Ashwagandha - a small root that has been proven to reduce stress and anxiety.
- Jatamansi - a super herb that’s been used for hundreds of years in Ayurveda to improve the symptoms of anxiety, depression and insomnia.
Herbal teaChamomile tea is known for its ability to relax the nervous system, and it makes a delicious herbal tea. Drinking a cup as part of your evening routine can even improve sleep. If you fancy a revitalising cup in the morning, try adding a squeeze of lemon; not only does it add a delicious zing, but it’s another ingredient that rebalances the Vata dosha.
AromatherapyAromatherapy has been used as a natural remedy for stress and anxiety for thousands of years. The soothing scents of essential oils are proven mood-lifters (we love lavender, jasmine and clary sage) and you can even try lemon balm rubbed into your pressure points.
These scents instantly make people feel calmer, more focused and balanced. It also goes hand in hand with a relaxing bath, or meditation session.
Spending time in the sun boosts the body’s happy hormone, serotonin. Keeping your serotonin levels up is really important for feelings of calm and focus. That’s not all you can do though. Eating natural tryptophans can also help with production of this all-important hormone, so try a handful of nuts the next time you feel peckish.
Regular exercise and getting the heart rate going can help to clear our mind and allow us to focus on something else in the short-term. But if you suffer from anxiety disorders or a panic disorder, you may prefer exercising at a slower pace.
Yoga moves prana (air) around the body, which dissipates tension in both the body and the mind. It also stimulates circulation, and serves as a balanced form of exercise, which is important when trying to balance feelings of anxiousness. Plus, yoga has great effects in the long-term. If you’re working to balance Vata, choose your poses wisely; we love this guide.
So, there you have it. Five Ayurveda tips for anxiety and stress. Incorporating our Mind Balance capsules into your daily routine has never been easier either. As well as this, they contain all natural ingredients and are 100% vegan so everyone can benefit from the magic of Ayurveda. For more information, or to discuss this way of life in more detail, join in the conversation on Instagram.