The power of the Ayurvedic approach is all about simplicity.
Keeping things simple can be somewhat deceptive, but it can also be extremely powerful. We work to make some lifestyle adjustments to form a powerful package that will support emotional balance. Within this powerful package, there are a lot of simple things we can do to uplift our emotions and create inner peace.
Try some of these secrets today and see what a difference they can make.
Secret 1: Go to bed at a consistent time.
Be sure to be in bed by 10 pm every night. If you can get to sleep a little earlier, that’s fine, but the key is to make sure that you’re getting the right amount of sleep for your body.
If you know you need 7 hours, plan for that.
If you need 8, make that a priority.
Getting enough rest is essential for emotional health. When we have a consistent sleep schedule, we are able to fall asleep more easily: our melanin knows when to kick in and our sleep process begins before we even get in bed.
Secret 2: Wake up with the rising sun.
Now that you’ve gone to sleep at 10 pm, I suggest waking with the sunrise.
That varies during the season, but right now (early summer) the sun comes up about 6 am. Waking up early is important for emotional health. If we sleep too long, we build up toxins, or Ama.
If we don’t sleep enough, the mind won’t be fully rested.
Secret 3: Walk outdoors.
Breathe deeply when you go for a walk outside.
Focus on taking in fresh air and stimulating your respiratory system. The perfect time to go for a refreshing walk is as the sun is rising: just as it brings energy to the earth, it activates the energy centers in the body.
Secret 4: After you go on your walk, eliminate.
Sometimes people suffer from constipation that causes headaches or a feeling of dullness.
Low moods and a sense of sluggishness often accompany constipation as well.
Drink some warm water with a little bit of lemon essential oil or lemon juice to get the digestive system moving. If that doesn’t help you to eliminate, eat some prunes, figs or even cooked apples at night before you go to bed to get that sludge moving along.
Secret 5: Eat intelligent foods.
These are organic, unprocessed, non-GMO foods that are quickly digested because there are no toxic chemicals that the body has to sort through or filter out.
These foods give your body natural fuel and boost immunity. Apples, pears, almonds, yogurt, walnuts, cloves, almond milk, kale, spinach and broccoli are just a few examples of intelligent food.
Secret 6: Give yourself a nice daily body massage with yummy oils.
Coconut oil, sesame oil or even almond oil is perfect. A massage increases circulation and helps clear toxins from the tissues. It will invigorate the body, calm the mind and sooth the emotions.
Secret 7: Practice yoga.
Even as little as 5, 10 or 15 minutes in practice of asanas or yoga postures will stimulate the digestive fire within and cleanse the colon of toxins. Yoga is also great for uplifting low moods.
Secret 8: Add spices to your intelligent food.
I love cumin, turmeric, cayenne pepper and black pepper. Spices help the body assimilate food and create less toxic buildup in the colon.
Secret 9: Spend a few minutes by yourself in peace and gratitude.
Think about something for which you are grateful.
This can be done any time through the day, maybe even during your morning walk. Allow yourself to be completely wrapped up in that feeling of gratitude. When you do that, the anxiety dissipates and you welcome in a warm, loving and positive energy, creating a sense of inner peace.
Wishing you much health and wellness!
Rochel Marie Lawson, RN, AHP,CMS
The Queen of Feeling Fabulous