Is stress playing a bigger role in your life than you would like it to? For most of us, the answer to that question is a resounding YES! Stress is a fairly universal element of the modern human experience, and while some stress is appropriate, even productive, we now know that too much stress can be quite harmful, and can compromise our health physically, mentally, and emotionally. Ayurveda offers a beautiful perspective on stress management, but in order to better understand it, we will first explore the potential consequences of excess stress and establish a contextual understanding of the human stress response.
We all experience stress in our life. The problem of stress is not new. It has been plaguing mankind for generations. A surge in the number of patients who are suffering terribly due to excessive stress makes it a hot topic of discussion in the medical circle. Ayurvedic medicine for stress is truly beneficial as it focuses on solving the problem from its roots.
In Ayurvedic Treatment, it is commonly believed that there are three guns in a person, namely ‘sattva’ (knowledge, purity), ‘rajas’ (action, passion) and ‘tamas’ (inertia, ignorance). Eliminating stress in our day to day life is all about maintaining a balance between these three guns. In order to eliminate stress, it is important to have adequate sleep, eat glutton free foods, exercise daily and meditate in order to understand your own problems.
According to Ayurveda, the problem of stress is caused when the guna of ‘sattva’ takes a back seat and ‘rajas’ or ‘tamas’ takes over our mind and body. When the state of ‘sattva’ decreases, a person loses his clarity of mind, determination and ability to discriminate the right from the wrong and the other two gun’s namely ‘tamas’ and ‘rajas’ takes over, which leads to stress. When a person has a high state of ‘sattva’, he can handle stress in a better way. He is usually calm, thoughtful and patient in his behaviour towards himself and others. The opposite of this state leads to hopelessness, despair, fear, anxiety and most importantly stress.