Ayurveda encourages the maintenance of health through close attention to balance in your life, right thinking, diet, lifestyle and the use of herbs. It is the world’s oldest health system but is also most relevant for our modern lifestyles.
Everywhere people are busy in earning their livelihoods, attending to their families and then striving for social, success and self-recognition needs. In spite of the busy life, people are also becoming more conscious about how to take care of their health in a natural and effective way.
Practice the basic principles of Ayurveda given here and then you will make your body ready to receive the ocean of benefits of health, longevity and happiness.
1. Watch Out Your Food Habits
You should eat after due consideration to yourself. Insist in the use of the wholesome foods in proper quantity. The quantity that gets digested in time without causing discomfort is the proper quantity.
Do not eat when previous meal is not digested or your appetite is not arisen and also while afflicted by emotions. Even wholesome food taken in proper quantity does not get digested properly if you interrupt yourself with stress or anger, for example making phone calls or studying while eating.
Reduce the fast food to a maximum of once a week. And for that choose food with lower fat and sugar content. You can save cream on cakes or cheese on burgers.
2. Understand Your Mind-Body Constitution
Ayurveda also takes into account the uniqueness of the individual, the changing seasons, and the natural rhythms of the environment. Just as everyone has a unique fingerprint, everyone has unique mind-body constitution or dosha type. There are three main mind-body types in Ayurveda- Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. The physical and mental characteristics you have are not just incidental, they are indicators of your internal constitution. By learning about your mind-body type, you are better able to nourish it with the foods and habits it needs to become healthiest. You can take a Dosha Quiz on Ayurvedic websites and consult an Ayurvedic practitioner to understand dietary, exercise and lifestyles suggestions customized as per your mind-body type.
3. Sleep Better At Night
Sleeping well directly affects your mental and physical health. Try to go to sleep and get up at the same time every day. Make sure your bed is comfortable. Say no to late-night television and digital devices, as many times it becomes stimulating rather than relaxing. Stop or shorten daytime naps. Avoid big meals at night. Avoid drinking too many liquids in the evening. As it may result in frequent bathroom trips throughout the night.
Limit caffeine and nicotine, especially before going to bed. Avoid Alcohol before bed. Exercise regularly. Gently massage your body in your daily routine. Relaxation and meditation before bed work to improve the quality of your sleep.
4. Control Your Senses
To control your senses from stubborn harmful habits is difficult. You often find yourself doing what you are accustomed to. The power to control your body and senses cannot be bought in a marketplace. By Meditation and Yoga, you can develop power to discriminate the gratification of senses in chronic stubborn habits.
Set aside some time everyday to sit in meditation. Preferably twice in a day – at the start of the day and in evening or before going to bed. Yoga helps to keep your body in state of health and calmness. It also helps you to attain state of meditation, so should precede meditation. Keep a company of peaceful mind friends. Read good books and watch good things in TV.
How do I Withdraw Old Habits and Acquire the New?
Ayurveda advises method of Gradual acquirement of wholesome and withdrawal of Unwholesome habits. Alienation and adoption is done in 1/16 portion. It takes 21 days for a new practice to become a habit. If you adopt new habits gradually, the faults due to withdrawal are removed permanently and merits become unshakable.