We choose the actions that ground us, warm, nourish, and soothe us.
In October-January, according to Ayurveda, vata dosha is excited. Vata is the energy of movement and air, which is characterized by qualities such as lightness, airiness, cold, hardness, and rigidity - and which affect both our body and our mind.
Choosing the actions that ground us, warm, nourish, and soothe us, we can balance these energies in our body. Otherwise, according to ancient texts, difficulties may arise such as digestive problems, sleep disturbances, dry skin, decreased appetite, pain in muscles and joints, feelings of fear and anxiety, problems with concentration.
A string of activities at this time of the year - preparing for the New Year, buying gifts, visiting guests and celebrating themselves - makes such actions all the more necessary - after all, multitasking, alcohol, overeating and stress further strengthen the vata dosha.
Here are some suggestions to help you get through the following hectic weeks:
Stick to the mode
The regime is grounding us - and this is exactly what is needed in the season of cotton wool. Ideally, go to bed before 10 pm (yes, we understand everything, but this is ideal!) Start preparing for bed at the same time every day, doing the same things that calm and ground. A regimen is a recognized means to improve overall health.
Practice Digital Detox
Vata rules the nervous system, so activities that stimulate nerves - watching the news or constantly watching the feed on Facebook - can trigger a vata dosha. Better read a paper book).
Meditate in the evenings
Scientists have been writing for a long time about how meditation helps to concentrate and better tolerate pain - and in the season of cotton wool concentration problems can worsen. Meditation also changes our perception of life and reduces anxiety. Evening meditation prepares the mind for sleep and calms the nervous system.
Warm up with warm drinks
Warm drinks warm and relax. Avoid coffee and black tea (as well as other drinks containing caffeine), try switching to warm milk (or soy, almond or rice milk). Better yet, add spices to it - for example, ginger, cinnamon, cumin, black pepper, nutmeg (but you don't need very hot spices like a wig or cayenne pepper). Ginger tea also improves digestion.
Lubricate the body with oil
Oil massage is a procedure that Ayurveda especially recommends - and especially at this time of the year when we need stability and warmth. The oil fights dryness and also has beneficial effects on the joints. The Sanskrit name for this procedure is abhyanga, which literally means "moving deep into the body."
We take care of our body, combining oiling with self-massage, healing ourselves with a touch. It is best to use heated oil, and sesame oil is better, but a massage with any oil will help calm the nervous system and prepare the body for sleep. Even if you can’t massage the whole body, pay attention to at least the feet — you'll sleep better.