Stress is an element that has now become a part of our daily lives because of the modern and the fast paced life we live in today. Stress has become a universal element as the modern day experiences and routine does not allow to rest. Stress can be harmful and compromises on the physical, emotional and mental health. There are many systems in the body that are working and can be negatively affected when we are suffering from stress. The systems that are majorly affected by stress are the cardiovascular system, the nervous system, digestive system, musculoskeletal system reproductive system and immune system.
Excess stress can also impact our mental and emotional health, relationships and our emotional well being. There is a systemic level that wears us down because of the stress.
The physical body and the mind are not the two different things but a reflection of each other. The mental stress and psychological health problems have a reflection in our physical body and while the physical health problems have their reach in the mind. Without peace of mind or Shanti we will not be able to enjoy the good things life has to offer to us.
The ayurvedic approach is to manage stress that is focused on providing relieve from stress from the nervous system which eventually helps in improving the relaxation of the entire body.
Stress is something that is caused naturally because of the external unpleasant situations which has a reasonable reaction to it.
There are a few herbs that are effective in relieving the stress:
Ashwagandha: It is a powerful herb known for its rejuvenating properties and has been used in preparing ayurvedic medicine for the past 2000 years. Cortisol is the stress hormone that is present in the body and ashwagandha helps in reducing the cortisol level in the body.
Have 1-2 teaspoon of dried ashwagandha root powder to reduce stress.
Brahmi: It is well known herb in the field of ayurveda and is known for reducing stress. It helps in decreasing the level of stress hormone and enhances the concentration power. The leaves of the brahmi plant can be used to make tea that helps to relieve stress and helps you calm down.
Bhringaraj: To calm your mind and relax your body, try having bhringaraj tea. This herb has compounds that energize the brain and increases the blood circulation. This helps to relax your mind and body thereby encouraging sound sleep at night.
The bhringaraj tea helps to detoxify the body and provides energy to the brain by increasing the supply of oxygen. Also, try to massage your scalp using the bhringaraj oil on the scalp that calms the mind and the body.