Mental Health and Life
There is a stigma which differentiates illness between the mental and physical. The reality of which is far from common conception. Mental illness often times brings about physiological changes to a person's anatomy. What does this mean?
This means that it isn’t all just in someone’s head. Studies have shown physical changes in brain matter and brain chemistry. This leads to the onset of depression, anxiety or stress. In fact beating high level of cortisol or the stress hormone in the body is one of the fundamental key ways to stop a nervous breakdown. Chronic stress can also lead to the onset of depression or anxiety. As such stress reducing techniques can be largely beneficial.
Ayurveda on Mental Illness
Ayurveda believes that stress is most commonly caused by imbalance in the doshas. This is caused poor lifestyle habits as well as the inability to manage work and life in most cases. These habits lead to physiological changes which lead to dosha imbalances. Luckily making a few changes to your life is the primary way to help beat stress, and battle depression and anxiety.
Diet and Exercise
How you outwardly manifest yourself is directly related to how you take of yourself internally. This starts with what you eat and do. Having a healthy balanced diet full of nutrition, getting sufficient rest via sleep, and exercising are key ways to naturally reduce stress, and combat mental illness. In fact sleep, diets and exercise have been shown to reduce cortisol levels, as well as naturally increase levels of serotonin and dopamine. These neurotransmitters are the feel good hormones in the system.
Herbal Supplementation for Mental Health
Next in Ayurveda are herbal remedies. In Ayurvedic medicine, treatment always focuses around the root cause. So if treating stress a practitioner will look into what is causes stress before recommending a course of treatment. Consult our doctors for more information
The best herb for depression is ashwagandha. Over a period of time this has been shown to increase one mood and energy, it is even considered to be a herb for anxiety treatments as well. It works by reducing the cortisol levels in the body. It is however meant to be taken over the span of a few weeks to accurately see results.
Below we have attached a stress busting yoga routine to help you get started on a happier you