There are many reasons why we experience the loss of mental and physical energy. A quite common reason is from a traumatic event or series of traumatic events. Trauma causes long term residual emotional stress that often results in anxiety and/or depression. The main symptom of both chronic anxiety and depression is fatigue that is accompanied by a loss of interest in normal activities.
In many situations the cause of the trauma is beyond our control; however, there are ways you can reduce the affect it has on your mental and physical wellbeing. Ayurveda offers solutions that help us build strength and resiliency to the stressors caused by situations we cannot control.
Why Everyone Experiences Stress Differently
Genetics do play a role in how your body responds to stress. People with a dominant kapha constitution are naturally more resilient and experience more steady emotional levels, while vata and pitta dominant constitutions are less resilient and can enter a state of fight or flight more easily. There are many life experiences that cause stress and depending on your past events you may be more vulnerable. Trauma from childhood neglect or abuse, violent attacks and certain occupations like military, police officers, firefighters, EMT and ER medical personnel are just a few ways people can be more vulnerable to trauma and the stress it causes.
How Ayurveda Builds Resiliency: Concept #1 — Daily Self Care Regimen
Ayurveda’s number one recommendation to build resiliency that helps to maintain strong mental and physical energy is to adopt a daily self-care regimen. In the ancient Ayurvedic text, there are recommendations for daily practices that strengthen our resiliency and help us maintain healthy mental and physical energy levels.
Dinacharya - Daily Practices for a Healthy Life
How Ayurveda Builds resiliency: Concept #2 — Daily Diet
The main purpose of Ayurveda is explained by the concept of Svastha (sva = my own self, stha = to be situated), which translates to be balanced in one’s true self. Your ‘true self’ is when all the doshas are in a normal state of equilibrium and you feel your absolute best.
Ayurveda tells us the number one cause of unbalanced doshas is poor digestion and the main cause of poor digestion is eating too little or eating too much. Eating just the right quantity is determined by your ability to fully digest what you are eating. In the ancient Ayurvedic text, there are recommendations for diet based on a person’s dosha or constitution type. Eating the right foods that support your constitution builds resiliency that helps maintain healthy mental and physical energy levels.
Ahara – Healthy Eating Habits for a Healthy Life
Examples of light foods — vayu (air) and agni (fire)
Examples of heavier foods — prithvi (earth) and jala (water)
How Ayurveda Builds Resiliency: Concept #3 — Herbal Supplements
To gain the most benefit from these recommendations, we suggest consulting with an Ayurvedic doctor or practitioner for a personalized assessment. We all have different strengths and weaknesses, and the science of Ayurveda offers many tools to measure the state of our health and how we can improve it.
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