Anxiety, as we generally understand, is synonymous with the feeling of worry or fear.
According to American Psychological Association, “People with anxiety disorders usually have recurring intrusive thoughts or concerns. They may avoid certain situations out of worry. They may also have physical symptoms such as sweating, trembling, dizziness or a rapid heartbeat”.If you find your thoughts running haywire in all directions – when peace and calm become incomprehensible words in your dictionary – then, there is a little bit of anxiety or maybe more, which has found its way in your life.
What is Anxiety according to Ayurveda?
Ayurveda has a deeper and a philosophical understanding of what anxiety is.
According to Ayurveda, the primary cause of all disease is an attachment to material aspect to creation, this attachment is non-perceivable yet very real.
The consequences of this attachment are Fear and Desire.
Acute Anxiety according to Ayurveda falls under the category of Unmada- Insanity, it is caused by derangement of Doshas- Vatta, Pitta, and Kapha and results in a distracted state of Manas- Mind.
Prajanapardha i.e. acting out of ignorance or transgression against knowledge is another cause of acute anxiety, according to Ayurveda.
Here are three simple Amrutam tips to deal with Anxiety:
#1 Honey & Milk
Anxiety is associated with the Vatta Dosha, and it is important to warm the Vatta Dosha as cold aggravates Vatta.
Drinking warm milk with honey and saffron is wonderful to warm the Vatta Dosha.
#2 Shavasana- The Corpse Pose
Shavasana in yoga is a very simple and beneficial asana for mental tiredness and physical stress.
To perform Shavasana, all you need to is lie down, spread your legs and let your toes face towards the sides.
Have your arms placed on the sides; a little bit aside from your body and have your palms open, facing upward.
Close your eyes.
Slowly guide your attention to different parts of your body.
Continue this activity for 10-20 minutes.
#3 Spend time with your loved ones
Spending time with your family and closed ones can be comforting, heartwarming and keep you away from unnecessary worries.
So, get yourself to spend time with people, your friends and family, get into a conversation. What are you waiting for? Christmas?
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