Do you feel run down or exhausted even before your day gets going? Do you feel that you require more energy to complete your daily tasks? Do you feel irritated and upset because of your fatigue?
If you are facing this issue for some time now, you should immediately consult a health care practitioner. Fatigue can be a common symptom of other health disorders and getting to know the root cause for it is important. It can also be the case that you may not have a diagnosable illness, but you feel the need for more energy for a super and energized day. Even if you have some illness, Ayurveda has got some time-tested tips to help you deal with your fatigue and feel energized.
According to Ayurveda
According to Ayurveda, this sort of fatigue is a result of overwhelm of the digestive fire (Agni). This (Agni) is responsible to provide strength and vitality and it does so when it is balanced and strong.
The question is – How is it that the digestive fire becomes overwhelmed? This is because the digestive fire processes everything that you are exposed to. Now, this does not mean just your food. But the sights, sounds, touches, emotions, thoughts, and environmental factors that you get in touch with.
In this world of hustle, where everything is so rapid, it’s very easy for the digestive fire and the nervous system to get overwhelmed. Nowadays, the daily activities, investing time in relationships seems more of a stressful task that just needs to be checked off the list somehow or the other.
Ayurveda focuses on rejuvenating the digestive fire and the nervous system. It does so by shifting from an exhaustive, stressed, and overwhelmed zone to one which is relaxed, calming, and pleasing. No matter if you have a lot of tasks to be accomplished throughout the day, it’s not necessary to feel extremely worn out and have a stressful and fatiguing experience because of this.
Here are the tips provided by Ayurveda that can help you improve your energy and vitality and nourish yourself:
Exercise to rejuvenate your body
Exercise helps in releasing various hormones in our body. It also helps to release regulators which helps in better metabolism. They also elevate your mood providing a sense of well-being. You don’t need an intense burning workout for your body to feel replenished. Choose a regime that combines the physical, mental, emotional as well as spiritual benefits for your body. You can have a Rejuvenating yoga session for yourself. Pranayama (breathing techniques) can help with this. Prana is the life force and working on it brings wholeness and integrity of body, mind, and spirit to the forefront.
Adequate Sleep of 6-8 hours
Proper and adequate sleep has multiple benefits on the body. One should have a sound sleep of 6 to 8 hours daily. This does not mean just counting the hours you lay in your bed. It’s important to ask yourself if you feel refreshed when you wake up? Do you sleep through the night or do you repeatedly wake up? Look at the number of hours you sleep and the quality of sleep you have. This can be one of the primary reasons you don’t feel rejuvenated when you wake up. Do not drink beverages containing caffeine while sleeping. Avoid any stimulating activity like TV, E-mail, or mobile phone before going to bed. You can also massage your hand and feet with sesame or Brahmi oil before going to bed. This can help you to get quality sleep.
Oil massaging your body daily
There are numerous benefits of massaging your body with oil no matter at what age you are. This regular practice can help provide nourishment to the soul and calm the nervous system. This also helps to release the stress and tension by easing the muscles.
Managing your stressful daily routine
Having a busy and tiring schedule is very common nowadays. But the stress along with it is not required to be a part of your day. Look for different ways that work for you to manage your stress. Connecting yourself with a purpose that is higher than just accomplishing tasks can be a great way for stress relief. Inculcate practices like journaling, meditation, prayer, and reflective time work in your daily routine. This will help you to remember that our true nature is much grander and more purposeful than the roles that we play in this life. And also far more pleasing than the feeling and joy that comes from “succeeding” at the competitive games of the world.
Eat fresh and organic foods
As Michael Pollan’s said In Defense of Food, “Don’t eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.” This is a very important factor to rejuvenate the digestive fire of your stomach. It also provides nourishment which the body needs. You should always prefer fresh organic foods as much as possible. If your digestion is not optimal, you can slightly cook your food. Add high-quality fats to your diet such as ghee (clarified butter), walnuts, coconut oil, avocados, etc. The bulk of your food choices should be plant-based. Avoiding junk, fried and other unhealthy food items is very important for your body to function properly.
Ashwagandha is a potent herb in Ayurveda. This Ayurvedic herb is known as an adaptogen because it helps the body to deal with and adapt to stress. Ashwagandha plays a double role – it calms the nervous system allowing it to rest and also boosts the immune, vitality, and energy. You can take it in the afternoon if you start hitting the afternoon lull Or at bedtime to support your natural sleep cycle.
These are the 6 Ayurvedic tips which if followed can help you deal with stress, fatigue, and low energy body levels. Ayurveda focuses on the internal health and balance of the body. If you are fit and healthy internally, you will automatically feel better and perform better. These tips if followed regularly can be very helpful for you.