What is Ayurveda? How can it help me?

Overview
Ayurveda is a holistic approach to health that leads up to wellness. It originated in India thousands of years ago and differs from traditional medicine as many of the Ayurvedic herbs, treatments, and practices heal the body before disease arises, rather than after. Ayurvedic medicine aims to prevent and treat illness by keeping the mind, body, and consciousness in balance. This can be achieved through proper nutrition, lifestyle and herbal remedies.
 
Each of us is unique. In Ayurveda, we each have different combinations of the doshas which represent our physical, mental and emotional characteristics. There are three doshas:
 
Pitta:
Pitta is rooted in fire and is primarily related to digestion. When in balance, pittas exhibit intelligence and vitality. Out of balance pitta can result in anger and agitation.
 
Vata:
The primary elements of vata are air and ether. When vata is in balance, there is creativity. When out of balance, there is fear and anxiety.
 
Kapha:
Considered the water element, kaphas express love and forgiveness when in balance, and insecurity when out of balance.
 
The doshas can get out of balance when we experience stress, strained relationships or have an unhealthy diet. In Ayurveda, the goal is to bring you back into balance.
 
Where to begin
 
If you’re interested in exploring Ayurveda and what it can do for you, find an Ayurvedic practitioner in your area. In Ayurveda, information is gathered about you by reading your pulse, examining your nails and tongue and so on. To locate someone near you, visit the National Institute of Ayurvedic Medicine at http://www.niam.com
 
If working with an Ayurvedic practitioner is not an option for you, then you can try the basics, such as practicing yoga, meditating, and eating a vegetarian diet (or at simply eliminating red meat) and reducing the amount of toxins you consume by choosing fresh, organic foods when possible. To learn more, visit The Ayurvedic Institute at http://ayurveda.com

Think in Shades of Grey

dreamstime_xxl_43329047Sometimes all we see is the black and white of a situation. Either something went well, or it was a complete failure. Thinking in those extremes is tough. We always win or lose. We don’t give ourselves the opportunity to think in shades of grey. That is, maybe we didn’t do something perfectly, but we did a good enough job and got the task done.
 
Rather than focusing on how we didn’t do the task perfectly, we can choose to focus on how we got it done. There’s always an accomplishment or lesson learned. We just have to look for it by thinking in shades of grey.

Restructure Your Thoughts to Banish Stress

Restructure your thoughts
 
By writing our thoughts down, we help ourselves understand our thinking, spot trouble and have a chance to reframe how we think about things. Writing our thoughts allows us to let things out, and gain perspective. Once we become aware of what we are telling ourselves, we create space to think more positively and rationally.
 
Follow these steps to observe and restructure your thoughts:
 
1. Write down your thought.
 
Ask yourself, what is going through my mind? Often times our thoughts are automatic. Observe what you are thinking and write down what comes up. For example: “I will never get a good job.”
 
2. Write about the feelings you have when thinking about this particular thought or situation.
 
For example, when I think about getting a good job, I feel overwhelmed and afraid I will never get a got job and I will be stuck working in a low paying job I don’t like at all.
 
Moods include: Sad, angry, frustrated, humiliated, insecure, afraid.
 
3. Write down all the evidence you have to support the thought you have as true.
 
For instance, I have applied for ten jobs that I consider good, and have not heard back from anyone.
 
4. Write down all the evidence you have that does not support the thought.
 
As difficult as it might be, think about evidence that goes against your thought. Give yourself a few minutes to think.
 
For example, many people have to send out loads of resumes before they find a job. With the economy not doing well, it will likely be harder for me to find a job.
 
5. Identify the mistakes or distortions in your thinking. Now that you have looked at your thought, your mood, and evidence in support of and against your thought, the next step is to change your thinking and come to a more balanced view of the situation.
 
For example: “It’s unlikely I will never get a good job. It might take some time to find something in this economy. I can send out more resumes and keep trying.”
 
6. Reflect on your mood now. Is there any change?
 
For further reading about cognitive distortions and thought restructuring, check out “Feeling Good” by David Burns.

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